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5 Budget Japan Surplus Shops In Your Neighborhood

Check out our list of these popular, affordable, secondhand stores. There is probably one near you!

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There are three kinds of people you’ll find looking around in a Japan Surplus Shop. There is the homeowner who is on a hunt for a bargain. There is also the DIY diva looking for her next project. And then there’s the third one—the most common of all—who is just curious about what other secondhand pieces are out there.

But first, a bit of history: to older generations of Filipinos, “surplus” was associated with American military surplus pieces from the last World War. In the 1990s, there was a wave of discarded tech products and secondhand furniture from Japan, thus, the birth of Japan Surplus shops.

For this generation, Japan Surplus are stores that have nice preloved items from Japan—and other First World countries—that are reasonably priced and not as beat up as some of the pieces you’d find in other secondhand stores. These shops are popular for the hundreds of secondhand Japanese bicycles and cheap dinnerware, but there are other treasures to be found, like well-maintained furniture and rare musical instruments. So head out to one now, keep an open mind, and reduce, reuse, and recycle your way to a happy home.

MARIKINA: JMS Surplus Shop

JMS sells big furniture pieces like cabinets, sofas, and dining sets together with other surplus shop staples like plates, home décor, and bikes in one huge warehouse-like building. You’ll encounter aisles and aisles of merchandise in good condition —except perhaps for some beat-up bikes that need a bit of elbow grease. It could get a bit warm inside the warehouse, so dress comfortably. The best part about visiting this surplus shop is that the moment you head out, you can buy Marikina’s best kutsinta from Aling Remy’s next door.

305 J.P. Rizal St. San Roque, Marikina, or visit their Facebook page

PASIG:  All Japan Surplus Shop

Prepare yourself for a kawaii buy! This shop offers favorite surplus items like Japanese furniture, kitchenware, appliances, bicycles, and even musical instruments.  But it seems that they have a particular fondness for small cute stuff like unusual Japanese wooden toys. If you can’t visit their store, do go to their Facebook page to look at their selection. Japanese wooden toys like these collectible Kokeshi dolls below usually range from P15 to 125 apiece.

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29 C. Raymundo Ave. Sagad , Pasig 1600

STA. MESA: Joyce Japan Surplus

This shop specializes on the big items like cabinets, drawer chests, and dressers. It sells the usual surplus shop staples like chairs, dining sets, paintings, mirrors, and glassware, but they have an impressive selection of cabinets that range from antiques to flat-pack IKEA. The best part: they offer free delivery service for every P5,000 worth of purchase.

4682 Old Sta. Mesa cor Bagong Panahon, Manila; tel. (02) 561-0514, or visit their Facebook page

TAGUIG: Taguig Japan Surplus

Their pre-loved items—cabinets, TV racks, and toys—are enough of a draw. But this particular shop seems to be a shop that keeps on giving. You can get a freebie with a P100 minimum purchase, and they even do a raffle draw during the holidays! Rate their shop or your shopping experience and you’ll get another freebie, which you can claim on your next visit.  They also offer free delivery, which is quite convenient if an enormous cabinet has caught your eye. Here’s a list of what qualifies for the free delivery service:

Free delivery within Signal Village: Minimum purchase of P2,000

P100-300 delivery charge within Taguig city: Minimum purchase of P5,000

P300-500 delivery charge to Pateros, Makati, Pasig, Bicutan: Minimum purchase of P8,000

P500-1,000 delivery charge within Metro Manila: Minimum purchase of P10,000

Free Delivery within Metro Manila:  P11,000 and above

3 Sampaloc Street Zone 1 North Signal Taguig City, or click on their Facebook page

MAKATI: Japan Junk Thrift Shop

This store is known for their merchandise, which are mostly in good condition—they’re even wrapped in plastic to keep them from being further nicked—while some are even in their original boxes. They also have friendly store personnel that are ready to help, and it opens early at 8am. Now, what’s not to love? But this particular surplus shop seems to be a bit more popular with starter families probably because they carry a lot of baby items, such as cribs, rockers, booster seats, and of course, toys. They even have those covetable co-sleeping cribs (see below). The pieces are pretty good that even people from Cavite shop here! So, if you’re one of those expecting parents, do visit this surplus shop for impressive bargains.

2nd Floor FCD Building 700 JP Rizal St. cor. Pililia St. Makati City; mobile 0923-314-4258, or visit their Facebook page

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