Shopping in Phnom Penh: Japan Thrift Shop

Yes, there are shopping malls here in Phnom Penh but I don’t really like shopping there for clothes. Mostly because they just sell stuff that can be easily found in Bangkok but at super high prices at times their markups are more than 300%! I only like going to these malls for coffee, to stroll around to get away from the heat, or to shop at the supermarkets. When it comes to clothes shopping I prefer going to Russian Market (Phsar Tuol Tompong) for casual stuff, shops along St. 240 for classy dresses, and lately we’ve been discovering lots of places to shop for vintage, second-hand items at super low prices.

I’ve been hearing long-term Phnom Penh expats rave about Japan Thrift Shop but I kept putting off going there because its a little far from our house. Anyway, a few weeks ago, Ouwie decided she wanted to have more blouses to add to her ‘work wardrobe’ but she doesn’t want to spend a lot. I suddenly remembered Japan Thrift, so I forego my morning blogging duties to explore Japan Thrift Shop.

It’s located along St. 47, a street in the middle of Monivong Blvd. and Sisowath Quay, almost to the Old Olympic circle. I find it much easier to go from Wat Phnom, turn right to St. 47. The shop is located a few meters down Total Gas Station. It’s facade is a little indistinct so it might be easy to miss..

Shopping in Phnom Penh - Thrift Shops

You can see some toys and shoes in racks outside the building but its the inside you might be wanting to see. I like the way items are organized here, makes sorting a teeny bit easier. Note that it is not air-conditioned, but the high ceilings and some fans help ease the heat, but do prepare bottled water in case you get so hooked at sorting those piles of goodies. Another perk is their fitting rooms so you can try on your finds before buying it!

Shopping in Phnom Penh - Thrift Shops

Lovely, lovely skirts! All less than a $1.

Shopping in Phnom Penh - Thrift Shops

Cool looking leather jacket, only $1.75! Too bad it couldn’t fit me haha!

Shopping in Phnom Penh - Thrift Shops

So how was our shopping expedition? We brought home 2 skirts, 8 really nice blouses, 1 black knitted turtleneck dress for only $4.25 plus we got an additional bonus – a really cute and cuddly raccoon stuffed toy, which the seller gave us for only 1,000 Riels!

Other stuff you can find there..

It’s definitely worthwhile to sort through those piles. Lots of unique items you can get for a really low price. This place really will go to my regular bargain haunts in Phnom Penh.

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6 Comments

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  2. kayni

    March 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    if it’s called Japan shop, does it mean the products sold there come from Japan? same with the Russian shops? the clothes there look nice and affordable. and oh, the stuff toys always delight my eyes :).

  3. Cherrie Jahosky

    March 19, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Hello,I love reading through your blog, I wanted to leave a little comment to support you and wish you a good continuation. Wishing you the best of luck for all your blogging efforts.

  4. Lui

    March 19, 2010 at 7:49 am

    @ kayni, its called Japan Thrift coz lots of items are second hand from Japan and if you’re into Japanese designers ang dami mo nahahalungkat. Plus they have second-hand CD’s of Japanese artists for just <$1.

    Russian market (Toul Tompoung Market) naman specializes in factory overruns. Brand new branded items, GAP, CK, Lee, H & M etc and department store items ng Kmart and other American chains…

    Were discovering lots of bargain places here.. Haha ang wala lang sakin shopping budget..

  5. marlon

    March 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    thank you for posting this. i’ve been looking for the address of the shop 🙂

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