Total Reuse … Totally Cool

CONTRIBUTED BY DIANA MIDDLETON

I recently found a nifty thrift store on the island and I think you will like it, too. In previous discussions about thrift stores on the island, there was limited information out there. However, I think most of you will like this store “Total Reuse.” If you have traveled to Tokyo, you know there is a chain of recycle stores with the three dots hovering over each store name. There is Book Off, Hard Off, Off House, Mode Off, Garage Off, Junk House, and Box Shop. Each store usually has specific areas of interest (Book Off has recycled books).

As I can tell from the store’s sign, it seems to be a part of this recycling chain. What makes this store so cool is the wide selection of items to peruse. You will find everything from little knick-knacks, dishes, electronics, and musical equipment to sports equipment, men’s clothing, and children’s clothing. My favorite sections are the women’s clothing section (with some aisles separated by color, I just love going through all of the black blouses and red blouses to find something I like), the purse section (lots of cool purses, again, separated mostly by color), and the kimono section (you’ll find some pretty cool kimonos if you’re lucky, I bought a platinum and silk obi at a killer sale price). I’ve also been at just the right times to find a cute dragon costume and some princess costumes for my daughter (sorted in with the children’s clothing area). They also have shoes, jewelry, baby items, and much more.

You can also try to sell your stuff there. You can walk in and give them your stuff at the counter and they will give you a ticket number. While you walk around the store, they will go through your bag/box of items. Do not expect much from this part of the store, though. I went in with five bags of stuff I usually take to the flea market and ended up selling a teeny tiny portion of that worth a total of 300 yen. So, please don’t rely on that amenity. Instead, spend your time buying more stuff to fill your closets!

Can you tell I love this store? I almost debated not posting it. More for me! Mine, mine, mine! No! I don’t want to share! But then I had to remind myself how much the Okinawa Hai site has done for me and of all the cool places I’ve been able to check out thanks to other readers’ posts. Dammit Jim, I’m a thrift store shopper, not a miracle worker! Okay, I’m over it. I hope you’ll like this store as much as I do. It may not be for everyone, but that’s okay, more for me! If I could spell out the sound of an evil laugh, I would.

Directions: From Kadena, go straight out of Gate 2 and turn left onto 330. Follow 330 until you get to Koza crossing. Go straight through this intersection. You will see a McDonald’s on your right, Total Reuse is the store right after the McDonald’s (see picture below).
From the Courtney area, turn left out of Courtney’s main gate (the one with the bowling alley/movie theater) and follow 75 south past 85 until you see the McDonald’s signs. Total Reuse will be on your right before McD’s. As I cannot read Japanese, I am not sure what their operating times and days are, but I do know that they open at 10 am. Hope this helps and let me know if any of you get a chance to check it out!

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10 COMMENTS

  1. does anyone know if there’s a hard-off here on oki somewhere, went to the site but it’s all in japanese. i’m looking for a place to recycle my computer. thanks!

  2. The accupuncturist my husband goes to is right next to the Total Reuse, but that is up here by Kadena. I don’t know of any down by Foster. My husband used to go to a guy off gate 2 street, but he was unreliable. He would suddenly close on days that my hubby had an appointment, stuff like that. Anyway he goes to this other one now for back pain. He had a herniated disk last year and had surgery and is now going to the accupunturist for “maintanence”. The guy does not speak much english. He is extremely nice. His office is very clean. I have seen him openning the new needles when we go. Also, he seems very knowledgable and experienced. I can’t remember his name, but I can get back on that after I speak to my husband. That’s basically all I know. I hope that helps anyone who was curious.

  3. I am looking for an acupuncturist. I would like someone who speaks English, is reputable and clean, and is located near Foster. I heard someone mention one.Does anyone know of one?

  4. Thanks, Kaho! Your steps are hard to follow though! (smile)

    Thanks Cathryn, I love the Star Trek movies/series, although you won’t see me at any conventions (well, I guess I wouldn’t mind dressing up and going, but that’s the wacky side of me talking).

    John & Meredith, Hard off is a store that recycles computer and other electronic items. I think Off House is for everyday household items and garage off for automobile items. Here is the site in Japanese: http://www.hardoff.co.jp/. I’m with John, I couldn’t pass up stopping at a “Junk House.” You know what they say, “One man’s treasure …”

    Rebecca, you’ll have to email us the info about the acupuncture place. Sounds like good stuff.

    Jax, I LOVE freecycle. That’s where I got a replacement computer monitor when I lived in VA. I used the site like a junkie. Oh, and thanks for the Muahahahaha … it’s now added to my vocabulary!!

  5. I believe it’s spelled something like Muahahahaha!
    I was a thrift store junkie back in my younger years, I graduated to freecycle, and then craigslist became my addiction of choice when we moved to Metro Wash DC – lots of folks with money giving IKEA furniture away for free like it’s disposable!
    We’re here only less than a week, and it seems Total Reuse has shimmied it’s way into the number 1 spot on my list of places to check out once we get licenses and wheels. I guess I ‘ll need a house to put it all in, too!

  6. My husband goes to accupuncture right next door to there. You can see the sign in the picture on the left. Really nice man that works on him. Anyway I have been wanting to go in the store, but have not had the chance on the few occasions that I have gone with the hubby to see him get stuck(very entertaining). Thanks for the heads up on selling there. We were just talking about taking our stuff in this week. You probably saved me a trip since I can do better at the flea market.

  7. ——–
    There is Book Off, Hard Off, Off House, Mode Off, Garage Off, Junk House, and Box Shop
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    I didn’t realize that Book Off was a resale store, I’ll have to check it out. Does anyone know if any of the others have made it to the island? Maybe I’m nuts, but if I passed a store called ‘Junk House’ I wouldn’t be able to drive passed, regardless of any pleading from my wife.

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