How to Sell to ClosetChild, Japan

It's been a while since I've updated!
There is a backlog of things that I should post, but for now it's just a quick post on selling things to ClosetChild in Japan.

Recently on my trip, I packed a few items with the intention of selling them to CC. These were items that just weren't selling on the Western Market, and I'd reached the point where I couldn't be bothered trying to advertise them anymore and just wanted them out of the house. 

I did try to research the process of how to sell to CC, but all I could find was one entry on Livejournal. They simply said that it was relatively easy, but you should expect to receive very little in the sale. So if you are thinking of selling, please be aware that even selling something for $50 on the Western market may be more than you would get from CC (for me, I didn't really care how much I got for them as long as they took them).

I went to the CC in Harajuku, and told the shopgirl that I wanted to sell. I had all the items in a tote bag, and handed it to her. She gave me a small form to fill out asking for my name, phone number, and address. I gave the hotel's number and showed her the address on my phone via Google, since I wasn't really sure of the format the address was supposed to be written. She filled out the rest of the form for me, and told me to come back in a little while while she evaluated the items.

I spent the time browsing all the floors of the store, and when I came back the original girl I'd spoken to was gone, but the other shopgirl asked if I was the one who wanted to sell things. She showed me a small receipt with the breakdown of how much they'd be willing to pay for each item, and explained why. It wasn't much - 3300Y for a coat and a pair of AP shoes - but to be fair, they were both in horrible condition for Japanese standards. When I accepted, she gave me the cash and I'm fairly sure I had to sign something, but I can't quite remember. I didn't get my tote bag back which I was a little sad about, but it was just one of those promotional store totes so wasn't a big loss.

I also can't remember if that was actually the amount I was quoted, but I feel like it was around there. It was higher than I expected to receive, given the scuffs and stains, so overall I do feel it was worth the exchange.

Hopefully this is helpful to anyone thinking of doing the same! ( ◜◡◝ )

Jane Marple: 'British Bookshelf'

Jane Marple's British Bookshelf JSK in Navy

I admired this series when it was previewed, but when hearing it was an in-store only release and completely sold out, I resigned myself to waiting a few years for the resale price to drop. Luckily there were a few in store when I went to La Foret! I spent a while umming and ahhing in the store and actually walked out, but then returned later when I didn't find anything I liked in the other stores. (・∇・`〃 )

This dress is actually longer than all of my other JM pieces, bar one. I feel this is because it's an Autumn/Winter release rather than a Spring/Summer series. The material is also noticeably sturdier than that used in SS series, though there's still a small inbuilt petticoat in the skirt.

While the token crown charm on the zipper is cute, I actually really dislike the zipper used. While neatly concealed, it's rather large and chunky compared to their usual invisible zippers, and it tends to get caught on itself making it difficult to unzip. I have another dress with the same zipper, and has the same issue.

I was surprised they paired a printed waist sash with this series, as overall it looks very busy. Not that I'm complaining; I'm really happy to have more of their printed sashes since I have an abundance of plain ones. I also love the use of printed gold to highlight the detailing in the print, I feel the the print is the type where you could look at it for ages and still not see every detail. 

I've seen a few beautiful coordinates with this dress already ( including one of my own ! ), and I can't wait to wear it some more. (ꈍ罒ꈍ﹡)

Jane Marple: 'Royal Library'

Jane Marple's Royal Library Mini One Piece in Navy
Just a quick blog post featuring the JM Royal Library Mini OP I bought from Closetchild in Osaka! I finally got the navy colourway ( ie. the best colourway ) and was actually really surprised to find it in CC. Unfortunately it didn't come with the waist sash, but I have enough to spare so no big deal. It still looks beautiful without the sash anyway. ( •⌄• ू )✧

I was surprised to find that the collar is detachable, though thinking on it now, detachable collars is very common in JM items. I love that this one has the initials of the brand embroidered onto it, I feel it adds that extra touch of beauty.

The material itself is very thin, quite sheer when held up to the sun. I've always found the material of their mini OPs to have an interesting texture, though while it's thin it's still not light enough to wear during the summer. There's no inbuilt petticoat either, so the design of the dress is incredibly simple. Jane Marple has gone the extra step to use an invisible zipper in this OP, meaning the print is seamless and uninterrupted.

I own this print in one of each colourway and one of each cut now, and for some reason I'm tempted to collect the rest. (⑅ ॣ•͈ᴗ•͈ ॣ)

Coffee Shop Soundtrack

It's been a while since I've done a haul post. I wanted to expand my Jane Marple wardrobe this year, so this is all the stuff I've bought so far! (There is an unboxing + try on video of all this on my channel ). I'm cheating a little though, because half of this stuff is the brand that I bought on my Japan trip. (Also, I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but the way I name my haul posts is by whatever song I'm listening to at the time. In case you were wondering.) 

I honestly don't know the names of any JM accessories, so I'm sorry in advance. I do know however that the very left pair of tights are from the Strawberry Label series, where I didn't realise they released tights! I'm so happy to get them though since they're super versatile, and while they go quite sheer they actually fit me.

The barrette I bought to replace the navy barrette I lost in Osaka, and the ring I bought because while there are tons of JM rings available (seriously, they're everywhere on secondhand sites), this one had a tiny lion also wearing a crown on top so I had to get it. It's too adorable !

The boater hat is the crowning glory of this haul. I actually saw it in store, and my partner also told me to buy it and I said no because it was too expensive. Well, now we know how that turned out. It's honestly the most beautiful hat I've seen, and after seeing it all over 831acre's Instagram I couldn't get it out of my mind. I bought a wine version recently from axes femme which is also nice, but there's something about this hat that makes it so perfect. That might just be my love for JM clouding my eyes though. It also comes with little hair combs on the inside, which better work because if I lose this hat I would die.

I'm not one for book prints particularly, in that I don't actively go out and seek to buy them. Yet somehow my collection seems to be growing ? I also now have JM's Royal Library in all the cuts with one of each colour - the grey jsk, the wine skirt, and the navy one piece - ie. I've won print bingo !

The skirts are actually a nice length, about 5cm longer than AP's miniskirts, but that extra length means I don't have to resort to wearing tights to distract from the amount of thigh I show in AP. They actually cover the tops of my otks, which is perfect since I wanted to buy more skirts to be able to wear the fashion more casually. The waistband of the Strawberry Label skirt is slightly larger than the Royal Library skirt, which is a little annoying as it tends to slip down and show the waistband of my petticoat. Nothing I can't live with however, since I love the Strawberry Label series.

I bought the strawberry cutsew just to wear with daily clothing, and it's incredibly form fitting? Which is surprising because JM usually runs a little large on me. The cartoonish style of the art makes the strawberries look a little more like raspberries, but it's a super cute shirt nonetheless.

The turtleneck I bought after being inspired by a model on Instagram, as she wore a similar one with a JSK and I felt it gave the perfect casual winter look. It was actually really hard to find a turtleneck with a soft frill that suited the otome / lolita look, especially since I know Ank Rouge had had some recently. I'm super happy with this find though, despite the material being rather thin and sheer. The sleeves are extra long and also have a small frill on the ends, and it perfectly suits the feel I was going for when worn.

The leftmost pair of socks are actually super thick and woollen, which I was a little surprised by. I honestly thought it was a scarf when I pulled it out of the packaging. It does seem perfect for winter since I'm not one to layer socks. The rest are beautiful and stretchy, whilst not going too sheer or stretching out the design too much when worn. I know that many can attest to the greatness of Innocent World's socks, but I feel that JM's are better - both in design and wearability.

I was going to extend this post by going into the details of British Bookshelf and Royal Library, but I think I'll save those for later because it's 30+ degrees and I feel like my skin is melting. (;´༎ຶٹ༎ຶ`)

Angelic Pretty: 'Sweet Cream House'

Angelic Pretty's Sweet Cream House Apron Skirt in Brown
Things have been busy and stressful lately, and so I'm contemplating giving up blogging in an effort to give myself less responsibilities. But then I think of how much I liked to read blogs and still follow a few bloggers that I admire, and feel that I should keep going. For now, here's a piece from an old series that I've been meaning to buy for a long time, but have never seen in the cut and colour I wanted for a good price.

Seeing the amount of details and detachable things on this skirt alone makes me nostalgic for the older AP days. I've always thought that the apron skirt was one of their cutest cuts, and was pretty disappointed when they discontinued it. Seeing the amount of ways you can change up this skirt has made me like it even more.

Not only is the collar removable (and the chest bow), but you can detach the whole bodice leaving it as just a regular skirt ! The apron straps are a tiny bit adjustable in length, with AP providing two button holes. I love that the waist tie buttons are smaller versions of the ones on the bodice: a cute swirled cookie design. The waist ties themselves are disappointingly only printed on one side, and the design of the apron skirt makes it a little difficult to tie them in a way where you can see what you're doing.

One of their more intricate food prints, I never noticed the little animals before ! The dove is my favourite, the bow on its back is adorable. The custom lace is also super cute, and I'm a little disappointed I haven't seen it reused anywhere. A strawberry shortcake print would be perfect. (ㆁᴗㆁ✿)