Japan’s version of cheap thrifting includes 100 yen store luxury items that actually can boost your interior design game.
Popular Instagram page 100kin_mag focuses on the top “luxury” items from Japanese 100 yen stores and promotes them on their social media pages.
100kin_mag focuses mainly on small knick knacks for around the house, women’s cosmetic goods, and “luxury” decorative items for your home.
Treasure for a Dollar (or 100 yen)?
Have you ever found yourself wanting to live “like a baller on a budget?” Ever see something nice in a furniture or home store that would be perfect for that one corner in your living room, just to take a glance at the price tag and quickly change your mind, telling yourself something like “I guess it actually doesn’t really match the curtains.”
If that’s the case, why not start your search for affordable goods at the dollar store, or if you are in Japan, the 100 yen store? I know what you are thinking “what could I possibly find at a dollar store that would look good in my home?” But, let’s be honest, who’s going to spend $2,000 on an antique vase when you could get a beautiful one for just a dollar?
Luxury Items from 100 Yen Stores
I know the dollar store isn’t the first place world-famous interior designers would go to shop, but based on the finds of the very popular Japanese Instagram page, 100kin_mag, “luxury” items can be found throughout Japan’s 100 yen stores.
100kin_mag has been blowing up on Instagram as they promote the best items on the shelves at various 100 yen stores including Seria and Daiso to their 17,400 followers.
100kin_mag focuses on the “luxury” things you can find for just 100 yen (88 cents USD), or 110 yen with tax. In particular, 100kin_mag’s Instagram page focuses on decorative products to turn your home or apartment into an elegant living space, women’s cosmetics, and other small knick-knacks all of which can be bought for around 100 yen of course.
Let’s take a look at ten of their more popular recent “luxury” finds!
Diamond Glass Vase
The Diamond Glass Vases found at Seria are a perfect way to decorate your home with flowers. The vases come in two different colorways that each blend two different colors so you can choose which one suits your style more!
Why not pair your Diamond Glass Vases with Seria’s Aurora Roses? The Aurora Roses are fake roses made to twinkle with diamonds and bring life to your home. Depending on the direction you are looking at them from, they shine in all different types of colors.
The Chic Roses from Seria are closer to the conventional synthetic roses often seen decorating spaces in homes or stores. While those roses are often made of plastic or a cloth-like material, these Chic Roses give off a more metallic shine and feature a golden stalk, apparently known as a cane!
Another item that features the term “aurora” referring to the Aurora Polaris or Northern Lights, the Aurora Glasses from Seria bring all the colors of the Northern skies to your dinner or coffee table when sipping on cocktails, or any non-alcoholic drink of your choosing.
Want to make your house smell good for 100 yen? Well, head on over to Daiso. Daiso’s Aroma Diffusers make for a luxury way to keep your home smelling fresh! Say goodbye to Febreeze!
LED Jewelry Light
Want some elegant lighting that’s not too bright or too dim? Seria’s LED jewelry lights are small Christmas lights that can go anywhere and they’re 100 yen! They would be perfect to light up the inside of a Diamond Glass Vase with an Aurora Rose in it!
Perfumed Moisturizing Cream
When it comes to budget, and I mean budget cosmetics, Daiso has all of you ladies covered! First off is their Perfumed Cream. This scented moisturizing cream is perfect to keep with you on the go as if you happen to lose a bottle, it was only worth a dollar!
Next up is Daiso’s Water Foundation. It is a water-based liquid foundation that fits right into your makeup routine!
Gene Tokyo EyeShadow
Lastly in Daiso’s cosmetic lineup is their collaborative product with Gene Tokyo. Daiso’s 100 yen Gene Tokyo EyeShadow kit comes with four colors and a brush to apply. Why spend so much money on makeup when you can just go to Daiso!
Block X LCD Handheld Gaming Device
Last is somewhat of a special mention as it isn’t “luxury” per say, but then again, pretty much everything on this list while nice to look at, wasn’t exactly “luxury” anyways. Moving on, Daiso’s Block X, their handheld gaming device is a 300 yen budget cross between an iPhone and GameBoy complete with what looks like a fake iPhone home button! Amazingly the Block X comes with 23 built-in games to play!
Anything you like? Which of these luxury 100 yen store items would you buy? Let us know!
Kevin Murasaki grew up moving back and forth between Chicago and Yokohama, Japan. Known as a "hafu", Kevin is half Japanese, and half American. Now a videographer and drone operator based in Fukuoka, Japan, Kevin enjoys playing basketball, driving on mountain or "touge" roads, and fishing in his free time. Kevin is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia.