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There is one store in the States where I can buy make-up, towels, light bulbs, cake mix, yoga pants, and beer. Yes, the Target in Atlantic Center sells beer.

The super chain retailer which is headquartered in Minnesota has become a useful and trend setting store. (only 3 days until Jason Wu sales start online) I try to support local shops but occasionally the one stop shop is just more convenient.

Since moving I have finally found my new ‘it’ shop. Tokyu Hands has a different focus than Target, but has an amazing selection! I’d compare it to a combination of Target, Hobby Lobby and CVS. 

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In 1976 Tokyu Hands opened it’s first shop in Shibuya. What starting as a ‘DIY’ shop, emphasis on craft and hobby projects, is now a much larger store. Today, the flagship store in Shibuya boasts 7 floors and hosts a wide range of products.

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I first came to Tokyu Hands to find curtains for our home. Since we are only spending a year in the space I did not want to invest a terrible amount. As you can see, there are alot of options here! I had never seen so many ready made white and sheer curtains in one place.

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What started as a curtain mission really turned into a fun shopping experience. Here are just some of the offerings at Tokyu Hands.

Shells! These could be used as is or added to a craft project. I still have a small glass cube from Atlantic City that contains small sea shells, sand and a little plastic sun. It would be fun to make a more modern version. Here is an example of a sand prism I adore.

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This entire wall is filled with jewelry clasps, hooks, beads, and tools. Any jeweler would be happy to spend an afternoon shopping here.

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Whenever Mr. Cakes visits the store, I know where to find him! The top floor has miniature models, chemistry sets, and all sorts of kits that he like.

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Art supplies fill an entire floor. It’s always fun to wander around and find something to start a project with! I picked out two pastels. Guess which colors!

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Here are some leather scraps from the craft floor. There was a demo on embossing leather during my last visit. 

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As a bag hound it is always a pleasure to peruse the 5th floor. Along with all the hobby and craft materials, Tokyu Hands also carries luggage and bags. Porter is a fantastic Japanese brand, much like Jack Spade is to the USA. Porter bags come in a range of styles, materials, and colors.

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I have had my eye on this tote for a while now. Medium and Large are pictured below. Both of these will look better with a little wear and tear!

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For all of my new adventures and day trips I have been in the market for a cross body bag. Every trip to the store I stare at this bag by Grips. I’m thinking it might just be the one. Time to ask myself, what holiday is coming up. . .

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I found this backpack in the kid section. Who knew an enlarged  yellow plastic zipper could be so cute!

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This store is truly a variety of fun, functional, crafty and more. In the home section you can find this ash tray stand and a whole corner with laundry tools. I’ll have a full entry on laundry sometime soon. Oh, and Japan is not immune to infomercial products. The ‘Shamwow’ was hung on the wall under ‘best sellers’ – must really work!

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These graphic printed fabrics are used for Furoshiki. Which is wrapping a gift with fabric. It is a very special and might I add ‘green’ way of gift giving or even transporting something.

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Another floor that I spend a lot of time on is the Stationary floor. This is only a small section of the panda cards. I mean, who doesn’t find pandas adorable! When I was young I had a collection of stuffed panda bears. All of which had names that began with P! So picking up a few pandy cards and mailing them to friends and family is always fun!

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Although it is February (Valentine’s month), this sticker section of hearts is up all year round! I like the gold puffy ones in the center.

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Right as I was leaving the store I saw these cute little bunny cookies. Funnily enough they are called ‘Cute Rabbit Cookie’. These would be perfect for my pal Bunny Cain. It’s not hard to come up with a deserving reason to treat her! She is a Head Start teacher in NYC.

With all these amazing products in one place I can easily walk in for a specific item and walk out with a full bag. The Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro has a Cat Cafe on the top floor. That will be a perfect spot for the NOLA Cat Crew to see when they arrive later this month! I just can’t wait to sharing this store with visitors!

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