Our two primary packages are called "A Package" -- which we've been selling since 1998 --and, since September 2013, a similar package called "L Package". We also have limited amounts of "Meisen Package"; See details of each, and info on other packages below:
Other By-Pound Packages
From time to time we also have other types of packages
which we make available first to our opt-in
members and then to our
Facebook Fans. We once tried to maintain a wait-list for these
packages but it did not work due to the long waits for some of these
packages. Now it is a first-come-first-served offer, starting with
our opt-in members whenever we have them on offer.
Please READ THIS BOX FIRST:
If you've never bought vintage (recycled, though we prefer the term upcycled) clothing of any kind, especially vintage kimono, we ask you to take the time to read this if you are seriously considering our bulk products, as they differ in many ways from newly manufactured goods. Taking the extra time to read everything here before your purchase will help you make a more informed decision.
BACKGROUND & PRE-PURCHASE SUGGESTIONS:
We have been selling bulk kimonos since 1998. As a result, we have learned that vintage kimono buying and selling is rather different compared to buying newly made items, so much more explanation is needed to maximize understanding.
Therefore, we ask your patience but need to stress that before deciding to buy we ask you to carefully review ALL the pages of information, including the FAQ pages (links below). We suggest starting with this page GENERAL DESCRIPTION by scrolling down, and then link to the type packages depending on your interests.
It is essential that you read the FAQ's, as these are 100% the result of customers' input and are essential to understanding this product. Note we also have a 'virtual warehouse' with some pictures etc. and many testimonials as well. All links follow.
3. How do you pack them? Do you ship the
kimonos in bales?
These are all worn / used / old / recycled for purposes of upcycling Japanese garments, sold in bulk; "A Packages" are meant for cutting, artwork, design, crafts etc. and mostly not for wear, though very often are used for casual wear (see each package type description for details).
NO, we do not ship in bales. All our bulk package vintage kimonos are folded neatly and packed in sturdy cartons. We actually pre-sort in Japan and at that time all are folded. The only exception may be an occasional piece which is a remnant or partial garment. Since there is no bale wire or strapping compressing the kimono, there is no concern about damage to the fabrics or having to remove wrinkles -- which is what happens when vintage kimono are shipped or stored by the bale.
Many of our kimonos have been cleaned prior to our receiving them in Japan; others may have been in storage so may have musty odors and be slightly wrinkled (see elsewhere about other aspects of condition).
In these difficult economic times we know how important it is to shop around, to look for best quality for the best prices. We routinely study our internet competitors and find that our prices are the lowest by far on the internet for bulk kimono, and our customers rave about the quality of our selections. But don't take our word for it: We encourage you to look around yourself (try search keywords: "kimono bundle", "kimono packs", "wholesale kimono", "bulk kimono" or "by-pound kimono" on your favorite search engine (ours is www.google.com) If you do the arithmetic of our competitors' offerings you will see that we sell at least twice the amount of these in our bundles than some competitors, (in some cases 3x or more) -- AND OUR SHIPPING IN USA is included, AND DISCOUNTED to international customers!
We can afford to do this because we have no middle men, operations at primary sources in Japan and ship from our USA office. And, we are told so often that our by-pound kimonos -- meant for crafters, designers etc -- are 'too nice to cut'. We encourage you to study all our information, visit our competitors, and we're confident you'll prefer our value, quality and friendly customer service.
It is important to understand that
each package is unique. We have them pre-sorted in Japan according
to our specifications, and then fill each order from what is on
hand here at the time each order is processed. But, to give you
a general feel for what is in a bulk package, we do have pictures
of a few real orders of A
Package before we shipped them out. So, to see what we call
our Virtual Warehouse Tour please click
6. How about your present customers? How do they like this product?
Read how others felt about their bulk kimono orders
on our unsolicited testimonials
We have shipped to every state in the United States, most US Territories and a large number of countries. For details -- and other helpful links for non-USA buyers -- please visit our international page.
The demand for our bulk kimono packages has steadily grown since we began offering them in 1998. Initially, when the numbers of orders were fewer we were able to always ship in 3 days from receipt of orders. However, the volume of orders has grown substantially so now it takes us longer to get them out the door. We ourselves do the final sorting and shipping (Yoko alone makes the final sorting choices, so only a certain amount of orders can be done daily); Therefore our response time varies throughout the year, being slowest in fall through early spring. At present we are able to ship between 5 and 10 business days from confirmed receipt of payment -- sooner of course if we can. Transit times for customers' actual receipt of packages are dependent on US Postal Service shipping transit times. International customers should also keep in mind that sometimes packages are delayed in your country's Customs.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS:
As we cannot keep up with the postal and customs requirements of the many countries to which we ship, we strongly urge new customers to check with your country's import & customs authorities for any restrictions, VAT or other customs fees you might anticipate for this product. For the information of our international customers we declare package contents as "Used Outer Garments & Fabric Remants (+fabric type)" for the customs declaration, though for some countries we must use different wording.
Want to get the full picture? Please be sure to read the special FAQ's as well as see our 'virtual warehouse tour' (pictures of sample shipments). Also, many of our unsolicited testimonials talk about their bulk kimono package. If, after reading all that, you still have questions -- please click here to Email Us .