Hello everyone! Spring is almost here! I hope the weather where you are is improving.
For Valentine’s day, my lovely boyfriend decided that he wanted to give me a gift in addition to going out on a date. He asked me to tell him something I’d like, so I gave him a list of several secondhand lolita pieces from Closet Child that I’d like. He saw Dolly Cat and decided that it had to be that print. He ordered it, and then unfortunately was sent an e-mail that it was sold out. We found another listing on the Closet Child website, and tried to buy that one, but it also sold out. I decided to look on a lesser-known secondhand lolita shop’s website, Usagi Youhinten.
I had frequented their website and their app and fawned over all of their high-quality secondhand pieces for a few years now. I browsed for a bit and found that they had the Dolly Cat Onepiece in Sax blue. We ordered it immediately. The website is all in Japanese, which would normally be fine for me since I study Japanese, but some of the kanji used on the website was too upper-level for me! In my rush to order it, I accidentally entered my zipcode wrong.
- I placed my order on February 28th. I payed the invoice at the same time.
- About five hours later, I received an invoice for shipping which I paid immediately.
- Around three hours after that, on February 29th now, I received an e-mail from Ryoji Hayashi (in English) asking which address is correct – the one I entered on the website, or the one on my paypal account. I answered in the morning and confirmed the address. Ryoji was very kind and told me he would mail out the package the same day (in Japan time). He then asked if it was necessary to include my apartment number on the address. I confirmed that it was necessary, and explained that because I live in a large building, the postal workers will not deliver the package unless the apartment number is included, and he responded, thanking me.
- A few hours later, I got an e-mail from Haruna Hiroi saying that my package had been shipped. She also provided me with a tracking number.
- The package arrived at my apartment on the afternoon of March 3rd. I’m always shocked and thrilled by how quick EMS shipping is!
Here is what the box looked like from the outside. Like most packages I’ve received via EMS, it has this form taped to the top. The person who signed the slip was Ryoji, who had been e-mailing me previously.
I noticed that on the side of the box was written my name and (very vague) location, the number and name of the item I purchased, and the method of shipping, cost, and weight. I wondered if I had ordered more than one item, if the box would list each of them!
Upon first opening the box, there was a tiny piece of bubble wrap on the top, then a plastic bag with the dress inside! There was a very cute business card message taped to the outside of the bag.
Here is a close up of the message sent to me. My name was handwritten. The use of the kanji “sama” made me feel all dreamy~ Also, the rabbit and flower design at the bottom was lovely!
Although it’s a small detail, I loved that the dress was folded in a way that the large bow brooch was on top. It’s so beautiful, and it made opening the package more enjoyable.
When I flipped the package over, I realized that the dress was actually packaged in two plastic bags. I’m thankful for this, because I live in a big city and packages can sometimes come torn or crushed. Luckily, this package was in perfect condition, but even if it had been torn, the double plastic bags would have protected the dress within.
Also at this time, I found the adorable Usagi Youhinten flyer that was included. It was in between the first and second plastic bags.
The flyer included photos of their products, all of their web links, and a cute little map to their physical shop. I actually was unaware that they had a physical shop to visit, so I was very excited to see this! Since I’m planning on studying abroad in Tokyo, I’ll plan to visit their shop for sure.
And here is the dress! It’s absolutely stunning. The blue seems to me to be more of a powder blue than some other sax pieces, which I love. I also love how detailed this print is. I love that all of the cats are named.
It’s at this time that I realized that the dress was actually new with tags! I was in such a rush to order it that I didn’t even look at the condition. And since the dress came out around this time last year, I assumed that nobody had it brand new with tags still, and especially not being sold under retail value, since it is a popular print that is often the target of scalping. This made me even more excited, because it meant that this dress was my second first-hand dress from Angelic Pretty – and this time, I didn’t even expect it to be!
Review Results (all on a scale of 1-5)
Ease of ordering: 🐇🐇🐇🐇
Customer Service: 🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇
Product as described: 🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇
Overall score: 4.75 bunnies out of 5
I absolutely loved ordering from Usagi Youhinten. I will definitely be ordering from them in the future, and I suggest you do the same! They are a joy to work with, and their customer service is excellent. They work very hard to make sure that your order is sent out promptly and to the correct address. Closet Child is known as the fore-runner of secondhand lolita, but I would argue that Usagi Youhinten actually has better service. (Forgive me, Closet Child!)
I hope you enjoyed my review of Usagi Youhinten, and I do hope that you’ll check out their website!