Off House: Furnish Your Apartment Without Selling Your Soul to Pay for It

Grace Buchele Mineta

Anyone can tell you Japan is expensive. In an earlier post, we showed you how to skip some of the expensive realtor fees when renting an apartment in Japan. However, the realtor fee isn’t necessarily the most expensive thing about owning an apartment, furnishing it is. Between pots, pans, beds, cabinets, tables, and storage containers in the tiny closet, making your apartment “livable” can cost a small fortune. This is where Off House comes in.

So far, we’ve taught you Mode-Off, Hard-Off, and how to sell something at an Off chain stores. So naturally, it is time for the fourth installment: Off-House.

Off-House is, like the name suggests, one of the Off chain stores that specializes in used home appliances. This can be anything from clothes to backpacks to dishes to takoyaki makers. Off Home carries a pretty wide variety of products with prices arbitrarily decided based on condition of the item, whether it has a box, and how “cool” it looks. Most of the smaller item, such as an electric kettle, frying skittle, electric fan, ice pitcher, or cooking supplies cost 525yen – 700yen.

Some of the bigger items, such as a plastic drawer, a lava lamp, a small rug, a heater, or an elephant shaped dish holder cost 700yen – 1000yen. It is rare to find something that costs more than 2000yen, regardless of quality.

Off House cheap appliances

As I mentioned before, what Off-House carries really depends on the location. I’ve found brand bags such as Chanel, Louie Vuitton, and Marc Jacobs for a fraction of their price (without any desire to buy them – as a Cheapo at heart, a bag is just a bag). I’ve found baby strollers, baby clothes, summer yukatas, business suits, snow-boots, collectible action figures, good china dishes, and a giant One Piece themed comforter with Luffy’s head in the center of the spread.

A trip to Off-House doesn’t have to just be a trip to Off-home; to save space and money, more than one of the “Off” chain stores are housed in the same building. This Off-House was paired with Hard-Off (selling used electronics and instruments). Other Off chains to check out are Hobby-Off (cheap figurines/stuffed animals and collectible cards), Garage-Off (large appliances that would go in your garage), Book-Off (cheap, used books), and Mode-Off (cheap clothing). One thing they all have in common is harsh factory lights, cheap prices, and mountains of stuff to dig through.

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Off Home inside the store

I never go to Off-House with a shopping list; instead I like to go when I have free time, a couple good friends, and a strict 2,000yen budget. I’ve found all sorts of fun treasures.

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Tags: Cheap Furniture, Cheap Home Appliances, Home Off, Japan, Off Chain Stores, Off-Home, Resident, Tokyo
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Name: Off House (オフハウス)
Location(s): Central Tokyo, Hachioji, Kawaguchi, Kawasaki, Machida, Mitaka, Nerima, Nozawa, Tachikawa, Yokohama and Kanagawa,
Business hours: 10:00 ~ 20:00 (depending on location)

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2 Responses to “Off House: Furnish Your Apartment Without Selling Your Soul to Pay for It”

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    Deirdre Martinez August 15, 2015

    Would love to know where the off-home shops are — I can’t tell from the locations provided which are hard-off and which are more than that. I visited one hard-off that was just that; no off-home.

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    Sarah Az-Zahra January 19, 2016

    hi, i really want to know where the off shops are in TOKYO area. hope you can help me ;p

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