Update: Halina Kabayan Ko has recently closed shop. We are really sorry to see them go.
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure — that age-old adage is so appropriate for Halina Kabayan Ko, a Japanese recycle shop. Featuring a massive storage complex housing everything from household furniture to plush toys to sports equipment, you will spend hours just scouring for treasures.
We visited the shop with for the very first time last weekend, to see what it had in store for us. Just like shopping at Japanimation, we came with an open mind and an open budget (it’s a better shopping experience if you manage your expectations of what’s in stock rather than go there with a very specific list).
There were rows and rows of household furniture, many of them in pretty good shape. There were couches, closets, dining sets and book-cases of every size, style, and price. There were household appliances, crockery, and tableware. There were also different kinds of shoes and apparel — the selection of winter wear was pretty good compared to some local vintage stores, so it’s worth checking out.
The best part about Halina Kabayan Ko for me personally boils down to two things: designer leatherware and toys. HKK has a pretty good selection of second-hand wallets, keyholders, coin pouches, and hand bags from Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and other designers at rock-bottom prices. I’ve already got my eye on a particular LV Damier pochette, and I hope to raise the funds for it by month-end.
I also loved their racks and racks and racks of second-hand manga and toys — many of them still sealed in their original vacuum packaging. Books range in price from PhP 20 to PhP 100 — but most of them are in Japanese, so that may throw some people off. The toys on the othar hand are in surprisingly good shape — if a little dusty. I’ve got my eye on an Evangelion school days set and a collection of Shounen Sunday heroines in school settings, as I intend to repurpose the school room props for my Pinky:St. dolls.
Hello Kabayan Ko is located at 113 Quezon Avenue, Sto. Domingo, Quezon City (MAP). You may contact them via landline at +63 (2) 516-4269. They are open everyday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The store accepts only cash payments, so come prepared. Deliveries for larger items such as furniture is offered at a minimal fee. The store also accepts “kaitori” or purchase of second-hand items for reselling, from Japanese expats moving back to Japan.