I'm finally ready to show you what I got on Taobao, Angelic Pretty international and Yahoo Auction!
I received my items last week but I had to take proper pictures before posting an article.
I'll start with what I got off Yahoo Auction JAPAN.
As promised I'll explain how the website works too. It's very user friendly in fact. All you need to do is create and account on buyee if you want to bid on an article. The little sign appears automatically when you look at an item. They basically ask for your info and credit card if I remember right. You need to click on the buyee option of an item to go to their version of the page and them you decide on the amount you want to bid. Once the auction is finished and you won the item (surprisingly no one bid on either of the items and I won each time) they just charge you the basic shipping inside Japan and the price of the item on your card. After a day or 2 they will have in hand your item(s) and charge you shipping to your location. Most of the time it is almost the price of the item, meaning about 1,500 - 1,700 yen in my case. I guess if you order for more the price will still stay in that range depending on the weight of the item.
The packages arrived very fast. One of my item was a ring and the funny thing is that the ring was in 3 different enveloppes... it was very awkward to open. I felt like if I was opening a matryoshka.
So here are the items I got.
Memorial cake headbow in black and Lyrical bunny ring, both from AP.
I had been searching for the full headbow for more than a year now. I have the side bow one and I really wanted to have the full one in black or blue... and I finally found it! I wore it last Sunday and it felt awesome.
Anyways, they were both in 'like new' condition, like the text stated.
Next up is the pair of socks I ordered from AP's international website. I rarely order there since it comes up quite expensive when you add up the costs, but I really wanted those socks... so yeah I ended up ordering them when they got a restock in the color I wanted. I don't really know the name of the socks, but I would guess it is something like Shy Bear OTK.
As always, the items came in a very cute pink envelope made of an AP bag. They were well packed and I had to cut the bag once again. There was a new model of sticker inside though, this is my first time coming accross this design. I did get a small AP bag inside the enveloppe though.
The socks are very pretty and I love the pompom on the back. My boyfriend told me they looked like what the animals have at the back of their feet... but hey I still find them cute and comfortable.
The next place I bought from is Taobao.
Again I'll explain how I proceeded since it was my first time trying it out.
I used a Taobao agent (shopping service in other words) called Taobaospree. I had already asked them about other items in the past but each time I had to cancel because it was more expensive then what I had planned. And again it ended up that way, but this time I wanted to go through with my order.
I ordered 2 boleros and a pair of shoes from An-Tai-Na.
The whole lot must've cost something like 120$, which was more than what I expected, again. The shipping cost from them to me was horrible. It ended up costing 60$, which I find too much for a pair of shoes and 2 light weight boleros... anyway, it was still less expensive than buying those on EGL comm I guess.
They used a fair sized box and all my items were inside the shoebox.
I ordered the shoes in size 23,5 or 24, I'm not sure. It fits tightly, but it is not uncomfortable like my boots.
Sorry for the weird socks, I forgot to change them before trying on the shoes.
The 2 boleros/cardigans came in weird sizes. I remember that the dirty pink one was a one size that could go to more than my measurements and the light pink one was in 3L, because that was my size according to their chart (it came from a gyaru store).
In the end, the dirty pink one is too small on my shoulders and the light pink one is way too large but the sleeves are too short... that's always the same story with the sleeves, even in the local sotres here. Despite that, I still find them cute. I may end up selling the long-sleeved one since it looks a bit silly on me, being too large and too short at the same time. I'm not too fond of the front and back lace either.
The last item I purchased is a Loris replica of the lyrical bunny bag from AP. I bought the replica because I didn't have time to wait for the real one to pop up on EGL or elsewhere. I need it for a meeting at the beginning of June. I will probably end up buying the real one in the future, but for now the replica is fine. I like how the quality is way better than what I expected. Having an AP vinyl bag already, I see very minor difference in quality with this one, the difference is mostly in the details. I bought it on Ebay from Girlsdorock I believe.
That's it for my big HAUL. Hope you enjoyed this post :)
Please have a nice day!