Going through the racks at Carboots fills you with the sort of excitement you’d get from exploring your grandparents' attic, with treasures like antique biscuit tins, old black and white photographs and vintage buttons from a bygone era. A small shop found along a quiet residential street in Daikanyama, Carboots offers a selection of vintage goods that date from the 19th century to the 1980s, primarily sourced from France and England.
These aren’t just any old-timey finds either – the shop’s owner makes a point of travelling to France every two to three months to search for authentic antiques, collecting things that you wouldn’t otherwise stumble across in Tokyo, like Hermes playing cards or 1970’s Euro Football memorabilia. Outside of its trusted overseas purveyors, Carboots doesn’t accept second hand goods or antiques from those looking to clear their storage space. On top of these heirloom knicknacks, you’ll also find pre-loved designer clothes and genuine leather handbags from brands like Louis Vuitton, Celine and Chanel.