Lucky Home: Where Bangkok Hunts for Treasure in Japanese Junk (Photos)

Is one man’s trash another man’s treasure? Bangkok can judge this axiom inside a pair of nondescript warehouses in an industrial area near BTS Samrong.

For those who enjoy sifting through heaps of second-hand odds and ends, Lucky Home Samrong is akin to that scene at the end of The Raiders of the Lost Ark, but instead of hundreds of crates, there are tons of used electronics, instruments, cameras and vinyl records – all imported from Japan by a secret Japanese collector.

The place is suitable for the most ardent audiophiles and amateurs. Rows of audio systems and speakers are neatly arranged on shelves amid ample storage space. They range from retro to modern. The guitars hang on another wall. The instruments and their cases were crowded together.

But what many will probably find most worth digging into are the rows of crates containing vinyl records. Dusty and plentiful, crate lovers can find records by Japanese artists as well as international hits, with record backs struck exclusively in Japan.

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A site reporter found various Beatles, Elvis Presley and Pat Benatar records on soundtracks for The Godfather and Ghost hunters. There was also a plethora of great aluminum-plastic discs from the long dead days of the LaserDisc, if anyone fancies such things.

Further down the aisle are crates containing VHS tapes, music CDs and video games which, unsurprisingly, include erotic scenes. hentai computer games.

In a separate warehouse, budding photographers can browse hundreds of cameras on display, as well as a large number of lenses.

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We wanted to find out the story of its owner, Japanese businessman Shoichiro Yanai, and what led him to open the sprawling space six years ago, but a store manager named Kik, was only saying that Shoichiro wanted to import things that could be considered junk food. at home but would be appreciated in Bangkok.

When asked if purchased items that turn out to be broken or non-functional can be returned, one staff member smirked. The answer was no.

“We encourage you to test or try it out before you buy,” the woman said. “If you have a good eye, you get quality items at the best price. But if it’s broken, that means you’re out of luck. That’s why we call this place Lucky Home.

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Lucky Home holds auctions every Friday where customers can compete to bring home treasures like shiny guitars at low prices.

There are another branch further away from the city center, just after the end of the BTS Sukhumvit line in Bang Pu, Samut Prakan province. Instead of stocking hobbyist items, it focuses on more ordinary products such as tableware, furniture and bicycles. Most are in excellent condition.

Photo: Coconut Bangkok
Photo: Coconut Bangkok
Photo: Coconut Bangkok
Photo: Coconut Bangkok
Photo: Coconut Bangkok
Photo: Coconut Bangkok

Lucky Home (Samrong Branch)

Lucky Home (Bang Pu Branch)

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