Dec 2, 2018
Gently Used furniture
I will be visiting Japan early March and I want to arrange for the purchase of several pieces of furniture for my husband‘s new apartment. We are both well into our senior years and for health reasons can only see one another once a year. He needs a double bed, a small two-seater sofa or a recliner chair and a small kitchen table with two chairs. We cannot buy them right now but I do want to arrange to purchase and have them delivered before I arrive in Japan March 5. Bilingual. Any ideas?
I think some of the best stuff can be found on swap pages, such as the Tokyo Sayonara Sales page on Facebook, or even Craigslist. I'm not sure from your post if you'll be in Tokyo or elsewhere, but checking those sites online may be worth a look. Not sure about what individual sellers will allow when it comes to holding items until you can have them delivered though. Are you going to be in Tokyo or elsewhere?
Used and delivered will be difficult, most of the used items required you to arrange the pickup. I think you should buy for Ikea Japan, their website is in English and delivery fee only cost 3000 yen. https://www.ikea.com/jp/en/ 2000 yen schedule fee if the scheduled delivery date is more than 15 days after purchase 20% fee for assembly service Reasonable priced (assembly service is expensive), delivered, no stress.
Does he already have accommodation in Japan? Consider buying them on Amazon Japan, which has English language support. See this article about ordering on Amazon Japan in English - https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/Aeon/MJ9P2-living_shopping_howto_chiba The reason I suggest this is ease of English interface and your timing. Also consider https://global.rakuten.com/en/ You didn’t say where your husband is located. A used goods shop that has locations around the Kanto area and farther away - https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/TonetoEdo/wNx0x-shopping_noda_shi_chiba As you can see, WonderRex does not deliver but provides loaner vehicles to customers.
Timing will be tricky as most people move at the end of March, but online Sayonara Sales are a good option for used furniture. Another option is used shops like House Off, which offer delivery. Link to search for furniture by prefecture and keyword: https://www.hardoff.co.jp/offhouse/303/ Otherwise, retailers like Nitori have affordable new furniture you could choose and have delivered easily from their websites.