Need basic bento gear? Think you are spending too much? I can help you. :)

xx_remix
Bento-ing from: San Jose › California
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Hello there everyone.

So I was thinking, I live in the SF bay area (San Jose to be exact) and there is a fair amount of stores that I can get some basic bento stuff supplies from (boxes, accessories, chopsticks, etc... but unsure about the more expensive stuff..).

I know that some people who end up buying online spend a pretty penny on some of their bento gear because of the inflated prices, and I wanted to offer a cheaper alternative (that is, if you plan to buy more than a box).

I live fairly close to a Daiso (kinda like a japanese dollar store, except most items are $1.50) Japan store in San Jose, and would be willing to make maybe a monthly or bi-monthly trip if anyone ever wanted me to buy stuff for them there. They have a website at www.daisojapan.com and have a nice little selection of stuff. The one I am near, I don't know if they have everything the website does (they have a somewhat small selection last i went), but if you made a list I could try to find what you'd like (since their website only sells in bulk). I think this would be best if you planned to buy more than just a bento box. If you want to get more than just bento gear, I would be willing to shop around some more, but as long as it's not to heavy an item and I can fit it into a shipping box no problem-o (but no uber ginormous shopping lists please! minimum 5 to 10-15 max items is okay I suppose).

***** As a warning, some items are more than $1.50.. they may be $2, $3, or more. I've seen $9 sometimes *****

I would be willing to do this for a small fee of say $5 US ('cause of the 30 minute bus ride)... and I figured shipping would be whatever can fit in a flat-rate usps box of either small or medium (whatever they fit in), so it may vary depending on how much stuff you can get (but I will try to stuff whatever I can into the boxes with bubble-wrap around each item).

Here are rates: http://www.usps.com/prices/priority-mail-prices.htm

International: http://www.usps.com/prices/priority-mail-international-prices.htm

** flat rate seems a little pricey for international people, so this is why I say you may want more than just a bento box... more of a bento haul haha

I'd be more willing to go to Daiso Japan since It's a small bus ride away.. but if I were to go to San Francisco Japan town, i'd have to post to let you know :) it's a longer distance for me of about 1.5 hour / $16 train ride and then a 2.4mi walk or bus ride, so it's a little less often that I think I will go there.

If you check out this website from a fellow bento-er, I suppose you can get a small idea of what bento supplies are sold in san fran stores here: http://lunchinabox.net/2010/03/11/bento-store-update-san-francisco-japan....

(don't depend on images too much because I don't know when they've been updated last.. until I can go and take pictures myself... this is all that I have to give you)

** if it is from Daiso, you MUST want the stuff. They do not accept returns, and I don't want to end up with a bunch of bento stuff that I don't need, and a racked up credit card bill.

** You must be sure of what you want, and you cannot back down on what you order unless you notify me in a timely manner, as I don't want to end up wasting my time going to and from to find out that you can't afford to pay for it. If you want the stuff, make sure you have the money already. No I-O-U. If you need to cancel, let me know ASAP before I go. I'll probably post when I will be going anywhere, so as long as you inform me at least the day before.. no worries. --- Don't intend to be rude, but I don't want to be snubbed either.

I prefer money-orders for us purchases, but will take paypal (damn those stupid paypal fees!). once i were to receive it, i will ship your item.
for international, i think paypal will be best.

*******In short : I live in SF bay area, and will be willing to go out and buy bento stuff for you for $5 fee , usps flat rate shipping cost, and how ever much your stuff cost (will scan receipt). You won't have to buy very over-priced stuff from the internet if you plan to buy more than just 1 thing.******

*******If you are interested, feel free to shoot me an email since I read it a couple times a day at colon [dot] kelly [at] gmail [dot] com, or post here :D********

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littlepinkstars44
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Re: Need basic bento gear? Think you are spending too much? ...

ok, so what i'm looking for really is cute shaped cuters, i've seen the wee plastic sets they do and they look perfect, looking for any sets with hearts/stars/flowers/bunnies etc in them. Maybe about 2-3 different sets (only if they are $1.50 though, if they are any more that $2 just get 1 or 2 sets)

Urm...what else.... oh a star shaped nori cutter, and also maybe a heart shaped one (not too fussed about the heart one though), some cute pink chopsticks, and a pink bento bag.

And lastly a pink bento box ^_^ I was looking at the pictures from the blog you linked, and the boxes look pretty good, do you know roughly how much they cost? As long as it's pink i'll be happy, but i really like the look of these...
http://www.daisojapan.com/p-10724-lunch-box-wseal-ring-10pks.aspx
http://www.daisojapan.com/p-11153-strawberry-candy-lunch-box-wseal-ring-...

Only looking to spend around $15 on the items at the most, then shipping on top of that.

Does that sound okay to you?

Oh and if it's not too much hassle some Hi-Chews? I love those things, i can get pocky and hello pandas at the chinese supermarket here, but no Hi-Chews!

heidi
Bento-ing from: NYC
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Re: Need basic bento gear? Think you are spending too much? ...

This is such a generous offer, xx_remix! I hope every sincere, responsible bento-hopeful will take you up on it!

It's really so nice of you to do this. :-)

littlepinkstars44
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Re: Need basic bento gear? Think you are spending too much? ...

That is a brilliant idea. i live in the UK and have been finding it so hard to get things to start out with!

I'm going to have a look on the site and take a note of the things i want, and get back to you!

RoseFaery
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Re: Need basic bento gear? Think you are spending too much? ...

OMG! You're awesome. I live in Oklahoma, so shipping from Japan and China is brutal. Also, does the Daiso near you have candy and would you be willing to ship any? I'll have to look through the site and see what would be good, I just ordered 2 new box sets, but could use more, or accessories. Thank you for being so considerate to those not fortunate enough to have any bento supply stores near them.

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xx_remix
Bento-ing from: San Jose › California
Joined: 22 Apr 2009
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Re: Need basic bento gear? Think you are spending too much? ...

@ littlepink: If you can find enough stuff, I'm more than willing to help out. I only worry about international ppl because the shipping rates are so high (at least to me they are x__x), so I hope you can find enough stuff so that the shipping is worth the price.

@ Rose: Hey there. :D I'm willing to ship anything to you, as long as your list isn't too big (so I can carry it back home lol).
As far as candy goes, I've seen a small selection of goods @ the one nearest me. I think the general idea of what I've seen is Pocky, panda cookie things, Hi-Chew (kinda chewy like starburst, but with natural fruit flavors), and these yummy fruit gummy snacks (also with natural fruit flavors) that my boyfriend likes to eat. I'm sure there are more, but that's just what I can remember from the top of my head.

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This coming weekend (Aug 28) I'm going to head to Japan town in SF to take a look and pictures of the bento stock. I think there is a Daiso there too, so if you can shoot me an email by then, I can pick up stuff while im there. :D
It'll help pay for my train ticket x___x;;

If you are looking for more simple boxes (still plastic bleh), there is another dollar store in japan town called Ichiban Kan who also has a selection of bento stuff similar to Daiso products and for a similar price ($1.50 ish)... but they don't have a website. If you want, tell me colors and if they are for a boy/girl (so that I don't get a girly design for a boy) and I can take a look for you and find something. :D ((@ Rose: They have a whole isle for food and snacks and stuff, so if you have any popular brand names I can take a look here and have a better chance at finding stuff))

*As a warning, some items are more than $1.50.. they may be $2, $3, or more. I've seen $9 sometimes*

xx_remix
Bento-ing from: San Jose › California
Joined: 22 Apr 2009
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Re: Need basic bento gear? Think you are spending too much? ...

@ littlepink : that'll be no problemo. :D
for the hi-chews, do you know what flavor you'd like & how many? i've only seen them in stick form, so Idk if they have bags. any preferences?

for the boxes, I think they are generally $1.50.. I think what'll really get you is the extra stuff, cause I know some of them don't come with chop sticks, and a strap which you'll end up paying another $1.50 for.

If you need anything else, contact me through my email so this thread doesn't get too congested :D

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