Hey everyone! The shopping service is back in business, but things will be very slow for the first week or two due to a great, big backlog of inquiries (over 60 inquiries to sort through - thank you!). I’ll do my best to get through things as fast as possible and respond to your messages. Thanks for understanding!

Coco was kind enough to write a detailed review on the service after I went to a book signing for her - http://hallilaul.tumblr.com/post/94085107891/tokyo-pirates-shopping-service-review-positive

Thank you so much! (^___^)You can also check out her cute tumblr here!

Hello everyone, and sorry to do this, but due to an overwhelming amount of current orders still being worked through, Tokyo Pirates shopping service’s hiatus will be extended until the 22nd August. Please bear in mind that I cannot always answer emails during the hiatus and any orders/inquiries you wish to make should be saved until after the hiatus date is over. If you send an email/message during hiatus, you may not receive a response unless your order/inquiry is sent again after hiatus (to prevent backlog). I apologize in advance for the inconvenience!

Thanks to everyone who has been inquiring about the Ma*rs items. It’s much appreciated even if no one buys. ^^

To those interested in lolita, I’ve put up some more things for sale, so feel free to check them out!

pimikochu said: That’s awful! Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience (especially around the Christmas holidays) ╥﹏╥

Aw, thanks. :) It’s just money though and I’m well over it (although the Batman part of me may have slightly vowed revenge…mwahaha!) It means I learned a good lesson though, so I’m not unhappy about it now. (^_^)

Anonymous Asked
QuestionWhen you say cancelled orders.. what exactly does that mean? Buyer did not want to pay for shipping so gave you the item? Buyer never paid? You refunded it fully or partially? Wants you to sell it? Seems kind of mean to just leave you with their stuff >.< Answer

It can mean any of those depending on the situation. :) I still have a 24,000 yen bag’s worth of Ma*rs items from December 2013 after a customer simply stopped replying. Unfortunately, it has little re-sale value so I’m pretty much stuck with it.

That scam cleared me out while I was still getting on my feet financially which meant that I was living on Chinese bean sprouts over the Christmas holidays. As you can imagine I was pretty upset. However, that was when I was more of a beginner in the business and was my very first time being cheated. I try to think of it as a good life experience.

I learned the hard way from that, and that’s why now I only take payment after if the customer is already extremely trusted (and then only if it’s necessary) or if the item has a re-sale value equal to or greater than the item I’ve bought. I don’t have to worry as much about non-committed customers with certain items. :)

(p.s. If anyone wants cheap Ma*rs items or a stack of Ageha magazines let me know, haha! xD)

So, I’m taking advantage of hiatus to do a big clear-out of inventory. I’m selling new and used items - some are from my wardrobe, some were impulse purchases during sales, and some are cancelled orders. You can check out my sale items here- http://www.lacemarket.us/author/cloudlace/

But here are some pictures anyway!

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(Magical Etoile special set - Harajuku store only as far as I know)

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I’ll also be putting up some of the following rare items over the next few days (as well as a cancelled Cameo Window dress, more bags and accessories, etc.) if I can bring myself to part with them, so stay tuned. (Sorry but I won’t be accepting offers prior to making the lacemarket listings)

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(^ still trying to decide if I can part with this one so not guaranteed)

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Anonymous Asked
QuestionHow long ago was your post about AP restocking Cosmic Series? Would it still be available do you think or from what you remember if you've been in a store lately? Thank you so much!! Answer

I’m afraid that was on the 31st May. Cosmic series is long gone now. I think the ones people have reserved are due to come out in September, so you might see some pop up on auctions/in secondhand shops around then if people decide they don’t want them. That will probably be your best chance at this point. :)

We have a winner! ☆*・゜゚・*\(^O^)/*・゜゚・*☆

The winner was selected by tallying up the number of people who had entered and using a random number generator to keep things fair. It came out as lucky number 7, so pengupooh, you are the winner. Congratulations! I’ll message you so that you can collect your prize.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! I have already found several things on people’s wishlists, so hopefully Collectstor will continue to be a useful tool for everyone. They’ve added a new ‘wishlist’ category now too due to demand. (^_^)

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From 1st - 13th August, the Tokyo Pirates shopping service will be on hiatus. The cut off date for new orders will be the 28th July. Replies may also be a little slow for the next few days due to a slight overload. Service will be resumed as normal after the 13th.

Current orders will continue to be processed as usual, so please don’t worry if you have an event that occurs during that time or if you have a package that is still to arrive and be shipped. They will still be processed. Exceptions may also be made for lolita reserves or releases. Sorry for any inconvenience!