I can spend hours in this store for no good reason, but I actually buy stuff.
Mar 14, 2009
I first encountered MUJI years ago during a stint living in NYC and I last encountered one in Paris, France. I love stores that sell home goods (like Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn) and can spend hours in them, roaming the aisles looking, oogling, and wanting to buy stuff that I know I don't need (how many white serving bowls should one lady have?). In this regard, MUJI is no different.
But what is different about MUJI is that I actually buy stuff there. MUJI not only sells dishes and furniture, they also sell clothing, bath accessories, office supplies, and interestingly designed decorations. I bought my first pair of toe socks (not the rainbow toe socks everyone has, but heather-grey toe socks that somehow seem more sophisticated), an eco-friendly bookshelf, coloring pencils, and a hair clip--all under one roof. Still, there are things they sell in MUJI that I just don't understand (like the cardboard owl-making kit), but I suppose I can see why people would want to buy them (you wouldn't see it anywhere else).
MUJI would be a great place to buy gifts for people who you never know what to get--it's too bad they're not everywhere like C&B or Pottery Barn. Check out their Web site: http://www.muji.net/eng/