Last year, I reserved a spot with Tokyo Pirates shopping service for the 2014 Liz Lisa x My Melody collab trunk carry fukubukuro in early December. [Photos from the official blog.]
Here is the sample reveal -
Positives for ordering with Tokyo Pirates(/a shopping service) -
all options (makes it possible to get in-store only fukubukuro)
English (I was able to communicate quickly and easily with Tokyo Pirates through email in my chosen language)
Negatives for ordering with Tokyo Pirates(/a shopping service) -
the price (this can't really be helped and I don't find it unreasonable, but it does add a significant amount to the total you'll be spending)
uncertainty (you're not sure if your ss will be able to get it if the item is super popular and if it sells out before they have the opportunity to buy it for you)
[Please see my 2013 analysis post for my noted positives and negatives for ordering from VENT/now Tokyo Kawaii Life and also from MARUQ. Please see my Tokyo Pirates Shopping Service review for a more thorough review of the service.]
The results of this LP about one year later -
Okay, so this trunk. I LOVE IT. I love it a lot. But I think I love it too much to ever use it, and I already have another Liz Lisa trunk from 2013 that I do use/have used. I definitely don't need two especially in such a similar design. I didn't really think about it that way when I was ordering it in December 2013. Or, well, I did, but I let myself convince myself that it didn't matter that it was a second trunk, and I just absolutely needed it because of the print. A year later, I've come back to reality a bit, and I think I'm ready to potentially let it go. (Maybe.)
Just FYI, I do have someone I promised it to on the occasion that I was going to sell it way back in January and another person (Cindy, I believe) who is second in line in case that first person decides to pull out. I am giving the first person time to think about the purchase, but I did not want to delay this blog post for the decision as I wanted to publish before 2015 fukubukuro sales. Since I am talking about possibly selling it in this blog post, I want to offer the third and subsequent places to you (blog readers) and then Tumblr followers after that before just outright listing it on storenvy. This is only on the chance that it is available after discussing with the first and second person, and they have declined. I'm not sure if anyone here is interested, but if you are, please leave a comment with the best way to contact you (email preferred), and I will get in touch with you in the order that you comment if it is available. I haven't yet decided on a price, but that information will be provided if you are interested, and it is still available. Sorry, I know this isn't the best way to do it, but I think that's the most fair way I can think of right now.
Final verdict - 9/10. I liked a lot of the clothes in this particular fukubukuro (especially compared to the contents of some of the others), but I ended up selling a lot of pieces because I thought they would be better used elsewhere and wanted to give others the chance to own/wear some of these pieces instead of just leaving them collecting dust on my clothes rack... I never buy with the intention of selling or profiting on what I bought, but I do like that I have it as an option, and I'm glad people wanted these items and could make better use of them than I would have. I absolutely adore the print on the trunk and the pouch and blanket which I find pretty unique for both Liz Lisa and Sanrio/My Melody. Even though I don't use it very often, and it's somewhat on the "small" side (although technically average for these things), I'm really really happy they decided to include a blanket in the 2014 fukubukuro as the "accessory" item. It's something that I couldn't see myself buying from Liz Lisa on its own (if they sold blankets regularly), but I love to have. Even though I didn't end up keeping any of the clothes item from this fukubukuro, I still feel really satisfied with it and the contents, mostly in part to the results a year later, and that's why I rated it so high.
2014 trunk/contents compared to 2013 trunk/contents -
Considerations for 2015 -
I'm not sure if this little review was helpful to anyone else, but I found it nice for myself lol. If anyone wants to share their experience from 2014 as well, please do!