I looked up some otome brands including Emily Temple Cute on Yahoo Japan using this handy guide: http://frozen-yjapan.livejournal.com/567.html#cutid1 and came across something that had been on my wishlist, ETC's umbrella print skirt in mint <3
The auction started at only 3,000 yen. I emailed Japonica about this item, using the form provided on their site (auction url, maximum bid, paypal, address, etc). I listed my max bid at 6,000 yen and they sent me an invoice for that amount + paypal fee. However, someone else bid 5,000 with a few days still left, so I figured I should up my max bid to keep up. They raised my bid without asking for another deposit - I just paid the extra along with shipping and commission at the end. I ended up winning the auction at a little under 9,000 yen, which is not exactly cheap, but also not bad for a rare print like this.
The commission fee was very low since Japonica is doing a special offer of 50% off their regular rate. The offer runs through the end of August, just fyi :) My total with shipping, commission, paypal fees was 11,103 yen or $139. All in all, it was well worth it.
My package arrived only a few days after I made the final payment. I'm sure it helps that I'm on the west coast, but it was still pretty fast.
I also recently ordered from ModCloth. They seem to have a lot of cute blouses, so I thought I'd order one and see what the quality was like. They offer free shipping on orders over $50, so I bought a necklace too to bring up my total. They threw in two hair pins as an extra.
I'll try to post a coord with the umbrella print skirt very soon!