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20th Nov '17 4:53:43 AM john_e
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* The basic premise of ''The Moving Toyshop'' by Edmund Crispin. It's a detective story, so there's [[YouMeddlingKids a logical reason of course]].

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* The basic premise of ''The ''[[Literature/GervaseFen The Moving Toyshop'' Toyshop]]'' by Edmund Crispin. It's a detective story, so there's [[YouMeddlingKids a logical reason of course]].
15th Nov '17 6:40:20 PM zarpaulus
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* While Artax of ‘’Podcast/MetamorCity’’ started as an homage to the “Spells R Us” wizard, his magic shop was stationary until a misunderstanding with an intelligence agency in ‘’Things Unseen’’. Then he starts hiding in plain sight by teleporting the shop to a different mall or strip every night (helps that it’s bigger on the inside.)
13th Sep '17 8:01:07 PM PaulA
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* "Wo and Shade, Importers" in Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's "Sandkings". It has a number of curious goods inside, but the story's protagonist (a {{Jerkass}} RichIdiotWithNoDayJob [[NightmareFetishist who loves dangerous pets]]) is only interested in the eponymous Sandkings, tiny insect-like creatures that form armies and war with each other, creating castles adorned with sculptures of their owner's face as if in worship. The story mentions that Wo and Shade have shops on multiple planets, and Martin intended to use them again in other stories, but, well, [[OrphanedSeries didn't.]]

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* "Wo and Shade, Importers" in Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's "Sandkings". It has a number of curious goods inside, but the story's protagonist (a {{Jerkass}} RichIdiotWithNoDayJob rich idiot [[NightmareFetishist who loves dangerous pets]]) is only interested in the eponymous Sandkings, tiny insect-like creatures that form armies and war with each other, creating castles adorned with sculptures of their owner's face as if in worship. The story mentions that Wo and Shade have shops on multiple planets, and Martin intended to use them again in other stories, but, well, [[OrphanedSeries didn't.]]
13th Sep '17 7:50:13 AM TFSyndicate
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* The pilot of ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' has both the Towering Skyscraper That Wasn't There Yesterday ("''That's'' new.") ''and'' The Glossy Shopping Mall That Wasn't There Yesterday ("I find it hard to believe no one noticed that either."). The Skyscraper remains, but the Mall soon disappears... less because of magic, and more because Jay and Silent Bob [[StuffBlowingUp blow it up]].

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* The pilot of ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' has both the Towering Skyscraper That Wasn't There Yesterday ("''That's'' new.") ''and'' The Glossy Shopping Mall That Wasn't There Yesterday ("I find it hard to believe no one noticed that either.")."), mainly to illustrate how stupidly oblivious the townsfolk are. The Skyscraper remains, but the Mall soon disappears... less because of magic, and more because Jay and Silent Bob [[StuffBlowingUp blow it up]].



* Deconstructed, along with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Be Careful What You Wish For]], in the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "Something Ricked This Way Comes". Summer got a part-time job at a newly-opened vintage thrift store called Literature/NeedfulThings, run by an eccentric gentleman who always knows what his customers desire. [[spoiler:Rick immediately figures out that Mr. Needful is actually the devil, who gives him a golden microscope with a curse that would have made him stupid. Rick is able to use his mad science to figure out how to detect, analyze, and counteract curses, and he opens up his own store across the street where he removes curses, leaving the items with just their beneficial magic. For instance, an aftershave that makes a man irresistible to women, but also leaves him impotent? Rick pairs it with a cure for impotence. Rick makes a ton of money, and Mr. Needful is so humiliated that Summer has to talk him out of suicide.]]

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* Deconstructed, along with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Be Careful What You Wish For]], in the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "Something Ricked This Way Comes". Summer got a part-time job at a newly-opened vintage thrift store called Literature/NeedfulThings, run by an eccentric gentleman who always knows what his customers desire. [[spoiler:Rick immediately figures out that Mr. Needful is actually the devil, who gives him a golden microscope with a curse that would have made him stupid. Rick is able to use his mad science to figure out how to detect, analyze, and counteract curses, and he opens up his own store across the street where he removes curses, leaving the items with just their beneficial magic. For instance, an aftershave that makes a man irresistible to women, but also leaves him impotent? Rick pairs it with a cure for impotence. Rick makes a ton of money, and Mr. Needful is so humiliated that Summer has to talk him out of suicide. Then Rick gets bored and burns the place down.]]
3rd Sep '17 11:08:10 AM JulianLapostat
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* One of the Egmont stories in TheNineties in ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicsUniverse'' -- "The Backdated Lucky Charm" -- had Donald stumble into one of these stores, a bookshop, where he purchases a book on making lucky charms and then when he tries to learn more about it, finds out it's missing when he returns.
31st Aug '17 10:04:22 PM PaulA
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* Played with in "The Astronomic Blur", a StoryWithinAStory in Creator/ThomasLigotti's ''"Sideshow", and Other Stories'', in which a small shop that [[WeirdnessCensor no-one had previously noticed]] is suddenly inhabited by... [[OurMonstersAreDifferent something.]]

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Played with in "The Astronomic Blur", a StoryWithinAStory in Creator/ThomasLigotti's ''"Sideshow", and Other Stories'', in which a small shop that [[WeirdnessCensor no-one had previously noticed]] is suddenly inhabited by... [[OurMonstersAreDifferent something.]]
27th Aug '17 10:33:41 AM Cavery210
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->'''Marge:''' Eugh! Homer, where did you get that thing?
->'''Homer:''' From that little shop right over --''(Points to an empty lot, where sand devils whirl. He gasps in disbelief, then corrects himself.)'' Oh, wait, no, it was right over there.

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->'''Marge:''' Eugh! Homer, where did you get that ugly thing?
->'''Homer:''' From that little shop right over --''(Points there--''(Points to an empty lot, where sand devils whirl. He gasps in disbelief, then corrects himself.)'' Oh, wait, no, wait, it was right over there.
2nd Aug '17 11:06:06 AM JustTroper
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You know the place. It was a vacant lot when you went by this time yesterday. It'll probably be a vacant lot again this time tomorrow. But right now, there's a shop there that looks like it came out of Creator/CharlesDickens -- or maybe Creator/HPLovecraft. If you go inside, you'll find a quirky old shopkeeper who has any number of potentially magical -- and potentially inconvenient -- artifacts available for sale. Cheap. Today only. Just for you. In fact, these items may ''look'' just like any other shop merchandise, but actually they have some weird supernatural properties.

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You know the place. It was a vacant lot when you went by this time yesterday. It'll probably be a vacant lot again this time tomorrow. But right now, there's a shop there that looks like it came out of Creator/CharlesDickens -- or maybe Creator/HPLovecraft. If you go inside, you'll find a quirky old shopkeeper who has any number of potentially magical -- and potentially inconvenient -- artifacts available for sale. Cheap. Today only. Just for you. In fact, these items may ''look'' just like any other shop merchandise, but [[ParanormalMundaneItem actually they have some weird supernatural properties.
properties.]]
1st Aug '17 11:32:22 PM Gorank
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** In ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' and ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', Twoflower the tourist has an ill-tempered, sentient piece of luggage that he bought in one of these ''tavernes vagrantes'', or "mysterious wandering shops" (he asked for "traveling luggage" and got ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin), and the characters actually enter such a shop in the latter book. It turns out that the shopkeeper was cursed by a wizard [[note]] Well, it says "sorcerer," but [[{{Retcon}} probably doesn't mean it]][[/note]] who had an unpleasant retail experience.

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** In ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' and ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', Twoflower the tourist has an ill-tempered, sentient piece of luggage that he bought in one of these ''tavernes vagrantes'', or "mysterious wandering shops" (he asked for "traveling luggage" and got ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin), and the characters actually enter such a shop in the latter book. It turns out that the shopkeeper was cursed by a wizard [[note]] Well, [[note]]Well, it says "sorcerer," but [[{{Retcon}} probably doesn't mean it]][[/note]] who had an unpleasant retail experience.



** ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'' also [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] several alternate theories about the phenomenon. For example, one explanation is that a race of highly advanced alien merchants learned to escape the heat death of their universe through dimension traveling technology. [[note]] These theories have, however, one thing in common: They are all wrong.[[/note]]

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** ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'' also [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] several alternate theories about the phenomenon. For example, one explanation is that a race of highly advanced alien merchants learned to escape the heat death of their universe through dimension traveling technology. [[note]] These [[note]]These theories have, however, one thing in common: They are all wrong.[[/note]]
29th Jul '17 4:26:55 AM jormis29
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* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'': Merida is lead by the wisps to the cottage of a witch posing as a woodcarver. Her store is completely innocuous except for the talking crow and magic broom, and she won't entertain the possibility of even being a witch, let alone conjuring for someone, unless you buy a wood carving first. After she leaves the cottage, [[StealthHiBye Merida immediately finds herself back in the stone ring that the wisps found her in.]] After Eleanor is turned into a bear, Merida assumes that this trope is in effect, and that she'll need the wisps to lead them back to the witch, while Eleanor simply goes in the direction Merida said she went last time. Eleanor's plan works.

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* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'': Merida is lead by [[WillOTheWisp the wisps wisps]] to the cottage of a witch posing as a woodcarver. Her store is completely innocuous except for the talking crow and magic broom, and she won't entertain the possibility of even being a witch, let alone conjuring for someone, unless you buy a wood carving first. After she leaves the cottage, [[StealthHiBye Merida immediately finds herself back in the stone ring that the wisps found her in.]] After Eleanor is turned into a bear, Merida assumes that this trope is in effect, and that she'll need the wisps to lead them back to the witch, while Eleanor simply goes in the direction Merida said she went last time. Eleanor's plan works.
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