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16th May '17 10:06:25 AM nombretomado
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* This is the type of store Yuuko the Dimension Witch runs in ''Manga/XxxHolic'', although it deviates slightly from the norm in that it ''will'' be there tomorrow. The key to being able to see and enter it, however, is that you must have need of Yuuko's wish-granting powers. Presumably this is very convenient for dealing with encyclopedia salesmen. [[spoiler: She does eventually say that the shop was built ''specifically'' for the sake of helping Syaoran and Sakura-hime of TsubasaReservoirChronicle, racking up magic credits from the wishes she grants until the day they needed to be used.]]

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* This is the type of store Yuuko the Dimension Witch runs in ''Manga/XxxHolic'', although it deviates slightly from the norm in that it ''will'' be there tomorrow. The key to being able to see and enter it, however, is that you must have need of Yuuko's wish-granting powers. Presumably this is very convenient for dealing with encyclopedia salesmen. [[spoiler: She does eventually say that the shop was built ''specifically'' for the sake of helping Syaoran and Sakura-hime of TsubasaReservoirChronicle, ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', racking up magic credits from the wishes she grants until the day they needed to be used.]]
23rd Apr '17 4:03:26 PM nombretomado
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* A sort of science-fiction variation on the theme was taken in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impossible_Dreams "Impossible Dreams"]] by Tim Pratt, in which a Movie buff discovers a Video/DVD store in another reality where differing history has led [[DifferentWorldDifferentMovies to different movies]] (''The Magnificent Ambersons'' is available in its uncut form, but ''Film/CitizenKane'' is a lost film, there was only one ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movie and it starred TomSelleck, there is a big-time actress who doesn't exist in our world, etc.); in an interesting subversion, everything he can get out of the store is useless due to interdimensional regional DVD differences and such. Oh, and only nickels are legal currency in both worlds. And in a further twist [[spoiler: the movie-buff store clerk finds our reality, with ''its'' different media, an enticing alternate universe]].

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* A sort of science-fiction variation on the theme was taken in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impossible_Dreams "Impossible Dreams"]] by Tim Pratt, in which a Movie buff discovers a Video/DVD store in another reality where differing history has led [[DifferentWorldDifferentMovies to different movies]] (''The Magnificent Ambersons'' is available in its uncut form, but ''Film/CitizenKane'' is a lost film, there was only one ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movie and it starred TomSelleck, Creator/TomSelleck, there is a big-time actress who doesn't exist in our world, etc.); in an interesting subversion, everything he can get out of the store is useless due to interdimensional regional DVD differences and such. Oh, and only nickels are legal currency in both worlds. And in a further twist [[spoiler: the movie-buff store clerk finds our reality, with ''its'' different media, an enticing alternate universe]].
9th Apr '17 9:26:13 AM nombretomado
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* Creator/AlfredBester and RogerZelazny's ''Psychoshop'' is a pawnshop, accessible from apparently any time period or place in the galaxy, "where you can dump any unwanted aspect of your spirit as long as you exchange it for something else". And, oh yeah -- all exchanges are final. The Psychoshop is actually a lot more benign than this trope usually is, though.

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* Creator/AlfredBester and RogerZelazny's Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Psychoshop'' is a pawnshop, accessible from apparently any time period or place in the galaxy, "where you can dump any unwanted aspect of your spirit as long as you exchange it for something else". And, oh yeah -- all exchanges are final. The Psychoshop is actually a lot more benign than this trope usually is, though.
16th Mar '17 10:10:29 PM rodneyAnonymous
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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 [[MysticalItemTM may LOOK just like any other shop merchandise]], but actually 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 [[MysticalItemTM may LOOK ''look'' just like any other shop merchandise]], merchandise, but actually they have some weird supernatural properties.
5th Feb '17 6:16:53 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 [[MysticalItemTM may ''look'' just like any other shop merchandise]], but actually 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 [[MysticalItemTM may ''look'' LOOK just like any other shop merchandise]], but actually have some weird supernatural properties.
5th Feb '17 6:16:04 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.

Just don't expect a liberal returns policy.

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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.

you. In fact, these items [[MysticalItemTM may ''look'' just like any other shop merchandise]], but actually have some weird supernatural properties.

Just don't expect a liberal returns policy.
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14th Dec '16 9:12:42 AM Micah
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* In ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' [[#1772 https://xkcd.com/1772/]], Beret Guy claims he buys groceries from stores like this, and his startup considers the idea of disrupting the industry.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' [[#1772 https://xkcd.com/1772/]], [[https://xkcd.com/1772/ #1772]], Beret Guy claims he buys groceries from stores like this, and his startup considers the idea of disrupting the industry.
14th Dec '16 9:12:09 AM Micah
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* In ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' [[#1772 https://xkcd.com/1772/]], Beret Guy claims he buys groceries from stores like this, and his startup considers the idea of disrupting the industry.
12th Dec '16 10:32:44 AM LadyNorbert
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* In the 1984 ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', The bookstore from which Bastian gets the book is empty and abandoned as if for years when he returns. In the original book, the store is still there, although the storekeeper says that he has never seen the book that Bastian took.

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* In the 1984 ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', The the bookstore from which Bastian gets the book is empty and abandoned as if for years when he returns. In the original book, the store is still there, although the storekeeper says that he has never seen the book that Bastian took.



** These shops appear in the game ''[[Videogame/DiscworldII DiscworldII: Missing Presumed]]''. While inside, you can witness the shopkeeper pulling a lever. Once you leave, you are in another part of Ankh-Morpork.

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** These shops appear in the game ''[[Videogame/DiscworldII DiscworldII: Discworld II: Missing Presumed]]''. While inside, you can witness the shopkeeper pulling a lever. Once you leave, you are in another part of Ankh-Morpork.



* The Shop of the Aether and Neither, from ''[[Literature/{{Spellsinger}} The Day of the Dissonance]]'', is located in a town that can't be found unless it's really needed. After shoppers have departed, it promptly vanishes and [[VanishingVillage takes the village with it]].

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* The Shop of the Aether and Neither, from ''[[Literature/{{Spellsinger}} ''[[Literature/{{Spellsinger}}: The Day of the Dissonance]]'', is located in a town that can't be found unless it's really needed. After shoppers have departed, it promptly vanishes and [[VanishingVillage takes the village with it]].
2nd Dec '16 1:08:07 PM ashlay
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* Throughout the ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' series, there's a place called the Velvet Room. The long-nosed man who runs it, Igor, can fuse Personae together for you. Only the main character can even see its door, and it appears in the strangest places, such as [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} under the stairs of a karaoke bar]], or [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} in the back of a limo]].

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* Throughout the ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' series, there's a place called the Velvet Room. The long-nosed man who runs it, Igor, can fuse Personae together for you. Only the main character can even see its door, and it appears in the strangest places, such as [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} under the stairs of a karaoke bar]], or [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} next to a book small town bookstore]], or [[VideoGame/{{Persona 5}} down a side street in the back of a limo]].shopping district]].
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