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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]].
12th Oct '16 4:53:03 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Food trucks, of course, work in this way, designed to quickly pack up, move elsewhere, and set back up in another location. Though depending on the city and its laws, they may be able to visit ''multiple'' places in one day. Subverted if you prefer--it's standard for food trucks to have social media accounts telling everyone where they're going so fans can follow them (or, if they're not bound to a particular area, know when they're coming back).
11th Oct '16 10:40:30 PM PaulA
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* This is the entire premise for the ''Literature/MagicShop'' series of books by Creator/BruceCoville, where children buy powerful magical relics from a magical shop like this, usually ones that teach them AnAesop.
** ''Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher'' has the title character buying a dragon's egg from the magic shop, which he then finds out he has to hatch. (Actually, the egg chose him. Dragons apparently have the power to attract their own prenatal egg-sitters.)
** In ''Jennifer Murdley's Toad'', a girl enters the shop and ends up buying a pet toad. The shop owner didn't warn her that said toad could talk, and was not only a smartass, but also had a bounty on its head -- or more accurately, ''in'' its head.
** In ''Juliet Dove, Queen of Love'', an extremely shy girl named Juliet goes into the store, but instead of the old man we have come to expect, a strange woman gives her a necklace - which can't be removed. It's the amulet once owned by Helen of Troy, and has the same effect on all the boys in Juliet's class...
** In a short story in one of Bruce Coville's "Book Of" anthologies, a young man who expresses interest in the metamorphosis stage trick (where the magician switches places with his assistant) and is given a bag and an instruction manual. The instructions say to sleep in the bag every night over a certain period, and when he complies, he starts to grow wings. This story is actually one of the few times where what the character wants from the shop more or less matches up with what the character needs, because he happens to live with an extremely abusive uncle...
*** It's called "Elives' Magic Shop", incidentally, on account of the proprietor being a man named Elives. The Aesop behind each item tends to be that they've been given what they want, but it's been subverted in a way that teaches them what they need.

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* This is the entire premise for the ''Literature/MagicShop'' series of books by Creator/BruceCoville, where children buy powerful magical relics from a magical shop like this, usually ones that teach them AnAesop.
AnAesop. It's called "Elives' Magic Shop", incidentally, on account of the proprietor being a man named Elives. The Aesop behind each item tends to be that they've been given what they want, but it's been subverted in a way that teaches them what they need.
** ''Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher'' ''Literature/JeremyThatcherDragonHatcher'' has the title character buying a dragon's egg from the magic shop, which he then finds out he has to hatch. (Actually, the egg chose him. Dragons apparently have the power to attract their own prenatal egg-sitters.)
** In ''Jennifer Murdley's Toad'', ''Literature/JenniferMurdleysToad'', a girl enters the shop and ends up buying a pet toad. The shop owner didn't warn her that said toad could talk, and was not only a smartass, but also had a bounty on its head -- or more accurately, ''in'' its head.
** In ''Juliet Dove, Queen of Love'', ''Literature/JulietDoveQueenOfLove'', an extremely shy girl named Juliet goes into the store, but instead of the old man we have come to expect, a strange woman gives her a necklace - -- which can't be removed. It's the amulet once owned by Helen of Troy, and has the same effect on all the boys in Juliet's class...
** In a the short story in one "The Metamorphosis of Bruce Coville's "Book Of" anthologies, Justin Jones", a young man who expresses interest in the metamorphosis stage trick (where the magician switches places with his assistant) and is given a bag and an instruction manual. The instructions say to sleep in the bag every night over a certain period, and when he complies, he starts to grow wings. This story is actually one of the few times where what the character wants from the shop more or less matches up with what the character needs, because he happens to live with an extremely abusive uncle...
*** It's called "Elives' Magic Shop", incidentally, on account of the proprietor being a man named Elives. The Aesop behind each item tends to be that they've been given what they want, but it's been subverted in a way that teaches them what they need.
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9th Oct '16 4:32:01 AM RossN
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* The plot of the 2016 GenderBender comedy ''Film/{{Sam}}'' is set up by one of these. Sam, the HandsomeLech protagonist stumbles across 'Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe' and the shopkeeper decides to teach him a lesson after hearing Sam's less than positive views on women. The shopkeeper offers Sam some 'tea', Sam leaves and the next morning wakes up in a female body.
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