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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.
29th Jul '17 4:21:35 AM jormis29
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* In ''Webcomiuc/FullFrontalNerdity'', Frank buys a super-blender from a Costco kiosk, which turns out to have [[http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p=1614 disturbingly supernatural blending abilities]]:
-->'''Nelson''': Let me guess, the kiosk where you got it is gone, Costco have never heard of Vivablend, and their website brings up a 404 error.
-->'''Frank''': But the purchase still shows up on my credit card bill, somehow.
-->'''Nelson''': There are no refunds for monkey's paws, dude.

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* In ''Webcomiuc/FullFrontalNerdity'', ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'', Frank buys a super-blender from a Costco kiosk, which turns out to have [[http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p=1614 disturbingly supernatural blending abilities]]:
-->'''Nelson''': Let me guess, the kiosk where you got it is gone, Costco have never heard of Vivablend, and their website brings up a 404 error.
-->'''Frank''':
error.\\
'''Frank''':
But the purchase still shows up on my credit card bill, somehow.
-->'''Nelson''':
somehow.\\
'''Nelson''':
There are no refunds for monkey's paws, dude.
29th Jul '17 4:17:40 AM DaibhidC
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* Discussed in ''GURPS Magic Items 3'' as an excellent trope to get magic items from.

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* Discussed in ''GURPS ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Magic Items 3'' as an excellent trope to get magic items from.from, although it also notes the dangers of your players not taking it seriously. The book more or less defines it as an UndeadHorseTrope; one which keeps going even though subversions and parodies are numerous enough to form their own subgenre.
29th Jul '17 4:00:10 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Webcomiuc/FullFrontalNerdity'', Frank buys a super-blender from a Costco kiosk, which turns out to have [[http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p=1613 disturbingly supernatural blending abilities]]:

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* In ''Webcomiuc/FullFrontalNerdity'', Frank buys a super-blender from a Costco kiosk, which turns out to have [[http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p=1613 com/?p=1614 disturbingly supernatural blending abilities]]:
29th Jul '17 3:58:47 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Webcomiuc/FullFrontalNerdity'', Frank buys a super-blender from a Costco kiosk, which turns out to have disturbingly supernatural blending abilities

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* In ''Webcomiuc/FullFrontalNerdity'', Frank buys a super-blender from a Costco kiosk, which turns out to have [[http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p=1613 disturbingly supernatural blending abilitiesabilities]]:



--->'''Nelson''': There are no refunds for monkey's paws, dude.

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--->'''Nelson''': -->'''Nelson''': There are no refunds for monkey's paws, dude.
29th Jul '17 3:57:04 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Webcomiuc/FullFrontalNerdity'', Frank buys a super-blender from a Costco kiosk, which turns out to have disturbingly supernatural blending abilities
-->'''Nelson''': Let me guess, the kiosk where you got it is gone, Costco have never heard of Vivablend, and their website brings up a 404 error.
-->'''Frank''': But the purchase still shows up on my credit card bill, somehow.
--->'''Nelson''': There are no refunds for monkey's paws, dude.
11th Jul '17 3:12:34 AM Dracis
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* The trope is perspective-flipped with the Western Cuisine Cat Restaurant of ''LightNovel/IsekaiShokudou'': the restaurant is based in a modern Japanese shopping district, but manifests a number of [[PortalDoor Portal Doors]] in a fantasy world every Saturday. In defiance of the usual mystery surrounding the trope, the restaurant's chef makes quite sure to inform his otherworldly customers of the weekly schedule, ensuring that they'll be able to return for more without having to search in vain.
18th Jun '17 8:02:35 AM Schismatism
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* In ''Fanfic/DiariesOfAMadman'', Navarone and Taya are guided to one of these in their travels. Unlike many cases, the store owner explicitly points out the nature of the shop and that the pair will never see it again - and provides them with a book which sucks the erstwhile readers into [[Franchise/TheElderScrolls Apocrypha]], along with one or two other useful items. It's implied that the nature of the shop is intended specifically to keep Discord from finding it, but [[GambitPileup this may not be true.]]
* ''[[Fanfic/TheNonBronyverse The Non-Bronyverse]]'' has less of a shop there, and more of a single unicorn proprietor who sells TD the staff Reginald for a song.
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