Created By: Giant Space Chinchilla on July 3, 2010 Last Edited By: GiantSpaceChinchilla on July 3, 2010
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Mobile Kiosk

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Exactly What It Says on the Tin

In Speculative Fiction sometimes The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday has a very good reason for disappearing and reappearing at will, it has a motor!

A Mobile Kiosk would be any device where the owner sells something with the additional benefit of when business dries up he can pick up and move. perhaps a conman with a collapsible table, a bazaar merchant with his store on a cart, or a hoverskift selling fresh alien fish. See Travel Cool for more odd vehicles such as Fruit Carts.

Examples:

Film

Literature
  • Jean Merrill's children's book The Pushcart War. Pushcart vendors vs. monster trucks!
  • Discworld has C.M.O.T. Dibbler.
  • It may be hard to find, but there's a short story by Lord Dunsany, The Shop that Traded Evils.
  • Abie Glassman in The Great Brain.

Live-Action TV
  • The Twilight Zone TOS episode "One for the Angels". Lew Bookman has a mobile pitch: a suitcase with extendable legs. When he finishes a pitch, he collapses the legs back into the suitcase and moves on.
  • In season 3 of The Wire, Bubbles starts selling white t-shirts to the drug dealers and users around Baltimore from a shopping trolley. Later in the season and in season four he starts to expand his operation, offering cans of paint, pirated DVDs and other such assorted goods from his trolley.
Real Life
  • The U.S. has trucks filled with various types of food and drink that go around to any place with groups of people (construction sites, office buildings, etc.) and sell to the people there.
  • Bookmobiles: kind of as they are essentially libraries
  • there are companies out there that will wash your car and/or repair windshields on the spot (well in the parking lot anyway)
  • Ice cream trucks.
  • Also old-time cigarette girls.

Tabletop RPG
  • Shadowrun: often has mobile medical care facilities and repair shops for the "don't ask questions" type.

Theater
  • In Oklahoma!, Ali Hakim the peddler has one of these.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons, when Marge started a pretzel business and drove around with the pretzels in her station wagon, her rivals had a falafel truck.
  • In The Simpsons various times when they go to "ethnic" neighborhoods, and when they flashed back to Homer & Marge when they lived in an apartment.
Chiiiipwich for sale! Chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin! Chiiipwich for sale!...
  • Oh, and the time Homer went to New York City to get his impounded car he bought a bunch of Klauh Kalesh from a street vendor, with crab juice to wash it down.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • November 3, 2009
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Jean Merrill's children's book The Pushcart War. Pushcart vendors vs. monster trucks!

    Film
    • The opening scene of Guys And Dolls has a pitchman and his female accomplice whose pitch is a box with fixed legs.

    Live Action TV
    • The Twilight Zone TOS episode "One for the Angels". Lew Bookman has a mobile pitch: a suitcase with extendable legs. When he finishes a pitch, he collapses the legs back into the suitcase and moves on.
  • November 3, 2009
    TBeholder
    So The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday would have supertrope. If it's tropable, that is.
  • November 3, 2009
    inked
    Can we clear the description up a bit, please? I didn't quite get it the first time.
  • November 3, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    Real Life Film

    See Travel Cool for more odd vehicles.
  • November 3, 2009
    newtonthenewt
    Literature
  • November 3, 2009
    Deboss
    Related to Fruit Cart.
  • November 4, 2009
    Arivne
    Vending trucks example:

    Real Life
    • The U.S. has trucks filled with various types of food and drink that go around to any place with groups of people (construction sites, office buildings, etc.) and sell to the people there.
  • November 20, 2009
    Giant Space Chinchilla
    somewhat shameless YKTTW Bump
  • November 21, 2009
    random surfer
    The Simpsons, when Marge started a pretzel business and drove around with the pretzels in her station wagon, her rivals had a falafel truck.
  • July 2, 2010
    Chabal2
    Cut Me Own Throat Dibbler of Anhk-Morpork. In Making Money, he approaches Moist to ask for a loan. When Moist asks if he wants to start his own chain of restaurants, Dibbler tells him he wants to buy a wheelbarrow, as mobility isextremely important in his business.
  • July 2, 2010
    TooBah
    Theater
    • In Oklahoma, Ali Hakim the peddler has one of these.
  • July 2, 2010
    Rufusthedoofus
    It may be hard to find, but there's a short story by Lord Dunsany, The Shop that Traded Evils.
  • July 2, 2010
    randomsurfer
    • Abie Glassman in The Great Brain.
    • In The Simpsons various times when they go to "ethnic" neighborhoods, and when they flashed back to Homer & Marge when they lived in an apartment.
    Chiiiipwich for sale! Chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin! Chiiipwich for sale!...
    • Oh, and the time Homer went to New York City to get his impounded car he bought a bunch of Klauh Kalesh from a street vendor, with crab juice to wash it down.
  • July 2, 2010
    JonnyB
    The vendor in the film Top Secret!.

    Also old-time cigarette girls.
  • July 3, 2010
    randomsurfer
    The Simpsons is Western Animation, not Live Action TV. Also, The Other Wiki tells me that this actually was how they first sold the Chipwich in Real Life.
  • July 3, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    Oo ... ! ... Oops, sorry.
  • July 3, 2010
    Duckay
    In season 3 of The Wire, Bubbles starts selling white t-shirts to the drug dealers and users around Baltimore from a shopping trolley. Later in the season and in season four he starts to expand his operation, offering cans of paint, pirated DVDs and other such assorted goods from his trolley.
  • July 3, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    So what you you guys think. Is it ready to launch?
  • July 3, 2010
    Duckay
    It looks good to me.
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