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BEST NOVELTY STORE Minneapolis 1998 -

This is the kind of store you wish had been around when you were a kid. It carries everything from miniature plastic trolls to rubber-chicken key chains to Speed Racer stickers and Elvis lamps (a ceramic bust of the King is crowned by a two-toned lampshade)--not to mention all the stuff you remember, but haven't seen since grade school. Those 2-inch, flesh-colored plastic babies and tiny plastic hamburgers you'd get out of gumball machines? They got 'em! And then there's the kind of item you can't really appreciate until later in life, like "NunZilla." She's a formidable-looking, wooden ruler-wielding, fully-habited wind-up nun whose mouth shoots sparks when she walks. Ah, the good old days.

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