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Best Toy-Store Surprises 

Mr. Mopps'

If you lie awake at night wondering "How am I going to supply my band with instruments ... cheaply?" then Mr. Mopps' is for you. Especially if your band's lineup includes a plastic slide whistle, a harmonica, and two sizes of kazoo, and your budget is $1.40 plus tax. While Mr. Mopps' offers a brilliant selection of toy-shop staples (games, books, stuffed animals, building sets, dolls, craft and science kits, yo-yos, wooden railroads, and party supplies), it's the racks of inexpensive novelties that offer up the shop's best surprises. Looking for a pirate eye patch or a peanut-shaped eraser? Miniature music boxes or a rubber-band paddle boat? Mardi Gras beads, flicker-art rulers, glow sticks, or a bamboo finger catcher? There's a large selection of name-brand toys to satisfy specific desires or gift-giving needs, but the serendipitous stock is what will leave you smiling. Walk in without an agenda and you'll walk out with a world-dominating army of windup cats, monkeys, chicks, penguins, and ladybugs.
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