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Tiny Doll House

Most of the homes at Tiny Doll House look like they were lifted from a ghost story. Maids with perfect lace doilies on their heads pose in a permanent kneel, ready to clean the floor. A shrunken copy of the 1912 New York Times, with the headline "Titanic Sinks Four Hours After Hitting Iceberg," is splayed on a handmade Persian rug. The two resident decorators at the store, who call themselves elves, perform maintenance with a magnifying glass. A painting the size of a cracker costs $145—as much as a real one. "You have to realize this is an art," says one of the elves. "It takes incredible patience and most of us will probably go blind."


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