Sometimes I wonder how some stores manage to stay in business since they do not seem to sell anything that many customers would want or need. Plenty of these stores sell knickknacks/tchotchkes that are not old enough or rare enough to be considered collectibles and definitely not practical or needed. I came across one of these stores in Elk Grove, California. The store was called Byblos Art & Garden and most of its ware was outside to browse: large fireplace surrounds that seem to be scaled for large ballrooms in old castles (which are rare here), plenty of the same copies of Venus statues and lion heads but in a variety of colors from bright blue to shocking pink, and large copies of classic paintings.
The store also included a large coop of doves and a rusted sports car although it was not clear whether either or both were for sale.
In the back corner of the yard was what seemed to be the run-down buildings of a train set with an astounding price tag, and maybe that was the answer to the question of how stores like this one stay alive – just one sale of an item like this one would keep the store afloat for years.
Or maybe there is a bigger demand for oversized fireplace surrounds that seem to come from the set of a play than I have ever realized.