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You can never be too careful.

I was on my way to meet my friend for lunch at a local café down in the shopping district of town. We hadn’t seen each other for a long time and I was so eager to see him that I realized I was very early for our date. Deciding that it would be silly to go sit in the restaurant for an hour, I parked the car and walked into town, so I could browse the shops. Maybe I’ll get him a gift, I thought. I passed the familiar establishments: the bakery, the antique bookshop, and the one with the handmade chocolates. I peeked in the windows, but nothing caught my eye. Becoming bored, I decided to make a short cut to the other side of the street down a narrow alley.

I stepped around the trash cans and navigated a dumpster. I stopped short. For a moment my head went all swimmy. I closed my eyes, wondering if I might faint. My heart rate slowed. I felt a trickle of perspiration go down my spine. I opened my eyes. The hazy alley now went on infinitely in both directions. Thinking that possibly I was dehydrated , I walked for a few steps in the direction I was already going hoping to find a shop where I could ask for a drink of water. Almost as soon as I wished, I was in front of a tiny shop entrance, set in a stone wall. It hadn’t been there a second ago. The hand lettered sign on the red door said Three Penny Market. Steam was pouring out from under it. The window showcased inexplicable things- pendants that glowed like stars in the fog, arcane machinery covered in pipes and gauges, top hats and parasols and faded flags.

I opened the door tentatively. A cloud of steam swirled out to greet me. I received an impression of rows of shadowy shelving with items on them, presumably for sale. Shoes and sealing wax and cabbages and kings, I thought. The whole place hummed in a way that I could feel inside my chest. Through the droplets clinging to my eyelashes I noticed objects from a variety of time periods and genres. Was this an antique shop? It had that antique shop feeling, of age and dust and benevolent neglect, but something was off. Over in the corner were some things with lights on them that looked vaguely like computer equipment, but where the keyboard should be there was an ancient black typewriter with shiny round keys. I absentmindedly shifted some hangers on the racks of period clothing. What was I looking for? I knew I had come in here for a reason. I gravitated toward a display hung with shiny goggles and noticed I was at the main counter. I rang the service bell. It seemed to be the right thing to do. A woman came out from the back. She had on a dozen skirts all hitched up in various places with a long chain draped over the top of the layers. The chain had keys, watches, and tiny tools like scissors and even a spoon all hanging off it. As she passed through the doorway, I briefly saw a vast workshop behind her, where a peculiar whiskered man in a pith helmet was hammering furiously on some sort of machinery that seemed to be producing the quantities of steam. I had a glimpse of a huge turbine with vast gears. That’s what is causing the humming, I thought, whatever is going on in that secret lab. The woman asked, “May I help you?” and I turned my attention to her. It was hard to determine her exact age- she had long reddish brown hair and rosy cheeks, but her eyes crinkled in way that said she had seen the back of many years. They were odd eyes that seemed to change color as she cocked an eyebrow at me.

“Looking for anything in particular?” she said sardonically, “We have some lovely guns just now.”

“Guns! What would I need a gun for?”

“Zombies are pretty active lately, you can never be too careful.” Her expression was wry, maybe she was teasing me? She started banging some models on the counter for me to examine. Before I knew what was happening I had purchased a steam powered zombie pistol, a black top hat with raven’s wings on the sides, a pocket watch with exposed gears, and a pair of spats. I mumbled some thanks and drifted back to the red door which closed behind me in puff of steam. When the door clicked shut, it was like the snap the hypnotist uses to wake you up out of a trance. I stood blinking in the ordinary alley with the dumpster. The shop was nowhere to be found, and I have never seen it since. But I still have my gun, just in case the zombies act up. You can never be too careful.

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Shop policies

Last updated on July 19, 2018
At Three Penny Market, our goal is to make all your wildest dreams come true. Whether you are looking for the confidence of having a good blaster at your side, or the comfort of having your favorite character fit in your pocket, we aim to fill all your ridiculous needs. If you have a fantastic idea that you would like to see made real, please let us help you realize your vision. We can make all sorts of things and have mad skills. We are a small family run company with no fancy employees- it's just us cunning artificers, and our robot minions. We use a combination of high tech 3D printer technologies and things as humble as a sewing needles to make our imaginations come to life. We love sharing the magic that is wrought out of the the Three Penny Market Studio with all our cosplay and fandom friends. We love you guys!

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Any items with defects in our workmanship will qualify for a refund or exchange. Please contact us ASAP and we will ensure these matters are resolved quickly for you.

We are happy to accept returns provided the item is clean, unused, and in it's original condition. If you are unsatisfied in any way with your purchase, please contact us within a week of receiving the item to coordinate the return. You will then ship it back to us via the carrier of your choice. After we receive the item you are returning, we will issue you a refund for the purchase price of the item (excluding shipping). Returns may incur a restocking charge of 10-30% depending on the condition of the item and any customization.
Shipping
Most of our items are made to order. This means that there will be various shipping dates, depending on how long an item takes to make. Please check the "Shipping" tab on an item for its estimated shipping date. If you have a specific timeline in mind, please contact us. Because of the volume of our sales, sometimes our shipping times can be longer to keep our prices low. If you would like to negotiate a higher price for quicker shipping or turnaround time, please contact us. We check our messages most business days.

USPS 1st Class Mail does not include insurance, and customers that select this service use it at their own risk. We recommend Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express as the items will be insured and will arrive more quickly. International shipments must be sent Priority Mail International or Priority Mail Express International to provide for insurance and tracking service.

Customers outside the USA are responsible for all duties, taxes, etc. Customers need to be aware of the laws and regulations for their location, especially for replica firearms. We cannot be responsible for items seized by customs.
Additional policies and FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions:

SHIPPING:
Q) Will I receive my order in time for Christmas, birthday, etc?
A) Check the "Shipping" tab on an item for its estimated shipping date. If you have a specific timeline in mind please contact us.

PROP GUNS:
Q) Are your Airsoft guns legal in my city/state/country?
A) As the laws and regulations frequently change, customers are responsible for knowing their local laws. If you have questions please check with your local government. We can not ship to US cities and states where it is illegal for us to do so.

Q) What is the difference between the firing and non-firing models of your guns?
A) The firing and non-firing models of our guns are identical, with the exception that the ammunition path is permanently blocked (at the clip and barrel) on the non-firing version. All other functions (trigger movement, etc.) are the same.

PLUSHIES:
Q) Can you make my favorite anime/sci fi/action hero/zombie character a plushie?
A) Absolutely! Send me a picture and we'll get you a custom order. Many of our current plushies began as a custom order.

Q) Can you modify one of your plushies to meet my requirements (ie: size, eye color, clothing, etc.)?
A) Absolutely, tell me what you want and as Capt. Picard would say, I'll make it so.

Q) What size are the plushies?
A) The plushies, as pictured, fit in the palm of your hand. I can custom make a plushie any size you like. Contact us for pricing!

Q) Are the plushies age appropriate for my child?
A) I use safety eyes, but these are not really meant to be toys. They are made of felt and hand sewn, and are certainly not indestructible, and not particularly washable. Give them to children at your own discretion.