The Carmel Doll Shop could be a wonderful experience - if you could actually get inside it.
So far I haven't been to Carmel, California more than once every 30 years, so I was excited to visit the famous Carmel Doll Shop.
It has wonderful antique dolls and dollhouse items.
When I arrived it was closed. The sign on the door said that if it was closed during business hours I should phone the posted number and someone would be there within minutes.
Heart aflutter I dialed the number.
The voice that answered was promising. "Carmel Doll Shop?"
I explained I was there and waiting for them to arrive within minutes so I could see the shop.
I explained that I was leaving town soon. Would they be back before Wednesday?
"No," the terrible voice told me. "They won't be back by then."
Heart broken and crestfallen, I could do nothing but take pictures through the windows and imagine that the wonderful antique items I saw inside that shop were selling at prices that I could actually afford.
I will have to content myself with their website where I know the prices are out of my range. But to dream is to live - or some such ...
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