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Slide 1 of 20: In a world where you can click and have nearly anything you can imagine delivered from Amazon within a couple of days, there's something refreshing and nostalgic about the idea of a store that sells only one item within its doors. Go back in time to days when your choices were limited and life was, dare we say, simpler with these stores that are uber-specialized. Related: Classic Five-and-Dime Stores From Yesterday and Today

Slide 2 of 20: New YorkLight bulbs are a piece of art at this store located in Manhattan. Since 1980, the shop has been considered the place to go for all types of rare bulbs, and they even staff light bulb "experts," many of whom have been working there for decades. Visitors will find a vast selection of bulbs in varying shades of brightness as well as decorative bulbs. If there's an obscure light bulb you want, they likely have it.Related: 25 Weirdest Items Sold on Amazon That You'll Still Want

Slide 3 of 20: Los AngelesWhat started as a small family-run Italian grocery 100 years ago has become the premier stop for sodas in Los Angeles. Owner John Nese developed an interest in soda in the 1950s when he would visit his friend's father's soda pop bottling plant, and has since made soda a lifelong pursuit. Today, Galco's Soda Pop Stop sells over 600 varieties of sodas, many of which can be ordered online, as well as a selection of craft beer and vintage candies. Visitors can even create their own soda concoction with the 100 syrups on tap. (You can learn more about Galco's and other one-of-a-kind destinations in "100 Things to Do in Los Angeles Before You Die" written by Danny Jensen, Cheapism's Managing Editor.)Related: 44 Unique Regional Sodas You Have to Try — If You Can Find Them

Slide 4 of 20: LondonBarn the Spoon isn't just a shop that sells wooden spoons — it's a way of life. Owner Barnaby Carder is a British woodworker who dedicated himself to carving spoons nearly a decade ago, and now shares his passion with the world via his books and classes. He also sells his made-to-order spoons online.

Slide 5 of 20: Olympia, WashingtonThis destination yarn shop is committed to the art of knitting in the hope that the skill can become a way to connect generations of families. The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique sells a vast selection of wool and alpaca yarn, and also offers knitting classes. Many of the items can be ordered online.

Slide 6 of 20: ParisCould there be anything quite as French as a custom-made, one-of-a-kind umbrella? This Parisian boutique Parasolerie Heurtault sells umbrellas that are a fashion statement. The accessory is made with techniques that are over 200 years old, and are designed to last a minimum of 20 years. Those outside of Paris can special order one of these custom creations via the website.

Slide 7 of 20: Baltimore and Parkmore, MarylandThis store cuts and ships foam of pretty much any size or shape for whatever your needs are. If a pillow needs plumping, your pet deserves a custom bed, or your yacht needs a new mattress, The House of Foam is on it for whatever foam project is necessary. For more fun shopping stories, please sign up for our free newsletters.

Slide 8 of 20: BerlinA shop that sells nothing but ants may either be your worst nightmare or a dream come true. This Berlin-based business sells anything an amateur or expert ant keeper would need, and it even ships.     Related: 14 Cheap Pets That Are Easy to Take Care Of

Slide 9 of 20: Multiple LocationsThe name probably gives a hint that the Savannah Bee Company sells all things related to one product: honey. Its shops around the country (there are stores in Arizona, Connecticut, and Georgia and other states) offer numerous varieties of local honey to sample and buy, as well as beauty products, foods and candles made with honey. Many of the products can be ordered online.Related: Unique Small Businesses to Support in Every State

Slide 10 of 20: Antwerp, BelgiumNow the last remaining glove shop in Antwerp, The Ganterie Boon has been a family business for three generations, selling craft gloves for nearly 120 years. The store still features the original glove boxes, countertops, cabinets and chairs from previous centuries. An assortment of gloves from the shop are for sale online. 

Slide 11 of 20: ChicagoSince 1996, hat maker Graham Thomspon has been reviving the art of hat making by using antique machinery to create timeless, high-quality toppers. The Chicago-based headquarters are located inside a 100-year-old fire station that exemplifies the old-school feel of the hats. If you can't get to Chicago, Optimo Hats will do custom fittings over the phone and online. Related: 50 Unexpected Things Made in Each State

Slide 12 of 20: Portland, OregonGourmet salt is the thing to get at The Meadow. You'll find unique locally made salts, such as a berry flavor good for breakfast foods and a blue-cheese flavor to sprinkle on pasta or popcorn. There is also a carefully curated selection of locally made artisan chocolates and bitters. To add to the unique vibe, the entire shop is built out of reclaimed old-growth timbers from Oregon. An additional store is currently in the works in Tokyo.Related: 24 Condiments From Around the World to Add Zing to Any Meal

Slide 13 of 20: LondonIt's all ukuleles at this London shop, which also ships to the states. The store opened in 2005 as the first ever shop in the U.K. devoted to ukeleles, and has established itself as the premier source for hundreds of types, as well as sheet music, accessories and more.Related: 36 Bucket-List Destinations for Music Lovers

Slide 14 of 20: New YorkCW Pencil Enterprise was founded in 2014 by amateur pencil collector and enthusiast Caroline Weaver, and has since grown into a New York City destination for the ultimate pencil experience. The point (pun intended) of the shop is to offer every type of pencil you could imagine, for whatever purpose you need.

Slide 15 of 20: Multiple Locations in California and ConnecticutVintage video game lovers can find everything from old-school Atari to Donkey Kong at one of the four locations in Connecticut and California. Retro Games Plus will also buy your old games via trade-in by mail if you can't make it to the store.Related: Cool Gifts for Old School Gamers Who Miss the '80s

Slide 16 of 20: New YorkThis rubber stamp store offers everything a stamping and stencil fanatic could want, and ships for those who can't get to the New York City location. The Ink Pad specializes in wood-mounted rubber stamps, and is frequented by crafters as well as anyone just looking for an unusual statement stamp. Related: 19 Iconic Department Stores We Miss

Slide 17 of 20: Lisbon, PortugalIf you're lucky enough to get to Lisbon, this family-run shop has been selling a vast range of tinned seafood since 1930. Many of the same elements of the store remain unchanged since that time, giving visitors a chance to step back into history as they shop. Related: 27 Unusual Canned Foods You Might Actually Want to Eat

Slide 18 of 20: Elma, New York It's all-American, all the time at this shop in Upstate New York. The Made In America Store claims to be the only bricks-and-mortar general-merchandise store in the U.S. to sell 100% American-made products, even down to the packaging. Inside, you'll find everything from clothing to beauty products to hardware. Many items can be ordered online. The store even offers tours and a dining room, for an all-inclusive experience.  Related: 76 Brands That Are Still Made in America

Slide 19 of 20: LondonThis London shop that sells only cactus plants is the first of its kind in the city. Store owner Gynelle Leon switched from a career in photography to cacti as she became a passionate collector of the plants. Leon was fond of their ability to thrive in apartments and live long without much care. As she had trouble finding the unusual plants herself, she decided to share her passion with the world and sell unique cacti in her own store. The shop will ship plants via its online store as well.  Related: Awesome Plant Pots We Can't Wait to Add to Our Collection

Slide 20 of 20: New YorkHot sauce is the only thing on the shelves at Heatonist's two locations in New York City (customers can also order online). The shops offer a curated selection of some of the most unique and mouth-burning sauces one can find, mostly from small batch makers. There is also the option of joining a monthly hot sauce subscription.Related: The 17 Spiciest Foods Around the World

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In a world where you can click and have nearly anything you can imagine delivered from Amazon within a couple of days, there's something refreshing and nostalgic about the idea of a store that sells only one item within its doors. Go back in time to days when your choices were limited and life was, dare we say, simpler with these stores that are uber-specialized. 

Related: Classic Five-and-Dime Stores From Yesterday and Today

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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Just Bulbs

New York

Light bulbs are a piece of art at this store located in Manhattan. Since 1980, the shop has been considered the place to go for all types of rare bulbs, and they even staff light bulb "experts," many of whom have been working there for decades. Visitors will find a vast selection of bulbs in varying shades of brightness as well as decorative bulbs. If there's an obscure light bulb you want, they likely have it.

Related: 25 Weirdest Items Sold on Amazon That You'll Still Want

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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Galco's Soda Pop Stop

Los Angeles

What started as a small family-run Italian grocery 100 years ago has become the premier stop for sodas in Los Angeles. Owner John Nese developed an interest in soda in the 1950s when he would visit his friend's father's soda pop bottling plant, and has since made soda a lifelong pursuit. Today, Galco's Soda Pop Stop sells over 600 varieties of sodas, many of which can be ordered online, as well as a selection of craft beer and vintage candies. Visitors can even create their own soda concoction with the 100 syrups on tap. (You can learn more about Galco's and other one-of-a-kind destinations in "100 Things to Do in Los Angeles Before You Die" written by Danny Jensen, Cheapism's Managing Editor.)

Related: 44 Unique Regional Sodas You Have to Try — If You Can Find Them

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Barn the Spoon

London

Barn the Spoon isn't just a shop that sells wooden spoons — it's a way of life. Owner Barnaby Carder is a British woodworker who dedicated himself to carving spoons nearly a decade ago, and now shares his passion with the world via his books and classes. He also sells his made-to-order spoons online.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique

Olympia, Washington

This destination yarn shop is committed to the art of knitting in the hope that the skill can become a way to connect generations of families. The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique sells a vast selection of wool and alpaca yarn, and also offers knitting classes. Many of the items can be ordered online.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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Parasolerie Heurtault

Paris

Could there be anything quite as French as a custom-made, one-of-a-kind umbrella? This Parisian boutique Parasolerie Heurtault sells umbrellas that are a fashion statement. The accessory is made with techniques that are over 200 years old, and are designed to last a minimum of 20 years. Those outside of Paris can special order one of these custom creations via the website.

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The House of Foam

Baltimore and Parkmore, Maryland

This store cuts and ships foam of pretty much any size or shape for whatever your needs are. If a pillow needs plumping, your pet deserves a custom bed, or your yacht needs a new mattress, The House of Foam is on it for whatever foam project is necessary. 

For more fun shopping stories, please sign up for our free newsletters.

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Ant Store

Berlin

A shop that sells nothing but ants may either be your worst nightmare or a dream come true. This Berlin-based business sells anything an amateur or expert ant keeper would need, and it even ships.     

Related: 14 Cheap Pets That Are Easy to Take Care Of

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Savannah Bee Company

Multiple Locations

The name probably gives a hint that the Savannah Bee Company sells all things related to one product: honey. Its shops around the country (there are stores in Arizona, Connecticut, and Georgia and other states) offer numerous varieties of local honey to sample and buy, as well as beauty products, foods and candles made with honey. Many of the products can be ordered online.

Related: Unique Small Businesses to Support in Every State

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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Ganterie Boon

Antwerp, Belgium

Now the last remaining glove shop in Antwerp, The Ganterie Boon has been a family business for three generations, selling craft gloves for nearly 120 years. The store still features the original glove boxes, countertops, cabinets and chairs from previous centuries. An assortment of gloves from the shop are for sale online. 

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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Optimo Hats

Chicago

Since 1996, hat maker Graham Thomspon has been reviving the art of hat making by using antique machinery to create timeless, high-quality toppers. The Chicago-based headquarters are located inside a 100-year-old fire station that exemplifies the old-school feel of the hats. If you can't get to Chicago, Optimo Hats will do custom fittings over the phone and online. 

Related: 50 Unexpected Things Made in Each State

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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The Meadow

Portland, Oregon

Gourmet salt is the thing to get at The Meadow. You'll find unique locally made salts, such as a berry flavor good for breakfast foods and a blue-cheese flavor to sprinkle on pasta or popcorn. There is also a carefully curated selection of locally made artisan chocolates and bitters. To add to the unique vibe, the entire shop is built out of reclaimed old-growth timbers from Oregon. An additional store is currently in the works in Tokyo.

Related: 24 Condiments From Around the World to Add Zing to Any Meal

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Duke of Uke

London

It's all ukuleles at this London shop, which also ships to the states. The store opened in 2005 as the first ever shop in the U.K. devoted to ukeleles, and has established itself as the premier source for hundreds of types, as well as sheet music, accessories and more.

Related: 36 Bucket-List Destinations for Music Lovers

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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CW Pencil Enterprise

New York

CW Pencil Enterprise was founded in 2014 by amateur pencil collector and enthusiast Caroline Weaver, and has since grown into a New York City destination for the ultimate pencil experience. The point (pun intended) of the shop is to offer every type of pencil you could imagine, for whatever purpose you need.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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Retro Games Plus

Multiple Locations in California and Connecticut

Vintage video game lovers can find everything from old-school Atari to Donkey Kong at one of the four locations in Connecticut and California. Retro Games Plus will also buy your old games via trade-in by mail if you can't make it to the store.

Related: Cool Gifts for Old School Gamers Who Miss the '80s

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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The Ink Pad

New York

This rubber stamp store offers everything a stamping and stencil fanatic could want, and ships for those who can't get to the New York City location. The Ink Pad specializes in wood-mounted rubber stamps, and is frequented by crafters as well as anyone just looking for an unusual statement stamp. 

Related: 19 Iconic Department Stores We Miss

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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The Conserveira de Lisboa

Lisbon, Portugal

If you're lucky enough to get to Lisbon, this family-run shop has been selling a vast range of tinned seafood since 1930. Many of the same elements of the store remain unchanged since that time, giving visitors a chance to step back into history as they shop.

 

Related: 27 Unusual Canned Foods You Might Actually Want to Eat

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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Made in America Store

Elma, New York 

It's all-American, all the time at this shop in Upstate New York. The Made In America Store claims to be the only bricks-and-mortar general-merchandise store in the U.S. to sell 100% American-made products, even down to the packaging. Inside, you'll find everything from clothing to beauty products to hardware. Many items can be ordered online. The store even offers tours and a dining room, for an all-inclusive experience.  

Related: 76 Brands That Are Still Made in America

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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Prick

London

This London shop that sells only cactus plants is the first of its kind in the city. Store owner Gynelle Leon switched from a career in photography to cacti as she became a passionate collector of the plants. Leon was fond of their ability to thrive in apartments and live long without much care. As she had trouble finding the unusual plants herself, she decided to share her passion with the world and sell unique cacti in her own store. The shop will ship plants via its online store as well.  

Related: Awesome Plant Pots We Can't Wait to Add to Our Collection

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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Heatonist

New York

Hot sauce is the only thing on the shelves at Heatonist's two locations in New York City (customers can also order online). The shops offer a curated selection of some of the most unique and mouth-burning sauces one can find, mostly from small batch makers. There is also the option of joining a monthly hot sauce subscription.

Related: The 17 Spiciest Foods Around the World

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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