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Today's featured event: A twelve-step program for toy collectors

I have a sad confession to make. I love tiny things, like miniature plastic foods and completely useless blind-box toys. It must have started with a dollhouse when I was five, or perhaps it was some long-gone sugar Easter egg I peered into, with the little chicks and bunnies inside, all dressed up in bonnets with shopping bags under their arms. But if I come across anything plastic and cute and wee, I want it, need it, crave it.

Well, Re-ment miniatures are both miniature and blind-box toys: The tiny, themed boxed kits of itty-bitty bagels and cake slices and strawberry shortcakes sell for about $5 apiece, and you never actually know what you're going to get until you've handed over the dough and looked inside. It's also one of the better-kept secrets about the Uptown gift boutique Talulah Jones, which encourages my habit and that of others by carrying a selection of Re-ment toys (we gave them a Best of Denver award this year for doing just that).

Okay, Re-Ment has a downside, too. What happens when you shell out your five and get the same set you got last week? Here's what: Talulah Jones hosts a Re-ment Trade Hour, where you and me and all the other addicts can both trade duplicates and learn that we're not alone in the cruel trap that is Re-ment fanaticism. My name is Jane Doe, and I collect Re-ment toys.

Trading commences tonight at 5 p.m. at Talulah Jones, 1122 E. 17th Avenue. Visit or call 303-832-1230 to learn more.

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