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A Man and His Toys


Irvin Kipper may be 88 years old, but he still loves wooden blocks and Tinker Toys. In fact for 60 years, "Kip" has spent his days thinking almost exclusively about dolls and trains and stuffed bears, because he owns Kip's Toyland in the original Farmers Market. Kipper just can't stay away from his store. "The few times when I haven't gone to work, I feel like I'm kind of lost," he said. "I might do a few things around the house, but I think, 'What am I doing here? I should be over there working.'" And work he does, Monday through Saturday, still making sure that his customers find that special toy for their children or grandchildren.

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