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The Standard's pop-up bodega sells snacks made entirely of felt

A pop-up convenience store that opened this weekend at The Standard, High Line is selling all your favorite snack foods in inedible, but collectible form.

Browse the aisles of 8 'Till Late in the "garden room" at the Meatpacking District boutique hotel, and you'll find Doritos, Pop-Tarts and Sour Patch Kids stitched from felt cloth.

The one-of-a-kind bodega is an installation by British artist Lucy Sparrow, 30, who raised more than $53,000 in funding for her crafty project on Kickstarter. Customers are invited to take photographs and purchase the plush items they covet most with real money, but Sparrow asks that they complete an order form and leave the packing and checkout to store employees. The expert sewer herself is minding the store, sporting a smock and Converse sneakers with the 8 'Till Late logo.

Sparrow's shop — its name a play on the 7-Eleven franchise — is the American re-interpretation of an exhibition she mounted in London three years ago, a corner shop stocked with typical British grocery items constructed out of her favorite woolly textile.

It took the artist nine months and a team of 10 helpers, including her mother, to fabricate the entire inventory for her latest work. Sparrow transported her nine-ton opus across the Atlantic in 21 crates on four planes, she said. Items range in price from $15 to tens of thousands of dollars — but the felt bodega cat minding the deli counter, named Krampuss, is not for sale.

"I hope [the show] brings a difference accessibility to art," said Sparrow, a vegetarian who confessed she loves junk food for not only the late-night sustenance it provides, but its colorful packaging. "You don't need to pay to get in and you can buy a piece of art of $15."

The most popular merchandise thus far: the $65 bottles of Moet champagne, the $40 cans of Dr. Brown's Cel Ray soda, and the $25 vegetables.

Here's what else you can buy at 8 'Till Late, open from 10 a.m. to 8 pm. every day through June 30:

All kinds of candy

Craving a box of Whoppers or a bag
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Craving a box of Whoppers or a bag of Haribo Gold Bears? 8 'Till Late has you covered for $35 a serving.

Lots of frozen foods

Corn dogs for dinner, anyone? Only if you're
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Corn dogs for dinner, anyone? Only if you're having Eggo waffles for breakfast.

Processed meats

There's even a deli counter, because this is
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There's even a deli counter, because this is one exemplary convenience store. Not pictured here is the bodega cat prowling the meats section. His name is Krampuss.

Hot dogs

The sausages have eyes. If that doesn't freak
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The sausages have eyes. If that doesn't freak you out, a hot dog, with a bun, costs $50.

Oscar Meyer fully cooked, thick-cut bacon

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"100 percent real bacon" will set you back $45.

Bananas and carrots

If you like to eat healthy, 8 'Till
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If you like to eat healthy, 8 'Till Late won't leave you hanging. At $25 each, these bananas and carrots will be the most expensive fruits and veggies you've ever purchased.

Tofutti

For all your lactose-intolerant friends, this tub of
Photo Credit: Nicole Levy

For all your lactose-intolerant friends, this tub of Tofutti is selling for $40.

A gumball machine

It may cost you only a $5 token

It may cost you only a $5 token to win a prize from the 8 'Till Late gumball machine, but if you want to take the whole apparatus home with you, that will be $11,500.

A beverage refrigerator, soda cans and soda bottles

The fridge, garnished with felt, is priced at
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The fridge, garnished with felt, is priced at $14,000. A can of soda is $40, a bottle $60.

Bottles of Hennessy cognac

Bring of bottle of
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Bring of bottle of "very special cognac" home to your special someone for $65.

Cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon

We wouldn't spend $60 on a can of
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We wouldn't spend $60 on a can of hipster beer, but that's just us.

A box of Frosted Flakes

They're grrrreeeeeaaaat, and they're only $180.
Photo Credit: Nicole Levy

They're grrrreeeeeaaaat, and they're only $180.

Matzo and other ethnic foods

Stock up in preparation for next year's Passover,
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Stock up in preparation for next year's Passover, at $65 a box.

Cigarette cartons

These $25 plush cigarettes need not come with
Photo Credit: Nicole Levy

These $25 plush cigarettes need not come with a Surgeon General warning.

Vagisil

What's $45 when it pays for
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What's $45 when it pays for "fast relief for feminine itching," right?

Classic films on VHS

Go analog with your favorite films on VHS.
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Go analog with your favorite films on VHS. Sparrow has priced her hand-painted movie cases at $65 a pop.

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