If there was any one corner of Montclair where you could find not one but two orange sofas on the sidewalk it would have to be the one where they were actually found: the southeast corner of Claremont Ave. and N. Fullerton Ave.
This wondrous little intersection is a veritable Grandma’s attic of curiosities and forgotten treasures. There’s Garage Sale Antiques, where I bought the blue-and-white checkered tin table that has been the centerpiece of my kitchen for years and which was selling the Space Age orange sofa yesterday for $250. Around the corner, Edward’s Antiques had an orange-cushioned glider for $100. Next to that is the St. Barnabas Hospice Thrift Shop, which, in addition to the well-curated collection of clutch purses, coats and jeans, was selling a small collection of real coral for $5 on Friday afternoon.
Finally, on the corner itself, straddling both N. Fullerton and Claremont, is Dem Two Hands, an emporium of unusual women’s clothing, jewelry, shoes, scarves and accessories — a store that is as much about the excitement of texture as anything.
That was where I found my treasure yesterday, an UrbanOxide “Park Slope” tote in bubble rubber ($84) and Dansko floral-cut open-toed clogs ($135). A splurge, indeed, but the shoes actually were priced $10 lower than Zappos.