Door Number Two Vintage
Door Number Two Vintage in the Junction is something of a second act. Co-owner Trevor Fentum used to run a vintage pop-up with the same name on Roncesvalles. His permanent bricks-and-mortar store specializes in affordable, mid-century modern furniture from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
He and his business partner Jessica Luckett also stock it with houseware, clothes and knick-knacks that transport customers back in time.
"Something I notice people say when they come in is that it reminds them of when they were growing up," Luckett says. "It's very nostalgic."
The shop is a cross between a cozy cottage and That '70s Show, largely thanks to a loft that's set up like a living room, complete with an old television, a bamboo coffee table and a space chair. Toronto band Irene Torres and the Sugar Devils recently shot a music video in this homey space.
Two 60s-era Verner Panton chairs in hot pink and fluorescent orange ($135 each) greet shoppers by the front door and a giant linen Union Jack flag ($300) soars above them. Luckett walks through the showroom pointing out various pieces of furniture such as a teak corner unit ($400) and formica kitchen sets.
"We try to keep things pretty friendly," says Luckett, noting how items are rarely priced above $500. Passersby can walk in and pick up items such an ashtrays for $10. Pottery is a big seller and a purple and cream Royal Rochester lustreware set recently went for $95. There's also Blue Mountain Pottery for sale (one creamer set has a $25 price tag).
A small nook in the back corner holds vintage clothing and it includes a rack of boldly patterned blouses. I instinctively reach for a black, floral-printed crop top ($25) and nearly buy it on the spot. Luckett reveals that Door Number Two is expanding its inventory and will soon carry a line from Pret a Preter . Menswear is located in the basement, which is filled with even more treasures for sale.
Every inch of space seems to be crammed with quirky items to look at. From rotary phones ($40) to old cameras and movie posters, each piece is in working condition and just begs to be picked up and examined.
The store's collection hasn't gone unnoticed. Filmmakers in town to work on a Marilyn Monroe miniseries, for instance, bought items such as lamps here because as Luckett explains, Door Number Two also specializes in vintage lighting.
Luckett sees customers responding positively to Door Number Two's mid-century modern focus. "I guess it's sort of a reaction to reclaimed wood and plain white walls that's been happening lately," she says. "People want something a little warmer."
Photos by Hector Vasquez