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The Golden Triangle
A tribal Pakistani love seat that was once $1,450 is now $700 at the sidewalk sale.

Home-design catalogs and chain stores have their purpose. But Doug Van Tress--the owner of the River North emporium of Asian antiques and custom furniture that is the Golden Triangle--wants to show shoppers that it?s just as easy to own something that isn?t mass-produced.

The store?s tented summer sidewalk sale, which starts today and runs through next Saturday, proves that you don?t have to be a big-time collector to take home things that are beautiful, one-of-a-kind, well-made and maybe even historically significant.

Van Tress tells us to keep an eye out for such bargains as a custom computer desk made from a weathered piece of Thai teak and a substansial coffee table made from an old Jali panel top, both marked down to an affordable $450 and $400 (originally $1,100 and $900). On the higher end of things, the ?Colorado? ottoman--once $4,200, now $1,900--is a global affair: a base of Chinese columns made from American cedar with a top that was once a gymnastics mat in East Germany.

It?s a culture clash that makes a great coffee table.

The Golden Triangle, 330 N. Clark St.; 312-755-1266 or

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