Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hidden Crafty Treasure in Montclair, New Jersey

If you are looking for crafting inspiration and the supplies to make your crafty dreams come true, you need to check out Rock Paper Scissors in Montclair, NJ.  A bustling suburb of New York City with a direct train line, Montclair offers a traditional main street (aka Bloomfield Ave.) with a combination of boutiques, eateries and practical shops.  At the end of the strip is a small, upscale shopping center and nestled in the back, with easy parking (no need to parallel park on a busy city street), is Rock Paper Scissors - Your Neighborhood Craft Store.  Rock refers to the extensive bead and jewelry making section.  Obviously, paper refers to the wide array of paper crafting supplies.  And finally, scissors refers to the beautiful selection of fresh and fun fabrics.  The high, soaring ceilings with exposed beams and pipes give this newly constructed shop unexpected character and interest.  Take a look for yourself:

Inspiration just oozes from every square inch of the shop!

And since I'm mostly a paper doll, I'll highlight those goodies, but I will sneak in a few others as well.
Lots of project examples and inspiration with product close at hand.

Embellishments, like these Prima Flowers, are nestled in baskets and bins making it an adventure to find your treasure.  I like rooting around for stuff like this as opposed to everything being lined up like soldiers on a rack.  However, if there is something you are looking for specifically and don't care for the thrill of the hunt,  the very helpful staff seems to know where every last brad and piece of chipboard is located.

A great selection of wood mounted and cling stamps along with their companion ink pads.

A treasure chest of bargains.  You'll find that RPS has lots of product, so when they need to make room for fresh new paper, they pass the savings along to us!  Lots of great Cosmo Cricket and Graphic 45 papers on name a few.

Here's another example of some Maya Road product cleverly displayed on this adorable vintage chair.

And now, if jewelry making or sewing are your passion, here are few photos showing off their wide array of beads and textiles.

By now you MUST be feeling inspired!  I know I am every time I visit.  Rock Paper Scissors offers a variety of classes and workshops.  I only wish it were truly MY neighborhood craft store so I could partake in this haven of craftiness.  Living almost an hour away makes it difficult to attend these events, but you can be sure when my patterned paper and inspiration gets low, I make the trek to Rock Paper Scissors.

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely love everything about this place! They need to be a chain, lol - promise me we will go there someday when I come for a visit? Not too far away to teach classes there - ahem!