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Great Gift! Ann Arbor canvas tote bags

Ann Arbor tote bags are a new favorite.  And we love it when things that say Ann Arbor are actually
made in Ann Arbor. With a sturdy strap long enough to wear cross body, it's great for Saturdays at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, for carrying books, or a trip to the pool. 

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Vintage Valentines cards & gifts at FOUND

You can find plenty of vintage Valentine's gifts and goodies at FOUND in Ann Arbor this week.  I especially love the sweet images on vintage valentine cards circa 1930's and early 1940's: vintage.valentine Laurie from Stories & Divinations brought in a wonderful selection handcrafted valentine.   We have a half dozen new styles of valentine cards from her this year. Love the one signing L-O-V-E! valcards I love it when we have little gifties that are made right here in Ann Arbor - like these hand-stitched hearts made with vintage felted blanket wool.  Great to attach to a package with a little present for your sweetheart on February 14th! hearts.felted I always look for old skeleton keys.  They are getting harder to find these days.... but I found some!  Just in time for Valentine's Day. Tie a key to your heart with a red ribbon to a handwritten love  note.... keys.valentines A mother and daughter bought spoon rings at FOUND and texted this photo - what a great Valentine's gift idea! spoon.rings Spell out messages with scrabble letters - who wouldn't love to be greeted by this at breakfast? scrabble.valentine The last few weeks, we've been restocking the shop and have lots of great jewelry and gifts for your sweetie.  Our fresh batch of cashmere scarves made from recycled sweaters will keep your valentine cozy and warm.  Another thing I especially like are the stamp sets with hearts - great for making your own cards or decorating gift wrap any time of year.  Our new order of red sealing wax and heart shaped stamps arrived in time for Valentines Day, too. found.valentine When I was in Illinois last month, the owner of the Fairbury Antique Mall gave me the valentine postcard above.  She'd set it aside, knowing  that I would appreciate it.  I do!  That sweet gesture reminded me that valentine's day is a great time to pass around the love with little unexpected surprises. Happy Valentine's Day to all of you from FOUND!         Continue reading

Jewelry gifts at FOUND

This holiday season, FOUND has a fun selection of jewelry for gifting!  The clever cuff bracelets above are made by 3 Sisters, using recycled license plates - and are very affordable at only $14 each.    Our friend Katina sent in more of her popular woven bracelets (shown below) which sell for $12 - $18. The artist making our recycled wine cork jewelry incorporates her handmade pottery hearts and swirls into many of the necklaces.   Wonder how many friends it takes to supply her with all those corks... Also made in the USA, the peace sign necklaces below features 4 interchangable disks that fit into the magnetized base - giving you 4 different colors for the price of 1. Button jewelry by 3 local artists are always favorites - this year is no exception.   Laura at Bottled Up Designs has a new "cage" style with recycled bottle chips in it.  On her labels, she always includes the bottle history.  In the case of this red glass, it came from ruby red beer bottles that Schlitz used at one point.  Laura is also turning bottoms of bottles into votive candle holders (shown below with earrings in them) and melting complete bottles to form flat bottle-shaped cheese or hor'douvre trays. recycled bottle earrings   Who knew paper could be made into such lovely jewelry?  These from Flying Paper Designs are made with maps and sheet music - with some silver mixed in. If you prefer to make your own jewelry - we can help you with that, too!  Check out our selection of blank rings that you can use as a base to create your something special. Browse through this blog for more gift ideas.  Then hurry on over to FOUND!  If you see something you like, but it's not listed for sale on the website and you live far away - give us a call and we'd be happy to ship it to you.  734-302-3060.     Continue reading