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Getting vintage things ready for holiday displays

orns.table When you mix old and new and handmade the way we do at FOUND, figuring out how to fit it all into the shop and not have it look like a big messy mess is tricky.  Especially during the holidays!  Right now the big messy mess is where I live.  My home has become preparation central this week as the final push to clean and price the fun vintage finds that will be incorporated into our holiday displays goes into high gear. Seasonal merchandise from our vendors and artists starting arriving a couple months ago.  We have that stowed away boxes at my house and in my son's basement.  Now it's time to get the vintage things ready.  Decided to give you a sneak peak with photos. Above is what's on my kitchen table today.  And below is my dining room table.  I generally try to keep both kitchen and dining room tables for their intended purpose.  But not this week... orns.dining The breakfast bar is filled with vintage silver.  It'll be great with the antique mercury glass I found.  And the wonderful new platinum trees and ornaments in natural colors.  And of course, all the wonderful candles and holiday decor that we will put out. silver Even the ledge by my stairway is filled with Christmas to come, like these 2 unused rolls of cotton batting "snow". ledge Most of the action has been taking place in my garage. It's filled with display pieces that I picked up at an antique shows over the last couple months. Things have been pretty crazy as I scurry to get everything cleaned and priced to incorporate into displays.  Earlier this week, I spent half a day Briwaxing seven vintage sleds, a green stool, 2 1930's tricycle, a tripod, 2 old crates and a surveyors tripod. garage.trikes Today, the weather was wonderful, so I pulled the truck up in the drive, loaded a junky old porch swing on the tailgate and worked some magic on that peeling paint and crumbling wood. swing.truck This swing will be hanging high in the store, filled with packages and other goodies by this time next week. Lots of elbow grease, brushes, rags and heavy duty gloves are my helpers. gloves. I still need to clean out a cubby desktop cabinet, use the chalkboard paint on some shelves, clean and do something about Santa's workbench (which has been in the back of my van for over a week).  But that's on tomorrow's list. Remember, we'll be closed Monday and Tuesday (November 4, 5).  Can't wait to show you how these vintage pieces accentuate all the other wonderful things in our holiday collection this year! sleds Continue reading

Holiday Season begins next week at FOUND

The Holiday Season begins next week at FOUND!
We're enjoying the changing colors and crisp Autumn days - and trying not to eat all the peanut butter cups before the trick-or-treat gang arrives. Christmas seems a long way off, but when we flip the calendar to November, we know it's time to transform FOUND into an 8-week holiday wonderland!
This year, we'll be closed on Halloween and November 1st to do the switch-over.  Vintage sleds and metal snowflakes and an upside-down tree will be hung from the ceiling.  A festive mix of old and new treasures will fill the shop when the doors reopen on Wednesday, November 2nd. 
In the meantime, our annual October "Old Stuff" sale continues this weekend.  Pick up candles and other autumn accents for your Thanksgiving table.  Stop by the Farmer's Market on Saturday or the Sunday Artisans Market and stop up to see us - then come back again next weekend and be amazed by the transformation!
Schedule for next couple weeks:
Oct. 28-30 - Last weekend for 30% off antique/vintage sale
Oct. 31, Nov. 1 - CLOSED
Wed. Nov. 2 - The Holiday Shop at FOUND opens!
Nov. 4 - 6 - FOUND Open House!  Gift with purchase, door prizes, refreshments. 
Sunday, Nov. 13 - Kerrytown Open House.  10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Storewide sale at FOUND!
The photo above shows handfelted polar bears from Michigan's own Au Gres Sheep Factory, plus a couple snowmen from a colorful group of decorations from Midwest-CBK.  Watch for more photos next week!
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