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Made in Michigan Monday: Urban Ashes & Detroit DeNailed frames

Detroit DeNailed frames The spirit of collaboration and thinking outside the box by the Urban Ashes Picture Frame Company is a Michigan success story!  As one of their first retail partners, we're pleased to be a small part of that story. Urban Ashes founder Paul M. Hickman will be presenting a FOUND Art Talk on Friday, June 21st at 6:30 p.m. during Artwalk Ann Arbor.  For this half hour Art Talk, Paul will share stories about working with municipalities, businesses and non-profit groups in an endeavor which creates jobs for transitional workers while keeping felled urban trees from being turned into mulch and firewood (or out of the landfills).  Paul will also talk about the latest collaboration with non-profit groups who are deconstructing Detroit homes scheduled for demolition.  His line of Detroit DeNailed frames are born from that effort. Providing work and sustainable products is what it's all about! The art talk will take place across the hall from FOUND at Fustini's Oils & Vinegars on the second floor of the Kerrytown Market & Shops.  Fusinis will be sampling hor'dourves made from their incredible products during the evening.  If you weren't already aware,  Artwalk Ann Arbor is a new one night event with about a dozen walkable venues from Kerrytown to Main Street.   detroit.denailed.frame CLEARANCE SAle. We have a great selection of made in Michigan Urban Ashes frames to choose from every day.  As a bonus on the weekend of Art Walk, we'll have even more - at reduced prices! As the company has evolved, Paul has amassed a good sized group of experimental, one-offs and "seconds" that will be available for sale at great discounts. Still pretty wonderful for your favorite photos, but don't go with what they are doing now, so they are being cleared out of the warehouse.  This special sale will begin at 5:00 June 21 - and end promptly at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 23.  Come Friday evening for the best selection! Here's the link if you'd like to follow Urban Ashes on Facebook. I'll be adding more info about what FOUND is doing for Art Walk in the next few days, but here are a couple tidbits - muralist Katherine Larson will be painting little scenes of Ann Arbor right in the shop from 5:00-7:00.  Our neighbors 16 Hands, Heavenly Metal and Metal, plus galleries on Main Street will have trunk shows or demos as well.  Food, wine, art, friends, good conversation all on a Friday night.  With time to head to Top of the Park afterwards.  Ann Arbor in the summertime, ahhh.... urbanashes1 Continue reading

What's new at FOUND?

One of my favorite things about FOUND is the variety of merchandise that works with our concept of mixing old and new and handmade into one fun store.  This post features photos of some of our latest finds in each of those categories.  First up are these nutritional teaching aids from the late 1950's.  I love the vintage Fiesta style dishes.   Pick out your favorite food combos. Check out the nutritional stats on the back.  Interesting for recycled paper arts or just to hang on the fridge.  We have dozens available, but when they are gone, I don't know if I'll ever find them again. food.groups Here's a uique photo frame for the cottage - handcrafted from vintage water skis   The bindings are left on the back side to hold the frame upright.  How awesome is that for that photos at the lake? ski.frame.front   ski.frame.back If you're more into sailing than water skiing, then we have a couple vintage books with yachting instructions! book.yatch This toy lithographed tin blue & white tea set is in rough condition, but we still love it. bluewillow.childs I first saw these special little notebooks at Detroit Mercantile in the Eastern Market area.  Now we have them at FOUND, too (thanks,  Robert, for sharing your source).  Perfect for laying out your big ideas - and to note all the little steps to fulfill those schemes and dreams. notesbooks   notebook.plan Speaking of Detroit, Urban Ashes has a new "Detroit DeNailed" line of frames in which they collaborate with a non-profit group that deconstructs homes that were slated for demolition.  On Friday, June 21st at 6:30, come to Kerrytown to hear Paul M. Hickman tell the Urban Ashes story, including how Detroit DeNailed evolved.  The talk will be part of the first Art Showcase Art Walk Ann Arbor event.


If you have a dog, you might get a chuckle out of this magnet:

dog.magnet Here's a little vintage dog that you never need to let in and out. dog.guard dots.glasses Lots more to show you, but need to go.... more later!       Continue reading

Urban Fairy Door update from Kerrytown

fairy.door.close Perhaps you've noticed that Urban Fairies have built a little workshop and garage in front of FOUND in Kerrytown.  Or perhaps you've walked by dozens of times and never even seen it.  Close to the floor is this 3 or 4 inch high entry door to the space where Ann Arbor fairies come to work and play (in the wee hours of the night when the rest of the building is all locked up).  The latest evidence appeared last week when a fairy sized typewriter appeared. fairy.door.long Here's a closer look. fairy.door.typewriter And an even closer look. fairy.typewriter.small I wonder which fairy knows how to write... as I understand it, most fairies are illiterate.  But could this be the beginning of a story or a fairy poem?  Is it a to do today list?  Or a letter to a friend?  Or just banging on the keys and getting them all stuck...  The tiny type is too small for me to decipher. fairy.typewriter.back Do you know about the Washtenaw Wanderers Fairy Door Walk on Sunday, May 5th?  Join them at the Michigan Union Sunday morning - click here for details.  We'll have cookies at FOUND during the Fairy Walk.  Or you can find a map on the Official Urban Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor website that you can explore as your convenience. fairy.ufo Mentos and Vernors and...bubble gum?!! fairy.piano What kind of music do you think urban fairies prefer? Or do they just pound on the keys? (that keyboard looks a bit rough for a fairy real pianist.... We'll have to have an expert on urban fairies come to the shop for a Q and A before too long. .

NOTE : this fairy workshop disappeared when Found moved in August of 2015. Evidence of fairies can be found at their new location, downstairs by the Kerrytown Courtyard. 

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Reusable FOUND tote give-away

In celebration of Earth Day 2013, FOUND is giving away burlap tote bags with any $10 purchase  (one per customer please).  Available now through Wednesday, April 24th. A nice big size to reuse over and over again!
The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 with environmental teach-ins at universities throughout the country. By 2009, when the United Nations designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day, it was widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement through grassroots political activism and education. Now a global effort, coordinated by the Earth Day Network , Earth Day is celebrated in more than 192 countries worldwide.
In Ann Arbor, this year's Earth Day Celebration will be held at the Leslie Science Center on Sunday, April 21 from 12-4:00 p.m. The complete schedule is at  A wonderful combination of activities for all ages - a great way to learn and have fun at the same time!
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Fun shopping in Ann Arbor. Watch for FOUND updates!

WatchLetters The last couple months have been kinda low key at FOUND.  We've been in the background busily planning and bringing in more fun finds.  Though Spring has come slowly to Ann Arbor, the shop is bright and cheery.  Last week I added some vintage dishes, more buttons and old books. Arrivals from the winter shows are all in. The shop is a fun mix of old and new and handmade from recycled! Pictured above are  vintage watch parts that can be used in jewelry and collage projects, plus some metal letters from a company in Dallas (new, but with a great rusted vintage look) that are fun and reasonably priced. We have lots of fun things planned, so watch this space and if you don't already follow FOUNDgallery on facebook , you might want to check it out.  Charlene has been posting photos several times each week (she composes such creative images!) and we've been sharing other pages that we think our FOUND friends will find interesting.   Continue reading

St. Patrick's Day at FOUND in Kerrytown

Wee Bit 'o Green Sale at FOUND in Kerrytown on St. Pat's Day!
As kids, we would craft green construction paper chains and shamrock decorations this time of year.  And make absolutely certain we were wearing something green on March 17th, lest we get pinched by our classmates.  Wearing even a tiny bit of green was protection - through proving you had green flowers on your underwear was not something the teacher approved of... green socks were easier to prove.
On the day that honors St. Patrick and my Irish Gramma, FOUND celebrates by encouraging you to find wee bits of green throughout the shop and saving big green!  Any item in the shop that has the color green as part of it is 17% off for that day only.  Not only the things that are obviously green, but things like the Morning Mint lotion with green on the label. And books with green covers. Cards and prints with green illustrations. FOUND magazine.  And jewelry made from green postage stamps. Oh, my.  ALL of the Green Daffodil Soy candles will be 17% off that day.
It will be a good day to check out the new brooches and earrings made from recycled zippers - the green ones will be 17% off.
There are still a few cozy scarves made from recycled cashmere sweaters with a bit of green in them.  And many of the Burlap Boutique totes are made from coffee bags with green printing in the labels. It's a treasure hunt. Wee bits of green are everywhere!
If you're looking for Easter candles or maybe a new bunny, you might save a bit of green, too.
Some of my favorite frames from FoundRe have some touches of vintage green from long ago.
We'll be open on St. Patrick's Day from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with green socks on and some green cookies to share!
Here's tipping my hat to you and wishing you the luck of the Irish all year long!
FOUND gallery
Kerrytown Market & Shops
407 N. 5th Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Fit for a Queen! New pendants at FOUND in Kerrytown

hairnet The package claims these Royalty vintage hair nets are "fit for a queen!".   At FOUND, the latest editions to our charm and pendant collection are what we think a queen or your mother might want more. But, whether you have a use for a real hand-made human hair net or not, the packaging is classic vintage beauty shop kitsch.  And so they are displayed right along-side some of our new jewelry collection. From left to right are a few of the new pendants: an hourglass, Eiffel Tower, lucky shamrock, mini birdcage and teeny tiny magnifying glass (which really magnifies!).  These pendants are only $14 each.  They come with a well designed easy release clasp toggle. The miniature hourglass and magnifying glass might be just be perfect for our fairy-sized friends as well.... pendants Other pieces from the same company include letters to form initials or special words. We spelled out LOVE on a charm bracelet. pendants.letters   pendants.mixed We still have Nunn Design Patera findings to make your own customized charms and pendants.  And found little word charms to add to your jewelry. The necklaces below are complete and ready to wear, but we also got the component tiny word charms for those of you who prefer to assemble your own. pendants.words As always, FOUND is open 7 days a week, in the historic Kerrytown Market & Shops.  407 N. 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan.   P.S.  broken watch parts are back in stock if you like to craft with them. watchparts Continue reading

New Year's Week Hours at FOUND

...clocks After a  relatively mild December in Michigan,  the last few days have turned Ann Arbor into a snow covered winter wonderland.  2012  is ticking away and we're getting ready to welcome a fresh new year! If you're in the area this weekend, all remaining Christmas things are 50% off AND Merry Multiples continues through the end of the year.  We still have snowflakes and Sally Jean candy cane necklaces, some monkey and cardinal ornaments, and even a few candy canes (with 2014 expiration dates).   Our hours during New Years week are:  Saturday 9-6.  Sunday 11-6.  New Years Eve 10-3.  CLOSED Tuesday for New Year's Day.  Starting Wednesday, Jan. 2,  we return to our regular winter hours:  10-6 weekdays, Saturday 9-6. Sundays noon-5.  Click on this link to see a wonderful little thank you from FOUND that Charlene Plagens put together - our heartfelt thanks for a wonderful season.  FOUND 2012 thanks   (note: this will connect to our facebook page - I'm working on how to upload it into the blog).   Continue reading

(Fairy) Door Prizes, cookies and last minute shopping

Thanks!  We REALLY appreciate that so many of you have been Thinking Local First when it comes to checking things off your lists!  It's been a bustling season - here's what we have planned for these last few shopping days:
Festive Friday with (Fairy) Door Prizes and cookies:  FOUND and our Kerrytown neighbors will beopen 'til 9:00 pm this Friday, December 21st for your holiday shopping convenience.  That evening, we'll have some homemade cookies, some special sales, AND (Fairy) Door Prizes!  Originally, we were just going to have regular door prizes, but since the Urban Fairies built a fairy door and their workshop right in our front window, we decided some "Fairy Door Prizes" would be better.  You might win the new Fairy Door poster (with FOUND's little Fairy Door on it) or a copy of the revised "Who's Behind the Fairy Door" book by Urban Fairyologist Jonathan Wright.  Stop by anytime Friday until 9 p.m. to register and to peak through the FOUND Fairy Door.  Maybe you'll even catch a fairy at work... We'll draw a winner at closing time Friday night.
Great gifts and holiday decor:  We do carry the Fairy Door posters and books now, as well as Ann Arbor Observed by Katherine Larson, Ann Arbor magnets for stocking stuffers, frames from Urban Ashes, Stories & Divinations journals, "fork" art, soy candle gift sets from Green Daffodil, Burlap Boutique stockings and Sarah Stanton jewelry. We got a new shipment of Ann Arbor coordinates pillows just in time for gift giving.  This week we have 20% off ribbons for gift wrapping and 20% off holiday pillows. Merry Multiples continues through the end of the month.  If you still need a little tree or a natural looking wreath, we have some really nice ones.  FOUND is a good place to come for instant decorating ideas, musical "crackers" for your table and fun little stocking stuffers.  We have a new style gift box for our Gift Cards.  As I write this, we still have chocolate-filled candy canes - but this weekend will be busy, so don't wait too long or they may all be gone...
Sing to us:  if you sing or hum a little holiday song this weekend (or recite a holiday poem if you don't sing), we'll give you 20% off any holiday merchandise.  If you can get others to join in, we'll up that discount! 
Friday, Dec. 21 - open 10 a.m. til 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22  -  9:00 a.m. til 6:00
Sunday, Dec. 23 - 10 a.m. til 6:00
Monday, Christmas eve - 10 a.m. til 3:00
Tuesday - Closed to Celebrate Christmas!
After Christmas
Wed, Thursday, Friday - 10-6.  Holiday clearance begins
Saturdays  9-6.    Sundays 11-5.  New Year's eve  10-3.  
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