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FOUND Gallery Blog

Putting the shop together

The new FOUND shop is beginning to take shape. We're excited about the vintage finds that will go into our space. Things are pretty much a jumble right now, with paint cans and ladders and piles of boxes. We've covered the windows so that our mess is not visible, but here's a little peek. Read more...

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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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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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Hooray for the Red, White & Blue!

  Stop by FOUND this week for our annual Hooray for the Red, White & Blue special, where any item with even a speck of red, white OR blue in it is 15% off.  We'll be closed on the 4th, but this sale will go through Saturday, July 7th. Here are a few vintage things we've brought into the shop lately. Just about everything fits that red, white OR blue criteria! This early 1900's First Aid box came with original emergency instructions. Old red paint on handmade case. Vintage metal horse. If you're in Ann Arbor this week, stop by FOUND!        Continue reading

More fun vintage finds

blue pottery at found It's fun to add vintage touches when decorating your home.  We really like pottery from the 1930's and 40's with simple shapes and glazes.  Numbers and letters from old signs are also great accents.  vintage croquet balls A bowl, wire basket or antique counter jar filled with crocquet or pool balls adds colorful interest to a room.  We usually add a quick coat of clear Briwax to clean them up and bring out the natural color of the wood and old paint. When I found it, this cast iron sundial was pretty rusty.  It's another piece that benefitted from a buffing with Briwax to bring out the patina (and seal the rust). This sundial is embossed with a wonderful old saying: Grow old along with me - the best is yet to be.  Set in the garden properly, it will do a good job of keeping time.  At FOUND, we're bringing in more vintage treasures every week this summer.  Stop by soon to see what we've found! .. Continue reading

More vintage ephemera at FOUND

  You all know that I love vintage children's school books. Last week I found a couple of little Chinese readers. The images are so sweet. I found a great 1920's menswear style portfolio from a Chicago tailor shop - these oversize fashion posters would be terrific framed. There are 20 in the collection, priced from $18-$28 each.  One features knickers and a wool jacket for golfing. If you're looking for some small ephemera to make cards out of, we recently added a bunch of old Popeye & Olive Oyl playing cards.  Playing cards often feature images that lend themselves well to repurposing for paper arts.  Check out our selection next time you're in the shop. From a time when quill pens and beautiful script was the norm in business. Palmer Method of Business Writing.  Actually, even when I was in school, Palmer Method for schools was the standard for learning to print, and for the big move to cursive writing in third grade.  Lots more vintage ephemera at FOUND!   Continue reading

Merry Multiples! Cheaper by the (half) Dozen

  Once again this year, FOUND is offering "Merry Multiples", our season long special for those of you who need a half dozen of something we carry.  Pay for 5 of an item, and get a 6th one absolutely FREE! Here are just a few of the things people have been buying as "Merry Multiples" during the past week: owl ornaments  Funny little owl ornaments, tiny sheep & snowflakes & long-john snowmen for little feather trees. tiny sheep ornaments long john snowman ornament Placemats from Kriss Lecoq.  Featuring the words "be merry" or "sit. eat", these are a great addition to your table with machine washable, casual style. be merry placemat  Other things for a Christmas time table that people are buying in sets of 6:  candles, candleholders, candle rings (which double as napkin rings) and sweet little stockings that are nice size to tuck silverware and napkin into for a festive look.  creative candles tapers silverware stockings Snowflakes and birds of many types have been flying out by the half dozen! snowflakes birds       But by far, the most popular items to get 6 of are the CHOCOLATE-filled peppermint candy canes.  YUMmmm... candycanes Have a delicious week!   Continue reading

Holiday Display Pics and Raffle Winner

It was a busy week as we scurried to get things ready for the weekend festivities. Thanks to everybody who stopped in for some early shopping.   Below are a few photos.  More later. Winner!  We're pleased to announce that Kathy Rockwood's name was drawn this afternoon  from almost 200 who registered this weekend for our in-store raffle.  She will receive a $50 gift card and an Au Gres polar bear. We found wonderful snowpeople this year. We decided to keep our snowflakes cool in the Coke cooler so they don't melt. The back shelf is piled with vintage ornaments.   Love these felt snowmen!   We found a nice style reproduction feather tree - and lots of little ornaments to put on them. It's getting late - I'll post more photos later - just wanted to give you a quick look.... G'nite Mary   .   Continue reading

Autumn Colors at FOUND

Have you picked up your pumpkins and mums at the Farmer's Market yet?  A bright grouping on the front porch is a quick way to spruce up the entry for Fall.  Here's a sampling of the Autumn colors you'll find at FOUND this weekend: Pumpkin and Crisp Apple soy candles from Green Daffodil. Various shades of orange and yellow candles - and black for Halloween.  Autumn candle rings, potpouri and rolled candles with hand applied leaf shapes. Burlap Boutique added some Halloween trim to some of their recycled coffee bags! Lori from StoriesDivinations brought in a few Halloween and Fall themed note cards.  Even the backs of these cards are special.  Send to a special friend or even frame these little gems.   Button bracelets for Halloween 0r between... Sweet little treat cones. This vintage Fiesta Chop Plate would be great any time of year!  Orange used to be a seasonal color, but this year I'm seeing it everywhere.  (My neice had orange roses in her wedding bouquet during the summer - they were stunning.)  Enjoy the brilliant colors of the leaves as nature puts on its annual show!   . Continue reading