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Vintage Paper Play: Collage Cards

Vintage Paper Play: Collage Cards

Playing with vintage paper. Collage and Card making at Found!

We're looking forward to another evening of vintage paper play, with local artist Laurie Longo on Thursday, Oct. 13th from 6:30-8:30 at FOUND.. For this event, Laurie will bring her voluminous stash of vintage papers...

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New thIS week: Vintage China Dishes

New thIS week: Vintage China Dishes

There are some fresh vintage china pieces at FOUND this week. This sweet child's tea set features a different playful illustration on each piece. There are also a half dozen Austrian fish plates with transfer designs....What we have at the shop changes all the time, so if you see something in these photos that you're interested in, stop by soon or call for details.

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Collection of Vintage Milk Glass Bud Vases

Collection of Vintage Milk Glass Bud Vases

It's hard to imagine on this snowy February day, but Spring flowers will soon be blooming. It's a good time to gather some vases so you'll be ready when the daffodils wake up.This month, you'll find dozens of vintage milk glass bud vases (and lovely bouquets of fabric tulips)...

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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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Vintage Bottles & Jars

FOUND is overflowing with vintage bottles and jars this week!  Perfect for a little bouquet of flowers - Donna plopped these colorful blooms from the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market into one at the shop. ball.jar.crop When I picked my latest batches of bottles and jars at the antique show, weddings were on my mind.  Old  jars and vintage bottles can be casually elegant when decorating for events at party barns or outdoor venues.  Canning jars are sweet as vases, but the  jars with metal bail handles are also great to hang from branches, trellis' or trees with a tiny votive candle nestled inside each one.  For safety, you might use the small battery candles or even tiny rice lights which have the effect of fireflies twinkling in the jars.  The more the better for a summertime celebration! boat.balljars Antique "cures" bottles look lovely with a simple, single stem in each bottle.  Try tying them together with a wrapping of twine or ribbon in groups of three bottles of varying heights for a unique table decoration. bluebottles Jars can be filled with many things, including wishes.  Here's a link to our artist friend Lynn Whipple's video on painting messages on bottles.  She makes everything easy and FuN! We also have old milk bottles by the dozens right now.  Almost a hundred vintage canning jars.  Large brown bottles.  And tiny little watch part vials.  If you like old bottles and jars, this July is a good time to visit FOUND! milk.3dollars Web friend Bonus: Stop by FOUND and  let us know you read this post and what you think about Lynn's video, and we'll give you a FREE milk bottle like those pictured above or a clear bailed pint canning jar - while supplies last.    Here's one final picture.  Don't you just love the way blue and aqua bottles and canning jars look with light shining through them? bluejars     Continue reading

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

Annual October "Old Stuff" Sale at FOUND


 If you are on our email list, follow FOUND on Facebook or have been in the shop this month, you know about our "Old Stuff" sale already.  It's that time of year when all vintage and antique merchandise is 20% off.  Throughout October we clear as much of the vintage as possible to make room for the November switch0ver to the holidays.  I had a chance to go to some great sales in August and September so we started the month with fresh vintage merchandise.  Above are some tags that were intended to be attached to a cows ear.  Never used, but nicely rusted around the edges. Found them at The 3rd Sunday Market in Bloomington, Illinois.  Might be fun to use in jewelry or collage. dollheads I found over a hundred pairs of vintage sleepeye sets of doll eyeballs at the Alameda Antiques Market when I was in San Francisco in August.  The counterweight mechanism and piece that would attach into the nose makes it so they stand upright. Reminds me of something out of A Bugs Life or Toy Story.  Fun to have on a shelf or play with. eyeballs At the Allegan, Michigan antique show, I found a huge lot of drawer pulls.  Only have about 8 left, but they would be wonderful on kitchen cabinets. handles   album Like old photographs?  I added lots of new snapshots to the fifty cent box this week.  And we have hundreds of loose cabinet cards and this wonderful old album filled with antique photographs.  I also bought a collection of over 250 postcards, mostly addressed to young Nellie Jones.  Some of my favorite Halloween postcards sold already, but the rests are all at FOUND now. pcWitch Remember - if it's old - it's on sale this month at FOUND!     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

Time to plant flowers

Frost earlier in the week - 80 degrees yesterday. And beautiful sunny skies this morning.  It's time to plant flowers this weekend! garden.before Below are some things we have in the shop this week that may give you a bit of inspiration.

A vintage salmon pink trowel!  This is the first one I've found.  Have some other nice sturdy green ones.  These old trowels don't bend when you dig into a bit of clay soil like a lot of the new ones.  And we have a few vintage McCoy pots.  I'll be out searching for more vintage pots and garden tools this weekend.


I picked up couple dozen of these rusty orange buckets at the Ann Arbor Antiques Market last month.  Not sure what they were originally used for but they have drainage holes in the bottom so they are perfect for annuals. buckets


Also took in a bunch of old fashioned bushel baskets this week - an inexpensive big planting container - just line it with garden cloth before adding dirt.  And how about using a mop pail to plant a big geranium?


Antique tool boxes are the right size to plop a couple of big pots of flowers in - or to use as a coffee table on the porch!  Bert's tool box is painted orange inside and has the original liner tray.



FOUND has some plant holders made with rulers.  These are manufactured, but we also have yardsticks for those who prefer DIY!


Enjoy these beautiful Spring days!

p.s.  the Ann Arbor Farmers Market had a wonderful selection of annuals and perennials yesterday.  check them out on Saturday or Wednesday...

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