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Re-imagining FOUND part one


It’s almost 10 years since FOUND opened for business in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown Market & Shops. Right now we’re in the midst of a year long process of looking at all aspects of the business and imagining what the next years will look like.

One immediate change with a big impact (on my personal and FOUND life) is that we rented a prep and storage space that isn’t my home and garage! The main purpose is to have a dedicated place to work on vintage finds and get them ready for the shop. And to store out of season stuff. We’re slowly organizing it to be an efficient work space to clean and prep vintage items. When it’s finished, it’ll also be a great space for classes and occasional Pop Up weekend events. We’re calling this warehouse the “FOUND WorkShop”. Details to follow, but I can assure you that it’s going to be an exciting year as we celebrate our 10th anniversary!

Regards, Mary



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Cubebot Puzzle toy video!

Looking for something different for your Easter baskets this year? How about a colorful Cubebot puzzle?

Love this little robot drill team routine video from AreaWare! Designed by David Weeks Studio, and inspired by Japanese Shinto Kumi-ki puzzles, the Cubebot is a non-traditional take on the toy robot. The powerful hardwood frame can hold dozens poses, and his elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make him impervious to breakage. When it’s time for him to rest, he folds into a perfect cube. An enduring classic that will withstand generations of play.

Watch the video to see rabbits pop up in the boxes!  You can find Cubebots in Ann Arbor at FOUND.



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Wee bit o’ green for St. Pat’s Day


You may not find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but if you shop at FOUND in Ann Arbor through St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll get 17% off any item that has even a wee bit of green as part of it.  This is our annual special in honor of my Irish Grandmother and my dad (who once painted his dress shoes green for a St. Pat’s Day wedding).

note: on first glance you may think we don’t have much with a wee bit of green in the store, but as you look closely you’ll realize that touches of green are everywhere…candles, pendants, spring florals, bracelets, flower pins, bird coin purses, mandala mirrors, some picture frames, lots of postcards, vases, signs & prints, Peninsulas notebooks, mint lotion, books with green in any illustration, a dollhouse with green trim, the Urban Fairydoor poster, wax for letter seals and more! The item just needs to have a tiny bit of green as part of it, so ALL of the Green Daffodil candles are 17% off since the packaging design has lots of green. Everything in the shop with a wee bit o’ green is a lucky find through St. Patrick’s Day!




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Bringing a bit of Springtime to FOUND


At FOUND, we’re tired of snow and frigid weather, so we’ve declared an early Springtime!

Though it looks like March will come in like a lion, we know it’ll probably go out like a lamb.  New springtime lambs – handmade in Au Gres, Michigan have arrived – along with some new goats and mama sheep for ewe.


Spring florals have been arriving from some of our favorite vendors.  These little robin’s egg nests remind us that soon the robins will be back and bobbin’ along.  Sweet little mice and rabbits are also appearing in our windows.


It’s a bright and friendly Springtime at FOUND, no matter what the calendar and the the weather forecast indicates!



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Look Up! FOUND Holiday Displays


Be sure to look up next time you visit FOUND! Our Holiday displays aren’t just at eye level.  You’ll find antique bears and elves riding a trike on a tall shelf.


An old rocking horse for a special child on your list.  We’d love to take it down for you.  This tin BELIEVE banner works great with a striped cord ribbon with jingle bells. Great for a mantel.


Snowflakes and silver ball garland lead you to the back corner of the store.


Just over 5 weeks until Christmas.  Stop by soon – look up – and find wonderful things to decorate your home!


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Mark your Holiday Shopping Calendars



The 2014 Christmas Store opens November 6th at FOUND in Ann Arbor!

Here’s what we have planned for the 2014 holidays:

November 4 & 5.  CLOSED while we work some holiday magic.

November 6th.  9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Shop reopens for first look at FOUND’s 2014 Collection!

Friday, Nov. 7.  Holiday Kick off Party.  5:00-7:00 p.m. Refreshments. Merry Multiples begins.  $10 gift card free when you make a purchase!

Sunday, Nov. 9.  Stamping Sunday.  Drop in between 3 and 4 p.m. to stamp gift bags and tags. $3 materials fee.

Sunday, Nov. 16.  Kerrytown Open House.  10 am-6 pm.  20% off storewide + Merry Multiples!

Closed for Thanksgiving.

November 29.  Small Business Saturday specials.

Friday, Dec. 5.  Midnight MADNESS!  Sales ALL day until midnight. 20% off storewide + Merry Multiples!

Dec. 12,19.  Festive Fridays in Kerrytown – shops open til 8:00 p.m. for your convenience.




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Squirrels & Acorns at FOUND


There’s been one fat squirrel busy in the Bradford Pear tree beside my driveway every morning this week when I walked out the door. And the acorns are dropping like crazy. A sign of a harsh winter to come?  I’m going to just enjoy these magnificent autumn days and let the squirrels worry about that.


Nutty Distraction Topic: Sometimes I try to find a 10 minute “distraction topic” to think about to give my mind a little break from working. It’s sort of a silly refocusing alternative to slow, deep breathing.

Last week squirrels were a distraction topic for me. Except for their silly scolding sounds, squirrels mind their own business and just scurry around looking very busy and cute. I wish they knew better than to run into the street though – road kill is not cute. I’ll admit it, sometimes I think about strange things – like how I’m grateful I am that squirrels never try to get into the house or even my garage. We grew up singing  “grey squirrel, grey squirrel, swish your bushy tail… grey squirrel, grey squirrel, swish your bushy tail…” but I never see grey squirrels around here. Brown squirrels live in my trees. After that little musical ditty looped around in my head for awhile, I was definitely ready to get the song out of my head and refocus on the important tasks of my day. It was back to my book keeping with a clear focus again.


Meanwhile, back at FOUND, you’ll find these adorable felted squirrels. They are made in Michigan at the AuGres Sheep Factory up in the thumb area. Burlap acorns go with these sweet faced squirrels for easy autumn decorating.



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Dreamy Mixed Media Boats



Lovely little boats by mixed media artist Kathleen Koopman are floating in the window at FOUND on a dreamy voyage. The sailboats have dainty handkerchiefs or recycled fabrics as sails and float through the air like something out of  a bedtime story.


Others tell a story of companionship. Birds join in the journey.


We asked Kathleen to share her inspiration for these dreamy boats:

I’m part collector, part archivist, part archaeologist, and part researcher. I find things, arrange them, organize them, and display them.

My work for the past several years has focused on the assemblage of found objects, scraps, photographs, fiber, and paper, to create a narrative with memories and dreams intertwined.

I draw from a collection of artifacts, found: junk stores, the street, the landscape, the pathways of life: items cast off and abandoned, waiting for the opportunity tell their stories, effected by time and memory.

Constructing boats rose out of that process, out of these materials, as an extension of the assemblage process, and the inspiration grew fueled by the metaphors: voyages, sailing, hulls, rigging, sails, navigation driven by the vagaries of wind and water: discovery, travel, wandering.

Bon Voyage!

Kathleen Koopman.  July 2014.


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Made in Michigan. Ceramics by Darcy Bowden.


During Ann Arbor Art Fair week, Darcy Bowden will be our featured artist, bringing over one HUNDRED of her ceramic works to the shop!  We’re clearing out the center section to make room for this fun made in michigan show and sale.  Her quirky, modern pieces often have whimsical POPS of color and sensitively drawn lines in the design. Other groups have a mid century feel with chunky sculptural shapes.

Ceramic Art & Printmaking Show with Darcy Bowden 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014.  Opening Reception Party. 4-8 pm.

July 16,17,18. Meet the artist 3-7 pm daily at FOUND.

Sat. July 19.  11 am – 2 pm.  Clay Demo by Darcy!  Hand forming & decorating simple, modernist bowls using ancient paddling techniques.


The group above is just out of the kiln over at Yourist Studios where Darcy does her magic.  Notice the bowl shapes.  The clay is formed by paddling it over a specially selected stone – a very old method with a modern twist.  At the Saturday demo (7/19 from 11-2 at FOUND) Darcy will show us how it’s done.  The vessels below are an entirely different group she does.  All these are coming to the show!


Darcy is a long time FOUND friend and inspiration!  Many Ann Arborites will recognize Darcy from her days as an art teacher at Huron High School.  I almost forgot to mention that printmaking is another of her passions and she’ll also bring prints, cards and other fun things to the show. Hope to see you during Art Fair Week 2014!




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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.


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!


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.


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!


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?




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