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Touches of Spring at FOUND


Hope you’re staying cozy during this winter that seems to never end.  This week we decided to bring Springtime to FOUND whether the weather cooperates or not.  It doesn’t take a lot to bring some springtime into your home.  As we wait for the first crocus to pop out of the ground and the robins to return from southern climes, little touches go a long way.  Perhaps some colorful candles or a new bird or wreath with polka dot flowers…




Pretty blue eggs and vintage soft aqua blue bottles.




New items are arriving daily.  Stop by while there is still snow on the ground and you can enter to win a $50 gift card and springtime goodie bag!  Just  guess what date the last of the snow will melt from Kerrytown and the Farmers  Market.   In case of tie, we’ll do a random drawing of all the entries that guess the correct date.  (We’re hoping to do a drawing later this month, but April snow is not unheard of in these parts, so watch email, blog or Facebook for contest winner).

Join our email list for coupons and info about specials throughout the year.


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Counting on a great year of fun finds!


In the midst of the frigid blast of cold and snow that hit us earlier this month, we were busy counting  inventory and tidying up the shop after a very busy holiday season.  Though it’s obvious that I love filling the store with wonderful Christmas merchandise, I’m always relieved to clear it out and start fresh.  As the store empties out, there’s room to think about new displays.  Mixing things up is fun.  I love that being a “finder” is a big part of my job. Last weekend, I found these great old billiard scoring beads at an estate sale. Today, I’ll be searching  for Valentines and other vintage treasures, then off to the trade shows later this week to see what fun new things I can find.

In retail, the slow pace of January is a perfect transition time.  It’s a month to look back over the past year, get everything in order and plan for a fresh new year.  Here’s to a 2014 filled with pleasant surprises!

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Busy Elves at FOUND


While we’ve been as busy as elves this past week getting all of our holiday merchandise into the shop, we’ve had some funny little elves to keep us company!  The woodland elf above is corralling a set of votive candle holders.  Perfect for tealights from our friends at Green Daffodil Soy Candles.

For the past 6 years, we’ve hung an upside down tree from the ceiling at FOUND.  Of course there was an elf to help hang the tinsel from the branches.


Some of his buddies climbed ladders to help.  But my favorite has to be the elf that grabbed onto a sled flying off the ceiling – hair and beard and eyebrows blowing back in the wind…


The biggest elf of all is Jolly Old Santa Claus himself.  This seven foot fellow is sitting at his workbench, doing what Santa does this time of year – getting the toys ready for good little boys and girls.


We had fun putting together these fun display.  But that’s only the beginning.  Watch the blog for more photos – or even better, stop by the shop and see for yourself!

Our favorite photographer, Charlene Plagens, is also posting wonderful images on the FOUND  instagram page and we now have a pinterest page.  Check them out – she’s adding more photos every week!


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FOUND Holiday Calendar


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Here is our schedule of special events for the holidays:

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

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

Friday, Nov. 8.  Holiday Kick off Party.  5:00-7:00 p.m.  Gift with purchase.

Sunday, Nov. 17.  Kerrytown Open House.  20% off storewide + Merry Multiples!

Closed for Thanksgiving.

November 30.  Small Business Saturday specials.

Friday, Dec. 6.  Midnight MADNESS!  Sales ALL day until midnight.

Dec. 13, 20.  Festive Fridays – open til 9:00 p.m.


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Getting vintage things ready for holiday displays


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…


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.


Even the ledge by my stairway is filled with Christmas to come, like these 2 unused rolls of cotton batting “snow”.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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It’s Pumpkin time!


The colors and smells of autumn are in the air.  Crisp apples and cider, pumpkins, gourds and squash of every type are in abundance at the Farmers Market outside our window in Kerrytown.  And our friends at Green Daffodil Candleworks have been cooking up the best smelling pumpkin candles in the state!


Anne needed to drop off a second batch last Saturday, so we’re well stocked again.  We have plenty of  these tealight size pumpkin candles that are just perfect to set inside your Jack-o-lantern on Halloween night!

If you have some special little Trick-or-Treaters that you give an extra somein’-something to, we have a some adorable little boxes with vintage themed images on the outside.  And a few jack-o-lantern boxes left, too.


I’m really enjoying all the fun, creative costume ideas on Pinterest.  When we were in college, my roomate and I made giant paper mache heads one year, and I loved dressing my kids up on Halloween (and helping them eat their candy…).  Don’t need to make any costumes for children lately, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the neighborhood kids dress up this year!

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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.


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.


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.




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.


Remember – if it’s old – it’s on sale this month at FOUND!



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Vintage Cracker Jack Prizes


A toy surprise in every box!  Though the caramel coated popcorn and peanut treat was first introduced at the 1893 Colombian Exhibition World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893, the name Cracker Jacks wasn’t trademarked until several years later.  And it wasn’t until 1912 that the infamous prizes began to be found in every box.  Early prizes such as baseball cards and metal toys are highly collectible today.  Today the brand is owned by Frito Lay and the prizes are not that exciting – with stickers and temporary tattoos being the most frequent surprise.

Do you remember the excitement of  scarfing down the contents of the Cracker Jack box as a kid to get to the secret PRIZE at the bottom?  I don’t actually remember the prizes, but the anticipation of some tiny terrific treasure that the box might hold made me want to save up my coins and take them to Della’s store on Front Street to buy a box.

Recently, I found a fun stack of vintage unopened Cracker Jack prizes in an antique show booth.  Can you guess what’s inside? the package asks. Actually, though I wouldn’t mind having some fresh Cracker Jacks to munch on right now,  I’m more charmed by the vintage packaging for the prize than by the prizes themselves.  The little envelopes feature jokes and riddles on the outside.  These nostalgic graphics and typography would lend themselves well for scrapbooking or altered art projects.  We have about 2 dozen vintage prizes in the shop right now.  The candy boxes (and the tasty treats) are long gone, but the memories that these prize packages bring back are delicious.

So, can you guess what’s inside?





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August Jewelry Sale at FOUND


During August we settle into a slower, more relaxed pace.  Seems like a good time to have a jewelry sale.  If you come to FOUND between now and the end of August, you’ll find savings on all jewelry – and supplies to make your own, as well.
Take  25% off Coca-Cola bracelets. 10% off spoon rings. 
And 15% off ALL other jewelry through the end of the month.
Stop by while the selection is good and the parking is easy.
Here are a few of the MANY pieces that are in stock now:
Bracelets made with old postage stamps.  New batch of earrings and necklaces just in last week.
In addition to the zipper flower pins, we have earrings, necklaces and rings made from the metal teeth of old zippers!
Sarah Stanton’s earrings are included in the sale – 15% off for this popular local favorite.
And a newcomer to our locally made jewelry – recycled tile pendants by Lisamarie Babik.  Love her use of color!
The popular spoon rings are 10% off for the rest of August.
There’s always materials to make your own jewelry at FOUND!
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Go Jump in the Lake!


With the temperatures and humidity rising this week, I’d like to go jump in the lake!  I’ll be doing that NEXT weekend, but in the meantime, these mugs and signs from a Georgia company called Go Jump in the Lake bring a grin to my face.  A new shipment came in last week – great for the cottage this summer.


We also have Great Lakes pillows – machine washable cover, with down insert.  Did you memorize the names of the Great Lakes by the H-O-M-E-S method, for Huron-Ontario-Michigan-Erie-Superior? Growing up in a landlocked area, I didn’t learn this memory trick until I moved to Michigan – the state which borders most of the Great Lakes!  Which ones do not touch Michigan?  Google it if you’re not sure.


We had a ski boat when I was a teenager – what fun!  I’d like to say a terrific water skier, but my best tricks were crossing the wake without falling and letting go of the tow rope with one hand long enough to wave at the people in the boat. Then I usually fell.  It was fun anyway.

I know I showed you these frames made from water skis before – but I’m just fascinated by this clever upcycling – here’s what the back looks like…the hardware and foothold hold the frame up!


Enjoy these summer days.  And remember:  if you’re lucky enough to live on the lake, you’re lucky enough!


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