Walk through the doors of the Lost & Found Vintage and step back in time to when the milkman delivered bottles of milk to your doorstep and households only had one phone that was gasp!…connected to the wall. Youth culture consisted of drive-in movies, while Elvis’s swiveling hips had parents rushing to shield their children’s eyes from late night television. Lost & Found Vintage is the kind of place one might stumble across while walking up and down the streets of Royal Oak. For anyone not familiar with the area, this trendy little city is where our beloved Detroit Zoo is located, and a multitude of young 20-something’s amass for the abundant nightlife. However we at SHEI are not here to talk about zoo animals or party animals. We're here to open your eyes to the wonders of the hidden treasures nestled in on Washington Street.
Since first opening its doors in 2003, this small vintage shop has accumulated an incredible amount of vintage clothing and relics that date back from the rock n’ roll era of the 80s all the way to the early 1900s. Owner Tommy Dorr methodically searches high and low with his staff of experts through estate sales and old trunk shows, leaving no stone unturned in their search for the finest vintage pieces. His passion for old knick-knacks sometimes even takes him all the way across the country. There is truly no limit to what you can discover inside the walls of the Lost & Found. While strolling through the shop, one might come across anything from World War II uniforms to those hideous over-the-top prom dresses that look painstakingly familiar to ones you’ve seen flipping through old family yearbooks.
For UM students, the Lost and Found serves as a fantastic outlet to shop for the endless number of costume parties hosted on campus. If you are feeling empowered, check out their rack of leather jackets. They come in all shapes and sizes and would make for a great biker chic or “Bad Sandy” from Grease. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, try going retro with one of their colorful 50s-style dresses and call yourself Lucille Ball for the day. For all the gents out there, please do not fret; the entire lower level is dedicated to an array of cowboy boots, military jackets, and top hats--and the best part is that everything is relatively inexpensive.
Some of the shop’s most intriguing items are the Polaroid pictures they have on display, along with the deteriorating post cards written to loved ones from far away places. These small outtakes of peoples’ lives take you back in time through the personal experiences of past generations, and in a sense they take you back into the experiences of another era. In a nutshell, this is what differentiates the Lost & Found from other similar shops.
So the next time you find yourself in Royal Oak, make sure to stop by Washington Street and check out Lost & Found Vintage. If you are looking to get rid of some old clothes or would like them to make a house call, the Lost & Found is always looking to buy.
Set up an appointment today by calling 248.548.6154. Happy shopping!
Photos by Brenna MacArthur.