Looking to do some post-holiday shopping in Vancouver? I Found Gallery on Main Street is a quirky combination of make-your-own jewellery store and clothing store. The shop has real personality, and exudes a sort of homey feeling, with colourful Persian-style rugs scattered on the floor in the surprisingly big and lofty space. A lot of real estate in the shop is dedicated to vintage clothing. There are lots of fabulous coats and dresses are to be had here. There’s nothing like a quality vintage piece to add personality to your wardrobe. I Found hasn’t forgotten the men either: they have a decent selection of men’s jackets, shirts and pants ,as well as accessories like cuff links and a tray of pocket watches.
Not Just Vintage
If vintage isn’t your cup of tea, you’ll still find lots of great shopping at I Found. The store offers a selection of new clothing on the racks as well. Check out Just USA jeans there: these stretchy, slim-cut jeans feel like yoga pants and look like regular denim. As the name implies, Just USA jeans aren’t made in sweatshops in a developing nation overseas, but in the USA. I Found offers quite a few colours and styles from low-rise to high-waisted, and boot cut to skinny. These quality trousers are fabulous for changing postpartum bodies or the expanded waistline you might have from overindulging on holiday treats. And at $59, they’re a good deal.
Shopping for DIY Supplies
The DIY-ers out there will make a beeline for the ring of glass cases housing the jewellery supplies. The beads, charms, wire, findings, semi-precious stones and more at I Found are a crafter’s shopping delight. Much of the stock is vintage, culled from an old Toronto warehouse. Stop by and pick up a charm or two to add some bling to an accessory, or try vintage button covers to put some sparkle on a jacket. Or put together a great one-of-a-kind necklace with the semi-precious stones and findings available. If you’re a newbie to jewellery-making, don’t be afraid to ask for help, because the super-stylish staff are happy to give you some pointers.
Ready to go shopping? I Found is open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and from 12:00 – 5:00 pm on Sunday.
I Found Gallery
Lisa Corriveau is our East Side Contributor. When not writing, she can often be found at the park chasing her little boy, sewing clothing, cycling, reading just about anything, performing on stilts, eating chocolate or drinking craft beer. (Sometimes several of the above simultaneously.) Lisa lives car-free in East Van, with toddler, husband and a few bikes. You can also find her on her blog, The Sprog.