Old clothes—like old relatives—inspire memories of the past, constantly remind people of classier eras, and should never be left out in the rain. Uncrate some cool from calendars gone by with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of vintage apparel at Lost and Found Vintage in Royal Oak.
Scouring the country for retro fashions, Lost and Found owner Tommy Dorr and his staff stuff all three floors of the shop with threads from the 1900s through the ‘80s, earning a nod in 2011 as Best Vintage Clothing in Oakland County by the Metro Times. Hunt and forage amid an ever-shifting forest of dresses, vintage tees, Members Only jackets, and lacrosse gear. Swing pastward to the ‘70s with a Violet Venus purple column dress with a choker neck ($28), or turn back frock clocks to a more wholesome time of sock hops and bomb shelters with a ‘50s vintage red sheath dress ($38). As customers try on a pair of apricot macramé melon wedges or pistol-frame sunglasses, their elbows might rub against one of the celebrities ensnared by Lost and Found’s fabricky siren song, such as Mick and Paul from The Clash. Tommy and his threadsperts chime in with friendly style advice whenever the selection threatens to overwhelm guests or ironically devour them with a swarm of hungry retro T-shirts.
510 S Washington Ave.
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067