WHAT IS THIS PLACE?
Welcome to Found, which markets quality art, artifacts, and antiques from around the world. Owners Ann and Keith Graber Miller travel to Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa, purchasing hand-woven, hand-painted, and hand-crafted works directly from artists, artisan cooperatives, galleries, and market vendors. We also are the venue for Graber family art: Ann’s original watercolors as well as pottery, paintings, and books by 12 additional Graber family members – both of Ann’s parents, three of her sisters (including renowned miniaturist Jane Graber), our daughter, four nieces and one nephew. In addition, Ann does interior and exterior design consulting for homes and businesses.
ARE YOU A FAIR TRADE BUSINESS?
We’re a one-of-a-kind, family-owned business. As we travel, we frequently purchase directly from artists or from fair-trade shops. Because of their age, our many vintage and antique works can’t be designated as fair trade, although our dealers and vendors are able to ask for fair pay for their goods. Our typical mark-ups – and the percentage of sales our artists receive – are the same as those at shops identified as fair trade. Because of that, we call what we do “ethical trade.”
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO WHEN YOU SELL THINGS?
Right now all of the income from the shop goes toward 1) supporting additional artisans around the world by purchasing more inventory; 2) some international travel to select and secure the artwork; 3) mortgage, employee, and other overhead expenses; and 4) covering some of the expenses for the recent restoration of our 1880s building. This is similar to the system at fair trade stores, which have routine retail overhead expenses and send workers internationally to select art. We also support a number of local not-for-profit organizations and are committed to helping the Goshen arts community thrive. Please feel free to ask if you have additional questions, and enjoy your browsing at Found.