I think the sign of the perfect store is wanting to buy everything inside. Or is that just the sign of a shopping addiction? Regardless, I think I found the perfect store last week during another of my many adventures in Old Town Clovis!
I’ve been wanting to check out The Foundry Collective for a long time, but just never made it there. Now that I’ve been, I know I’m going to be a regular visitor.
The store opened at the beginning of this year as a collaboration between several local people, headed by the former owners of Vintage On Fourth. It’s a mix of new and old, from upcycled furniture to Anthropologie-style clothing and everything adorable in-between. While there are a plethora of great local shops (as well as online sites like Etsy) that sell these kinds of items to what I affectionately call the Pinterest crowd, I do think that The Foundry Collective stands above the rest with its unique offerings.
There were a lot of things for me to fall in love with, and I was told that new stuff comes in all the time, but I’m going to highlight some of my favorites from my recent outing.
One of the things I fell in love with was a collection of amazing notebooks made of vintage books, with some of the original pages still inside. I think these would make a great gift for your favorite book lover or writer. They were created by a local resident, which is a theme for The Foundry Collective. They sell many things from local artists, including some adorable string art. The store also hosts craft classes for how to make the string art, as well classes for calligraphy and floral arrangement.
Another thing they excel in is their Clovis pride. I’ve talked quite a bit in this blog about how it can be hard to find Fresno-themed items. But this is honestly the FIRST time I’ve seen personalize Clovis items in any store in the Valley. The Clovis mugs are adorable, and I’m obsessed with the shirts made by the same people who used to run the Twee boutique in Downtown Fresno.
The Foundry also recently opened a children’s corner in their store, with blankets, clothes, knit hats, toys and more, some of which is actually sold at Anthropologie (another opportunity to choose to shop local)!
If you can’t get enough of The Foundry Collective, be sure to buy tickets to the Old Town Flea Market, organized by the same ladies from Foundry, at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds on November 7th and 8th. There will be 70 vendors and gourmet food trucks, and admission is $5 at the door. Early bird access to the event is $10, and those tickets can be purchased at The Foundry Collective. Last year, hundreds of people waited in the rain to have first crack at shopping!
I think everyone who reads this should head over to The Foundry Collective as soon as possible! (An on your way, stop at House of JuJu for a burger like I did!)