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What clothing the forgetful, the fleeing and the drunk leave behind

Fab found fashion 

Go from work to weekend in these impeccably tailored, soiled clothes found over the past three months in the weeds, on sidewalks and at a crime scene.

These must-have fashions reflect a contemporary sophistication usually available only in stores. But thanks to the forgetful, the fleeing and the drunk, these styles are free.


click to enlarge PHOTO BY JEREMY LANGE
  • Photo by Jeremy Lange

Men’s entrepreneur’s polo shirt by Nautica, yacht not included
$14.99
Size: XLT, 100% cotton
Made in Macau
Found: On the sidewalk, Vickers Street at the N.C. 147 bridge, Durham

Nike Air shoe
$149.99 Size: Men’s 10
Made in Vietnam
Left only; contact the Durham Police Department for the right shoe.
Found: 201 W. Main St., Suite 100, Durham*
*After the INDY’s office manager apprehended a 19-year-old man trying to steal an iPod from our office, the perp lost his shoe as he fled.

After two weeks on your body, these rugged 1969 Gap straight-fit denim jeans with a blue stone wash stand up by themselves.
$34.99. With dirt, $39.99
Waist 36, Inseam 32
Made in Vietnam


click to enlarge PHOTO BY JEREMY LANGE
  • Photo by Jeremy Lange


Groom your baby for a career in mixed martial arts: Inf ant’s karate pants
$11.99, size: 6-12 months
American Apparel. Made in the U.S.A.
Found: Greenwood Road, Chapel Hill

Pre-owned peeling black vinyl belt; buckle with burnished nickel finish,
Fits waists 48–52 inches
Pants not included
Found: Morehead Avenue near the Greystone Inn, Durham

Go -everywhere, must-iron children’s plaid shirt
$11.99
Size: Medium, 7/8
Found: In the weeds, Lakewood Avenue near Blackwell Street, Durham
Made in Bangladesh by a worker skipping her bathroom break

Swaddle a little foot in this child’s white sports sock
100% cotton
99 cents
Found: In a patch of ivy, Hermitage Court, Durham
Fits either foot

Who cares if they match? Your kid doesn’t. Swaddle the other foot in this child’s blue crew sock.
100% cotton
99 cents
Found: Carrboro Elementary School parking lot
Fits either foot

Op toddler Nathan skate sneaker
Size: 10
$11.99
Found: Forest Hills Park Clubhouse parking lot, Durham
Faux leather upper, cushioned insole
Made in China by Chinese kids your toddler’s age
Left only; right shoe sold separately

Now the right hand kno ws what the left hand is doing
Children’s glove and mitten
$4.99/pair
Found: white mitten, Duke Street, north of Cobb Street; pink glove, University Drive, Durham


Urban Archaeology documents found objects, photos, overheard dialogue, poignant scenes; the small, everyday true moments that define life in the Triangle. Contribute to this column at editors@indyweek.com.

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