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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.

  • Photo by Jeremy Lange

Men’s entrepreneur’s polo shirt by Nautica, yacht not included
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

  • 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
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
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
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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