Photo of lost and found bin stuffed with clothes, shoes, and a water bottle.

Story by Isabella Mariani ’21

It happens to the best of us. Sometimes Lawrentians lose track of their belongings in the bustle of student life, and you never know what will turn up in the lost-and-found bins on campus. We visited some of these lost-and-found locations and picked out 10 curious misplaced items.

Photo of gray desk organizer.

#10 | Desk organizer

Pens and pencils, paperclips and highlights all without a home. It’s pretty hard to stay organized when you lose your entire desk organizer. Someone out there could use some tips on keeping track of things.

Photo of small painting featuring what appears to be planets covered in pink smears of paint.

#9 | Art

Even Lawrence’s lost and found bins are artistic. Who would leave this behind? The artist’s identity is a mystery. . .

Photo of amber-colored bow rosin for the bow of a string instrument.

#8 | Bow rosin

A string player’s best friend. As a former cellist it’s no surprise to see this in the lost and found. Really, has anyone in history ever gone through all their rosin before losing or breaking it? Users of ChapStick might be familiar with the phenomenon.

Photo of red and blue coffee mug featuring the letter "A."

#7 | Personalized letter “A” mug

Is there an Archie or Alyssa out there looking for their favorite mug? A personal mug like this one can make that daily cup (or many cups) of hot tea or coffee even more special and integral to your day.

Photo of white sheets of paper on which lyrics are scribbled.

#6 | Handwritten lyrics

Poetic talents abound on campus. Maybe this person didn’t like their work and chose to abandon it. Who knows, this could have been the beginning of the next greatest hit.

Photo of sparkly paper St. Patrick's Day decoration adorned with shamrocks and a green top hat.

#5 | Hanging shamrock wall decoration

This is probably the remnant of someone’s St. Patrick’s Day party that was discarded after the festivities. But the party hasn’t stopped; this decoration has been coating everything else in the lost-and-found bin in glitter.

Photo of packaged pumpkin carving kit.

#4 | Pumpkin carving kit

There is surely a faceless jack-o-lantern looking for this. This pumpkin-carving kit was misplaced before it could be opened and used. Maybe it will be reclaimed in time for next Halloween.

Red rolled-up sleeping bag.

#3 | Red sleeping bag

It’s unclear if this was ever used; maybe for a spontaneous camping trip? Or a camping trip that never happened? Regardless, it’s a strange thing to lose!

Photo of gray mesh zippered bag full of shampoo and other shower needs.

#2 | A whole shower caddy

How does one lose a shower caddy? A more vexing question, how does one lose it in the Conservatory where this was found? I’d like to hear the explanation behind this one.

Photo of Lawrence draw-string bag full of paints and brushes.

#1 | A bag of acrylic paints and paintbrushes

What’s an artist without their supplies? Whether these belonged to an art student here at Lawrence or just someone with a artsy hobby, I hope they come looking for their supplies soon so they can get back to creating masterpieces.

Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.