Hair Mousse + NFCU

A short and snappy list.

A torn off piece of note paper from a real estate agent. It looks like Ascent may now be operating under a different name


Navy Federal Credit Union is a global credit union headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, chartered and regulated under the authority of the National Credit Union Administration. Navy Federal is the largest natural member credit union in the United States, both in asset size and in membership.

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Speggity is the at the top of the list. Speggity = spaghetti. I would have thought speggety would have been a better phonetic match for spaghetti. Now I have done that thing and said the word so many times, it has become meaningless.

A lovely little shopping list. 10 items written, most likely, by an older hand in a mixture of pen and pencil on a ring bound sheet of note paper.

  • Speggity
  • Sugar
  • Trash bags
  • Chips
  • Vitimins
  • Milk
  • Pills
  • Jam
  • Peanut butter
  • Butter

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Breathrite or BreathRight

The headline item on this list is Breathrite. Google tells me that this could be either nasal strips like this:

BreathRight for Humans

Or an equine remedy which is “Suitable for horses prone to coughing”.

BreathRite for Horses

This intelligence was gathered with a UK centric view of the internet. Breathrite may be something else in the US where this list was found.

Other items are coffee brav?, ivory Tylenol, dishwasher soap and ‘gentle’ soap.

Ivory Tylenol does not show up on my searches.

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Office Work Grocery List

This a combined ‘to do’ list and shopping list. The owner need to do some office work, manage some storage, attend to laundry and then ‘Call for Tas. Rod’?

Shopping items include Milk, Bfast (breakfast), fruit, dinners, water, cr cheese (cream cheese) and a hybrid combination of ginger ale and a Conger Eel.

Small spiral bound note paper, black pen.

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Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs List

This shopping list has been clearly titled ‘List’. It has then been added to over several sessions.

There are many items of interest:

  • Glasses – not a typical shopping list item
  • Koign Cheese dressing – maybe Kouign
  • Nathan Hot Dogs – which may be Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs –
  • Putting sail??? Is this person planning a voyage after the visit to the shops?
  • F,5 suplay ticket?
  • Food 4 less gift card

I would assume that this happy shopper has an interesting life.

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Valentine’s Shopping List

What could be more romantic?

  • Bottle brush
  • Sauce pan
  • Dog food
  • Dish
  • Dog treats
  • Soap
  • Paper towels
  • and butter

This is all you need on St. Valentine’s day to impress you significant other.

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Grocery List Score

What is this? Can anybody decipher these numbers?

This shopping list has the hand of maybe an older person.

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Polident For ‘Our Night’

Lovely dotty ‘Donut Forget‘ note paper for making lists. It is good to see some purpose made paper used. And with a foody theme.

Cat owner

This person needs Polident denture cleaner for ‘our night’. Fancy. Something to look forward to.

Strange mix of capitalisation with CRackers.

Other items include crackers, large storage bags and eggs. A good quality shopping list here.

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Found Shopping Lists And Why I Find Them

Guest Blog Post – By Jonathan Lee

Joe ‘Posset’ Murray did it first. He used to post his shopping list finds on Twitter, way before I started. I used to admire them, signifiers of shoppers in a different town or city.

I believe my first post, on Facebook, was an odd one as it had ‘mouldy ham’ written down, discarded in a park while I was on the way to the JobCentre one morning. I didn’t pick it up but took a photo to post once I got back home. After that I kept seeing discarded grocery lists all the time, in trolleys or baskets, at the end of the tills or on the floor.

After picking up a few I noticed that some were indecipherable, others just fragments. This led me to cary on as if I’d discovered some hitherto unknown source of found poetry, scores for readings that had yet to be heard. Handwriting and spelling leant what would be a shopping list in any other hands an air of mystery, especially once I got our eldest child to read out a few.

Still the collection grew bigger and I would get moaned at by the wife for picking up ‘other people’s rubbish’ even though I’d explained my reasons.

I had a vague idea for a ‘zine’ but photos and scans of lists didn’t appeal. Then Covid 19 hit. Long queues at supermarkets with paranoid shoppers (myself included) meant I was only photographing shopping lists in situ as they lay discarded on the floor, instead of picking them up as usual. I was left without a resource.

I was given the chance to perform a gig which gave me and the eldest a chance to read some of the shopping lists in public, plus a couple of found care notes, over some no-input mixer, a kind of low budget power electronics to our peers. We enjoyed it and the idea stuck. I was guided towards older sound poetry by Joe who had written a piece for the TQ zine and this set me on the path to concrete poetry. I downloaded pdfs. I bought a book. I devoured the images and descriptions. A quiet spell at work set my mind towards creating a form of found concrete poetry.

I’m still working on it and developing a CD (or tape) to go with it in zine form. I’m also back to picking up random pieces, making sure I wash my hands thoroughly after photoing and handling them. Daft, I know. I think there’ll be some form of recorded output with our daughter again using some lists, but that’s a separate project now, it’s taken on it’s own identity.

But it’s all Joe’s fault. Thanks Joe.

About the author

Jonathan Lee lives in Darlington, England with his wife, 3 children and an overly needy cat. Aside from collecting discarded shopping lists, Jonathan makes music under the alias Stapperton, collage under the alias insolent.collage and works in a post office. You can find him on social media here ( and admire some of his musical output here (

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Saltine Crackers

Yellow Post-it Note shopping list. The list has been written in several sittings with pen and pencil. There are some cryptic numbers on the right hand side which have been crossed out.

I had not heard of Saltine Crackers in the UK. But, sure enough, here they are:

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