The Shopping List Compendium:
a collection of abandoned shopping and grocery lists




178 - Overdrive and Landscaped

I've used the word "overdrive" because it seems the writer(s) of this list had everything covered, and didn't leave a stone unturned! Not only is this list produced in landscape format (and is therefore only the second list in the whole Compendium to be aligned in such a way) it also begins with clear instructions: "Tesco brand unless specified". Some items are specified in great detail (i.e. "FRISKIES CAT FOOD BROWN/PINK/GREEN/PURPLE PKT"). All are arranged into categories, with quantities or extra 'emergency' items added by one of two additional sets of handwriting around the edge. It's sad that, despite such immense effort having gone into writing this list, not all the items were bought: a lone "COD PREMIUM B/CRUMBS" is left without the tell-tale crossing out of a purchased item.

Perhaps the greatest treat of this list is saved for the very bottom line - we are given the shopper's name (or at least I assume that's what it is) and also the date on which the list was written. It's curious, though, that 8 days had passed between the completion of this list and me finding it, but I guess that's half the fun of the chase...?!
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This site is made possible by the kind people who abandon their shopping list at the end of a trip to the supermarket. I collect those shopping lists. You might refer to these as grocery lists, which strikes me as a bit strange because not all the items on the lists are groceries. Anyhow, I won't worry myself about it if you won't.

For those of you who have asked why I do this, please just be content with the fact that I do. I saw a list lying abandoned in a trolley once, and thought, "I'll have that". So I did.

Each shopping list I find is added to my collection along with comments about each list, which usually consist of me spouting on about the possible personality of the person who wrote it. I'm quite harsh at times, at others I feel a pang of compassion. Sometimes I just don't know what items are. Hopefully it will aid your procrastination.

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