Awesome! We love that you’ve got something for FOUND. That means you’ve been keeping your eyes peeled on the bus, near the street curbs, in bars, in the waiting room, in bowling alley parking lots, in the woods… Congratulations on coming up with something awesome.
So now, enter the circumstances of your find and give it a name. Write one sentence or a couple of paragraphs, whatever you like. Tell us where you found it, which city, and any reactions or interpretations you might have.
With that, I’ll issue a couple tips on how to get your finds posted here:
#1. A good scan: A quality scan goes a long way. We get lots of wonky digital photos of finds which are totally unreadable. Or sometimes the paper is so crinkly as to render it unusable. Or the file size is so tiny that the find is far too pixelated… So open up your scanner, put your find down, cover with a stack of white paper and press it down with a heavy book. Scan at 300 dpi, save as a jpg, write a compelling story about where you found it and upload! Keep them less than 5megs or they’ll clog the sink, and NO PHOTOS of finds, just scans puhleez. Thanks!
#2. Make it a real “find.” The best finds tend to be mysteries. We get lots of submissions saying “I found this in my daughter’s room” or “I found this in my grandma’s attic…” Without getting into a semantic discussion about what constitutes a “find,” we tend to share ones that come from sources unknown. Mysterious contexts. Not something your sister wrote when she was drunk at your party, but something that appeared stuck to your bike tire. Those stories tend to be infinitely more interesting.
PS- It may take a while (a week? four years?!) for finds to appear on the site. Be patient, and we’ll email you if and when it appears!
Send your finds to our receiving office at:
3455 Charing Cross Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1911
If you’d like your stuff back, we totally understand, so you’ve got a couple options — you could include a self-addressed stamped envelope and we’ll return your items eventually… we like to hold on to them for a few months sometimes until the next issue is ready to be put together. And to ensure that you do, put a Post-It note on the back of each item with your name and address and the words “NEED RETURNED”– we have an 87% successful return with the SASE (due to fire, flood or foolishness!). OR send high-quality, crisp and handsome photocopies (we always prefer the original item but if you send copies, color copies are best). Thanks!