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This Woman Has Been Collecting Lost Notes For 12 Years

You never know, she might even have one of yours.

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Back in 2005, Laura Sullivan found a sticky note on the floor of a Sydney Woolworths. On the note was written: "BBQ chicken, mango, chestnuts, muffins, rice...". On the other side it read: "Andrew - appt drug and alcohol counselling, 1st Feb".


She kept the note and from that moment on, she held on to every note she found. Today she has over 400 notes – some of which will be on show this month at her own exhibition in Alexandria, Found By Laura.

Sullivan now refers to her note collecting as a "life project", keeping her finds in ziplock bags along with details of when and where she found that particular piece of paper.

Instagram: @foundbylaura

"I keep almost everything," she told BuzzFeed. "I’ve definitely thrown out notes early on that I regretted so I’ve refined how I do things. I cull the obvious crap, but keep more than I used to because you never know what others may see in a note."

With notes from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Toronto, and New York, each of the notes included in Sullivan's exhibition is unique.

Instagram: @foundbylaura

"There was definitely a solidifying moment when I was living in NYC. Given the dense population, finding got interesting very fast. I looked back at the stack I’d gathered and it hit me: This is real. This is something."

As interest in her collection grows, Sullivan hopes to reconnect some of the notes with their original owners using the hashtag #HaveIFoundYours.

"I haven't yet found any of the writers, but fingers crossed that through this exhibit, I'll find someone. Andrew if you are out there, I really want to meet you. You, my friend, changed my life," she said.

Instagram: @foundbylaura