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Squishy 11-24-2010 08:29 AM

The "Lost my stuff" group
Hello everyone,
I believe I first learned about the "Lost my stuff" group here at Friendly, but I wanted to post this to try to find some more volunteers.

The "Lost my stuff" group, is a group of volunteer metal detectorists, started by John Hawken, who want to help people find things that they have lost. There is no charge for our assistance... we just do it to help people and to promote the hobby.

This is a pretty new group and, right now, there are about 76 members so we are far from having enough people. In fact, we could not help the last few people because we did not have anyone who lived close enough to assist.

When someone loses something and finds the "Lost my stuff" web site, they fill out a form and it sends an email to all the members. If you can help, you respond directly to the person who lost the item and make arrangements. If you cannot help, you just do not respond. It is a very simple system.

So..... if this sounds like something you might be interested in doing, please go to this link and sign up.

You can explore the site and learn more about the group as well.

Thank you,

Bonesquat 11-24-2010 08:38 AM

I'm not sure if I joined a while back or not but I went ahead and applied again anyways. :)

Squishy 11-24-2010 02:17 PM

Great!!! Thanks bonesquat!

NevTrac 11-24-2010 02:23 PM

I'm in :D

Squishy 11-24-2010 07:55 PM

Woo Hoo! "Disconnected" is now "connected"

wolf-n-wa 11-24-2010 08:18 PM

This is a great group with a great agenda. WOLF

JMShrub 11-24-2010 10:27 PM

I'm pretty new to this hobby but what a great idea!

I applied.....hope someday I can help somebody find their lost stuff!

hobbes_lives 11-24-2010 10:49 PM

I'm in. :cool:

beerdoodle 11-25-2010 12:01 AM

Joined as well. But only one in WV so far. Some nights, I cannot find my car. But perhaps I can help someone some day...............

Squishy 11-25-2010 04:52 PM

Thanks all!!! I really appreciate the participation! Hopefully we can help a lot of people in time.

fogcity 11-28-2010 12:49 PM

By the way ---

If any of you that recently applied to join the Lost My Stuff Group didn't receive a confirmation that you've been added to the group, please check that you received & replied to the email we sent to confirm your email address. Sometimes these get routed to people's spam folders!!! If you aren't sure, just send me an email about it.



Burbank Bob 11-28-2010 06:39 PM

I'm part of the group as well. Not a lot of back and forth conversation to take time, just emails when something is reported lost.

Good folks. Need more of em... :yes:

Dreadnox 07-27-2013 09:50 AM

Great Idea
Just joined thanks for bringing this to our attention guys.

fogcity 07-27-2013 11:21 AM

Hey all --

I just wanted to give everyone here an update...

Squishy started this thread back in November 2010. People started joining the Group and we started helping more & more people find their lost stuff. Even as we continued to grow, a lot of folks figured we were just the latest novelty, and that after a while everyone would lose interest and we'd just fade away, never to be heard from again... Well, it's been almost 3 years now and that didn't happen!!!

As of today we have 1749 members in 16 countries! On the average we receive reports for 10-20 lost items a month, we generally have members available to search for 60% of the lost items reported to us, and we've found over half the items we've searched for!

We've adjusted our Report system so our members only receive reports about lost items that are lost in the areas they actually care about. (Members can select to receive reports for any countries or states in the world, or they can select to receive only reports for items lost within a certain distance of their home, whatever works best for them). We've made it possible for members to download copies of lost item reports 24/7, and we've also made it such that members can have copies of lost item reports emailed to their mobile phones if they want. Yes, we've come a long way!!!

Whether you're members of our Group or not, you're all welcome to check us out on our website at

We also have a facebook page at

Thanks everyone for helping us grow!!!

fogcity 01-31-2015 04:52 PM

FMDF Folks --

It's been about a year and a half since the above post so I'm way past due for providing you all an update on the Lost My Stuff Group.

The Lost My Stuff Group is a bit over 4 years old now and we've grown to 2416 members in 20 countries! On the average we receive reports for 20-30 lost items a month. Our current stats indicate we have members available to search for 56% of the lost items reported to us and that we've found about half (53% as of today) of the items we've searched for!

If any of you aren't members of our Group yet and feel as we do that helping someone find their lost item for FREE is a good thing to do, we're always looking for new members!!!

You're all welcome to check us out on our website at or at our facebook page at



P.S. The lost My Stuff Group has relocated back to Houston. After 2 years in Kansas it was definitely time to come home!!!

DIRT DOBBER 01-31-2015 08:41 PM

I've resigned up as I stopped getting emails some time ago. Hope to help out!

Dirt Hopper 02-02-2015 10:03 PM

Joined. Just waiting for something in my area.

gianetics 02-03-2015 05:11 PM

yup been signed up for awhile. just waiting for something close

gcsod45 02-12-2015 10:09 PM

Just joined. No one with in 50 miles of my location.

fogcity 02-12-2015 11:15 PM

Now you just need to download and post some of our flyers so people in your area will know to contact Lost My Stuff when they lose something!!!

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