- "I picked up a lost item! ... I wonder if someone dropped this. Maybe I should look for the owner and return it?" —Animal Crossing: New Leaf
The Lost Item is an item which appears in the town in New Leaf. Lost items occur in multiple variations: a bag with a bear face, a mitten, a book or a blue bag with yellow string. If the owner is not found, it becomes a trash item but in turn it can be displayed inside the player's house.
Lost items are randomly generated in a town and appear on a random spot. Once picked up, the player will reveal it is lost and that it should be returned. The owner of the item is always one of the resident villagers, and the item cannot be dropped until the next day. If it is not returned, the item name will change into something else like "mitten" for example.
To discover the owner all villagers must be spoken to until the owner is found. Once approached, the option to ask the villager if they have lost an item will appear as a conversation option. If the villager does not own it, they will tell the player to keep looking.
If the item is brought to Copper/Booker they will inform the player that it was good that they brought the item in but they cannot leave their post. They will then ask the player to find the owner of the item.