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If I drop an item on the ground in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, how long will it stick around? I am not talking about displaying an item or a pattern but taking, say, a stack of gold and dropping it some where. Will it eventually despawn or is it there for good?

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Judging based on past Animal Crossing it will persist forever until it is removed by a house/event occupying the same space when it'll be moved to the lost and found (but I haven't seen a lost and found yet) –  Prinny Brocka Jun 15 '13 at 0:11
    
@BenBrocka Good enough for until we get a more explicit answer. –  James Jun 15 '13 at 5:47
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Based on past animal crossing games and judging from a week's worth of experience, items will persist forever when dropped until picked up, and they will be moved to the "lost and found" (does this exist in AC:NL? I haven't seen one yet) as soon as an event or new house needs to occupy the space the item took. In the original AC I left items all over several acres of land and they were only removed when (oops) an event cleared the acre.

I haven't noticed any dropped items disappearing so far. Note that buried fossils and gyroids are an exception to this rule; naturally placed buried items will be removed the next day (except, I believe, pitfall seeds.)

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The lost and found in New Leaf is in the police station, which you have to build first. The pitfall seeds certainly vanish the next day, as I found out when attempting to trick my brother into one. –  Tustin2121 Jul 24 '13 at 13:16
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