The Leftorium was owned by Ned Flanders, who had quit his job as a pharmaceutical company clerk to open the store. At first, business at the Leftorium was very poor, due to Homer's secret wish that Flanders' store would go out of business. Homer got his wish and the Flanders family were forced to sell their personal possessions (much of which Homer purchased at a cost of $75); the bank repossessed the Flanders home; and the store was about to close. Homer later regretted making this wish and never telling any of his friends who were in need of left-handed items about The Leftorium. To atone for his misdeeds, Homer manages to get everyone he knows in town to shop at Ned's store, effectively saving it from bankruptcy.
The Leftorium had continued to trade profitably since. However, there have been episodes during which Flanders mentioned the store was not doing so well. Ned once mentioned that he purchased most of his personal possessions cheaply to make up for his store's lack of business. Ned also mentioned that a left-handed mega-store that had recently opened, Left-Mart, is threatening his business. It has bullet proof windows. Some people consider the store a "rip-off" due to some items only being labeled as "left-handed" without truly being manufactured solely for left-handers, e.g., left-handed remote controls, left-handed pens, left-handed cellphones, etc. Eventually Ned had to downsize to a simple kiosk, the Leftorium Express, due to the success of a nearby full-sized competitor, Southpaw Superstore. However, in the episode "Opposites A-Frack", Ned was seen working in his full-sized store once again without a continuity explanation.
Finally, the Leftorium went out of business due to being unable to compete with online shopping, and Ned struggled to maintain a job until he joined Springfield Elementary School as the new fourth-grade teacher.
Behind The Laughter
The abundance of left-handers in Springfield is likely due to the show's creator, Matt Groening, being himself left-handed. Groening revealed in the DVD commentary for "When Flanders Failed" that about 1 in 3 Springfieldians are left-handed, as compared to about 1 in 9 in real life.
- Episode – "When Flanders Failed"
- Episode – "Bart's Comet" (Mentioned)
- Episode – "Hurricane Neddy"
- Episode – "In Marge We Trust"
- Episode – "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" (mentioned)
- Episode – "Last Tap Dance in Springfield" (cameo)
- Episode – "A Star Is Born-Again"
- Episode – "Dude, Where's My Ranch?" (mentioned)
- Episode – "Home Away From Homer" (mentioned)
- Episode – "Sex, Pies, and Idiot Scrapes"
- Episode – "The Great Wife Hope" (billboard mention)
- Episode – "Opposites A-Frack"
- Episode – "Left Behind"
- Video game – The Simpsons Road Rage
Locations in Springfield
|Shops and Restaurants|
|The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop • The Frying Dutchman • The Gilded Truffle • Herman's Military Antiques • Jake's Unisex Barbershop • Lard Lad Donuts • Luigi's • King Toot's Music Store • Krusty Burger • Kwik-E-Mart • Moe's Tavern • Phineas Q. Butterfat's Ice Cream Parlor • Grocery Store • Springfield Mall (The Leftorium)|
|82 Evergreen Terrace • 740 Evergreen Terrace • 742 Evergreen Terrace • 744 Evergreen Terrace • Apu's apartment • Barney's apartment • Burns Manor • Chalmers house • Skinner's House • Spinster City Apartments • Springfield Retirement Castle • Van Houten House • Wiggum house|
|Aztec Theater • Barney's Bowlarama • Channel 6 • Department of Motor Vehicles • Duff Brewery • First Bank of Springfield • First Church of Springfield • Krustylu Studios • Legitimate Businessman's Social Club • Noise Land Video Arcade • Old Springfield Library • Sleep-Eazy Motel • Springfield Cemetery • Springfield City Zoo • Springfield Convention Center • Springfield Downs • Springfield Drive-In • Springfield Elementary School • Springfield General Hospital • Springfield Glen Country Club • Springfield International Airport • Springfield Natural History Museum • Springfield Nuclear Power Plant • Springfield Public Library • Springfield Squidport • Springfield Tire Yard • Springfield Town Hall • Springfield Town Square • Springfield War Memorial Stadium • Ye Olde Off-Ramp Inn|
|Crime and Punishment|
|Springfield County Court House • Springfield Penitentiary • Springfield State Prison • Springfield Police Station|
|Alkali Flats • Lake Springfield • Mt. Springfield • Springfield Gorge|