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The Leftorium was a store located in the Springfield Mall that specialized in products made especially for left-handed people.

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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 was looted by a mob after a hurricane struck Springfield.[1]
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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.[2] Ned also mentioned that a left-handed megastore that had recently opened, Left-Mart, is threatening his business.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.

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