Life’s got more surprises waiting for you than you can shake a stick at. We’re talking about the pleasant kind, too, not just the ‘surprise, aliens are building monoliths on Earth and we’ll have a full-scale invasion in the last days of 2020’ kind.

The ‘Didn’t Know I Wanted That’ community on Reddit seems to absolutely adore surprises. That’s why the nearly 768k-strong subreddit is documenting all the cool, strange, and intriguing things that the world has to offer that will make you say, “I didn’t know I wanted that.”

Check out some of their best posts below and, as you’re scrolling down, give the pics you liked the most an upvote. Be sure to let us know which of these things you never knew you wanted and why! And read on for Bored Panda's interview with one of the moderators taking care of the subreddit.

#1

I Want And You Do Too

I Want And You Do Too

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Ceredwyn Ealanta
Community Member
5 months ago

Completely real. Produced by Desserto: "The result, Desserto, the Cactus Vegan-Leather, is partially biodegradable and has the technical specifications required by the fashion, leather goods, furniture and even automotive industries." https://desserto.com.mx/

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#2

These Lines Go Up The Wall So You Can Park Perfectly In-Between The Lines

These Lines Go Up The Wall So You Can Park Perfectly In-Between The Lines

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
5 months ago

That should be standard at every parking garage

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#3

Glowing Nightlight Lamp With Removable Glow Balls For Trips To The Bathroom

Glowing Nightlight Lamp With Removable Glow Balls For Trips To The Bathroom

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Brett
Community Member
5 months ago

Hmmm all I see is “add to cart”

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Moderator Stuffed02 from r/DidntKnowIWantedThat told Bored Panda all about how their community first got started on Reddit. "DidntKnowIWantedThat got started when someone made a post on a big subreddit and people started commenting quite literally our future name," they said.

They told us that their subreddit is very open, as long as people follow some basic rules. "We allow all kinds of unusual products that you only realize the need for once you see it. Our only main rule issue is people trying to advertise their products. My message for them is: don’t. We always catch it. Other than that, there aren’t any major rule paradigms we have to deal with."

Mod Stuffed02 also opened up about what the year's been like for the subreddit. Surprisingly, it hasn't been as bad as you might think. "2020 has actually been a fun year for a lot of us on our team. Having to spend more time online means we get to see more products and be more dedicated to our users."

Meanwhile, another moderator, Metastasis_d pitched in and told us that the subreddit was started by "a spammer who wanted to use the subreddit to advertise products," however, the community outlasted them.

#4

Soy Sauce Dishes That "Reveal" A Painting Once You Fill Them Up

Soy Sauce Dishes That "Reveal" A Painting Once You Fill Them Up

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Sara Rodrigues
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5 months ago

This would be pretty cool for a restaurant

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#5

This Remote Has A Headphone Plug In It To Listen To TV Quietly

This Remote Has A Headphone Plug In It To Listen To TV Quietly

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Brett
Community Member
5 months ago

This is the holy invention

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#6

This Skull Shaped Charcoal Takes BBQ To The Next Level

This Skull Shaped Charcoal Takes BBQ To The Next Level

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

All I can think of is "Dante's Inferno".

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For the past year and a half, the r/DidntKnowIWantedThat subreddit has been a testament to out-of-the-box thinking and just how creative humankind can get when it really wants to. We’ve had our minds blown since the first time we visited the subreddit and we keep getting surprised each time.

The community is also very inspiring for anyone who needs new ideas for their projects or business ventures. There’s nothing like seeing something weird but wonderful to shake things up when you’re deep inside a creative hole and need a leg-up to climb out.

The subreddit also raises an interesting question: why do we want a particular product (and does it have to have a gimmick to make us want it)? According to the National Association of Sales Professionals, it’s all tied to our emotions.

#7

This TV Show Idea

This TV Show Idea

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heidi hunt
Community Member
5 months ago

I would watch this and it totally sounds like an MTV or vh1 show

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#8

Didn't Know I Wanted Squid Kite

Didn't Know I Wanted Squid Kite

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Brett
Community Member
5 months ago

This is not a want this is a need

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#9

A Maga Hat But With An Actual Statement

A Maga Hat But With An Actual Statement

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Black Karen
Community Member
5 months ago

Love this.

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The NASP explains that people buy products based on their emotional needs or wants, and then justify their purchase logically later on. In other words, we make our decisions based on how we feel and later sprinkle some logical reasoning on top to make it look rational.

So selling products becomes less about appealing to ‘perfect,’ rationally thinking, economic consumers and more about seeing what their hearts truly want. Which is far tougher and way easier to do all at once, ironically.

#10

Steamer Boat Lid

Steamer Boat Lid

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

That's great. I'd buy it. I need to blow off some steam.

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#11

This Giant Family Tent Has Private Bedroom Compartments And A Full Living Area!

This Giant Family Tent Has Private Bedroom Compartments And A Full Living Area!

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Linda van der Pal
Community Member
5 months ago

Here in the Netherlands we have entire showrooms full of tents like this...

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#12

Need This Now

Need This Now

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James016
Community Member
5 months ago

This is perfect

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On the one hand, getting to grips with emotional reasons for why people buy something is far more slippery and less concrete. On the other hand, we’re all people and we have full access to our own emotions and how we react to products.

As cheesy as it sounds, in order to sell your product, you first have to get to know yourself, the problems you need fixed, and how this relates to your inner emotional world. That’s how you create something that others didn’t know they wanted until they saw it and everything just clicked into place.

#13

Mr. Bean Cut Out

Mr. Bean Cut Out

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

I want this relationship when I’m old lol

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#14

This Window

This Window

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Ekate
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5 months ago

I feel old. All I can think about is how to clean in that corner.

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#15

A Self-Standing Over-Sink Dishes Rack

A Self-Standing Over-Sink Dishes Rack

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nanashi
Community Member
5 months ago

if you breathed in a little bit deeper than usual after seeing this and thinking "I need this", you might be over 30yo lol

Kisses4Katie
Community Member
5 months ago

I think I stared for a good 20 seconds wanting it

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Momma Dubb
Community Member
5 months ago

Has anyone noticed the tomatoes? Who stores tomatoes next to their drying dishes? I think that spot was probably for dish towels or something more relevant 😂

MrsPossum
Community Member
5 months ago

LOL yes, I thought that was super weird 🤣

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SoulMan80
Community Member
5 months ago

I've always wondered why the solution we have in Italy, ie a draining and storage rack inside a discrete cupboard above the sink, isn't more popular elsewhere (eg in the UK where I now live)?

RoseTheMad
Community Member
5 months ago

I was going to mention the dish drying rack in a cupboard over the sink (though I know it as Finnish, as my fiance is Finnish, had no idea they were a thing in Italy too) and yea, I'm in the UK and I'd get one, put in.. but unfortunately, my home, like (seemingly in my experience) many homes in the UK, for some dumb reason the sink is always in front of the window... which means no drying cupboard for me and it also means I get blinded by the sun in the summer. :/

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Spork420
Community Member
5 months ago

Until your clean dishes, produce, and whatever else get splattered with water and whatever grossness from the kitchen sink that your backsplash normally catches.

Jessica Bertram
Community Member
5 months ago

this is ALL I COULD THINK OF.

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Molly Block
Community Member
5 months ago

But the water off of the dishes drips everywhere. Looks nice. Very impractical though.

Pearlkp
Community Member
5 months ago

I think the water is meant to drip into the sink...so you don't need a separate drip tray on your counter. (At least, that's one reason I love this idea!!)

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Angharad Eatough
Community Member
5 months ago

smat

Karen Stanford
Community Member
5 months ago

Here in Spain, they have cupboards over the sink with built in dish racks, so you don't even see them, love them!

Katie Johnson
Community Member
5 months ago

Many places in Italy have a "cupboard" above the sink which actually contains a drying rack similar to this. Great if you've not got a window view!

Vuun
Community Member
5 months ago

This is the standard in Finland. I've never seen a kitchen without one.

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

This might not work as well if you have a window over your sink. There's usually isn't enough room.

Fran Morasco
Community Member
2 months ago

trying to envision where I could put this love it

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
2 months ago

All I see are a lot of water spots over everything. . .

Ben Hughes
Community Member
4 months ago

i too need 6 of the same knives.

serenagun
Community Member
5 months ago

I NEED THIS< I DO THE DISHES ALL THE TIME AND HATE IT WHEN WATER RUNS ON THE COUNTER

Crycket
Community Member
5 months ago

I have one of these...it saves so much counter space

Luuta
Community Member
5 months ago

Excellent idea

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
5 months ago

and a dishwasher...?

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
5 months ago

I am thinking of how the plates will be dripping on the back there..

Patty Leaton
Community Member
5 months ago

pass

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes.yesssssss

Seabeast
Community Member
5 months ago

I have a dishrack from Ikea that hangs from a rail over the sink.

LeAnne Sheldon
Community Member
5 months ago

I am way too short for this lol

Ashley Conover
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm pet sitting right now. They have one.

kkathleen517
Community Member
5 months ago

It's so beautiful. I want it.

Nancy Lynch
Community Member
5 months ago

Finally!

elfin
Community Member
5 months ago

Wouldn't work for me. I have cats.

Anna Tuomisalo
Community Member
5 months ago

In Finland we have cabinets above sinks where are these racks inside. In every apartment and house.

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Laura Roney
Community Member
5 months ago

you can still buy this...on amazon

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
5 months ago

THAT is a bitchin idea! wow! (and yes Nanashi I'm over 30)

Sandra Warren
Community Member
5 months ago

Yea NO the water would drip all over the counter around the sink.

Lyone Fein
Community Member
5 months ago

That is beautiful.

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
5 months ago

WAY over 30, I want one!

Mark Grant
Community Member
5 months ago

Where do I get this?!? TELL ME NOW!!!

Mike
Community Member
5 months ago

hmmm - it's not self-standing, that shelf has legs!

Miss Kitty
Community Member
5 months ago

Nice space saving.

ANGEL BABY
Community Member
5 months ago

I want this!

Linda Jansen
Community Member
5 months ago

this is a need

Lisa Watson
Community Member
5 months ago

IKEA

Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
5 months ago

But will all be full of water drops, all wet and with kalk.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
5 months ago

Clever use of space! I need one of these!

May Day
Community Member
5 months ago

I prefer my dishwasher... ;-)

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow, cool! And it even works for an island if you don’t actually have a wall right there.

DC
Community Member
5 months ago

I need this!

Michelle Carlson
Community Member
5 months ago

organization is so beautiful

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
5 months ago

I like the idea, except there's nothing underneath it to catch the water, so it would end up puddling all over the countertop.

brukernavn340
Community Member
5 months ago

There is though.

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Jessica Bertram
Community Member
5 months ago

this just looks like a freakin germ factory to me. everything will get spattered with spray from whatever is happening in the sink. EW.

Stimpy
Community Member
5 months ago

It doesn't drip into the sink. It drops slightly behind the sink. Not quite thought through...

dev mehta
Community Member
5 months ago

I want this for Christmas

CatWoman312
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

I would like this, but my current sink is on an island

Pearlkp
Community Member
5 months ago

I've been wanting one of these forever! I didn't know they existed?! I would use it to store the everyday crockery and cutlery as well as drain it, to save putting it away all the time. (#lazysingleton #yes

Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
5 months ago

Pulling out a knife looks like it would be really aggravating. The feet will be in the way as well. Every time you pick something up from either side you'll be hitting the feet with it when you bring it to the sink. This would be a lot better without the feet at all and just bolted to the wall.

Bonnie Bonella
Community Member
5 months ago

All I can think of isthe dirty water running down your arms as you raise them above your head to place whatever you are washing on the rack. Not very practical

Kerryn Thomas
Community Member
5 months ago

That’s exactly what happens. Those racks look good but personal experience tells me no! In fact the second your hand goes above your elbow the water runs down your forearm

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#16

People, This Is A Lamp!

People, This Is A Lamp!

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
5 months ago

Mind blown. 🤯

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#17

This Fire Pit Though

This Fire Pit Though

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Aileen
Community Member
5 months ago

Epic!

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#18

A Rocking Chair For You And Your Kids

A Rocking Chair For You And Your Kids

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

I can't sit in a rocking chair. I'm such a klutz. It's a good idea for those who can.

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#19

Bunk Bed With Stairs

Bunk Bed With Stairs

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Sweet. But, I can still see myself rolling down the stairs.

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#20

This Key

This Key

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Brett
Community Member
5 months ago

Gives +500 confidence for the start of your day knowing you are worthy

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#21

Giant Crocheted Snorlax

Giant Crocheted Snorlax

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

The guy looks positively delighted it with it. I would be too.

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#22

Gift Card

Gift Card

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Lisa loves cats
Community Member
5 months ago

thats so cool! i love futurama

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#23

F**k Em Sand Castles, I Want To Make Sand Skeletons

F**k Em Sand Castles, I Want To Make Sand Skeletons

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Brett
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Sand castles are for wusses sand skeletons is where it’s at

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#24

A Built-In Watering Hole For Your Pets

A Built-In Watering Hole For Your Pets

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Anna
Community Member
5 months ago

Now that's some rich people sh*t.

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#25

An Atlas Of Every Color Imaginable

An Atlas Of Every Color Imaginable

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Brett
Community Member
5 months ago

My color blind friend trying to figure out why there are so many shades of grey

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#26

This Sub Was My First Thought When As I Saw This

This Sub Was My First Thought When As I Saw This

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Everyone needs an octopus chandelier, including myself.

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#27

Floor Lamp

Floor Lamp

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

What lamp? ;)

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#28

These Knee Pads With Wheels

These Knee Pads With Wheels

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Brett
Community Member
5 months ago

I would just be rolling around saying “neeeooooomm I’m lightning McQueen!”

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#29

So Badly

So Badly

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J. F.
Community Member
5 months ago

♪ To be an Aperture science client would be like a dream...♫

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#30

Maybe A Friend Of Mine Need Them

Maybe A Friend Of Mine Need Them

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Vic
Community Member
5 months ago

We needed this for 2020 New Year party, but we didn't know then..

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#31

How To Keep All The Cookies To Yourself

How To Keep All The Cookies To Yourself

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Absolutley brilliant, even though it looks like a fat crescent moon cookie cutter.

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#32

Didn’t Know I Wanted That Stone!

Didn’t Know I Wanted That Stone!

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Molly Block
Community Member
5 months ago

That looks like one of our Florida sunsets.

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#33

Clothing Rack For All Your Clothing Needs

Clothing Rack For All Your Clothing Needs

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Alex Alessi
Community Member
5 months ago

I want it! Let me check the price... about 2000 euro... after all I don't need it...

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#34

Very Cool Design For Siblings Sharing A Room

Very Cool Design For Siblings Sharing A Room

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What's In Your Head?
Community Member
5 months ago

I'd really hate to face the door like that.

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#35

I Added A Cat Walk To My Living Room For My 3 Floofs

I Added A Cat Walk To My Living Room For My 3 Floofs

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
5 months ago

Aww. 🐱

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#36

Hönk

Hönk

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Brett
Community Member
5 months ago

Ok cool but where can I get one because I need it

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#37

Shark Socks

Shark Socks

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

This is adorable, and is it safe to go back into the water?

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#38

This Chair Desk Everything Thingy

This Chair Desk Everything Thingy

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

I'd buy one. Who makes it?

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#39

Reusable Grocery List

Reusable Grocery List

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Natalia
Community Member
5 months ago

Cool!

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#40

Battle Slippers

Battle Slippers

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
5 months ago

Tank you for sharing this. 😁

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#41

This 30” Wood-Burning Death Star Fire Pit

This 30” Wood-Burning Death Star Fire Pit

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

I've always wanted a Death Star. This is perfect.

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#42

I Need This

I Need This

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

This is the cutest mini piggy bank. I'd buy the whole set of them.

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#43

Not Just A Doormat I Want, A Doormat I Need

Not Just A Doormat I Want, A Doormat I Need

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Bri Nicole
Community Member
5 months ago

Don't forget your mask!

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#44

I Don't Even Like Nightlights, But I'd Love To Have This

I Don't Even Like Nightlights, But I'd Love To Have This

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Patti Brock
Community Member
5 months ago

this has been discontinued :(

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#45

Reflection Of The Dvd Case Is Part Of The Design. Damn

Reflection Of The Dvd Case Is Part Of The Design. Damn

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I'manoob!
Community Member
5 months ago

*gasp* surprised-...bb21ed.gif surprised-andy-5fe33abbb21ed.gif

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#46

Moss Garden Coffee Table

Moss Garden Coffee Table

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
5 months ago

I wonder if you could put isopods and millipedes to make one of those living enclosed ecosystems because if so that would be super awesome!

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#47

3-D Printed Faucet...

3-D Printed Faucet...

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Hermitbunny
Community Member
5 months ago

This reminds me of H.R. Giger art

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#48

Blob Seal Pillow

Blob Seal Pillow

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Brett
Community Member
5 months ago

Ultimate chonk

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#49

This Bear Glass

This Bear Glass

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Brett
Community Member
5 months ago

His cuteness is unBEARable

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#50

Does Anyone Know Where I Can Buy This?

Does Anyone Know Where I Can Buy This?

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
5 months ago

As a woman I would also like this soap. Can we stop pointlessly gendering random things like colors and soap already?

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