While some smart people are trying to take people to Mars or transfer their minds into machines, others are developing genius ideas that focus on our earthly everyday lives. But it doesn't mean they're less worthy! Bored Panda has compiled a list of smart inventions and designs you didn't know you needed, and they're as awesome as they're simple.

From rethinking elevators to coming up with clever ideas for pill bottles, these simple solutions prove the brilliance of candor. We're constantly in a rush, trying to do a gazillion things at once, and it's often the little things that get in the way. Scroll down to check out the life hacks with which we can tackle them and upvote these cool photos!

#1

Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For Your Next Flush

Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For Your Next Flush

amazon.com Report

Vicky Zar
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3 years ago

I would hit the upvote button a million times, if I could

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#2

Free Coffee In Exchange For Some Rubbish

Free Coffee In Exchange For Some Rubbish

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Hey.. that's so great!

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#3

These Traffic Lights In Ukraine

These Traffic Lights In Ukraine

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Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

That's cool! And pretty at night too. BONUS!

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#4

The Design Of This Water Fountain Lets The Water Flow Down So Dogs Can Drink Too

The Design Of This Water Fountain Lets The Water Flow Down So Dogs Can Drink Too

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Great idea!

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#5

This Sign Is 100% Necessary

This Sign Is 100% Necessary

reddit.com Report

Geedee Gituma
Community Member
3 years ago

Safety first... well thought out!

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#6

My New Desk's Parts Came Separated By Steps Instead Of By Item

My New Desk's Parts Came Separated By Steps Instead Of By Item

SandyDFS Report

Peak25500
Community Member
3 years ago

Really clever!

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#7

Mountain Finder Device In Switzerland

Mountain Finder Device In Switzerland

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Saurabh Nagar
Community Member
3 years ago

cheap and longlasting

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#8

Accessibility Matt On The Beach For Wheelchairs And Strollers

Accessibility Matt On The Beach For Wheelchairs And Strollers

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Alia Ris
Community Member
3 years ago

every beach should have this!!

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#9

This Toothpaste Describes Both Its Ingredients And Their Purpose

This Toothpaste Describes Both Its Ingredients And Their Purpose

TheLonelyCaricature Report

MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

If this was on everything...

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#10

This Elevator Has A Call Button 30 Feet Away So The Doors Will Be Open By The Time You Get To Them

This Elevator Has A Call Button 30 Feet Away So The Doors Will Be Open By The Time You Get To Them

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Ilona Z
Community Member
3 years ago

I bet I would keep forgeting to push it :-/

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#11

This Pill Bottle Lid Tells You When You Last Opened It

This Pill Bottle Lid Tells You When You Last Opened It

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MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

extremely useful if you need to take your tablets/pill at a certain time each day

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#12

The Curtain Design In My Hotel Room Ensures That There Is No Annoying Light Gap In The Middle

The Curtain Design In My Hotel Room Ensures That There Is No Annoying Light Gap In The Middle

taharoto Report

Saurabh Nagar
Community Member
3 years ago

first world problems

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#13

This Elevator Has Buttons You Can Kick

This Elevator Has Buttons You Can Kick

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

Perfect for the guys from UPS, Fedex, etc...

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#14

The Roofs Of UPS Trucks Are Not Brown. They're Translucent So The Inside Of The Truck Doesn't Need To Be Lit During The Day

The Roofs Of UPS Trucks Are Not Brown. They're Translucent So The Inside Of The Truck Doesn't Need To Be Lit During The Day

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Geedee Gituma
Community Member
3 years ago

Creative and energy saving!

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#15

In Copenhagen There Is A Childrens Bicycling Playgroud, Where They Can Practice Bicycling In The City, And Learn The Rules, Before They Enter The Streets

In Copenhagen There Is A Childrens Bicycling Playgroud, Where They Can Practice Bicycling In The City, And Learn The Rules, Before They Enter The Streets

MY2200 Report

Iveta Kociánová
Community Member
3 years ago

We have these everywhere in my country. Are these not common?

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#16

This Fence Is Shaped To Create Seating

This Fence Is Shaped To Create Seating

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mulk
Community Member
3 years ago

Dangerous, if you sit with your smartphone in your backpocket ;)

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#17

Seniors And Handicapped People Can Extend Crossing Time For This 8 Lane Highway

Seniors And Handicapped People Can Extend Crossing Time For This 8 Lane Highway

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MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

so good

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#18

This Restaurant Has A “Toepener” For People Who Want To Avoid Germs On The Doorknob

This Restaurant Has A “Toepener” For People Who Want To Avoid Germs On The Doorknob

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Lee roberts
Community Member
3 years ago

I wish everywhere had this.

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#19

These Bikes Have Airless Tires

These Bikes Have Airless Tires

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Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

About time too!

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#20

This Swing Is Designed So That The Kid And The Parent Can Swing Together

This Swing Is Designed So That The Kid And The Parent Can Swing Together

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Minnie
Community Member
3 years ago

I'll probably keep my snacks up there

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#21

At My Work's Parking Lot The Paint Lines Continue Up The Wall To Help People Park

At My Work's Parking Lot The Paint Lines Continue Up The Wall To Help People Park

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Geedee Gituma
Community Member
3 years ago

I bet you'll still find suckers double parking 🤔🤔

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#22

Shopping Cart With A Calculator

Shopping Cart With A Calculator

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Geedee Gituma
Community Member
3 years ago

This would really help with the surprise and embarrassment at the cashier

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#23

This USB Drive Displays How Much Of Its Storage Is Being Used

This USB Drive Displays How Much Of Its Storage Is Being Used

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Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

Now, this I like!

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#24

My Local Laundromat Has Gym Equipment To Use As You Are Waiting For Your Load To Finish

My Local Laundromat Has Gym Equipment To Use As You Are Waiting For Your Load To Finish

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Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm guessing that laundromat doesn't get any kids coming into it. That stuff wouldn't last 5 minutes in the laundromats I've been to.

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#25

These Sheets That Tell You What Side Of The Bed To Put Them On

These Sheets That Tell You What Side Of The Bed To Put Them On

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
3 years ago

Need this! Need this! Need this!

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#26

My Roommate's Spatula Has A Stand So The Bit That Touches Your Food Doesn’t Touch The Counter

My Roommate's Spatula Has A Stand So The Bit That Touches Your Food Doesn’t Touch The Counter

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Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

Why aren't they all made this way ?

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#27

My Bottle Of Canadian Whisky Came With Free Public Transportation

My Bottle Of Canadian Whisky Came With Free Public Transportation

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'That'guy
Community Member
3 years ago

Canadians...

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#28

These Chairs In A Ski Resort Restaurant Have Room For Your Gloves, Helmet, Hat Etc.

These Chairs In A Ski Resort Restaurant Have Room For Your Gloves, Helmet, Hat Etc.

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

So simple and so clever at the same time

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#29

This Airport Has A Therapy Dog For People To Pet Before They Fly

This Airport Has A Therapy Dog For People To Pet Before They Fly

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Anne
Community Member
3 years ago

I need to know which airport this is please, so I can go there to pet the puppies :)

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#30

This College Has Drink Coasters That Can Test For Common Rape Drugs

This College Has Drink Coasters That Can Test For Common Rape Drugs

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Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

Tragic that such things are needed.

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#31

My Local Coffee Shop Gives Free Compost Made From Their Used Coffee Grounds

My Local Coffee Shop Gives Free Compost Made From Their Used Coffee Grounds

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Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

This is awesome! I'd love to get this for my garden.

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#32

These Batteries Have An USB Port To Charge Them

These Batteries Have An USB Port To Charge Them

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Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

Smart idea!

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#33

My Work Laptop Has A Webcam Cover

My Work Laptop Has A Webcam Cover

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Rahul Babu
Community Member
3 years ago

Take that FBI

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#34

The Elevators In My Office Building Have An Umbrella Sign That Lights Up If It's Raining Outside (Osaka, Japan)

The Elevators In My Office Building Have An Umbrella Sign That Lights Up If It's Raining Outside (Osaka, Japan)

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Japanese people are so brilliant!!

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#35

My City Added A Safe, Public Place To Conduct Exchanges Made On The Internet. Directly In Front Of The Police Station

My City Added A Safe, Public Place To Conduct Exchanges Made On The Internet. Directly In Front Of The Police Station

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Susan Ramsay
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow! I think that is a great idea!

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#36

The Back Of This Park Bench Can Swing Back And Forth, Allowing The User To Face Either Direction

The Back Of This Park Bench Can Swing Back And Forth, Allowing The User To Face Either Direction

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Swathika Venkatesan
Community Member
3 years ago

I will try to make it stand straight in between... :p

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#37

Some Roads In Australia Are So Long And Boring They Have Trivia Signs To Keep Drivers Alert

Some Roads In Australia Are So Long And Boring They Have Trivia Signs To Keep Drivers Alert

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Alia Ris
Community Member
3 years ago

they should also have a sign to remind driver not to cheat by googling the answer. :p

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#38

This Bar Has A Frost Strip To Rest Your Drink On So It Stays Cold

This Bar Has A Frost Strip To Rest Your Drink On So It Stays Cold

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

That's cool! ^_-

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#39

Benches In Sweden Are Very Friend And Couple Friendly

Benches In Sweden Are Very Friend And Couple Friendly

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
3 years ago

Cute! I'd love to use this with my girlfriend!

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#40

My Hotel Room Comes With A Complimentary Android Phone With Free Data And Calls

My Hotel Room Comes With A Complimentary Android Phone With Free Data And Calls

the_irrelevant_fox Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Here in India, these days Call and data has gone so cheaper that nobody even cares about them anymore.

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#41

You Can Rent Sleeping Cabins At This Airport

You Can Rent Sleeping Cabins At This Airport

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Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

Much better than having to sleep on the crappy seats in the waiting area.

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#42

My Local Library Has Dozens Of Different Cake Pans To Check Out

My Local Library Has Dozens Of Different Cake Pans To Check Out

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Tarah G
Community Member
3 years ago

The most random thing ever to check out lol, I love it

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#43

This Inflatable Mattress Turns The Back Of Your Car Into A Bed

This Inflatable Mattress Turns The Back Of Your Car Into A Bed

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Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

I think this is so cool. Now I just need a car to put it in (I drive a pickup truck).

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#44

This Bridge Has A Crisis Hotline Machine

This Bridge Has A Crisis Hotline Machine

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MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

Its really sad that that is even there, much less the graffiti on it.

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#45

This Store Lets Customers Choose Whether They Want To Be Bothered By The Staff

This Store Lets Customers Choose Whether They Want To Be Bothered By The Staff

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Gavin Ivey
Community Member
3 years ago

We really need these at the local ACE Hardware stores. Can't get a foot in the door without someone asking to help.

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#46

This Highlighter Has A Clear Part To Show You What You're Highlighting

This Highlighter Has A Clear Part To Show You What You're Highlighting

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Erin
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd use that, I always just end up drawing a line above the words I want to highlight

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#47

This Checkout Has No Candy For Parents With Kids

This Checkout Has No Candy For Parents With Kids

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Beth
Community Member
3 years ago

Every supermarket in NZ has a treat-free checkout

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#48

This Tire Tells You To Change It When It's Time To Change It

This Tire Tells You To Change It When It's Time To Change It

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Peak25500
Community Member
3 years ago

Looking at the sides, it’s already late...

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#49

These Tiny Model Tents Give You A Look At What You’re Buying

These Tiny Model Tents Give You A Look At What You’re Buying

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just a thought!
Community Member
3 years ago

I would want to buy these , cause I'm obsessed with tiny houses for birds and things like that

Michaela Robbins
Community Member
3 years ago

I would buy this for my cat!

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mulk
Community Member
3 years ago

Best camping Tents for cat EVER!

LRo
Community Member
3 years ago

Your cats are much smaller than mine lol

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William Kocour
Community Member
3 years ago

First thing that came to my mind is that my cat would love one :D

bpanther
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the company that takes the time, money and effort to do this !!!

Camilla Marthedal Knudsen
Community Member
3 years ago

My cat would absolutely love a tent like that!

Ann Ros'a
Community Member
3 years ago

Ours loves the one I bought her a few years ago... my cat loves laying sunbathing in it in our back yard. She looks so content. ⛺️🐈

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Shana
Community Member
3 years ago

Would be cool to just get one of those for my cat :P

PeachPossum
Community Member
3 years ago

Me too! Wonder if we can get them at season's end or if the sports stores send them back to the tent companies...?

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Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
3 years ago

And apparently some stores will sell the discontinued models to people for their pets!

Caroline Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

Or just for fun. I had one as a teenager!

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Lizzie the Crayon
Community Member
2 years ago

Plot Twist: That's the actual size

SmallyIsAPotato
Community Member
3 years ago

We have this at my local store and they even sell the mini ones... is this not normal?

Smoofy
Community Member
3 years ago

OR... a kitty tent

Geneva McSorley
Community Member
3 years ago

every time i see these i want to get 2 for my 2 purr-babys!!

Ann Ros'a
Community Member
3 years ago

When GI Joes went out of business over 5 years ago, here in Washington state, I snatched up one of these tiny tent displays for $25... my cat loves laying sunbathing in it in our back yard. She looks so content. ⛺️ 🐈

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Ann Ros'a
Community Member
3 years ago

I have one of those display from when GI Joes was in business... let our cat use it when we’re outside.

Ann Ros'a
Community Member
3 years ago

Paid $25 for it a few years ago.

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd buy it for the kitties

Ann Ros'a
Community Member
3 years ago

When GI Joes went out of business over 5 years ago, here in Washington state, I snatched up one of these tiny tent displays for $25... my cat loves laying sunbathing in it in our back yard. She looks so content. 🐈⛺️

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Vicki White
Community Member
3 years ago

They had those at a discount store that went out of business yrs ago. My fav store. My neighbor brought home a display sleeping bag for my daughters doll.

Barbara Villegas
Community Member
3 years ago

Great for your kids barbie dolls.

Ann Ros'a
Community Member
3 years ago

I’d love to play dolls with my nieces with one of these tiny tents... and use the little white “end table looking plastic thingy” from the Dominos Pizza box as well...

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KCN
Community Member
3 years ago

REI has these.

Ann Ros'a
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes they do. 👍🏻

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Kiss Army
Community Member
3 years ago

One of our local stores did sell their old models once and we bought one for our son to use with his GI Joes. He loved it!

Ann Ros'a
Community Member
3 years ago

So did I... When the Sporting Goods Store- GI Joes went out of business over 5 years ago, here in Washington state, I snatched up one of these tiny tent displays for $25... my cat loves laying sunbathing in it in our back yard. She looks so content.

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Per-Olof Swing
Community Member
3 years ago

They’re also good for cats.

Elma de Leeuw
Community Member
3 years ago

Perfect size for pets!

Toothpick
Community Member
3 years ago

It would be nice if all stores did this

Ann Ros'a
Community Member
3 years ago

I know right. It a great selling feature.

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Person2638
Community Member
3 years ago

They have them in Adidas stores, I think.

Claudia Machado
Community Member
3 years ago

I've seen this once. I wanted to buy just the model. They wouldn't sell it :(

Ann Ros'a
Community Member
3 years ago

When GI Joes went out of business over 5 years ago, here in Washington state, I snatched up one of these tiny tent displays for $25... my cat loves laying sunbathing in it in our back yard. She looks so content.

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Lomion
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd like to have that for my cat :)

Kevin Braid
Community Member
3 years ago

seen these in America decades ago, i believe it was Big Five Sporting Goods. many places have em tho, would be great for dogs

Nancy Clay
Community Member
3 years ago

I always wanted to get one of the models for my cat

Rebecca Cote
Community Member
3 years ago

Mini kitty tents!

Debbie Learman
Community Member
3 years ago

I want to buy the model for my lil’doggy.

Miryam Cohen
Community Member
3 years ago

Those would be great for camping cats!

Stephanie Fredrick
Community Member
3 years ago

We had one of these when I was a kid and we used it for Barbies.

Stephanie Fredrick
Community Member
3 years ago

We had one of those and used it for barbies

floof lover
Community Member
3 years ago

Can I get one for dolls?

Trish Christoffersen
Community Member
3 years ago

I would totally buy a tiny tent for my cats!

Joannie Goulet
Community Member
3 years ago

Some stores here also have miniature furniture in the baby and nursery department. It took me a minute or two to figure out they were not toys!

bob
Community Member
3 years ago

What the h*ll are these? Tents for ants?

Tamara Hallock
Community Member
3 years ago

perfect for Barbies!

Nuko Tenshimurasaky
Community Member
3 years ago

in my town, the store that sell camping stuff put tents on the parking in summer, so you can see what they actualy look like and test them

Christine Veerkamp
Community Member
3 years ago

awww they are so cute, i want one for my rabbits

Philly Cashion
Community Member
3 years ago

I want to buy them for rats....

Trulee Stewart
Community Member
3 years ago

I had an uncle that sold sleeping bags back in the 50s and had miniature versions of those, too. We used to play with our dolls in them.

d r e a m w o r l d
Community Member
3 years ago

I would buy these for my teddy bears...

Whitney Banta Simone
Community Member
3 years ago

Target used to have them like this.

Alexis O'Cady
Community Member
3 years ago

Every time we're in a sporting goods store, I want to grab these for my nieces. They'd love them!

Pamela Cannell
Community Member
3 years ago

That’s been done for years. Nothing new here.

Sierra Hall
Community Member
3 years ago

I always wanted one for my Barbies when I was a little girl.

Annette Felix
Community Member
3 years ago

BCF have these, I think. Or is it Kmart?

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
3 years ago

Great for small people who want to go camping.

Shauna Clodfelter
Community Member
3 years ago

I had one back in the 80's. My dad worked at Target and he got the old model when the new ones came in. It was my Barbie tent.

Molly Block
Community Member
3 years ago

I would want those, for my cats!

LD Beatty
Community Member
3 years ago

These are perfect for cats :)

AnnaB
Community Member
3 years ago

I just want one cause they're so cute!

Cathy Keiran
Community Member
3 years ago

I can see children wanting these to play with

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
3 years ago

Like the old salesmen samples

jo_shortland
Community Member
3 years ago

Cute

JillVille Child Care
Community Member
3 years ago

Lowes has a "Barbie" sized mini washing machine as a display as well. And it holds water! I want that and these tents for my *cough* grandkids to be able to play with. Yeah, *cough* it's for them. Honest. :P

Brandi Alcock-Allen
Community Member
3 years ago

Mom worked at Target. She got a couple of these when they changed out displays, once. They became my niece’s doll tents.

ArtistclyAutistic
Community Member
3 years ago

They have mini sleeping bags at Walmart where I live, for the same purpose

Kate Harrison
Community Member
3 years ago

Great for pets!

John Schwifty
Community Member
3 years ago

What is this?? a tent for ANTS!? It needs to be at least ... three times as big.

Matt Howell
Community Member
3 years ago

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What is this?!?!? A tent for ANTS? How can people be expected to camp when they can't even fit in the tent?!?!?!

Andrew Gibb
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3 years ago

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what are those? Tents for ants?!!

Claudia Machado
Community Member
3 years ago

Tiny model tents that give you a look at what you're buying. It's the title of the post, by the way.

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#50

This Ceiling Fan Differentiates The Light And Fan Chains With A Light And A Fan

This Ceiling Fan Differentiates The Light And Fan Chains With A Light And A Fan

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Pull King
Community Member
3 years ago

Do the mini ones work to ? That would be awesome

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#51

This Phone Charging Station Where You Have To Sit Down And Pedal To Get Power

This Phone Charging Station Where You Have To Sit Down And Pedal To Get Power

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Yousofukenprecious
Community Member
3 years ago

I need this at home lol

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#52

These Chairs Have A Notch Cut In Them To Keep Your Bag From Slipping Off

These Chairs Have A Notch Cut In Them To Keep Your Bag From Slipping Off

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Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

Great idea!

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#53

My Local Library Has Vault You Can Go Into To Talk On Your Phone