How Valuable Is Your Belly Button Lint?

February 28, 2011

Photo courtesy of etsy.com

If you can turn it into a teddy bear, apparently it’s worth about eight bucks at Etsy.com.

Admittedly, I was researching a different topic for my post, but got sidetracked when I came across this Newsweek story about “12 Unusual, Unexpected, and Downright Odd Etsy Products” and decided it would be more fun to share these bizarre oddities with Peepshow readers.

Other interesting items for purchase at this popular online handmade crafts store include a stuffed black unicorn for the bargain price of $500 (don’t panic animal lovers, the seller assures potential buyers that the black lamb used to create this unicorn was stillborn and not killed for the purpose), a “vice holder” for cigarettes or a flask ($95, but you’ll have to pay more if you want custom stitching to mark it as your own), and described as “the perfect party companion,” a Justin Bieber finger puppet for just $12.

The product descriptions are quite entertaining too, which shouldn’t be too surprising when a seller is attempting to  describe all the great features of a Zombie Yeti Plushie – hand needle-felted gore on his arm and the ability to customize the level of Zombie decay. The artist behind some very unique Little Arm Earrings acknowledges that they are “abstract from a distance, but most unusual up close,” while the designer of the Mustache Pillow touts the fact that it is both “eco-friendly and provides great lumbar and head support.”

Not all Etsy products are this abstract. You can find a lot of cool things on the site from purses and clothing, to candles and furniture. In fact, Etsy has about 6.9 million members and the site is expected to generate an estimated $400 million in sales in 2011. I’m guessing they won’t arrive at that sales figure on Zombie Wedding Cake Toppers alone. (By the way, if you’re in the market for a wedding cake topper, this seller will custom-make the zombies to look like the bride and groom!).