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By Brandon Goodwin

If you've ever felt disheartened upon realizing you'd lost your lip balm, you can probably relate to one art student's photo project that shows what your little lost items might be thinking wherever they now reside.

Art student Yoonjin Lee's "Little Lost Project" is making people think twice about all the small, left-behind items in this big, wide world of ours. Lee makes the lost objects she finds around New York come to life through funny (and sometimes tragic) messages on tiny cardboard signs.

The 22-year-old Yoonjin Lee's "Little Lost Project" is making waves online. All sorts of lost objects are seen holding up adorable cardboard signs in the hopes of gaining the attention of passing city dwellers. Sometimes the signs simply say, "Help! I'm lost," and sometimes they convey a message that's a wee bit more tragic: "Once upon a time, I was someone's cute lip balm..." 

The overall effect? To leave you feeling sorry for inanimate objects and a little more thankful for the ones you still possess. For now.