Finders Keepers – Glass Floats on the Beach • Oct 18, 2014 – May 25, 2015
This year the float fairies in Lincoln City will “drop” 2,014 hand-blown glass floats along the beaches for beachcombers to find. No tricks or gimmicks – the glass floats are put on the beach for you to find and keep!
The project began in 1997, when a local artist first thought of glass floats as an intriguing way to launch the new millennium. Lincoln City sponsored the project, hosting the inaugural season in 1999-2000. Tourists came from around the country to search for their own brilliantly-colored, signed and numbered glass float.
Floats may be found above the tide line and below the beach embankment. Floats will not be found in or on the cliffs. Please be aware of beach safety. Never turn your back on the ocean! Sneaker waves and the force of the ocean often move logs and can be unsafe. Our fairies do not “drop” the floats on the beaches during storms.
When you find a float, call the Visitor and Convention Bureau (VCB), 800-452-2151 or 541-996-1274, and register your float. We will send a Certificate of Authenticity and information about the artists who crafted your float.
Special Drop Dates
Occasionally the Lincoln City VCB places (we don’t actually drop the glass pieces, we just call it that) extra pieces of glass art on the beaches for beachcombers to find. Special drops can include any combination of glass floats, sand dollars, crabs or starfish. Check out the special drop dates for the 2014 season.
Regular Glass Float Drawings
Special drawings are held monthly at the Visitor Center for glass floats. Our Trash for Treasures program allows you to bring a bag of beach trash to the Visitor Center, 540 NE Hwy 101, in exchange for an entry to the monthly drawing. Handicapped persons with a handicap sticker number are also eligible to enter a monthly float drawing.
A Little Bit of History….
In days gone by, visitors searching Oregon’s beaches often found treasures from the east: blown glass floats in intriguing shades of green and blue. Used by Japanese fishing crews to float their nets, these spheres were as small as two inches (5 cm) or as large as two feet (.6 m). They were hoarded, polished and adored, the ultimate find for a dedicated beachcomber.
Now that fishing vessels around the world use buoyant plastic, a blown glass float is a rare find – except on the beaches of Lincoln City, where more than 2,000 of them are found each winter. We put out the number of floats reflected by the year – so 2001 floats were placed in 2001, 2002 in 2002, etc….
Enter to win a weekend getaway to Lincoln City
The prizes will include one night’s lodging for two, Culinary Center class gift certificate, dining and shopping certificates, and a signature Lincoln City glass float!
Fill out the survey below, enter your contact information and you’re entered to win! This contest closes March 31, 2015 at 11:59 PST. Entries made after this time will be disqualified.