Once upon a time, beachcombers could find treasures from the East when wandering the beaches in Oregon — blown glass floats used by Japanese fishermen. Used to suspend nets, these floats ranged from 2″ to 2′ in size, and were a coup to find after their 10-30 year journey across the Pacific. Today’s floats are made of plastic, not nearly as interesting.
Fast forward to 1999, when Lincoln City, Oregon decided to plant hand-blown glass floats on 7 1/2 miles of city beaches to celebrate the millennium. Floats can be found at high tide from mid-October to Memorial Day, and as many floats as there are years will be placed — more than 2,000 floats placed in about seven months. The list of artists participating is less than twenty.
If you find a float, it’s yours to keep! Call the Visitor’s Center, and they’ll send you a certificate of authenticity, and information about the artist who made yours.
Read more about Finders Keepers on the Lincoln City website.