LINCOLN CITY, Ore. - Beautiful glass floats, crabs and sand dollars will magically appear on the Oregon coast this weekend - just waiting for lucky beachcombers to find them.
'Float Fairies' will be hiding 150 of them this weekend in the Lincoln City area, specifically from Roads End on the northern end to the Cutler City District on the southern end.
It's all part of Finders Keepers, put on by the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau. A few times a year, volunteers head out to the beaches to hide a hundred or so glass floats made by local artists and those who end up finding one get to keep the treasure.
"The general guideline is that they will be above the high tide line and below the beach embankment - never in the water or hidden in a cliff," said Scott Humpert with the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau.
Of course, finding one of the glass gems can be a challenge, even though the folks who hide them try not to make them too hard to find.
"Be patient," Humpert told us. "We've had people that have come over here for years looking for them. They are out there and eventually people will find them."
And here's a tidbit you might not know - Humpert said they actually hide around five to seven glass floats a day when they're not doing the big float drops throughout the year. So you could end up finding one at any given time at the beach in Lincoln City.
Of course, if you do go in search of them, keep safety in mind. "Don't turn your back on the ocean," Humpert said. "There are sneaker waves and we want to keep it as safe as possible."
If you do find a glass float, crab or sand dollar, it's yours to keep. And if you contact the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau (each glass item has a sticker that will tell you how), they will give you information about the artist and a certificate of authenticity.
Now if you can't make it to the coast this weekend, you'll have plenty more chances to get in on one of these big float drops - here's a look at the upcoming dates:
- Jan. 20-21
- Feb. 8-18 (special drop of 300 antique Japanese floats during Antique Week)
- Feb. 16-17
- April 5-6
Also, if you head to the Lincoln City area on New Year's Day, you might find one of three special floats that will be hidden on the beaches there. The floats are larger than the usual ones - nine inches in diameter - and have unique designs (two of them are shown below).
Photo courtesy of the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau.