The Treasure of Lincoln City, OR

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Buried treasure? Not on the beach in Lincoln City, where art glass is right on the surface and much, much easier to find. Volunteers will be placing glass treasures, including glass crabs and sand dollars as well as colorful signature glass floats, on the beach here from September 2014 through Memorial Day 2015. It’s the 16th season for Lincoln City’s “Finders Keepers” program, and the city is celebrating by giving away more 3,000 keepsakes during the 9-month promotion.

The signed, numbered, and modern handcrafted glass floats will be hidden along the 7½ miles of public beaches of Lincoln City. When the floats are found, they become collector’s items. Bring your discovered treasure to the Visitors’ Center at 540 NE Hwy 101 in Lincoln City to receive your certificate of authenticity and a biographical sketch of the artist who created the glass float. If you are unable to walk on the beach, stop by and fill out a slip to enter to win a glass float.

Finders Keepers is an annual promotion, which 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 continue to come from around the country to search for their own brilliantly-colored, signed and numbered glass float. For more information on Lincoln City, visit