a piece of driftwood

mixed inΒ 

among the vases and mirrors and tchotchkes and other home decor items

and while i’m a fan of natural found materials

i was not really motivated to spend $39.99 on this

but i do now have an idea for my summer job –



“i imagined your stick, washing in the waves for hundreds of years,

turning to driftwood

smooth and hard like stone.

i imagined a little girl finding it on a beach so many years later.

saving it on her shelf,

where she put the things that made her feel like the world was magical.”

– ava dellaira

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  1. This reminds me of some online children’s games that my eight-year-old plays, Beth. You can sell anything your avatar comes across, and some of those random objects are actually required to complete quests! πŸ˜€


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  2. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, they say. My gut tells me that a retail store doesn’t have one single piece of driftwood (maybe a thrift store?) and makes me doubt its authenticity. And that price is insane!


  3. Just yesterday someone challenged me to make a living out of something I feel passionate about. I wondered how to make a living walking the beach. You just gave me my answer! :). Now to find the suckers, I mean customers, who will pay for what I gather there! Haha!

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  4. I love driftwood (not enough to buy it) but hey… if you need a Montreal chapter to your new business, I am in!
    And how in the heck do you find the perfect quotes like that? Come ON! “Driftwood… saving it on her shelf” Perfection


  5. This is great! I loved this post, it made me think of how when you pay for the drift wood, you are really -paying for time processing the wood, maybe that’s why its expensive? Or maybe you are paying for the burden of finding it… There are some areas where it is hard to find driftwood due to overzealous beach cleaners, or erosion.

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  6. I have a friend who has a ball python who is very large and quite old. He has to buy wood for it to be sure it’s clean and free of splinters, and it’s expensive. I think being a beach comber would suit me, too. I’d love it today.

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  7. when i lived in UK, i was a beachcomber too but sadly, ‘my’ place wasn’t great on driftwood or shells. Had however a great collection of special stones and small pieces of driftwood rather from our mountainous rivers – use them in floral arrangements where the smaller sizes are sufficient.

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