18 signs you’re obsessed with beachcombing

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You love heading to the beach and collecting sea glass, shells, and more. Here are 18 signs that it may be more than just a hobby.

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  1. You have shells in your cup holder, a mesh bag in the back seat, and boots in your trunk.
  2. Dinnertime depends on the tides.
  3. You’re on a first-name basis with all the dogs on your beach.
  4. You know the difference between a hag stone, a moonstone, and a Petoskey stone.
  5. You see a colorful bottle and your urge is to throw it in the water.
  6. Your flashlight collection includes a UV flashlight and a headlamp.
  7. Your colander is used more for cleaning beach finds than for food.
  8. Your phone home screen has map, tide, and weather apps.
  9. You describe things using terms like “cobalt blue” or “amberina.”
  10. You say things like, “Look at this cute piece of driftwood!”
  11. You keep empty jars because you’ll need them to store beach treasures.
  12. You know the difference between a right-handed and left-handed shell.
  13. Your family and friends know not to bring you brown sea glass.
  14. When you search for “beach” in your photos, pretty much your whole library comes up.
  15. If you had a time machine, you would go back and throw colorful glass and pottery in the water.
  16. The reason there’s a flashlight on your phone is to check for black glass.
  17. Some people dream of secluded, white sandy beaches. You dream of a rocky beach near an old harbor, abandoned garbage dump, or lon-gone glass factory.
  18. Your family knows that you will be back from the beach in either one hour or six hours.

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What more would you add to the list? Comment below!

This article appeared in the Beachcombing Magazine March/April 2019 issue.


You’ve decided your beach find is a stone age tool and you are determined to find out the history of it. For the past 12 years.

Nancy February 19, 2019

Keep snacks, fluids and extra bags for my hoarding adventures. Siri knows when it’s low tide 🤦🏼‍♀️ 😊

Melissa February 19, 2019

You have a pack with gloves,hat and water always ready to go. Some too, a camera !

Heidi Orpurt February 14, 2019

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