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Value of Sea Glass

How much does sea glass sell for?

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Apr 28, 2014
Couldnt agree with this statement more
by: Anonymous

I have been collecting for over 25 yrs. I have also been "seeding" secluded private beaches with jars of marbles and other glass during this time.

I can tell you that I am lucky to even "see" a frosted marble on any of my excursions despite the fact I have released Thousands of marbles over the years.

My best suggestion is to document excursions (without evidence of disclosing your source of course!)so that when someone wants to know the legitimacy they can have this evidence.

This not a cure but it will help a small bit.

Obviously the diligent faker will just take the time to falsify this anyways, but the extra work might weed a few out.

Ebay does have a lot of legitimate sellers though. It is important to not generalize the whole process.

Cheers

D2

Apr 04, 2011
Ebay sellers devaluing the worth of sea glass
by: Anonymous

I wish ebay sellers would not sell beautiful rare pieces such as red, orange or black by 'the lot' and so cheaply.

It is completely devaluing the worth of rare seaglass unfortunately.

I also wonder sometimes if it is too good to be true when they can sell what they call authentic sea glass so cheap in the hard to find colours or marbles?

Some sellers even have sets of marbles!yet I have been collecting for years and only ever found two or three marbles!

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Check out our page on buying sea glass - what to look out for:

http://www.odysseyseaglass.com/tumbled-sea-glass.html#Is_there_a_real_need_for_truthful

Happy Hunting,
~ Lin

Oct 11, 2009
Find the Value of Sea Glass by
by: David (editor)

Go to our page Buy Sea Glass.

Click on one of those pages and you will see the Sea Glass we have for sale and get an idea of prices.

You can also check the prices on eBay to see what the value of sea glass is according to the different buyers and sellers.

Or if you want to know what a piece of sea glass that you have is worth, you will need to get familiar with Grading Sea Glass, since common colors and poor grades of sea glass are fairly worthless, whereas a rare color of jewelry grade sea glass can be worth quite a bit.

See also:

Sea Glass
Fake Sea Glass Marbles?
Sea Glass
Natural or Man-Tumbled?


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Sea Glass Price

by emily tustin
(n.c kitty hawk 27949)

How much is a big piece of sea glass worth?

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Oct 23, 2009
Price of a big piece of sea glass
by: David (editor)

Usually, "big" or "large" refers to a piece of sea glass that is larger than a quarter. Of course, some are much larger than that.

However, the price of a piece of sea glass has to do with two things much more than its size:

Quality.
Color.

In the navigation bar that you see to the left, you can find "Grading Sea Glass," where you can see if the piece you have is high quality (Jewelry Grade) and if it is a rare color (yellow, red, orange, bright pink, etc).

If it is Jewelry Grade and a Rare Color, then, of course, a large piece will be worth far more than a "Small" (slightly smaller than a dime).

On the other hand, a Craft Grade shard in one of the common colors will have little or no value.

I hope this helps!

David

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Sea Glass Bottle Bottom - Whats it worth?

by Evelyn
(Point Pleasant NJ, USA)

I have a bottle bottom that reads, "Made in France, liquor bottle" it is brown glass

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Thank you for the question, Evelyn. But as stated on the question page, there are many factors to consider when judging the value. The appearance of the shard is essential before valuing it, so without a photo, it is impossible. I will post this, however, and let's see what some sea glass bottle experts come up with.

Happy hunging! :D

David (editor)

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Jan 01, 2014
selling glass
by: David of RI

I have an extensive sea glass collection, which includes lemon glass, vasoline glass, orange, purple, pottery etc etc.

How do I find out its value and where would you suggest I bring it.

Artist or jewelers would be nice because it is precious to me.

My collections has been over a 4 years.

I have been offered hundreds of dollars to give location of my secret spot here in R I.

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How Much is Brown Sea Glass Worth

by Dylan Morris
(Lake Erie)

I was wondering because i have found a bit of brown and know nothing about it. Please help.

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Jun 24, 2012
Selling Sea Glass
by: darren

i have 60 pounds of sea glass to sell how do i sell it?

Jul 08, 2010
Brown seaglass
by: Seaglass Dreams

Hi there, Like White and Spring Green seaglass the majority of Brown seaglass is considered common and usually sells at a low price.

I've seen a hundred pieces of Brown sell for $4.25 on ebay while a hundred Cobalt Blue might sell for $100 or more.

If you have any Browns with the words "Chlorox" or "Hires" embossed on the glass they will be worth much more!

Hope this helps......Nick aka Seaglassdog

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Is there a way to average the price value for my black and orange glass?

by athina
(oregon)

Orange and black sea glass

Orange and black sea glass

I have two pieces here from my collection that I was thinking about selling.

I am only an amateur collector but LOVE sea glass! here they are... the "black has a dark amber /olive color when passed through natural light.

The orange one isn't so brightly orange, it's just the camera.

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May 12, 2012
Sea Glass
by: Liz Tyler

Did you end up selling the sea glass?

Feb 14, 2012
Orange and black sea glass price
by: Anonymous

What is the size of the sea glass? Compared to a dime perhaps or with a ruler.

The true color is also a factor. If it is more amber, then it is a little less. If it is yellow-orange, that's good.

If the orange were the size of a dime, it might be worth $25-$75 depending on the market.

The "black" glass, if it is dime-sized, would be between $8 to $20, I would think, depending on what it looks like on both sides.

Any pricing is just estimates, though.

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What's worth keeping?

Does sea glass have to be rounded/polished with age to be "of value"? Or, do the gently "smoothed" pieces, some of which are discernable as the bottom of a beer bottle, count as collectible?

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Oct 26, 2009
Good comment
by: David (editor)

Thanks for your comment, Anon,

Each piece of sea glass can be special to the person who found it. If you like it, definitely keep it in your collection!

Sep 30, 2009
Thanks
by: Joy

Thanks so much for your quick reply and thorough answer. My 3-year-old daughter and I just started our shell/glass collection two days ago on the Chesapeake Bay -- near Fort Story where the Bay and the ocean meet. I'm excited to continue and glad to have found your site. Best wishes.

Sep 30, 2009
What's worth keeping?
by: Anonymous

It depends what you are going to use it for.

If it's mosiac stepping stones, for instance, then a few rough edges are ok because the edges will be sunk into concrete.

If you are using them for jewelry that you want to sell then they need to be the smoothest, roundest edges with gentle frosting all over the piece.

If you are making jewelry for yourself, use whatever you want because you are the artist!

Generally, however, the smoothed rounded edges with the completely frosted surfaces are the best.

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Value of sea glass

by Zachary Curtis Morales
(Erie PA)

Can u make a list of the price difference of sea glass?

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Hi Zachary,

Thanks for writing in!

It is almost impossible to make some kind of a price list for sea glass. Each piece is different in: Size, shape, color, and grade.

The more rare the color, of course, the more the sea glass is worth. To see which colors are rarest and worth more, click here.

However, if a rare color is not a good grade of sea glass, it will not be worth much. To see what the different grades of glass look like, especially jewelry grade, click here.

By taking a look at what we have on our Buy Sea Glass
pages, you can get an idea of what some kinds of sea glass are worth. However, what we have for sale at this point is somewhat limited in variety.

Also, value is really what someone is willing to pay. For example, if you own a Ferrari worth $300,000.00 it doesn't mean money to you unless you can sell it. The same with sea glass.

So, basically, the value of a piece of sea glass is determined really by what someone will pay for it.

I know this doesn't answer your question, but it should give you a good idea of what to look for if you want to find sea glass and sell it.

And, yes, we will buy rare colors.......if the price is right!

Thanks for writing in, Zachary!

David (editor)


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Oct 05, 2013
COOPER AND WOOD PORTOBELLO (BOTTLE BOTTOM)
by: jess

Hi I have found a bottle bottom on beach printed "COOPER AND WOOD PORTOBELLO"

I believe its from 1856-1866.

I have seen on museum website, but I can not find anywhere else on internet?

Is it of any value??

I also went back today and I think I found the top to it :)

Oct 17, 2010
s. wales u.k.
by: jon

In this area people dont seem to have realised that seaglass is collectable,well not yet, Im finding some really lovely pieces in the rocky coves near Cardiff

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Wow, sounds great. We'd love to get some photos if you can post them. Of the beaches and of sea glass there.

David (editor)

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Big pieces of glass

by Kathleen
(port huron)

I have found some really large pieces of glass, they are very ruff but big. I have not seen any this big yet, are they worth anything? They are the size of golf balls.
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Hi Kathleen,

We might get someone to identify them or give some ideas, but probably the only way to get real info would be to post a photo here. It isn't hard to do and you will get a better answer that way.

We would love to see what they look like!

David (editor)

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Questions or comments on buying sea glass

by Penny
(Canada)

Ihave many pieces of seaglass of various colors, from cobalt blue to sea-foam green, to turquoise, even some red, orange & pink.

I am interested in selling some if there are people out there wanting to buy. Please contact me via e-mail.

Thank you. (p.s...I am "obsessed" with collecting beautiful sea/beach glass!).

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Jun 01, 2010
slight problem
by: Pete

Hi Penny,
You probably already noticed this but you neglected to include your email address so people can contact you. If you are concerned about being spammed you could post your email as canadianpenny(at)loonie.ca which would foil most harvester bots. (using "at" instead of "@" )

A better idea might be to post photos of the glass you are offering for sale and their cost and that way people could see whether they are interested or not. Just a thought.

Later
-Pete-

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Are beach glass pieces with dates more or less valuable?

by NATALIE MASON
(DENVER CO)

Beach glass with dates

Beach glass with dates

I FOUND A LIGHT PURPLE PIECE OF SEA GLASS. I GUESS IT IS LAVENDER.

IT HAS A DATE STAMPED INTO IN THE BOTTOM OF WHAT APPEARS TO BE A BOTTLE.

THE PIECE IS TRIANGULAR SHAPED AND THE BROADEST POINTS ARE APPROXIMATELY 1 1/2 BY 1 INCH .

I FOUND IT ON BRENNECKE BEACH, KAUAI. HAWAII IN OCTOBER AFTER THE HURRICANE SKIRTED THE ISLAND.

DATE STAMPED ON THE BOTTOM APPEARRS TO BE "UNE 19TH 1". DOES ANYONE HAVE AN IDEA AS TO ITS ORIGIN?

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Any value on this piece of beachglass?

by Lisa
(Western Shore of Lake Michigan, Wisconsin )

Lime Green #62 Beachglass

Lime Green #62 Beachglass

I was beachcombing along the western shore of Lake Michigan last weekend looking for beachglass and pottery shards when I spotted this very large (palm of your hand size)lime green piece just laying at the waters edge. Upon further inspection I noticed the very distinct number 62 (if you look close enough in the photo you can see it) and then above that is a number 2 and above that is a number 5. You can't see it in the photo, but on the far left side is a tear drop with 3 dots inside of it. My first thought was that it could be from the bottom of a soda bottle. It must have been in the water a very long time because it is completely frosted over with white on both sides. My question.....any value to this piece? What's it worth?
Lisa
Wisconsin

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Jul 16, 2012
sea glass
by: elizabeth

i have went sunday and picked sea glass i was wondering if i can sell it and where i live on the Gaspe coast 500 miles east of Montreal .

i would like to know if it has any value nice colors green blue white a few more odd colors
thank you my email is
elizabethjane45 (at) hotmail.com

Aug 06, 2010
North American Seaglass Festival 2010
by: Lisa

Sue,
Thanks for your suggestion. I located the site of the 2010 North American Seaglass Festival and it is Oct. 9-10 in Hyannis, MA.

That's a little to far for me to travel, but I would have loved to have been able to attend and enter the piece into the "SHARD OF THE YEAR CONTEST".

Thanks for your comments.

Lisa

Aug 05, 2010
Large piece of seaglass
by: Sue

Lisa, That is a lovely piece and I'll bet you were excited to find it.

If you ever get a chance to go to the North American Seaglass Festival, there would be people there to identify it for you.

They are fun to go to and I know last year it was held near Lake Erie.

Each year it is in a different place.

Go on line to find out.

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where can i sell sea glass

by chris
(orange county)

i was just wondering if you knew anywhere in southern california that bought sea glass.

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Dec 06, 2012
Sea glass Buyers in Wisconsin
by: Anonymous

i have various colored sea glass purchased at auction from Wilmarth Thayer.Need a buyer in my area of Wausau WI

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Pottery shard - How much does it sell for, if it's got a pattern?

by Noelle K.
(Duluth, MN)

Small but worth it!

Small but worth it!

I found a piece of pottery-type beach glass, and was ecstatic to see that it had a pattern on it!

I don't know how to get it identified or priced, but I loved it on sight and just had to pick it up!

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Hi Noelle,

Basically, it's the old story - a pottery shard, sea glass, or beach glass will sell for what someone is willing to pay. And that changes from one moment to another.

Perhaps one of our viewers will give you some information on what company produced this type of a pattern and/or how old it might be.

David (editor)


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Oct 22, 2010
Pottery with pattern
by: EPNS

There are literally hundreds of pottery shards found by Seaglass hunters. The piece is only worth what someone is willing to pay and usually it has to be something pretty fantastic before anyone is willing to purchase it.

My suggestion...keep it for yourself that way it's priceless.

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Profit from sea glass?

by Bob
(Delaware)

How does a person go about making money from collecting sea glass? I do not make jewelry. Would a jeweler buy sea glass?

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Jun 06, 2014
It's fun, healthy and interesting. Any money is a bonus.
by: Richard Muszynski

It's fun, healthy and interesting. Any money is a bonus.

You might be lucky and get a superb, jewellery grade, rare colour the first day but more likely it will be over time, if indeed ever.

A famous golfer once said something like "The more I practice, the luckier I get!"

Keep that in mind but also remember that the best gain you will make is probably to your own health and wellbeing, fascination and knowledge by being out there collecting 'mermaid’s tears'. 

That's a minimum bottom line benefit and profit in its own right.

If you have this attitude you are much more likely to stick at it, and guess what? ..... The more you practice, the luckier you will get!

If not, try another spot.

Apr 17, 2010
How to sell sea glass
by: Anonymous

Sell it on Ebay.

Apr 06, 2010
People would buy real beach glass
by: Nancy

There are many people who do make jewelry with beach glass and would pay for it, including myself, as long as it is real beach glass.

You can e-mail me at

nancylatimer2010 at yahoo dot com

and I can give you tips on colors and pricing. Some certain colors are more desired than others, therefore, someone can charge more for them.

Nancy

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Many thanks to you both for your time and insight!

I love your page. It's been a great resource in my hunting!

All Best,

Amanda in Connecticut

Hi David,

I received your sea glass hearts and I LOVE them all.

Thank you so much for sending the extra hearts.

I was so touched by your thoughtfulness and I appreciate you sharing these special gifts from the sea! Hope to see more of your sea glass soon!

Thanks again,


Diane

Hi David,

Just wanted to tell you thank you for the monthly sea glass newsletter. I love it, and look forward to it.

Thanks again to you and your wife.


Judi

Hi David,

I just wanted to let you know I appreciate receiving my sea glass order so quickly.

Love the flowers, wave crest & rare pastels and the little extra surprise....you made my day!!


Diane

I am so fascinated by sea glass - I can’t believe at 70 I found a new hobby.

Thanks for the opportunity to search and read up on this!


Sonja

Your site made me so happy tonight! Why?

Many happy memories swirled back into my mind when I saw your pictures. I spent my childhood on the beaches of Cape Cod and we spent many happy hours looking for sea glass.


Candee

It is a pleasure and refreshing to meet people in the sea glass community that are willing to share! I got some great tips from your site. It was wonderful not to spend my entire vacation looking for a beach. Thanks again!

Maryanne K.W.

Hi David and Lin.

Love your sea glass web site. I enjoy your picture of the month and intend on winning at least once.

I have been collecting and creating things from sea glass for over twenty years. I find my sea glass on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland Ohio.

Thank you for sharing your treasures with me.” Yours truly,

Cathy Lincks

What an AWESOME site! I love reading about it, looking at all of your pictures, and planning my next vacation to the perfect beach.

Keep up the great work!


Paula

I’m a new subscriber to your newsletter and I love it!

Rena

Hi David and Lin - I love your website! Thank you for sharing info...

Teryl

Hi David. Its Bill and Joan Laverick, Durham City, North East of England. We love reading your posts. Keep up the good work!

Bill & Joan

I soo look forward to reading your blogs.

Jacqueline Giguere

Just wanted to let you know (since you were so helpful) that I won a blue ribbon (1st place) in Gifford Middle School Science Fair in the category of Environmental Science with my topic - Effect of a Florida Tidal Inlet on Wrack Line Sea Glass Volume.

Now, I will compete in the Regional Science Fair which will take place on Feb 2nd. My mom and dad and I had a lot of fun searching for sea glass.

Thanks,


Mary Hyde

I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


Karen

I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


Karen

I love your ems.--am 77 and try to get"glassin" whenever anyone will take me to the beach!! :-))

P. Paul

"Hi David

Just wanted to tell you thank you for the monthly sea glass newsletter. I love it, and look for ward to it.

Thanks again to you and your wife,

Judi Weber

Hi David and Lin!

I SO enjoy you newsletter! Please forward it to my sister. I've got her hooked on the beauty of sea glass!

Thanks in advance! Happy 'foraging'.


Joan D

"Hi David and Lin,

I have shared your website with my other sea glass fanatic friends over the last couple of years and they love it as much as I do.

Yours is my favourite website of all time and the very best website I've seen for everything sea glass.

I can lose myself for hours in your website. Dangerous place!"


Anne O, Toronto

Thanks so much for the information.

I visited Carbon Beach today.

Very small and few people but a nice supply of glass just as you stated.

Thanks!!



Jan

Hi Lin and David,

I have come to sea glass via my shell collecting and am finding it very addictive too. Last year I found a glass bottle stopper which was a thrill.

Very small and few people but a nice supply of glass just as you stated.

I really enjoy the newsletter and can easily spend an evening getting lost in the stories and comments.

Regards,



Anne Cram

Just wanted to thank you for all of your helpful information.

The sea glass community is filled with people who guard their "secret beaches" so it is refreshing to see that there are people who are willing to share.

It's so useful for those of us that don't live near a beach and travel to find our glass.

The information posted here lets us spend more time enjoying our adventure rather than wasting time looking for a great spot

Thanks again,



Anonymous Viewer

Hi David,

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your newsletters.

I never even knew about sea glass before 2 years ago, now of course I'm hooked, love it, just love it.

Diane













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