The coolest thing I've ever found is also the thing I most regret. Let me explain. The time was 2007, the place was Bethany Beach, Delaware, and the thing? Oh, the thing...
Running on the beach everyday, I'd found nearly everything under the sea-- starfish and sea horses, string rays and baby seals (alive and adorable, and don't worry, I helped them return to ocean), plastic straws and drug syringes (gross and horrifying, and don't worry, I told an adult. Actually, I told a hot lifeguard). But the one thing I hadn't found was a message in a bottle.
Oh, how I longed to find a bottle with a tiny scroll inside, bearing a hope, a dream, a secret, a longitude and/or a latitude. I pick up trash as I run and have collected bottles of all shapes, sizes, and soda brands, but none of them contained the message for which my heart yearned. I searched and searched with no avail as my heart slowly broke, and I began wondering if the lost art of being-stranded-on-an-island-and-sending-for-help-via-bottle had been made obsolete by Google Maps.
Then, one cloudy day, a lone bottle washed ashore. I ran over to pick it up and noticed it was filled with miscellaneous items. I assumed it was just the peeled off label, but upon closer examination, I found that inside the bottle was a map, a matchbook, and rolled up note on which I saw handwriting. Sweet Poseidon, I'd found a message in a bottle! I was so thrilled (and cloudy weather makes me lazy) that I immediately turned around and ran home to call my message-in-a-bottle-dream-sharing BF to tell him the news. He shared in my delight so I agreed to wait to open it until he returned home from work later that evening.
The anticipation was killing me, but so were hunger pains, so we went to get dinner and left the bottle at the house to be opened as dessert. Keep in mind that, to the untrained eye, a message in a bottle looks like trash, which was collected around 5:30 pm on Wednesday afternoons. Unfortunately, we did not keep this in mind and, upon returning from dinner, frothing with excitement, we found that the bottle had been discarded by a neat-freak roomie and taken to the dump (or hopefully at least recycling facility) with the rest of the trash...
The disappointment caused my heart to break, my dreams to shatter, and my relationship to crumble. The moral of the story? All of the jewelry featured here was made from found objects (or are found objects, like this ring found during an archeological dig from HandMadeAndAntique), which means they're one of a kind and cannot be re-found once they are lost (aka sold). So don't let them slip through your fingers!
What's the coolest thing you've ever found? Leave a comment and share your findings!
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