I Went to the Beach.

12:08 pm.

Yesterday I went to the beach. It was hot out, but the water was cold, but I got used to it over time, and eventually I was going fully underwater.

Now, if you’ve been following my blog for its entire existence (actually, I don’t think anyone followed me from that point), you would know from my posts from last summer that my favourite thing to do at the beach is look for beach treasures. And I’m happy to announce that I found some yesterday.



This was my first find of the day. Wow! It is a bottle (obviously), with a height of seven and a half inches and a diameter at its base of two inches. There’s no writing on the sides, but on the bottom it reads “J L & Co L D C 1797”. It doesn’t seem terribly old, but it’s still cool.



This one does seem older. It reads “WELCH’S” on the front and the back. It is five inches tall, and has a diameter at its base of two inches. It’s nicely worn, and I’m happy to welcome it to my collection 🙂



I really don’t need more bottle bottoms, especially ones that have a jagged part of the bottle on it, but I kept this, for a reason. It reads “THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD”, which itself is not really impressive; I see that all the time. The reason for which I kept it, though, is that in the center, one can read the word “BOTTLE” again, like it was double-struck when it was made.


This was just so ridiculously large, I had to keep it. I suppose it is the bottom of a pickle jar or something. It has an odd character on it, like a T and an F put together.

Oh, it’s so nice to be back to my game! This was my first time to the beach this summer, and I would say that it was a good day for my collection. 🙂


Because I Am a Crazy Person

3:35 pm.

So. I went to the beach today.

Yeah. It was freezing.

I was on my way coming home from an impromptu sleepover at a friend’s house, and we (my mom and I) passed West End Beach.

“Hey, Mom, let’s go to the beach.”

-“You know, I was actually just thinking about that.”

So, we went to the beach. It was around 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and the water was like liquid ice. It was really silly. We were there for almost two hours! We are crazy people.

I did find some stuff, though. A couple bottle necks, plenty of nice rocks (the lack of boat traffic in the bay allowed the water to stand rather still, so it was easy to view the rocks).

Also, the water has receded. Like, a lot. A few feet of shore (three, four, around there) is present when it hadn’t been before. Funny.

So yes, that was my adventure of the bay. I mean, day. Haha. 🙂

Some Treasures

7:47 pm.

So, this afternoon and evening, my family and I went up the Peninsula (Old Mission Peninsula), to get pumpkins and to enjoy the lovely autumn colours. On our way back, we passed West End Beach, and I just about begged my mom for us to go, just for a little while. It was around 5:40 ish.

I was ever so glad that my mom agreed (after much badgering on my part 🙂 ). Holly and Abby stayed in the car, but I practically ran from the car and to the shore. Mom followed, but slower. Let me tell you, that Lake michigan water was freezing!! But it was so worth it, considering my finds!

So, without further ado, here is my haul:

A white glass marble (no imperfections); a bit of stoneware which reads something, and the “England”; a nicely polished old bottle neck; an oxidized copper button, with the United States Eagle seal on it; and, best of all, a nicely polished bottle stopper! I had been wondering when I would find one of those guys! 🙂

There were other things I found of course, but these were the Outstanding Specimens.

Have a good week!

A Visit to the Old Haunt

3:53 pm.

Wow–what started out today as a low-key, late-morning trip to the farmers’ market became a high-thrill adventure!!

Well, high-thrill to me and my mom , anyway. 🙂

So, after purchasing baked goods, soap, and apples at the FM, we (Mom and me) wanted to go to the beach, for funsies.  Holly and Abby, who were both with us, were less than thrilled, but went along because they had to. Anyway, the beach was about ten seconds away from where the FM is held, so why not?

Well, we started out poking around the rocks towards the one side (the water level had receded rather a bit, you see). We found some stuff- Mom found some old bricks, and I found a couple pieces of glass and an old rusty spicket (or possibly a bit of piping with a valve on it- I’m not quite sure).

We moved onward, along the shore, until we got to one point where we saw so much in the water that I just had to take my shoes and socks off, roll up the legs of my jeans, and get in the water. (If you are a beach comber, maybe you know the feeling 🙂 )

So I found TONS of stuff- mostly glass. Pieces of old Ball canning jars (the pretty blue ones); bottle and jar bottoms; bottle necks;  seven (plus one my mom found later) pennies- very oxidized and corroded at that; and four Grand Prizes: an old inkwell (me), half of an antique Hemingray No. 9 blue glass insulator (me), a fancy little bottle, possibly spice (mom), and a “Jennings Condensed Pearl C.P.B. Bluing” bottle (me). Here they are, in that order:

My ink bottle!

The bottom of my ink bottle reads “Keller Detroit”. This was the name of the company, and the company’s home, which manufactured this bottle.

the outside of my insulator half. Though the number is broken off, I looked it up on an online database and I matched it to number nine.

The inside of my insulator half.

Here it is again, just because it is lovely!! 🙂

Mom’s spice(?) bottle. It has no markings, so we can only guess at what it is. It is old, though, because it is nicely frosted (I don’t know if you can tell).

Here is the “Bluing” bottle. It was a laundry product, and this bottle dates back to the 1920s. A bit of it is broken off at the top–the neck is, I mean. About an inch or so. Understandable, as it gets so narrow. But it is still rather complete, so hooray.

Here are some of my other finds today:

Here I show the bottle and jar bottoms of the day- I thought I would feature them, as there is such a lovely assortment of different colours ans sizes.

This is part of a crock. There are a ton of pieces of this stuff in the bay, and I usually don’t go for them- but this one was fun, with the “2”–or possibly cursive “Q”–on it.

So, I hope you enjoy!! I sure did!

Post-Wind Beach Finds

4:52 pm.

I haven’t written in forever, but don’t be mad 🙂 because I have some awesome pics for you guys.

For the past few days, we have been having rather strong north winds here in Traverse City. Yup, north winds, washing treasures from Lake Michigan into Grand Traverse Bay. So, my mom and I decided that we had to go to the beach and do some treasure hunting, because what better time to do so?

And let me tell you, we really did find great stuff. Here are some (okay, lots of) photographs of my haul:

Bottle necks/tops. note the scary-sharp one (glad I found that with my hand and not my foot); the well-frosted milk bottle top; and two that are very well-frosted (can you tell?), the center one and the bottom-left one.

pieces of pottery and porcelain (unintentional alliteration, apologies (haha)), with painted designs. I held up the yellowish one so you can see the scale pattern.

bits of smoothed terra cotta.

Metal pieces: a large spring (mattress?), square, circle, square-head nail, bottle lid/top/cap, two fragments of enamel, and another of those C-or-G’s that I found on the 14th (see 15 July entry).

Bottle Bottoms, including a lovely aqua one (possibly a mason jar rather than a bottle), and a square-bottle bottom. Seen here bottom-down.

Bottle bottoms, seen here bottom-up.

Shells, brought in by that wind–at other times, you are lucky to find even a partial, instead of an entire half.

Glass bits with words/letters on them. I hold some up in later pictures; the ones I don’t, are ones that say something about Traverse City Brewing Registered…along the lines of the one from my entry, “Amazing Discovery!”

This says “A. W. W.”…no idea what that would mean.

This reads, “BREWING”

This one reads, “PARILLA”… I searched it, but came up without any results. if anyone knows…Please comment!

These are all coloured bits of glass. Many are jagged, so they will go into colour jars (glass jars into which I place coloured pieces/shards of beach glass)…except the clear/white one to the right, and the center green one–both of these are very nicely frosted.

these are nice pieces of glass…because they are special. One has chicken wire embedded in it! I’ve seen this on Etsy, it’s apparently uncommon and desired. Again, here are the two well-frosted pieces of glass…the green one, I’ve decided is fro a 7-Up soda bottle from the fifties or sixties, judging by colour and how frosted it is. I’ll show close-ups of the other two pieces:

This piece is a bottle bottom; one which I was rather excited to find. Here’s why: I know it to say “SHOENHOFEN CHICAGO”, even though the rest of SCHOENHOFEN is broken off. I know this because I found another of these. I didn’t feature it here on my blog, but I had looked it up, and this was a brewery in Chicago a while ago–the brewery was under this name from 1875 to 1925, which is why i was excited to find it. It’s old! I wonder, though, whether this bottle was brought here, or if it actually traveled in Lake Michigan from Chicago to GT Bay? The latter seems much more exciting, anyway 🙂

This is the seal from the lid of a Mason jar! It reads: “WHITE CROWN CAP PAT. 11-22-10″… As in, 22 November 1910. (Which, coincidentally, is the same date as the release of MCR’s latest album…only that was a century later.) How amazing is it that I found one AMONG ROCKS AT THE BEACH that is perfectly whole??

This I was especially excited for…It is part of an insulator! It is the most beautiful aqua blue glass I’ve ever seen (the lighting here doesn’t do it justice). It reads “TENT 1893”, which would have said PATENT. And from the way the letters and umber look, i would say that the letters and numbers were hand-laid onto it. Wowzers!!

Here’s another view (of the outside)

Here’s another view (showing the inside)

And look at THIS! A whole jar! It reads “POND’S” on two opposite sides. It is lovely milk glass, and besides a non-fatal crack, it is in great condition for being over 90 years old… I had judged myself (while at the beach) that it was pre-WWII, because of how incredibly thick and heavy it was. I looked it up 9wasn’t that hard to find it, really), and I was correct. It is circa 1920s. Here is where I found it (only mine doesn’t have the lid): http://deannamoyers.ecrater.com/p/14388251/1920s-ponds-cold-cream-jar

Here it is again…

And this is just wonderful as well!!! It is a great little glass jar, roughly three inches tall. It has absolutely NO damage about it, which is awesome. It is, however, very well, very evenly frosted. Around the neck it reads “2 FLUID OUNCES”. Too bad there aren’t more details for research, but I love it just the same.

Here is part of the lining of a shoe. It appears to be leather. One can even see the tiny little tacks in it!

Now look at this again, because it is lovely.

What a Lovely Birthday

3:47 pm.

Two days ago was my birthday. Wowzers. Yeah. um…idk.

Yup, so we did an evening picnic at the beach, which was awesome, cos we hadn’t been to the beach in quite a while. The weather was very nice, there were hardly any other people,and i found stuff. A couple pieces of glass, rocks (including a few petoskeys), and a great piece of driftwood, which is probably completely dried out now (i found in in the water, partially buried in sand).
My mom found an awesome old sand-polished bottle neck which I am totally jealous of…

The cats are fine. Noodle is currently begging for treats at the cupboard downstairs in the kitchen, and Snowbelle is sitting at the open front door, acting cool (cos she totally is).


More Beach Treasures

10:43 am.

Right. So, my family and I went to West End Beach  yesterday evening for the end-of-Cherry-Festival fireworks show. So, naturally, I spent half my time there in the water and on the shore, looking for stuff. Here are my favourite items:

So, four bottle bottoms, one bottle neck, two porcelain electrical insulators (round things left middle), a few pebbles, some bits of porcelain dishes, a bit of metal that could be a C or G, a metal buckle, some bits of coloured glass, four pieces of old canning jar glass lid-liners, and coloured/designed bits of pottery (center). See that large-ish dark rock towards the bottom of the photo, looks kind of crunchy? Yeah. It seems to be an ore of some type; there was plenty of it, so I only took home a few pieces; I tested it with a magnet, and the magnet stuck. Interesting, huh? I thought so anyway.

Here are the small finds of yesterday evening:

Found were five small petoskey stones, two bits of brown, very-well-smoothed-down glass, a button, 41 cents in change (all found in the water), a small white button, and a ring (also found in the water). I don’t know how valuable the ring is; it has no engravings, no markings as to any material it might be or other, so I am thinking it might just be a bit of costume jewellery. But still, finding a ring at the beach? Cool.

Yep, that’s my haul for yesterday. Oh- and the fireworks were nice. There weren’t many people at the beach, which is  bit surprising, although the weather turned a little chilly, so I guess that may have been a factor. The people which were there were good people- not the kind of people who run around with flaming objects and drop them on your beach blanket (a personal experience from Independence Day– the little punk singed our blanket).

I may write later today, but I don’t promise anything 🙂 Goodbye

That’s Familiar…OMG!

1:07 pm.

OMG! Okay, so I searched “beach treasures found at beach” in Google Images because I wanted to see the sorts of things other people were finding. But I actually found what I found! Check it out:

Third row down, third pic over…that’s from MY BLOG!!!!! WOWZERS!

I can’t believe that I actually found something of mine out in the Internet… That’s so funny! I never thought my blog would ever make it onto Google… but it did, right there, on page five!


(You can see the photo on my blog in the 4 July 2012 posting entitled “Beach Treasures!”)

Amazing Discovery!

10:58 am.

Good morning!

Cherry Festival week is nearly over (it finishes tomorrow). Yesterday we went to the Cherry Junior Royale Parade. It was pretty much the same as every year, and it was dreadfully warm downtown. I was quite content to leave early as we did.

Ugh… I have a Summer Reading Assignment. I’m not really looking forward to it. Not that I think it will be hard; it is just that the books we read in class are generally either rather depressing (The Glass Castle) or boring (The Natural). What I don’t understand is why only the Honours English students do a summer reading assignment. Shouldn’t the reg-ed kids have to do one as well, as (to make a general statement) they would be less motivated to read over the summer?


I made an Amazing Discovery yesterday. On Independence Day, my family went to the beach in the evening to watch the fireworks. Well, I went underwater-swimming to find cool stuff (such as another spoon- but that’s a different story). So I came up with a lot of stuff. But not until about a week later did I put this together (haha). See image below:

These are two separate pieces of glass bottles. Found on the same day, but at neither the same time nor the same place. And they go together! What’s the likeliness of that?? I thought this was really cool 🙂

It reads:

“A. L. […]






See the line separating the two pieces? It goes at an angle, between the S and E of Traverse City, through the R of Rapids, between I and C in Mich, and is right next to the S in Registered (to the right of the S). Isn’t that awesome??

Beach Treasures!

9:31 am


Sorry for having not written in a while. But I will make up for it with a rather long post (many photos included!).

So, on the 1st and 2nd of this month, my mom, sisters and I went to West End Beach (Chloe was supposed to go with me on the first, but then she got a random 103 fever). Anyway, I found a TON of great stuff. Here are my favourites.

First, from 1 July 2012:

Beach Treasures, 1 July 2012

Here are my favourites among the items I found at WEB on the 1st. Some glass, some metal, some porcelain.

Here are some notable items:


This is a piece of glass. It reads, on the top line, “JE”. I am not sure what exactly the rest of the word would have been, but it would most likely be the name of the company. On the bottom line of text, it reads “FLAVORI”; this would be the word “FLAVORING”. See the example of flavouring extract bottle in next image.

Flavouring bottle example.

Here is a bottle of mine that says “DR PRICE’S DELICIOUS FLAVORING EXTRACTS”. (Note: not found at the beach)


This is a spoon. Part of the scoop part is missing. It is rather rusty, so it was made of iron. It is also rather covered in “barnacles”. Oh, and for the record, I didn’t personally find this spoon– my little sister’s friend Gabby, who had come along with us, found it and gave it to me.

Spoon Comparisons

Here is the average metal dining spoon (on the right), as compared to the beach-found spoon (on the left). (Note: right spoon not found at beach. Found in kitchen drawer.)

Bottle Bottom

Thi is the bottom of a bottle. It reads, “THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD”. I am assuming it was a beverage bottle.

Broken Bottle Bit

The broken bottle neck in between the other two bottle is another thing I found. It is light blue, and is nicely frosted from being tossed in the sand for a while. I put it between these two bottles to display how they are similar in shape. Following this image are some more of the broken bit compared to these bottles. (Note: nothing besides feature object was found at beach)

Another angle of comparison

Another angle of comparison

And now for the items from the 2nd of July:

Beach Finds 2 July 2012

These are the things I found at WEB on the 2nd of this month. I found more stuff this day, so naturally, I have more favourites.

Here are some notable items:

Metal thingy

I have no idea what this might be, but it is interesting. Note the star-shaped thingies fixed along the bottom; they are evenly paced. It is rather rusty.

Jar fragment

this is a fragment of an old jar. It is blue, which indicates the age (The blue ones are older than the colourless ones). It says “SON” on it, which we can safely assume to know it said “MASON”. It is a Ball jar because if one looks closely at the top tip of it, one can see a line. This is part of the underline of the brand name “Ball” in cursive letters. See next image for example.

Ball jar

Note the underline of the name “Ball”. (Note: this jar not found at beach)

Milk jug top bit

This is the top of an old glass milk jug. I know this because of the characteristic shape. See next two images for comparisons to other milk jugs:

Old glass milk jug comparison. Note the similar thick lip and wide mouth. (Note: nothing but featured item was found at beach)

Another angle of milk mouth comparison.

Jar lid lining

This is a portion of a jar lid lining. it reads “ED BOYDS GE”. “BOYDS” is the only full word. see net image for explanation.

Lid Lining Comparison

Old canning jars’ lids had glass linings. These are two of such lids.Note the two fragments of jar lid linings, and how they fit perfectly in the lid. (Note: only the two fragments were found at the beach)


This is, I think, my favourite among favourites among favourites of things I found. It is a small bottle, about 3-3/8 inches tall. It reads “FOOTE AND JENKS PERFUMERS”. I couldn’t find it online, though, as I had hardly anything to go on. (Note: quarter for comparison not found at beach)

Here, I anged it so you could read well the “FOOTE AND JENKS” part.

Here, I angled it so you could read well the “PERFUMERS” part.