found on the beach – 56 lighters

For years I’ve been intriqued by the number of lighters that wash up on the beach. I find a wide variety of things in the sand, as seen in my arrangements, but the lighters! There are always just so dang many of them.

The first time it really stuck out to me was 2014, I noticed there seemed to be a lot of them and ended up picking up 50 lighters in one pass of the beach. Earlier this year, I decided to do another lighter exclusive photo and ended up finding 52 lighters total. This trip? 63 of them total! 56 in these photos and another seven on the way back to the car.

There would be times when I’d bend down to pick up one and spot another one or two that I could reach from my squat. It just blows my mind.

bee boots by Joules

A quick found on the beach FAQ

  1. You found all of these in one trip?  Sadly, yes. This isn’t even half of it either. I also picked up a full tote bag of trash on this visit.
  2. What do you do with all after your done? Normally I toss it in the trash or recycle if appropriate. Sometimes I may take certain pieces with me if I think they’ll look cool in a future arrangement or if it’s something I collect. Toy soldiers & all other tiny plastic characters come home with me! I also collect plastic plants, leaves and flowers.
  3. Do you wear gloves when you pick all this trash up? No, I don’t. These are things that are washed up from the lake, not just left on shore. They’re no dirtier than the sand or water. That’s not to say I don’t sanitize my hands as soon as I get back in my car though…
  4. Are all of your beaches this gross? No, absolutely not. We have lots of gorgeous, clean and downright picturesque beaches along Lake Erie. This one in particular just seems to collect all the debris from the lake. I have yet to find another this bad in the area.


If you like my ‘found on the beach’ collections – prints, phone cases, and more can be found here.

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