GlassFloatJunkie

Sharing REAL glass fishing floats for over 10 years!

Washington, United States · 2987 Sales

GlassFloatJunkie

Sharing REAL glass fishing floats for over 10 years!

Washington, United States 2987 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(900)
Shop owner

K. Kinzie

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Announcement   Be sure to join my Facebook page for special offers, giveaways & cool photos! :)

Looking for a unique gift idea? Consider a glass fishing float! :)

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GFJ is happy to be featured in Oregon Home Magazine's Green Living Edition! Glass fishing floats are "green" because they are made from recycled glass! If you are looking for something "green" for your home, you've come to the right place! And....many of the floats in my shop I personally beachcombed on remote Alaskan beaches!

GFJ also offers reasonable prices & a great selection of authentic, working floats! No fakes, reproductions, tourist trade, or souvenir floats here!!!! You will never be charged over-inflated prices in my shop for floats! I have been selling floats for over 8 years, so I have a very good understanding of what they are actually worth! :)

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I have been picking up glass fishing floats off the beaches of the Aleutians in Alaska for many years. I have found thousands & thousands of beautiful, vintage floats that are all at least 40 years old. The majority of them are more likely to be 50-80 years old! These floats are not contemporary floats or reproductions that are often sold claiming to be authentic, or misrepresented as genuinely used floats. The reason you won't see any red, yellow, orange, cobalt blue, or purple floats in my shop is because they are normally contemporary floats & I don't sell those. All of my floats will show some signs of use because they have actually been used or were "working" floats.

Although the Japanese don't make these floats for commercial use in the fishing industry, they are still used. There are thousands & probably millions of them in abandoned gear piles & sheds. There are a few glass manufacturers that make floats in assorted colors for the souvenir trade. Many times floats will be misrepresented as being "authentic". These floats tend to be much lighter in weight since the glass is thin & they are made in bright colors. The reason the majority of floats tend to be blue/green in color is because they are made from recycled glass...primarily sake bottles. The color of the float depends on the glass that was used. I could rattle on & on about floats, but if you want more info, just ask!!! :)

I have also been a passionate collector for over 10 years & I am glad to answer any questions you might have about my listings or floats in general!

I am also happy to create custom listings, as I have quite a selection of floats in various shapes & sizes to choose from. Please convo or message me with your request.

I have sold floats to brides for wedding decor/favors, interior designers, nautical/souvenir shops & landscape designers. They have been used as props in movies & also used as set decor in catalogs. I have literally sold more than 8,000 floats since the beginning of Glass Float Junkie!!

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A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT GLASS FISHING FLOATS.........

The use of the first glass fishing floats can be traced as far back as 1840. The Norwegians used a small egg-sized float on which they tied a fishing line and a hook. As the use of nets increased, Norway went on to produce other sizes of floats since glass was an economical method of supporting the nets and offered plenty of buoyancy. Many European countries soon began using glass floats. Trademarks or embossing began appearing on the floats to identify the users and manufacturers of the floats.

Around 1910, far eastern countries, primarily Japan began manufacturing and using glass floats, hence their most popular name; Japanese Glass Fishing Floats. To accommodate different fishing styles and nets, the Japanese experimented with many different shapes of floats, from as small as 2 inches in diameter to the gigantic size of 20 inches in diameter. Most floats are shades of green because the glass used was primarily recycled sake (wine)bottles, but clear, amber, aquamarine, amethyst, blue and other colors were also produced. The most prized and rare color being a red, or cranberry hue. These were expensive to make because gold was used to produce the color. Other brilliant jewel tones such as emerald green, cobalt blue, purple, yellow and orange were primarily made in the 1920´s-30´s. The majority of the colored floats you will find for sale today are replicas. I sell only authentic floats.

Cork and aluminum floats appeared around 1920. These soon began to replace glass floats since they were more durable and could provide holes or eye features that made net attachment easier and more reliable. As manufacturing techniques improved, plastic floats soon followed. Unfortunately for net fisherman, glass floats would often escape their nets.

Today, millions of glass floats are probably still floating in the world's oceans. When tide and weather conditions are just right, you can find glass floats that wash up on the beaches of Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Sometimes, several may arrive together in the same location. Often, these floats roll safely onto shore or may be tangled in seaweed or other flotsam. Sadly, they also can be shattered if the float should land on a rocky coastline. During stormy periods they can be thrust hundreds of feet onshore and will remain there until some lucky hunter should find it!!

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www.glassfloatjunkie.com

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Become a Fan on Facebook! Join the Glass Float Junkie group for photos of my beachcombing adventures & more information about glass fishing floats!

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=122174527800652

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Last updated on May 11, 2016

Be sure to join my Facebook page for special offers, giveaways & cool photos! :)

Looking for a unique gift idea? Consider a glass fishing float! :)

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GFJ is happy to be featured in Oregon Home Magazine's Green Living Edition! Glass fishing floats are "green" because they are made from recycled glass! If you are looking for something "green" for your home, you've come to the right place! And....many of the floats in my shop I personally beachcombed on remote Alaskan beaches!

GFJ also offers reasonable prices & a great selection of authentic, working floats! No fakes, reproductions, tourist trade, or souvenir floats here!!!! You will never be charged over-inflated prices in my shop for floats! I have been selling floats for over 8 years, so I have a very good understanding of what they are actually worth! :)

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I have been picking up glass fishing floats off the beaches of the Aleutians in Alaska for many years. I have found thousands & thousands of beautiful, vintage floats that are all at least 40 years old. The majority of them are more likely to be 50-80 years old! These floats are not contemporary floats or reproductions that are often sold claiming to be authentic, or misrepresented as genuinely used floats. The reason you won't see any red, yellow, orange, cobalt blue, or purple floats in my shop is because they are normally contemporary floats & I don't sell those. All of my floats will show some signs of use because they have actually been used or were "working" floats.

Although the Japanese don't make these floats for commercial use in the fishing industry, they are still used. There are thousands & probably millions of them in abandoned gear piles & sheds. There are a few glass manufacturers that make floats in assorted colors for the souvenir trade. Many times floats will be misrepresented as being "authentic". These floats tend to be much lighter in weight since the glass is thin & they are made in bright colors. The reason the majority of floats tend to be blue/green in color is because they are made from recycled glass...primarily sake bottles. The color of the float depends on the glass that was used. I could rattle on & on about floats, but if you want more info, just ask!!! :)

I have also been a passionate collector for over 10 years & I am glad to answer any questions you might have about my listings or floats in general!

I am also happy to create custom listings, as I have quite a selection of floats in various shapes & sizes to choose from. Please convo or message me with your request.

I have sold floats to brides for wedding decor/favors, interior designers, nautical/souvenir shops & landscape designers. They have been used as props in movies & also used as set decor in catalogs. I have literally sold more than 8,000 floats since the beginning of Glass Float Junkie!!

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A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT GLASS FISHING FLOATS.........

The use of the first glass fishing floats can be traced as far back as 1840. The Norwegians used a small egg-sized float on which they tied a fishing line and a hook. As the use of nets increased, Norway went on to produce other sizes of floats since glass was an economical method of supporting the nets and offered plenty of buoyancy. Many European countries soon began using glass floats. Trademarks or embossing began appearing on the floats to identify the users and manufacturers of the floats.

Around 1910, far eastern countries, primarily Japan began manufacturing and using glass floats, hence their most popular name; Japanese Glass Fishing Floats. To accommodate different fishing styles and nets, the Japanese experimented with many different shapes of floats, from as small as 2 inches in diameter to the gigantic size of 20 inches in diameter. Most floats are shades of green because the glass used was primarily recycled sake (wine)bottles, but clear, amber, aquamarine, amethyst, blue and other colors were also produced. The most prized and rare color being a red, or cranberry hue. These were expensive to make because gold was used to produce the color. Other brilliant jewel tones such as emerald green, cobalt blue, purple, yellow and orange were primarily made in the 1920´s-30´s. The majority of the colored floats you will find for sale today are replicas. I sell only authentic floats.

Cork and aluminum floats appeared around 1920. These soon began to replace glass floats since they were more durable and could provide holes or eye features that made net attachment easier and more reliable. As manufacturing techniques improved, plastic floats soon followed. Unfortunately for net fisherman, glass floats would often escape their nets.

Today, millions of glass floats are probably still floating in the world's oceans. When tide and weather conditions are just right, you can find glass floats that wash up on the beaches of Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Sometimes, several may arrive together in the same location. Often, these floats roll safely onto shore or may be tangled in seaweed or other flotsam. Sadly, they also can be shattered if the float should land on a rocky coastline. During stormy periods they can be thrust hundreds of feet onshore and will remain there until some lucky hunter should find it!!

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www.glassfloatjunkie.com

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Become a Fan on Facebook! Join the Glass Float Junkie group for photos of my beachcombing adventures & more information about glass fishing floats!

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=122174527800652

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KDH3

KDH3 on Jul 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful float with a gorgeous shade of blue and lovely little bubbles in the glass. I love it! This is my second purchase from this shop and I couldn't be happier with my new float. The seller is great to work with and packages everything carefully so that it arrives in perfect shape. Thank you!

tfried85

tfried85 on Jul 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful small floaties, love em!,

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Sharing my obsession with the world!

It all started about 8 years ago after finding 20 glass fishing floats on a remote Alaskan beach down on the Aleutian chain. From there, it became a slight obsession. I kept going back, finding more, adding to my stash. I finally started to sell those floats in order to support my new found collecting habit. Over time, it all just escalated & before I knew it, I was selling floats all over the world. My customers include catalog companies, interior designers, architects, movie prop folks, brides/grooms, nautical shops, antique shops & pretty much anyone else you can think of! I am so thankful that I found glass fishing floats! And, I am happy to share them with my customers! :)

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Last updated on April 15, 2014
Welcome to Glass Float Junkie! I hope you enjoy the items I have for sale in my shop. I have picked up many of the floats myself along the coast of the Aleutians in Alaska. I search through thousands of them & list the ones I find the most unique & beautiful. They are all at least 40 years old & made from recycled glass. I have been sharing floats with the customers all over the world for several years now & am also a passionate collector! For additional information about glass fishing floats, you can check out my website.

www.glassfloatjunkie.com.

I also have a very active Facebook page where I post contests, photos & additional information.

https://www.facebook.com/GlassFloatJunkie

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
I prefer being paid through Paypal, or Etsy direct checkout, but I will also accept money orders & checks. The checks must first clear the bank before I will ship any items. Obviously this takes much longer. Please keep that in mind if that is your payment method. I would appreciate a prompt payment.

UPDATE 2.4.2014
NEW POLICY ON CHECKS

I need to implement a new policy regarding payment with a personal check. I have allowed my customers to pay with a check for many years. I have had limited problems with it. However, as a small business owner, I can not wait 2 weeks + for someone to send a payment via check & then wait another few days for the check to clear. I also take the risk of missing out on sales if the customer, who is supposed to send a check, suddenly changes their mind, or just doesn't send a payment. With that being said, I prefer to be paid via Etsy direct checkout, Paypal, or you can even call me & I can take a credit card over the phone by using my Square. If you pay by check & I don't receive the payment within a week, I will cancel the transaction & re-list the items being purchased. If you run into a problem regarding payment, a simple message stating the issue would be appreciated, or a reply to my message asking what's going on is also appreciated. No contact or communication leads me to believe you will not be purchasing the items you committed to.
Shipping
I ship all items through USPS Priority Mail. I will ship via USPS Parcel Post or First Class Mail if requested. Because the items I sell are glass, I do wrap them very well to avoid breakage using recycled materials. I have been selling floats for many years & have the best luck with USPS Priority Mail. I am open to shipping other methods if you need something quickly or aren't in a hurry for it. Please just let me know.

Regarding international shipping.........

I don't have any problems shipping to other countries. Obviously it can be expensive, but I like to provide everyone with a chance to purchase something they like! I can send anything under 4 pounds via First Class Mail internationally & the cost is much less expensive.

I will combine multiple purchases. For example, I can get 5 of the 3" fishing floats in a USPS Medium Priority Mail Flat-Rate box.

If you would like insurance for your items, let me know. I typically include it for items that are more rare or valuable.

If your package is lost by the post office, I will help you file a claim & do what I can, but I can not take responsibility for lost items after I have sent them. I have been fortunate enough to have had only 1 issue in all the years I have been selling glass fishing floats. Please be prepared to file the claim yourself if your package gets lost.

IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND & REFUSE TO ACCEPT THE ITEM(S) YOU PURCHASED, THERE IS A 75% RESTOCKING FEE! I am a small business. I can NOT play games with customers if you change your mind. I DO NOT ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL RETURNS unless I made a mistake & then I will work to make the issue better.

If you have any questions, just ask!!
Refunds and Exchanges
I don't normally give refunds unless I make the mistake. I will make an exception depending on the situation. Please let me know within 7 days of receiving your purchase if you have any problems with it. I try to describe each item carefully & provide good photos so that you can see what you are purchasing.

I have been shipping floats all over the world for many years & have had very few problems with damaged items. I wrap things carefully. If you receive something that is damaged, I will work with you to make it right.

NO REFUNDS FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS!
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are looking for large quantities of glass fishing floats, I have a good supply in stock. Just let me know & I will be happy to provide you with a quote!!