Where to Buy Seashells and Other Coastal Decor and Craft Items

Driftwood
Driftwood (Photo credit: kempton_s)

Anyone who lives near the coast probably has at least a few seashells in their home.  Lucky them, they get to walk outside and gather what they like.  The rest of us have to be more resourceful, and unfortunately spend money to buy items to create a coastal look.

So where is the best place to find nautical themed items?  It depends on what you want your seashells, driftwood and sea glass for.  If you want one, really nice, big seashell as a centerpiece display your buying options might be different than they are for someone who wants a bag of shells to create a mirror frame or craft item.  Ebay and Etsy are good places to check for big shells, just be sure to read the descriptions well so you know exactly what to expect size-wise.  Pictures of seashells can be deceiving.

Driftwood and large pieces of coral may be available at the local pet shop or fish aquarium dealer.  Seashells might be available from these places too.  Anyone who has ever had a fish tank will know that all sorts of water related items are used to decorate aquariums.  And exotic animal cages use driftwood for lizards, iguanas and snakes to climb on.

I have written another article about where to find the coastal look for home decorating, and it contains some links for purchasing items.

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