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Published on February 7, 2017 3:22PM

Leslie Schwartz of Carousel by the Beach

Leslie Schwartz of Carousel by the Beach

Stealthy volunteers will hide some 300 antique Japanese glass floats on the beach throughout Antique Week

Stealthy volunteers will hide some 300 antique Japanese glass floats on the beach throughout Antique Week

Some collectors count their treasures by the dozen, some by the hundred and some by the thousand. But when Antique Week returns to Lincoln City this weekend, the only number that matters is seven.

That’s how many stamps antique aficionados need to get on their Quilt Quest Treasure Hunt maps for a chance at winning great prizes, including a beach getaway.

The Quilt Quest contest plays off this year’s Antique Week theme, “Communities Sewn Together,” challenging players to find quilt squares hidden in seven antique stores throughout town.

Anyone finding all seven will be entered into a draw for prizes including a weekend getaway to Lincoln City, antique glass floats and glass hearts.

You’ll find your map tucked inside this copy of Oregon Coast TODAY. Maps are also available at the Visitor Information Center, Chamber of Commerce and local antique stores, or download a copy from OregonCoast.org.

Running from Saturday, Feb. 11, through Monday, Feb. 20, Antique Week features some 100 antique dealers from more than a dozen retailers in Lincoln City. Antique stores throughout town offer deals and discounts throughout the 10-day promotion, making it the perfect time to pick up that special something.

Leslie Schwartz, owner of Carousel by the Beach, said Antique Week is perfectly timed to provide indoor entertainment right in the middle of the coast’s wet winter months.

“We get people from different states and people that are here just for that reason,” she said, adding that nautical items are always a draw for visitors.

While other favorites come and go, she said, visitors are always interested in blown glass, including the glass floats that Lincoln City hides on its beaches throughout the winter.

“Every one of those glass floats is unique,” she said.

Schwartz has been in the antique business for 30 years, with an early emphasis on glass and ceramics having long since broadened to include everything from guitars to model sharks.

“To me, now, if it’s old and cool — great,” she said. “If it’s new and it’s still cool, it’s still great. I don’t discriminate, I like everything.”

Items old and new are also welcome at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, which will hold an appraise-a-thon on Wednesday, Feb 15. From 5 to 8 pm, a panel of antique store owners will appraise treasures for $5 per item. The event will also include a silent auction and food and beverage for sale.

And throughout Antique Week, guests are welcome at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum, which features exhibits on local history and the history of glass floats as well as a special antique quilt exhibit.

To get your hands on a float of your own, hit the beach any time during Antique Week for a chance at finding one of the 300 antique Japanese glass floats hidden on the sands by stealthy volunteers as part of Lincoln City’s popular Finders Keepers promotion. These Float Fairies hide their treasures only during daylight hours and always between the high tide line and the embankment.

For the romantics, the Float Fairies will lovingly place 14 heart-shaped paperweights along Lincoln City’s seven miles of shoreline on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 12.

If you happen to find one of these glass treasures on the beach, make sure to share your photos of them via Facebook at Facebook.com/LincolnCityOregon, on Twitter using the tag @LincolnCityOR or on Instagram using @LincolnCityOR and #FindersKeepersLC.

For more information about Antique Week or Finders Keepers, go to OregonCoast.org or call 800-452-2151.

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