Collecting Driftwood for Profit

11 Apr


Driftwood is everywhere and has been around since time began.

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To your eyes these dirty broken bits of wood may be rubbish. To the artist or craftsman’s eye there is beauty and money to be made. I could no more stop bringing home driftwood as I could stop eating chocolate. Some pieces just touch a place in my soul, with stories it could tell of sunken ships or long ago homes and trees lost in a storm. Those are the ones that come home with me.

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Some days I find an abundance of small bits, bringing visions of jewelry, buttons, coasters or just to toss in a bowl with flower petals. The larger pieces have been used for projects such as wreaths, candle holders, frames and even large decorative pieces in my home.

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Sometimes very large ones have made it to my car with a lot of effort. These are the ones that are displayed in the yard and the garden, with dreams of furniture floating in our heads.

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Now that our creative energy is flowing, let’s look at Driftwood as an overlooked source of income. It is being sold to pet owners, interior decorators, urban gardeners, artists and crafters at premium prices.


Make a list of the local stores that you think would be open to buying locally. From pet stores, garden suppliers, landscapers to artist, florists, crafters supply stores and interior decorators. Take pictures of your driftwood pieces. Be sure to use some kind of marker for them, to show the size.Take some of your best pieces with you and start knocking on doors.

Driftwood can also be sold directly to the consumer. This can be done in a couple of ways.

If you have an online style of life you may already have access to a worldwide market. You can find driftwood for sale online on ebay and other online marketplaces, in all different kinds of wood, and all shapes and sizes. I have included a few links as examples. The downside to this method is shipping the pieces and the accumulation of pieces that you need to sell.

Here are some links to online ideas for marketing.

There are driftwood pieces all shapes, sizes and wood types. Driftwood beads and small pieces drilled out for jewelry.     Driftwood Art & Furniture by Maine Artist Michael Fleming  large pieces (over 100 lbs.) to pieces that will fit in the palm of your hand.   Prices ranging from 8.00 to 150.00   20.00 to 75.00

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Another way to sell directly to the consumer is renting a booth at the flea market or craft fair. The downside of this one is the hard work in the set up and tear down of the tent and tables. This option is a stretch for some I know, but with the driftwood and other treasures you have found, this can be a profitable adventure. And you meet the most interesting people at flea markets and craft fairs.


Don’t forget to network!!

So, there are three entirely different ways to sell your driftwood treasures. One is bound to fit your personality. Do you feel more comfortable taking your treasures to the local business owners? Marketing online? Or, directly to the consumer? Can you do all three? There’s money to be made in driftwood if you put some time and effort into the process.


Good Hunting…


* Please note * State and local parks may have regulations about removing driftwood. Technically everything below the high tide level is public property but some places place restrictions on what you can do on the beach if you cross their property to get to the beach.


Here are some things to consider as you are making your list of local businesses:

Starting with the smaller pieces, check out the local craft suppliers and jewelry makers.

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Medium sized pieces are useful to pet stores, interior decorators, artists, crafters and taxidermists for mounts. So look for these types of local businesses to put on your list of potential clientele.

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The large pieces can be used by furniture makers, landscapers, florists and interior decorators for yards, ponds, arches and home décor. Look online for these types of craftsmen and women in your area.

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When you check out your local pet shops, think more than fish tanks. People with aquariums, terrariums and vivariums, who keep fish, frogs and reptiles, like to shop for driftwood in all shapes and sizes.

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You may find that they require hardwoods. Look in the creeks, lakes and other freshwater areas for a limb from an Oak tree or other hardwood. There is a process for pet stores to be able to use the piece of wood in the aquariums and terrariums unless you sell it to them raw.

Preparing the driftwood for use or sell:

Let’s talk a minute about what to do with your pieces when you bring them home.      6a00d8353dd52369e2011570102df3970b-800wiBefore leaving the beach and putting them in your car, take the time to knock them on the ground a few times to knock off any unwanted dirt and pests. Once home, rinse them well with a garden hose and leave them outside so that the temperature and steady breeze allows airflow to circulate and dry the driftwood completely. It might take a few days to dry out.


Let them sun bake to allow the bacteria to die and the insects to leave.

If you want a lighter wood you can add a cup of household bleach to a couple of gallons of water and dip the wood in the solution. Make sure to wet all the surface of the driftwood with the bleach-water solution. If the driftwood is too large for the solution container, it can be mopped on with a rag. The sun will also continue the bleaching process and give the driftwood the lightest coloring possible. Leave the wood in the hot sun for a few days, turning them over several times. Driftwood weighs less when it is completely dry.

If you are preparing the driftwood for aquariums or other pet products:

You will need to soak the tannin out of the wood and then boil it. Your driftwood will need to be soaked in a bucket of water for a week (changing the water daily) before boiling it. Soaking the wood releases the tannic acid, which will turn your aquarium water brown if not prepared beforehand. Then the driftwood is boiled in water to kill algae and other unwelcome bugs.

I hope this post has made you think about what lays at your feet the next time you walk the shoreline. There are treasures there…reach out and take these gifts from the sea.  *CC


42 responses to “Collecting Driftwood for Profit

  1. Ronald Edward Strout

    05/02/2013 at 10:23 am

    As a passionate Woodworker,Designer and Builder of Beautiful Rustic HandCrafted Furniture.For many years while living in Maine I have collected driftwood at many beaches and other places in Maine.I have incorporated driftwood into my furniture.I have some pieces that I have built on Facebook.

  2. heather foskey

    11/21/2014 at 10:52 am

    i have driftwood from alaska and the outer banks of north carolina i want to sell it to driftwood lovers and companies that can use driftwood to make furniture and art work if your in need of intresting peices please contact me at or call me at 252 404-0015

  3. Joyce sondrini

    01/15/2015 at 8:23 pm

    Have 150 pieces of unique driftwood of all shapes and sizes I wood like to sell can get any shape and sizes on request

    • Dave Sao

      01/30/2015 at 10:33 am

      I am always looking for unusual looking driftwood. I am a driftwood artist.

      • Stacy

        06/02/2015 at 11:00 am

        I can get any Shape any size…and can send pictures

      • rod

        09/28/2015 at 3:38 am

        from the bahamas have all the driftwood need

      • Anonymous

        10/29/2015 at 1:37 pm

        I have some nice driftwood for sale u can contact me at 865 2377891

      • JefAbarth

        12/29/2015 at 1:12 am

        I hav 2 pieces that you might want…one in a shape of a dinosaur foot and the other is a schnauzer dog….interested pls email me at…thx.

      • Wes Sims

        01/03/2016 at 2:49 pm

        Cypress driftwood email me @

      • Anonymous

        02/13/2016 at 6:43 am

        Hello, Dave my name is Diane I am a avid driftwood collector , I have been for along time, I like using it for water features,crafts , & interior & exterior decorations. But just recently I’ve been wanting to make an extra income at least his beautiful addiction of mine.I have from small to very large unique beautiful pieces I’m wanting to sell, not sure where your located but if you are interested , you can email me or call me / 503-857-2128 .

        Thank you
        Diane Henry

      • Krystal

        10/13/2016 at 3:39 pm

        This is all new to me but one day i say the beautiful pieces of broken down wood and i have been no stop finding the right pieces . I have collected some really fantastic art pieces people stop by all the time and ket me know how unique and beautiful they r

      • Floyd Dyess

        10/14/2016 at 4:09 pm

        Hi Dave, I have a very unique piece of driftwood, It is a piece with not one but 2 rocks embedded in it. If you are interested in more information and photo’s concerning this contact me at I am an amateur in this area but have look through enough pictures to know this is a very unique item.
        Hope to hear from you

      • Melissa Murphy

        05/05/2017 at 6:36 pm

        I have 5 pieces I think look unusual. Wood you like pictures.

      • Kristel Wright

        07/25/2017 at 2:29 am

        I live on the west Pearl River in Louisiana and I have several very beautiful pieces of driftwood I have a couple of very long ones or say three feet that have Barnacles and shells on them are very beautiful you can get ahold of me at 985-290-9140

      • chris bruce

        12/03/2017 at 6:47 am

        so how much are you looking for and what type of tree species , hardwood, conafir, and what is your style of art i a wood artist too and have a ton of stock my style is a natural gothic style .

      • Cari-Anne Hunt

        01/15/2018 at 3:22 pm

        Hello, I just saw this on the internet and I do in fact have amazing pieces of driftwood as I live on the river and a driftwood collector. I am interested in your work, seeing it and if you are interestedly any of my pieces. I look forward to your response…

      • reachingoutsidebipolar

        07/12/2018 at 7:34 pm

        I have a piece of driftwood that looks just like the confederate flag. Can u tell me how much I could get for it

  4. dhugg

    04/23/2015 at 2:56 pm

    i have hundreds of pieces every shape and size. currently looking into selling it.

  5. Thomas Curran

    05/04/2015 at 1:25 pm

    I have lots of pieces of driftwood, that I have been collecting I live along the Hudson River in NY if interested please contact me.

  6. Stacy

    06/02/2015 at 10:59 am

    Do you know amy one that will buy driftwood?

  7. gretchen welch

    06/12/2015 at 11:06 pm

    ive read that for aqaruims you can also do the bleach technic yes or know

  8. gretchen welch

    06/12/2015 at 11:09 pm

    I live on the river is there different technics in preparing to sell driftwood

  9. The Driftwood Man

    02/09/2016 at 9:06 pm

    I run a small driftwood business at and specialize in large driftwood pieces but have pieces of all sizes. Please visit! Thanks

  10. robert finley

    02/27/2016 at 8:50 am

    Hi im finley i live n bakersfield ca
    Ive been collecting drift wood. For a min
    I was hopeing u could help me sell my drift wood
    Point me n the way to go
    Robert finley 805_695_9112

  11. Pam miles

    03/03/2016 at 2:25 am

    have couple hundred pieces of driftwood I’ve been collecting for 20yrs need to start selling some its every where call me for pics will take any reason able offers creek chick 205)285-1784

  12. David

    03/06/2016 at 4:47 pm

    I have a warehouse of drift wood ranging in a big asortment of drift wood. I have a 30,000 sq foot warehouse. Send me a email of what your looking for and ill send you oic…(

  13. Jinson

    05/10/2016 at 7:56 pm

    Online driftwood sales at Photos and measurements included for each piece. Most pieces priced with shipping included.

  14. Jason Kier

    07/26/2016 at 9:34 pm

    Great advice!I have 1000s of lbs.of cypress and need to be selling my yard is filling up quick,it’s very addictive!!!!!I love it though,thanks for the insite!

  15. Augie Wood

    10/19/2016 at 2:13 pm

    I have a 23 foot peice and also some 6 to 8feet. The small ones have several prop marks from being hit by boats. They are all Cyprus. I’m in Seminole county name is Augie Wood. My phone number is 407 221 0654. If you get me a buyer I’ll give you a percentage of the sale. Must be picked up.

  16. Coburn Lowman

    11/02/2016 at 10:42 pm

    Here in North GA it hasn’t rained in a couple months. The rivers are super low so I’m gonna take a canoe out and start pulling all I can. May also take a magnet and fish for metal treasures as well. Good web story. Thanks.

  17. Lori Barnthouse Kaplan

    01/31/2017 at 3:54 pm

    I own 10K Isle Driftwood by Stan’s in Goodland on Marco Island. We make huge pieces into one of a kind furnishings and light fixture. Lamps, Candleholders. Anything you can think of. Our pieces are simply to heavy to ship so I may have a hard time ever selling one piece. Visit my website please, or Facebook.
    Thank you, Lori Kaplan

  18. Kristeen bala balmori

    03/23/2017 at 12:59 am

    Hello everyone… Do you know how to clean, treat driftwood? I live in a coatal area with some driftwoods, and i am thinking how to make use of it and make it last long.. I have asked some about this, but i get no response… Im sad.. Because i really want to work on this. Im not an artist, im just an amatuer ordinary driftwood gatherer.. And hopefully, someone from you guys would have the heart to share how to do it.. Thank u in advance…

  19. Kristeen bala balmori

    03/23/2017 at 1:01 am

    By the way, im a local of mindanao island, philipppines.. Thank u

  20. Don

    04/10/2017 at 3:40 am

    I have a LOT of Driftwoods you can contact me at and i will send to you the sample.

  21. Janet Lambert

    04/15/2017 at 9:03 am

    I have a quite a good selection of unique pieces of driftwood that have been sandblasted and ready for crafting if interested please call me as am selling my gift shop! In Michigan!

  22. Janet Lambert

    04/15/2017 at 9:07 am

    Large selection of sandblasted driftwood uniques pieces need to sell cuz I’m selling my gift shop if interested you can call me at 231-970-0671 or email@! Thank you Janet Lambert🤗

  23. mark looney

    09/13/2017 at 10:55 am

    I have several pieces of salt water drift wood I collected after hurricane matthew last year I would like to sell to anyone interested,will provide pics upon request,thank u

  24. mark looney

    09/13/2017 at 10:59 am

    I have several pieces of salt water drift wood I collected after hurricane Mathew last year I would like to sell to anyone interested.i will provide pics upon request,thank you,once again thank you mark looney

  25. ROXANE

    11/15/2017 at 4:46 am

    I love driftwood pieces and plan to make a business out of it since i have a small house near to the beach and lots of driftwoods items are floating around the sea and the shores.
    I also want to help some neighborhood how to earn small income for their living too.

  26. lisa coffelt

    03/18/2018 at 11:34 pm

    thank you for all the valuable information. we have alot of nice pieces and we over look the smalls. we have a gorgeous big piece and we dont want to go wrong with it.thanks


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