Have I Lost My Marbles?

Date Fri, June 12 2015

This post isn’t related to shopping, really, but it’s something I thought you guys might enjoy learning about!

A local glass artist started a marble hide and seek group on Facebook. She started hiding marbles in parks and other areas around town and posting photo clues for other members to find them. You can see what’s hidden and try your best to find it. Finders can keep marbles or, even better, hide them somewhere else for someone else to find.

It’s fun, free, family-friendly and is creating such a little community. We’ve grown almost 100 members in 3 or 4 days, and it’s also encouraged me to buy marbles from our local artists, which has been rewarding, too.

Now that school is out, I’m able to spend a lot of time with my sister looking for and hiding marbles. I’m not sure which is more fun or who of us has the most fun. While it’s definitely a good activity for the kids, it’s just as fun for the adults, honestly. While I enjoy taking walks, the marble hide and seek has given me a “goal” for those walks, and I love our local parks.

Yellow and clear marble in my hand

Hiding marbles all the time!

Since I walk so much, I do know of several hidden gems that I think others are less familiar with, and hiding marbles in those spots encourages people to get out and get to know other parks and fun locations.

Thus far, I’ve found two marbles — one with the help of my sister and one with friends at night — in addition to a handmade pendant that I found by myself as night.

The group that inspired ours is based in San Antonio,and it’s been going over a year and has more than 6,000 members currently. Check it out here. Similar groups and events are hosted elsewhere, but what I love about this idea is how it’s simple enough that anyone can do it. Buy some cheap marbles to hide, start a Facebook/G+ group, invite your friends to find, and you’re off. It’ll quickly become popular.

We’ve got some members hiding other things — pendants, bracelets, interesting rocks and more — so there’s definitely a lot of room for creativity. I can’t wait to see where it goes and definitely couldn’t go without telling you guys!

Let me know if you’ve ever participated in a marble scavenger hunt like this. Would you or do you know someone who would like it?

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