Seashells is a huge passion for collectors and professional traders where millions of dollars are exchanged for shells you don’t know the value of.
The fascination with seashells start with their infinite variety of elegant shapes and patterns.
Each one is a natural sculpture—a piece of art.
Some descriptions of seashells include smooth and polished, bumpy ridges, knobs or sharp spines, and attractive colors when wet.
It is no wonder that so many people enjoy collecting seashells.
Although most of the shells you find along the seashore are empty, each one once contained a mollusk, and is worth money!
The shell is the skeleton.
Usually, empty shells are worn down or battered by the surf by the time they are washed ashore.
However, even these old, chipped or faded seashells are beautiful and worth money to collectors.
Although seashells are most valuable when found “live,” a mollusk’s shell is never shed while the animal is alive.
As mollusks grow, new shell is added like the growth rings in a tree’s trunk.
The shell material records the life history, from birth to death, of the animal that lived inside.
Collectors are more interested in:
Gastropods – The largest class of mollusks with more species in the world.
The word gastropod means “stomach-footed.”
Most of the snails in this group crawl about on a large, muscular foot that protrudes from their shells.
Before you start listing your seashells on eBay, learn how to identify the shells in your collection.
Here are ten unusual, but popular shells that serious collectors are buyers such as:
Alabaster Murex – To me, this is an ugly shell and I think I threw all of my pink Alabaster Murex out—don’t make this mistake!
The white Alabaster Murex features random barbs that extend in every direction.
The barbs (prickly spines) are likely the result of its predatory evolution.
Bull Conch – Discovered in 1857, the Bull Conch features a horn-like shell extension on one end and distinctive orange speckling.
Keiner’s Dophinsnail – It has a weapon-like appearance and its base includes a spiral design and color of red and orange.
Sunburst Star Turban – It has studded ridges rounding the whole shell.
Scotch Bonnet – This is the official seashell of North Carolina.
Lion’s Paw – This is a scalloped shell, which reaches measurements up to six inches in length.
Its bumpy and thick shell makes it hard enough to survive the tumbles of the sea.
Scaphella Junonia – This is an “elusive” seashell to most shellers.
It is a member of the cone shell species.
Precious Wentletrap – This was one of the most prized possessions of Catherine The Great.
The wentletrap measures 2 1/2 inches and its from the Philippines.
It sold for $20,000 in the 1990s.
Fulton’s Cowrie – This is a “tiny” and illusive seashell that avid collectors desire to own.
This is by no means an in-depth guidepost to seashells so I recommend visiting ShellsPassion.com to see the price range your shells may be selling for.
There are many common seashells available, but the collectors are looking for the rare and monster size shells.
If you are serious about making money with your dusty collection of seashells, then eBay is the best place to start.
Connoisseur shell collectors are always trolling eBay looking for a rare find and a good buy–so price your seashells to sell.
Shells weigh practically nothing so they are easy to ship.
In addition to that, if your seashells were free, then you will earn 100 percent profit!
Before listing shells, you need to become familiar with the scientific (Latin) names.
Learning to observe and identify shells will help you write a clear and precise description of each seashell.
Seashell collecting is fun, but why let them continue to collect dust, when they can be listed on eBay?
There is no need to go shelling or beach combing to look for shells.
There are plenty of them at thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets and such.
And, what’s more, you don’t have to be an expert to sell seashells—just get them, list them and take profit!
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