Colorful painted rocks spark new treasure hunt trend

Posted at 11:21 PM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 06:34:58-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Colorful hand-painted rocks are popping up around Southwest Florida to help spread positivity.

"It's a hamster, my mom made it," said Samiah Rosado, as she held out one of the colorful rocks she and her mother,Gina, have recently painted.

"Put one in front of their mailbox," said Gina Rosado.

Gina and her family are following the new rocking trend.  "I found a rock when I was out one day and it just put a smile on my face, so I decided I would start painting them with my kids," said Gina.

She's made over 40 of them.  The idea is somewhat like a scavenger hunt, but you're playing with strangers.

Gina's daughter, Samiah, is also in on the action.  "I just like that you can be creative and sometimes when they find it they just make people smile," said Samiah.

The painted rocks are becoming popular in cities across the country, and it's not only kids rocking out.  Tuesday, dozens wined and dined at the Orange House in Punta Gorda to paint rocks that they will then place around town.

"The person that finds that can bring it in for a free glass of wine," said one woman.

If you find a rock, you're supposed to take a picture with it and post it to the Facebook page written on the bottom of the rock.

"I'll hide the wine-based or wine-themed rocks somewhere around town and people that find them can bring them back in for a free glass of wine or beer," said Lisa Blanchard, owner of The Orange House.

Whether painting rocks with a glass of wine or hiding them for someone to find, it's all about spreading positivity.  "It's fun and it's a great way to kind of put smiles on people's faces, "said Gina Rosado.