Yeah, I'd imagine that most places wouldn't know what to do with them! They even freak out at WOF when I bring plants in there because they're so huge... it's really funny to see their reactions. How much did they give you for the sword? I can't believe how fast the sword shriveled up after I pulled it out of the tank. I put it I a 5g bucket with a little water in the bottom and by the time i got to the store it wasn't worth bringing in... it looked like it had been drying out for days! Have you noticed this with swords?