by Taylor Vogel | SORT Organization Services
Please introduce yourself and Rare Earth Mercantile!
Tell me about how you fell in love with natural treasures!
I’ve always had a love for the natural world. My husband is the same and has a special interest in rocks and fossils. While he is more of a collector, I come at this from a different angle. I see these pieces as natural art, many of which have found a place in our home. Others appreciate these beautiful treasures and sharing them has become the foundation of Rare Earth Mercantile.
You offer curated rocks, fossils, and other natural pieces through Rare Earth Mercantile. How do you incorporate these items into your own home?
As these pieces have tremendous aesthetic appeal, we have actually incorporated many of these natural works of art into the décor in our home. One of the first things you see when you come into our house is a reclaimed wood display showcasing some of our favorite ancient treasures, including ammonites, fossilized mammoth tusks, and many unusual rock and mineral specimens. Our main living area is also a showcase for many of our favorite finds, with lots of natural wood, fossil specimens, plants and natural light.
What is an unexpected consideration you’ve had to while transporting or storing an item?
Well, as far as an unexpected consideration, I think the most recent buying trip would certainly be one of the more memorable ones! My husband and I both were planning to attend the Denver rock and fossil show back in September. This is one of the largest shows in the US and it was a critical buying trip for us as I had just launched my site, and we had plans to meet with some of our established Moroccan vendors. A few days before we were scheduled to leave, I tested positive with a breakthrough case of Covid (asymptomatic, fortunately), and was obviously unable to travel to attend the show. My precious husband hopped on a plane and went to the show in Denver and did all of our buying with feedback from me via facetime. He did such an amazing job!
How do you categorize the items in your care while transitioning them from acquisition to homing them with a customer? By function? By material? By size? I’m so curious!
This can be kind of challenging at times because many of these pieces can be categorized in multiple ways, including origin, material, purpose, etc. Items are typically categorized by material (i.e., agate, petrified wood), and then further categorized by function, sub-type, shape, or other defining characteristic.
If you had a customer who is interested in incorporating more natural materials but is short on display space or storage, what pieces would you guide them toward?
I have several products that I consider to be functional art that are perfect for someone who is short on space! The petrified wood pieces are great because they can be used as a serving platter and when not in use they look beautiful on display on your kitchen countertop, or even on a mantle or shelf. Pieces like the zebra onyx coasters are also great because they look beautiful sitting on your coffee or end table, but also protect your furniture. A framed piece of agate is also a great way to add some natural décor to a small space!
Thank you so much, Anna, for the insight into all things natural wonder!
You can learn more about Anna Clark and Rare Earth Mercantile by visiting the Rare Earth Mercantile website at www.rareearthmercantile.com. Be sure to follow her on Instagram @rareearthmercantile and Facebook at Rare Earth Mercantile for extra beauty in your feed and wonderful art for your home or to gift!
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