Thursday, September 23, 2010
Renting Mineral Specimens for Profit
Not many people would think about renting mineral specimens for profit, but this outlandish idea works. Many offices use mineral specimens for decorations because they are attractive and require little or no care. By renting them the client gains flexibility on what he displays for his customers to view while in his office.
The specimens that are in the most demand are the showy museum grade specimens. These are not cheap, but they can be bought at wholesale prices at the larger gem and mineral shows like the one held every August in the Better Living Enterprises Building on the fairgrounds at West Springfield, Massachusetts. There are several of these large shows in all parts of the country advertised in the Rockhound Magazines. Fine showy mineral specimens can also be bought over the Internet. You can find dealers by typing “mineral specimens” into your browser.
Mineral specimens are nice because they require little or no care, and they can be swapped occasionally between between clients to keep something fresh before your clients customers eyes. Fine mineral specimens are also great conversation pieces.
One of the most effective places to display mineral specimens is in a glass topped coffee table where they are safe from pilfering or handling. These tables are usually custom built, but you can include the special tables or cases in the rental charge.