Free Range Mercantile Rolls Out

From school bus to ecoboutique

free range mercantile!

1.5: Months since we first spotted a curious green school bus in a mostly empty West Seattle parking lot and discovered the up-and-coming shop Free Range Mercantile.

100: Average price (in dollars) of the most expensive item for sale. (Least expensive? $1.)

300: Number of square feet in the upcycled 1998 rig.

Infinity: How much we adore owner Mary Summers’s eclectic collection of goods.

The longtime Capers and Sur la Table alum bought the biodiesel bus after deciding she wanted her own ecominded shop. Then she filled it with local, sustainable, and fair trade wares.

In it, earthy baskets, tin buckets, and wire crates display an enchanting assortment of items such as compostable adhesive tape, Florida sponges, handwoven hampers, and outdoor rugs. You’ll also find laundry detergent from Nellie’s All-Natural, New Leaf recycled notebooks, Seattle-made Big Dipper Wax Works beeswax candles, and pretty note cards.

It’s a neat little number.

To find out where Free Range Mercantile will show up next, go to facebook.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Free Range Mercantile