Why choose us?

We strive to offer the best selection and prices on rustic and sustainable products. Rustik Ranch Trading Post was created with the belief that on-line shopping should be an easy experience that our customers can depend on for the speed and accuracy of every order they place. But when the occasional problem arises, we will work hard to maintain the trust of our customers and correct the problem quickly, with no lose to them.

Changing the way people barter

A trading post is a place or establishment that historically allowed for trade of goods to take place. Trading posts had humble beginnings as places Native American could come to trade furs, tanned hides and beautiful beadwork items for things they desired, such as metal axes, cooking pots, cloth and more beads. Over time, many of these trading posts became the tiny roots of ranches, small towns, and villages.

The simple barter system that was the generally used trading method of the trading post was replaced with the use of metals like gold, silver or copper to buy common, everyday items. The trading posts became general stores, selling a vast amount of products, including food, tools, boots and guns.

The smells inside a general store were a mix of smoked meats, aged cheeses and smoke from the warm stove in the corner that created a cozy inviting atmosphere. As the trading post before them, the general stores also became gathering places for people to visit, share gossip and ideas.

General stores thought they were on their way to being replaced by the invention of the mail-order catalogs, like Montgomery Wards (1872) and Sears (1893). The idea that merchandise could be shipped to customers alarmed small merchants who nick named the catalogs "town-killers."

Here we are over one hundred years later and towns have grown into cities and metropolises. General stores have given way to giant chains of big box stores. Dazed shoppers have embraced the convenience of on-line Internet shopping from the comfort of their homes, effortlessness on their jobs, and even while relaxing in the park.

Rustik Ranch Trading Post was created with the belief that on-line shopping should be an easy experience that our customers can depend on for the speed and accuracy of every order they place. But when the occasional problem arises, we will work hard to maintain the trust of our customers and correct the problem quickly, with no lose to them.

We invite you to join the Blog and Facebook to share tips, information and ideas, just like the trading posts of long ago, because we believe products are just stuff without the human connection.

Welcome to your local trading post at Rustik Ranch

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