The downside of mass-produced home decorations is that they make every home look the same; as such, St. Louisans will often return home to the wrong house and live among a family of strangers for months before realizing their mistake. Today's Groupon distinguishes your abode with handmade decorations imbued with as much backstory and soul as a human being. For $20, you get $50 worth of exotic artisan merchandise for the home from Salt of the Earth. This Groupon may be used toward all regular-price items at either the downtown or Webster Groves location. It may not be used toward Salt of the Earth's Close to Home (consignment) or sale items.
The shops' impressive collections of international artisanal gems include handcrafted jewelry, paintings, fragrances, glasswork, and ceramics, many of which have been imported from Mexico and Italy. The inventory is always changing, so you might find a Mexican bookend with a bird perch hanging off it ($32) one week and a hand-painted, machete-carved animalito in the shape of a colorful mandrill ($260) the next. One recent acquisition—a golden chest crowned with angels containing a couple of dusty old stone tablets—sold in record time and was rushed to a labyrinthine government warehouse. Salt of the Earth hand selects all of the items in its stores, ensuring that the merchandise reflects integrity, impeccable craftsmanship, and design. Pieces range from $1.50 to $4,500, truly offering something special for everyone.
Salt of the Earth—no affiliation with Salt of the Shaker—was conceptualized by owners Michael and Robin Lynch during a serendipitous voyage to Mexico, when their eyes were opened to the beautifully crafted work of Mexico's local artisans. Since then, their goal has been to bring those culturally rich aesthetic treasures to pals and patrons in St. Louis. The adventuring married couple continues to scour the sphere for collectible collectibles. To further enhance customers' connection with their purchases, Salt of the Earth regularly invites its featured artists to visit the shops. Enrica Ruiz (etching artist, Mexico City), Orfeo Quagliata (glass artist, Mexico City), Armando Jimenez (wood carver, Oaxaca), Betsy McNair (author, Mexicocinas), and Diana Kennedy (Mexican-cook-book author) have all appeared in the shop to talk about their process and what goes into each piece they make. The Salt of the Earth piece you buy with today's Groupon, and the story behind it, will make far better conversational topics at your next dinner party than the recurrent symbols in your cat's dream journal.
Southern Living featured Salt of the Earth among its things to do in the city, St. Louis Homes featured one of Salt of the Earth's products in a piece entitled "Our Obsessions," and seven Yelpers give it 3.5 stars:
- Carefully selected wares by artisans from France, Italy, and Mexico take pride of place at Salt of the Earth. Owner Michael Lynch regularly makes trips to buy directly from the artists and relates fascinating stories about the pieces on display. – Jennifer V. Cole, Southern Living
- This is a really cool downtown place to dress up your loft or house. They have a ton of unique furniture and decorative items that you can't find in the area. – Nowell G., Yelp