Sand Collecting Network

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About my collection

about my collection
Call me Minnie, nice to meet you!

As a lifelong and second-generation rockhound, I have been collecting sand since 2002. Friends and relatives are happy to send sand if they go somewhere interesting. It took many years of trying out different methods to get the basics sorted out with regards to ledgers and display, but things are finally getting organized (famous last words). Sometimes things sit for a while when I don't have any extra specimen jars ready. Sample ID number is not necessarily representative of date collected.

Some of my collection was inherited from my father. As his records left a lot to be desired, many samples have useful labels such as "Maui" or "Rome" rather than specific beaches, deserts, etc., much less the date collected. Each sample's ledger entry includes such stats as I have.

beach front property Collection stats

89 samples ledgered representing 13 countries on 6 of 7 continents:


Ledgering in progress!

Trading with me

send sand to tealmermaid I presently live in the southern United States. If you would like to send me some sand, please contact me for my current mailing address. I would be grateful for any new samples from around the world to add to my collection. I am especially fond of volcanic sands, but anything new to me is welcome. Other minerals, rocks, or other interesting finds are also welcome. I am happy to reimburse postage costs for any samples which are shipped to me.

I store and display my sand in small canning jars (Ball brand, 4oz size), and will accept anything that will fit comfortably into this size jar. Please package and label each sample individually with any info you have about its origins (location, date collected, etc).

Trade list

I love to trade samples with other collectors. All samples will be carefully double-bagged into small plastic zipper bags to prevent leakage in transport. If you would like to trade, please specify which sample(s) you are interested in and your preferred weight of sample size.


The Mermaid's Tale
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