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Last updated on Sep 9, 2021

New lower prices are here to stay!


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About DesertRoseFarm

Sales 10,980
On Etsy since 2010

Holistic, sustainable farming- from beginning to end!

I am aspiring to offer a vast new array of Earth-grown goodness in an effort to nourish commerce on the farm. Medicinal and edible provisions, organic plants and seeds, woodcraft and handiwork, and all things pet and livestock are on the horizon!

Of course, bones and skulls are the back bone of Desert Rose; my humble beginnings started out in the world of taxidermy. I have been professionally cleaning bones and skulls for folks around the world since 2008. You can anticipate a new crop of bones trickling in now and again.
I only offer bones that have no monetary exchange attached to them (that means I don't buy anything from trappers or hunters), so nature-cleaned wild-foraged bones from the farm and the wild will be a new staple around here :) I consider this work a unique form of recycling, by breathing beauty and functionality back into 'waste' and creating an opportunity for folks to utilize, study, and honor these natural pieces. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Stay tuned, and stay wild! And as always, contact me if you have any questions! I may be super busy, but I will always try to follow up and make sure everything turns out right!

- Jen

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    Having lived my life in the NW U.S., I've always had a passion for nature. I live and farm off-grid and all-natural, working to establish a truly self-sustained farm, lifestyle, and community.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 31, 2020
Holistic farming and sustainable living ~

CONTACTING ME: Please contact me through Etsy if your inquiry is pertinent to an Etsy transaction or listing. Be sure to provide invoice or listing numbers with your message. I ask that you be patient while waiting for a reply, as I am often extremely busy and away from electronics most of the day :)

LEGALITIES: When it comes to laws and legalities, wildlife trade is serious business! Please check and make sure all of your wildlife purchases are in accordance with your local laws! It is assumed that when you order an item you can legally possess that item according to the laws of your state or country. If you order items you cannot legally possess, Desert Rose will hold you (the buyer) responsible for any penalties and/or legal fees incurred by the company as a result of your illegal purchase/import. <--- hasn't happened yet, and I hope it never does :)

CANCELLATION: I'm happy to cancel and refund any purchase at any point before it's shipped out. It never fails that I get a new order in while I'm packing and shipping, so sometimes those orders go out IMMEDIATELY. That is why I suggest you contact me ASAP if you need a cancellation! Remember, I have a 3 business day shipping estimate. I try to get orders out promptly but we are remote and sometimes it takes a few days before we can get back to the post office!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 1 hour of purchase
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
DAMAGED ORDERS: Once in a rare while packages take a beating during transit. If your item shows up damaged, and you feel that it is due to poor packaging, please notify me so we can get things straightened out! Some damaged items can be returned and fully refunded (including return shipping) or sometimes exchanged. **If the item has been well padded but your package has been severely mishandled in transit, please file your claim with the USPS.

ERRONEOUS ORDERS: I hand-pack all orders, and sometimes I do make mistakes. If you should ever have a problem with your order please don't hesitate to contact me so we can fix the situation.

LOST IN THE MAIL: Items lost in transit cannot be refunded or exchanged. While extremely rare, this is an unfortunate circumstance where neither you or I am at fault. This is a risk buyers must take into account when placing an order online. I provide tracking information on all orders. Please remember that once a parcel is shipped out, it's no longer in my control. Claims of lost packages should be reported to the USPS by the recipient.

RETURNS: If the item you ordered arrives accurate and undamaged, but you wish to return it, you may do so for a full refund. I will not refund shipping. Please be sure to read all listing descriptions, including condition and item size. If you have questions you are welcome to ask before you buy.

ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT: Contact me if you need to arrange alternative payment. Orders left unpaid for without communication will be cancelled. CONCEALED CASH or coin sent at your own risk! We do not take personal checks, but money orders are just fine!

REFUNDS: Refunds given reasonably and circumstantially- Read policies in full, and contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I always strive to help fix any problems that may arise :)
PROCESSING TIME: Please note that most orders have a 1-3 business day processing time. If you need an item by a certain date, please take this processing time into consideration. I am very busy and am sometimes unable to process orders immediately.

SHIPPING METHOD: I ship all of my packages via either USPS First Class Mail or USPS Priority Mail, always with delivery confirmation. Domestic U.S. packages tend to arrive within 2-3 days, but can take up to 6 business days.

$1 SNAIL MAIL SHIPMENTS: I offer cheap 'snail mail' letter service delivery on some small items. This method may take 1-2 weeks to arrive and has no tracking option. Snail Mail is never mandatory- choose it if you like though!

INSURANCE: If you would like to add insurance to your shipment, please let me know. On average, insurance is about $2 extra.
*Orders over $50 will automatically be insured.

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Due to the high annual permitting fees for my business, combined with the tedious and expensive process of exporting wildlife specimens, I am no longer offering international shipping on wildlife specimens.

Domesticated species have NO USA export regulations or inspection requirements. I can ship specimens from domesticated species internationally without hassle. These species include horse, cow, pig, goat, domestic rabbit, domestic turkey, other domestic fowl, and many others. Please note that SOME COUNTRIES MAY RESTRICT THE IMPORT OF SOME DOMESTICATED SPECIES! ALWAYS check your local laws before ordering!
Additional policies and FAQs
Etsy does not allow the sale of products or specimens derived from these species, HOWEVER it IS legal for my business to trade and export these species. These bans are NOT based on any federal laws or legal restrictions. You can check out our current inventory by viewing our catalogue on our website:

If you would like to place a custom order for one of these species, please message me on Etsy, or send an email to contact [!at]
Some states/countries may restrict the import, purchase, or ownership of bear, wolf and cougar, so please check with your local Fish and Game and know your wildlife laws before placing an order.

I get a lot of custom requests for items from birds of prey and other migratory species. Nearly all migratory birds are federally protected, and it is illegal to possess any part (bone, nest, or feather) of these animals. I cannot help you with your quest for these specimens!
We will NOT advertise, distribute, sell, or otherwise share ANY of your personal information (basically whatever etsy shares with us; address, name, or possibly email) with ANY entity or persons. Ever. Ever ever.

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Last updated on Jan 23, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Do you ship internationally?

Here’s the scoop:
Wildlife has international trade regulations. The fees, permits, and lengthy processes have made it impractical for me to continue offering international wildlife shipment.

The good news:
Items from domesticated species have no USA export regulations. I can ship domesticated species worldwide with no additional export fees.

Always check your local customs and regulations before importing any animal specimens! Just because I'm allowed to export something doesn't mean you're allowed to import it!

What if I want to order something from your website as well?

If you'd like to combine items from Etsy and from our website,, we're happy to help! Be sure to email me or send an Etsy conversation before or immediately after you place an order. I will combine your orders and shipping charges from both websites!

Will you combine multiple orders?

Yes! If you place multiple orders at the same time I will combine their shipment and refund you the shipping overages. You don't have to request this, I will do it when I see multiple orders.

If you'd like to place an order but have me wait to ship it, please communicate with me before or immediately after ordering so I know to wait! This can be useful if you'd like to snag an item now, but want to wait and see what else is coming in, for example :)

How do you calculate shipping charges?

We are now using Etsy's "calculated shipping feature". It's not a perfect tool, but it usually works out. This feature calculates the shipping charge based on the item's weight, combined with the item weights of everything in your order.

International customers will find that their shipping charges often exceed $10-$20 USD. Unfortunately international shipping has truly become that expensive for us in the USA. I have no cheaper shipping method available to me.

Yes, I do have to pad my shipping charges a little bit. Etsy now taxes sellers on the shipping fees we collect, so if we do not pad the shipping rate, we start paying out of pocket for shipping. I do not profit from shipping chargers.

Wholesale availability

Our stock is limited to what we (2 people with the help of 2 goats) can ethically forage and process ourselves. We cannot provide true "wholesale" pricing or quantities. Such a thing only exists in the buy-and-resell factory-production world.

We do offer bulk discounts on some goods though. We save time, Etsy fees, and supplies (labels, bags, etc) putting together much larger lots than a bunch of little tiny ones. For example; 1lb+ bulk resin orders are typically 25% off the normal per-ounce resin price.

If you're in need of a large quantity of something specific, please let us know and we will custom forage for you!

Where do your bones come from?

The vast majority of our wildlife items are "foraged" on our wilderness excursions. Bones seem to crop up everywhere we go!

As of 2018, none of the bones we acquire will have had any monetary exchange attached to them; from now on it will be wild foraged or fairly traded bones only!
(*I DO NOT buy/resell cleaned bones!)

I have a limited inventory of bones and skulls that were acquired in years bygone as "waste" from the hunting and trapping trades. Once these bones are cleaned and sold there will never again be more sourced in the same fashion.

I do not trap. I do hunt, but not for business. Wildlife is only ever taken for food or farm security. Precious few of my wildlife specimens will have come from personal hunting.

Can you explain more about your pricing?

We price our products based on our time and resources. We are not here to play the game of perceived value and market competition. Our Etsy prices are typically 8% + $0.50 higher than the prices on our website due to vendor fees & taxes. If it's an item promoted in off-site ads (which I can't opt out of) they take an additional 12% :(

$3 sale: $0.73 fee = 24.5% to Etsy
$6 sale: $0.96 fee = 16% to Etsy
$3.85 sale from off-site ads: $1.46 fee = 38% to Etsy
$10 sale from ads: $2.50 fee = 25% goes to Etsy

We factor these losses into our prices to make sure we get paid enough to cover paper, ink, packaging, tools, fancy remote internet, and other production and business costs, and still get paid for our time!

Why don't you offer free shipping like so many other shops?

Free shipping may be attractive at a glance, but on average, shoppers pay more in the end. To account for potential losses on combined shipment factors, sellers like me must raise prices 10-20% across the board to make certain we're not paying out of pocket for shipping. In the end, shoppers simply end up spending more than they would have if they paid the actual shipping costs.

***Etsy is encouraging sellers to do this as a way to make more money off you.***