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I’ve gotten a ton of messages on instagram regarding collecting Rae Dunn pieces so I wanted to create a post with some helpful tips considering I’ve been collecting for awhile! Rae Dunn is an artist who designs and creates pottery. Many of her designs are distributed by Magenta which makes the pieces in China. Here are five tips for finding and collecting Rae Dunn pieces!
1. Join local Facebook groups
Joining local Facebook groups is where I’ve had the best luck at finding hard to find Rae Dunn pieces. If you are on Facebook, search “your area” + Rae Dunn and see if there are any local Buy Sell Trade groups. Reach other to other collectors and let them know what you are looking for and in turn, keep an eye out for the pieces they want. With the extreme popularity of the brand, it’s really helpful to have a group of people looking out for each other.
2. Visit stores at random times
Rae Dunn items can be found at TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls. I’ve heard that the key to finding stuff is to go before opening but who has time for that!? I go at random times during the week and I don’t know if it’s just my area, but I’ve found stuff around lunchtime that just came off the cart. It doesn’t hurt to ask employees when shelves are typically stocked, just make sure to be kind to them!
3. Hit the thrift stores!
I’ve found some really great items at the thrift shops. I was walking by randomly looking for kids books and spotted this gorgeous Boutique cookie that was missing the lid. I was able to sell the piece to a collector that had been searching for a long time and who managed to find a lid that matched it! I’ve seen older Christmas canisters and the bloom line at various Goodwill’s in my area.
4. Buy the Boutique line
Do you know that Rae Dunn has a boutique line that is available at Nordstrom and World Market? These pieces are priced higher than the large letter items that are found at HomeGoods and Marshalls but they are just as lovely. My favorite of the boutique line is the tea strainer! They are often in stock whereas the brick and mortar stores can be hit or miss with the number of items.
5. Support Rae Dunn’s Etsy Shop
Rae Dunn has an Etsy shop that she sells handmade pieces out of. Some of these pieces are totally unique. I think it’s important to remember that the designs are created by an actual artist and the best way to support them is to purchase from them directly! Rae Dunn often holds book signings out of her studio in Berkeley where pieces are also for sale.
Remember, be kind and partner up with other collectors. I’ve been reading about some serious ugliness that is going on with finding and collecting Rae Dunn. It’s so important to remember it’s just pieces of pottery!
Have you had any luck finding Rae Dunn pieces? Leave your tips in the comments!