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 a while. Rae Dunn is an artist who designs and creates pottery. Many of her designs are distributed by Magenta which makes the pieces in China. As a minimalist, I only collect the items I absolutely love. Here are five tips for finding and collecting Rae Dunn pieces!
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Tips for Finding and Collecting Rae Dunn
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 like Goodwill. 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 locations in my area.
4. Buy RAE DUNN online!
Do you know that Rae Dunn has a boutique line that is available at Wayfair? These pieces are priced higher than the large letter items that are found at TJ MAXX and Marshalls but they are just as lovely.
The websites are often in stock whereas the brick-and-mortar stores can be hit or miss with the number of items. Amazon also has resellers that sell the boutique line. Often these prices are a lot higher than in-store so do price research before purchasing.
I would also encourage collectors to check out Mercari, Depop, and eBay for Rae Dunn items. Be sure to research who you buy from. Stick with sellers that have good ratings for packaging and item descriptions.
Find Rae Dunn at TJ Maxx!
LOOKING for RAE DUNN HALLOWEEN ITEMS?
These are the HARDEST items to find and that’s because they are highly collectible items. TJMAXX has a good selection of Halloween items!
I also have an entire Rae Dunn Halloween post offering tips on finding hard-to-find items.
5. Support Rae Dunn’s Etsy Shop
Rae Dunn has an Etsy shop where she sells handmade pieces. 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.
THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT FINDING AND COLLECTING RAE DUNN
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!
RAE DUNN FAQ’S
Where is the best place to buy Rae Dunn?
Hunt for it yourself at TJ Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods to get the most reasonably priced pieces.
How to Clean Rae Dunn Items?
Hand washing is best but I’ve put several sturdy pieces in the dishwasher.
Does Rae Dunn have a shop?
Rae Dunn only has an etsy shop but no stand-alone store.