A little over a year ago I started seeing home decor pictures on Pinterest with these large lettered pottery pieces. I wanted a specific one to copy a picture for my table-and that is when it started!
I found out that it was a Rae Dunn piece and they were extremely hard to find.
Where to find Rae Dunn
Now, if you want to find them-it is a matter of timing. If you go to one of these stores at 9:30 a.m for opening, you will see a crowd. If you watch, they will all run to the back of store for the dishes area to “hunt” for Rae Dunn. Unfortunately, if there are some pieces, the first ones there tend to take ALL of them.
They have a MUCH higher resale value. For example, a simple Coffee Mug priced at $4.99 can be resold from $10-$50 depending on the word printed on it.
The COFFEE Canister I have in my photo-$14.99, yet at the time I found it, I could have resold it for $80-$100 online.
Some items have came around again, and some remain harder to find.
The long Large Letter items are the most valuable, and the most Pinterest worthy for the Farmhouse Decor trend, making them the most hunted for items.
Rae Dunn also comes out with new items for every holiday and season-which means just when you think you are done-you see something new you want! You will also find different designs and variations throughout the year too.
If you would like to skip the “thrill of the hunt” you can buy the items. Mercari is an app where you can find the best prices on Rae Dunn pieces. They offer a lower cost shipping too! Download the Mercari App, and use this promo code: JSUMEV and get $10 off your first purchase.
Also, if you do find some Rae Dunn on your own, and although being a “reseller” is frowned upon by people “on the hunt” Mercari is a GREAT way to turn a profit. They offer preprinted shipping labels, and it is a great easy way to make some extra cash.
Here are some tips I can give you from experience..
1. Be respectful of employees in the stores. Some employees have their views of “Rae Dunn People” and they aren’t good. Some have told me about customers fighting with each other, stealing from each other’s carts, and sneaking into the back rooms to try and get some pieces before they came out on the floor. When I find some, or ask, I try to be as friendly as possible.
2. Remember it is only Pottery, and you will eventually find some. I once had an adult man shove my 8 year old son to get a butter dish. I didn’t even need a butter dish, so that really bothered me.
3. Join a Facebook Group I joined a Rae Dunn Buy Sell and Trade Facebook Group. I found someone who had the TEA teapot that I had been looking for, was able to meet her locally and trade for some bowls I had found. It was very easy, but it was also nice to meet someone I had something in common with. I have done a few trades since then, and they have all turned out great.
4.If You Don’t Have a Place or a Plan For it-Don’t Buy It– Sometimes it would be so long before I found something that when I did, I bought it all (or most of it). After I got home I realized I didn’t have room for it, or I spent way too much for something that would sit on a shelf or in a cupboard.
5. If you need a piece to complete your most wanted list, or to complete a display-pay the extra money to buy it from a reseller.
The time and gas you would spend trying to find a specific item will cost you more than the $20 extra you pay a reseller-then it is delivered right to your door. I bought a mug on Mercari that said “I Woke Up Like This” for $15 because I really wanted it for my rack. Sure I paid extra, but it was completed and I was fine with it because I didn’t have to look for it anymore.
Do you have any other tips that you recommend? Leave it in the comments and I will add them to the list!!!