What is this Dunn that you speak of?! Well now where to begin…
Some of you may or may not be familiar with “Rae Dunn”. I post a ton of it on my Instagram, and every time I get a ton of questions about it. (You can visit my Instagram here.) So I thought it was about time to put a little post together. Now Rae Dunn is actually a woman…a genius really, who decided to take clay mugs, bowls, plates, canisters, etc. and put this quirky little black wording on them. They also make cute birdhouses, planters, desk and pet items too. I bought my first mug about a year ago, my “I CANT EVEN” mug, and I have been addicted ever since. I have a full blown collection going, and every time I think I have it all she comes out with something new. Now the good stuff…where can you find it?!
So, Rae Dunn is the designer and the pieces are manufactured by Magenta, you can find their website here. According to the Magenta website, Rae Dunn was inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi, meaning the beauty of things imperfect. I love that! All of the Rae Dunn pieces will either have a capital M on the bottom or say Rae Dunn or Rae Dunn Clay. I find their site to be a little pricey. The selection varies but they do have some different pieces that you won’t find elsewhere. It would be only fair to give them first mention, but its not my favorite source.
Next, you can find them on sites like Amazon, EBay and Rae Dunn sale pages on Instagram. I know I have a few mug sets that will be up for grabs in my next Instagram Flash Sale Jan 24th, so check that out too! I’ll also have some vintage goods too…sorry about the shamless plug! Anywho, the prices vary here a lot. People are starting to catch onto the craze and the prices are being hiked up as a result. Some pieces are harder to find and obviously these are priced higher…a lot higher! I’ve done some of the searching on Amazon for you, and put together some available pieces. Hurry though…these won’t last long, I can assure you! Just click on the piece your interested in below and you will be directed right to the page. Your welcome. 🙂
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I have found 99% of my collection at either Homegoods, TjMaxx, or Marshalls. Just to give you a little perspective on pricing…these stores sell mugs for $3.99 and $4.99 and canisters for anywhere from $7.99 to $16.99. Unfortunately, these stores are hit or miss so here are a few tips on making sure you hit the Rae Dunn jackpot! I always try and go in the morning on either a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. This is when I have had the best luck. But call first, these pieces have become popular enough that the staff should be aware and know what you are talking about. If you don’t find anything, don’t be afraid to ask if they have more in back. Sometimes it is just sitting back there waiting to be put out or for the shelves to empty. I once spotted the sales lady at Homegoods pushing a cart full of it bowls, mugs, and canisters galore! I asked her if she was putting it out, she said yes “what would you like?” I said “ALL of IT!”. I took the whole carriage right to the checkout line! My haul from that day is pictured below.
Now Rae Dunn isn’t for everyone and that’s fine, I get it. Some people collect marbles and that’s fine too. I think her stuff is super adorable and decorative but also very functional. Although it makes me cringe, we actually use some of the bowls and plates to eat and I use my mugs everyday. Sadly the best part of my morning is picking out which mug I’m in the mood for! So I hope you enjoyed this little intro, and it helps your search a bit. I’m sure I may regret letting you all in on my secrets, but that’s the fun of it right? Be sure to share any tips you may have as well, I’d love to hear. Then stay tuned…my next blog post will be all about Rae Dunn Anonymous! 😉 Cheers!