So today is not my normal style post. It is more of a rant honestly. I am sharing my story of being apart of the Rae Dunn community and why we need to join together to change the attitude of collecting. We need to STOP all these Rae Dunn horror stories and treat everyone we meet (yes, even upsellers) with kindness or at least SOME decency…
A few months ago I came public with my love for Rae Dunn. I created a post “ Beginners Guide to Rae Dunn,” and it was a hit! Because so many people loved it I thought I would join the Rae Dunn community.
Oh, boy was I in for a wild ride.
I connected with some wonderful ladies that in our talks, warned of awful “hunters” or “collectors.” At the time I just rolled my eyes and brushed it off. I was sure they were being a little over dramatic.
THEY WERE NOT.
Now if you don’t know what Rae Dunn is, make sure to check out Beginners Guide to Rae Dunn and then come back here.
So I launched my Rae Dunn Instagram, joined the groups on Facebook, and couldn’t wait for the other wonderful ladies I would meet.
The drama started right then and there.
First, I started a giveaway of a Rae Dunn Halloween Canister. The giveaway lasted a week, and the winner was chosen fair and square by a random name generator. Once I chose the winner, the hate DM’s started.
I was accused of cheating, lying, and giving away a “fake” product.
First off- why the hell would I cheat? If I cheated, a local person would have won, and I wouldn’t have spent $50 to mail the canister to Florida.
Anyways, I ignored it.
Then I had an incident at a local store (the second one I’ve witnessed). I arrived at opening and watched three grown women shove the man in front of them and SPRINT to the Halloween aisle.
The poor store manager apologized and explained they collected pottery and come every day.
After making my way to a different aisle, I ran into the same three women calling this other “hunter” awful names. Mind you- these are GROWN ASS WOMEN acting this way over $5.99 mugs.
So I posted it on Instagram to share my experience and help promote another Instagrammer’s Rae Dunn Kindness Challenge.
Well, you guessed it- MORE DRAMA STARTED.
I had a message from a new follower that is local asking what store I was at. Having nothing to hide, I told her.
Let’s just say I learned to keep my mouth shut and mind my own damn business.
This girl put me through the RINGER!
Posting about me on MULTIPLE Facebook Local pages to bash my story and accuse me of making things up for more followers.
She then messaged me letting me have it about how I am creating more drama, lying, scamming for followers, etc.
And that’s when I said that’s it I’m done.
I am a blogger that works to EMPOWER others, not tear them down.
I felt like I was getting involved in a cut-throat community and they were out for blood.
Again, this is all over $5.99 mugs.
I no longer rolled my eyes at the warning I first received and came to the conclusion that this kind of treatment happens more often than not.
It has gotten so bad, especially at times of new releases, that employees actually QUIT THEIR JOB over the abuse and disrespect they get from different hunters.
Are you kidding me?!
We need to remember we are all humans that deserve light and love.
Before I finish this post- I want to share with you all @Oops.I.Dunn.It.Again #SpreadingDunnKindness Challenge. She is one of my all time favorite Instagram accounts and is actively trying to do some good with her platform. She uses Instagram to encourage other collectors to think of others, spread some good karma, and remember how we all felt when we first started collecting and couldn’t find our unicorn pieces.
If you take anything from this ramble (or rant), take @Oops.I.Dunn.It.Again message and next time you are out hunting, share a few of your pieces with newbies, offer a smile to another collector, ask how the cashier’s day is. Kindness will get us so much further than hate, greed, and resentment.
I hope everyone who goes out and hunts remembers the way they make others feel is what truly matters in life, not the size of your collection.
Thanks for letting me ramble today and share my story.