Waco: For these pottery collectors, every day is Black Friday

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Every morning before the Marshalls store in the Central Texas Market Place in Waco opens for the day, some local women gather to ensure that they’re first in line to purchase Rae Dunn Pottery.

Rae Dunn, who has a degree in industrial design, lives in the San Francisco Bay area and started creating the pottery in the mid-90s.

Lindsey Mallard stands her ground at the Marshalls at around 8:45 every morning, 45 minutes before the store opens at 9:30 a.m.

“We usually don’t know what the store is going to get…it’s kind of a surprise on what they are going to put out for the day,” Mallard said.

“When the doors open is kind of like Black Friday every day of the year because if we get something really good everyone’s trying to get as many as you can.”

Mallard says the women have turned this hobby into a sisterhood.

“We didn't know each other before we started collecting pottery, so after a few mornings of us meeting and talking we all became friends and we talk every day and if someone's kids get sick and they can’t make it they text and say ‘Hey I can’t make it can you grab whatever I can’t get’ and we return the favor and take care of each other,” Mallard said.

The popularity of Rae Dunn Pottery has boomed not only in Central Texas, but also throughout the country.

There are actually Facebook pages for Rae Dunn devotees and for resale and trade.

Plus, there are support group Facebook pages for husbands with wives who love Rae Dunn pottery.

Mallard says she loves Rae Dunn because no piece is the same.

The pottery is relatively inexpensive, ranging from $6 to $20, but there is one piece, a birdhouse, for which everyone seems to be searching that can be found online for close to $500.

“The biggest thing that everyone is after are birdhouses those are super hard to find,” Mallard said.

“When we do get them we get like three to four and you know if there are five or six of us here we all want one someone's going to leave empty handed so it’s always best to be the first one here."

A Rae Dunn bird house can cost about $20 at Marshalls, but on the Mercari website one is selling for $494.