First, let me say that I love Ruff & Ready. I have a TV stand, lamp, pictures and other things from there. However, Ruff & Ready is not for everyone, and I have been abandoned there many times by friends who can’t handle its charm. Well, I think it’s charm.
Ruff and Ready is a hipster’s dream. It is only open on the weekends. It is technically antique but has the stacked inventory of a thrift store. All prices end in the number 7 and the owner doesn’t know why, its just tradition. It’s not super cheap, but they will bargain with you. It is one of those perfect places that locals have known about for ages and new residents need to know about immediately. Some pictures:
Now, I’m not going to lie, Ruff & Ready is a hunt. Actually, it’s more like an excavation. But here is what you do. You sleep in, fuel up on croissant, put on suitable-for-public sweatpants, pack some infused water beverage and just dive in. Just do it. Once you find that perfect end table, you can then nap to celebrate your accomplishment.
OH. And avoid insects. Yes, insects. My friend might have gotten a rash there. I mean, it was a small rash, not ringworm or anything, but it was red and there and definitely came from the Ruff & Ready environs. Upside: look at this stuff!
An owl figure! A lamp! Such neat, quirky things! He’ll walk it off. Also Ruff & Ready is surrounded by at least 5 furniture stores that require no digging, so you can make a whole furniture day out of it. Perfect.
Ruff & Ready Furnishings, 1908 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, (202) 667-7833 (will spymap it tonight)