I went to Ruff & Ready and all I got was this ottoman and this rash

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)

6 thoughts on “I went to Ruff & Ready and all I got was this ottoman and this rash

  1. The rash was from an onslaught of mosquitoes. I couldn’t leave my stupid post because the DCspy was convinced someone would take her $3 trashcan.

  2. I refer to this as the Junk Shop, after a full second everyone I bring in realizes why 1. I always refer to it as such and B. why when anyone is ever looking for something furniture-y I say start here.

  3. Alas, Mr. Ruff has left the building. He is no longer Ready. The business has closed at the 14th Street, NW Washington, DC location.

    :(

  4. Ruff and Ready has relocated further north up 14th Street. I went to the new location a few weeks ago and was amazed at the jammed back space. There was just enough room to squeeze one person through the passageways. The selections were abundant though. Bill is still there and we had a nice chat. I also purchased a few things for my office. Glad to have gone back after 5 years.

  5. No Ruff is still in business here in DC. They’ve moved to 4722 14th Street. Their hours are from Thursday-Sunday from 11:00am-6:00pm! Happy treasure hunting!

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