Duck Worth Wearing & The Loft The Historical Roots of a Blossoming Business

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Current Image of Duck Worth Wearing on Main Street in Ames, Iowa.

When shopping at local businesses Duck Worth Wearing and The Loft you’ll find a few themes worth noting. The stores  are not only a place for shoppers to save money, it’s a place of employment and to top it all off, sustainably designed. This pair of consignment shops stem from the laughter and love of one family out to 40,000 people who have visited The Loft and DWW since its first store’s opening.

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Amy & Eric Abrams – Store Owners

Eric & Amy took over as owners of Duck Worth Wearing in 2006, six years after the store’s opening in 2000. The store was originally owned by Joyce Duckworth. In 2009 The Loft was opened. Eric and Amy Abrams are a powerful pair as they lead incredibly full lives. Eric works full time at the Iowa DOT managing the GIS infrastructure and direction. Amy is found most often at one of the two stores keeping the business running smoothly and enjoying her employees and loyal consigners.

Eric and Amy’s story began back in high school. Eric, just a couple years older than Amy had just graduated while Amy was in her Junior year. Their paths crossed while working at Happy Chef in Story City. After four and a half years dating they tied the knot and have been happily married for 22 years. Settling in Ames felt only natural as they could be close to parents while raising their daughter Mackenzie, and son Colby.

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Some of the wonderful staff at Duck Worth Wearing with Cy!

Living in Ames has also allowed Eric and his family’s involvement in Iowa State University. Eric runs the Iowa State Football scoreboard and officiates football in the fall. Colby is the ISU mascot and from time to time you may catch him taking photographs with happy DWW and Loft customers.

Amy, one of the store owners attributes a level of success to her late grandmother Letty. Miss Letty would come to the store every Wednesday from Radcliffe and help work in the stores until her passing just two years ago. She loved coming down and helping and it was the highlight of both her week and the staff. She was 84 years young and would run circles around all the young-ins in the store, sometimes preferring to be on her feet for ten plus hours. She was a legitimate farmers wife and gave us all a great example of a life well lived.

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Previous location of Duck Worth Wearing

The passion the couple has for the store is an asset to Main Street as they aim to help the community in multiple facets. There have been over 2 million items recycled through DWW and The Loft.  Through partnerships with their landlords their buildings are energy efficient. They have invested in LED lighting, heat pumps, and energy efficient windows

They are also one of a few small businesses that offer full and permanent part time employees paid vacation, quarterly bonuses, medical, and provide a flexible fun place of employment. The stores add over $650,000 to the local economy each year through payroll, consignor payments, and other local business investments.

The store has been on a journey of change and growth for the past decade and has plans to continue to serve the Ames area. Amy and Eric love consignment because it allows them to share their love of helping others save money and recycle. These are stores run by families to serve families and they can’t wait to see what the future holds for them and their customers and staff! Look below for a visual walk through from the store’s beginnings to present!

Duck Worth Wearing's first location owned by the Duckworth's

Duck Worth Wearing’s first location owned by the Duckworth’s by First United Methodist Church

Maternity section from South of First UMC pre 2000

Maternity section at Duck Worth Wearing’s first location owned by the Duckworth’s by First United Methodist Church

DWW South of First UMC pre 2000

Duck Worth Wearing’s first location owned by the Duckworth’s by First United Methodist Church

Store exterior before moving to corner building

Store exterior before moving to corner building

Duck Worth Wearing Previous Location Interior

Duck Worth Wearing Kellog & Main location interior

Duck Worth Wearing previous location Exterior

Duck Worth Wearing Kellog & Main location exterior

Start of The Loft 2008 Opened in January of 2009

Start of The Loft 2008 Opened in January of 2009

The Loft Interior

The Loft Interior

Construction at the current Duck Worth Wearing location

Construction at the current Duck Worth Wearing location

Construction at the current Duck Worth Wearing location

Eric Abrams doing demo at the current Duck Worth Wearing location

The Loft current location exterior

The Loft current location exterior

Duck Worth Wearing's Current Location on Main Street

Duck Worth Wearing’s Current Location on Main Street

For more photos of the remodel click here!

You Can also take a virtual tour by clicking on the following links…

Duck Worth Wearing Virtual Tour

The Loft Virtual Tour

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Duck Worth Reading – October 2014 Newsletter

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Hi.

We are hardly into October and already they have predicted flurries in our future.  That being said we are stocked and ready with snow pants, boots, hats, mittens, and all things cozy for these upcoming chilly temperatures. We can also help give you warm fuzzies when you read this month’s newsletter which includes all the information on our rewards program, special sales, and new fall gear!

Mark Your Calendar.

October DWW Calendar 2014

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Main Street Farmers Market Final Date

When: Saturday October 4th

Where: 300 & 400 Block of Main Street and the Tom Evans Park

What: Catch the last of Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market this month! It’s a community event with local vendors and producers bringing their best to sell and share! It’s a great time to start the weekend with family and friends as you stroll in the sunshine down Main Street. It will bring you conveniently closer to our front door which is only a few steps away from great deals on all things your family needs to save time and money! Duck Worth Wearing opens at 9am on Farmers’ Market Saturdays, and will return to regular business hours.

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Main Street Trick or Treat

When: Thursday October 30th 10am-2pm

Where: Main Street, Downtown Ames, Iowa

What:  Visit Downtown Ames Main Street at participating stores including Duck Worth Wearing & The Loft for a day of Trick or Treating!

Consignment.

Please note the following dates for consignment acceptance of seasonal items.

  • We are taking consignment every day except Sunday
  • Please limit consignment items to 50
  • October 1st we will begin accepting Christmas items
  • Please snap and button your items

We Accept

  • long sleeves
  • jeans
  • pants
  • leotards
  • soccer/football cleats
  • sweatshirts
  • back to school items
  • fleece, flannel & corduroy
  • fall jackets
  • winter gear
  • Halloween Costumes

Rewards are Back!

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Rewards are finally back at Duck Worth Wearing. Once you spend $150 at Duck Worth Wearing, you will receive a $5 credit.  It is that easy! You simply shop and gain rewards.  Be sure when checking out we have your name, address and current email.

Rewards never expire, and can be combined at checkout.

For those that have shopped over the last 10 months with us, we have not forgotten you.  If you spent enough to get a reward we will put the credit on your account.  Stop in to check and there may be a surprise waiting for you!

Get your Halloween Costumes at Duck Worth Wearing.

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Why pay retail prices for a costume worn only a few times? We have an awesome selection of Halloween attire for your trick or treat needs!

Check out the archives of our blogs for Halloween safety tips and Halloween party ideas.

Melissa and Doug 20% Off!

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You won’t want to miss the 20% off special on all of our great Melissa and Doug items! Knock out your Christmas shopping early to take advantage of these great deals!

 18″ Doll Clothes – New Items just in!

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Do you have a special little girl in your life who loves to dress her dolls? We have adorable new doll clothes and accessories for our 18″ dolls which also fit American Girl Dolls. Outfit not only your kids, but their prized dolls for less!

Useful Information.

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Putting you and your family’s best face forward can be easier than ever when you read this month’s Duck Worth Wearing Blog! We feature advice and tips on how to dress for success.  Read our latest blog to discover the best clothing color combinations, tips for school photos and head shots, as well as the best lighting conditions for a stunning family photograph!

You Should get to Know.

Each month we will be featuring a staff member for you to get to know! Our staff thinks of our consigners and shoppers as an extension of the Duck Worth Wearing family and we want to connect! This month you should get to know our very own Kaity Degen.

Who: Kaity Degen senior

Position:  Sales Associate at Duck Worth Wearing.

Past: Kaity had her beginnings in Emmetsburg, Iowa. She grew up with two sisters and one brother. Before attending Iowa State University she received her AA at Iowa Lakes Community College in Esterville, Iowa.

Present: Kaity is currently an Iowa State University student in Elementary Eduction. As a Junior she is in her third year of enjoying athletics, and spending her free time with family and friends which includes one niece and another on the way!

Future:  With one and half years a head of her at ISU, Kaity looks forward to her time at The Loft and serving her customers with her happy demeanor and desire to help.

In Closing.

As the summer is now a distant memory and you prepare for the upcoming fall and winter seasons keep us in mind for all of your wardrobe needs. We are excited about the rewards program being back in full swing and can’t wait to shower you with rewards!

Thank you for your business, and as always for shopping local!

Sincerely,
Amy Abrams

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Family Photos – How to get the Best Shots of You and Yours

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Photography has come a long way from black and white darkroom developed photographs that were expensive and time consuming to produce. Now we have digital options with the capability to reproduce images quickly and inexpensively. With either approach, the subject always needs to put their best face forward! This month’s blog will feature advice and tips on how to dress for success.  Read on to discover the best clothing color combinations, tips for school photos and head shots, as well as the best lighting conditions for a stunning family photograph!

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Duck Worth Reading – September 2014 Newsletter

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Hi.

Fall is officially here this month at Duck Worth Wearing. We are taking your spookiest costumes and coziest winter gear starting this month! Check out this month’s newsletter for the latest on new products, Ames downtown events, and a guide to purchasing the perfect stroller!

Mark Your Calendar.

September DWW Calendar 2014

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Main Street Farmers Market

When: Saturdays now through October. 8am-12:30pm

Where: 300 & 400 Block of Main Street and the Tom Evans Park

What: The Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market is a community event with local vendors and producers bringing their best to sell and share! It’s a great time to start the weekend with family and friends as you stroll in the sunshine down Main Street. It will bring you conveniently closer to our front door which is only a few steps away from great deals on all things your family needs to save time and money! Duck Worth Wearing opens at 9am on Farmers’ Market Saturdays.

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Downtown Main Street Music Walk 

When: Thursday September 11th 5-8pm (After hours 8-10pm)

Where: Main Street, Ames Iowa

What:  Visit the Ames Main Street Cultural District for an evening of shopping and live music at almost every corner throughout the district! The event will run officially from 5pm to 8pm. Meet up with the musicians after hours at Wiskey River on Main Street.

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When: Friday September 19th and Saturday September 20th

Where: Main Street, Ames Iowa

What:  German culture will be celebrated on Main Street! Visit the Ames Oktoberfest Website for more information! The Nadas and Vertical Horizon doors open at 6pm on Friday. Saturday will be the day to enjoy Guten Tag Games, a beer at the craft beer tent, European Wine Pavilion, polka dancing lessons!

Consignment.

Please note the following dates for consignment acceptance of seasonal items.

  • Starting now we welcome Halloween costumes.
  • October 1st we will begin accepting Christmas items.

We Accept

  • long sleeves
  • jeans
  • pants
  • leotards
  • soccer/football cleats
  • sweatshirts
  • back to school items
  • fleece, flannel & corduroy
  • fall jackets
  • winter gear
  • Halloween Costumes

**Friendly Reminder: To keep it fair for everyone we will only accept 50 clothing items at a time.  You can bring 50 pieces of clothing everyday! Please do not put them in garbage bags as they wrinkle easily.

Please Note Mall Brands Preferred!

Our tween section is now only going to accept “mall brands” such as The Gap, Old Navy, etc.  We will no longer accept generic brands such as the brands Walmart orK-mart carry.  We have so many great consignments in this section, we need the space to showcase the most popular brands in our store.

This Just in – New ISU items!

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We’ve got all the ISU apparel and merchandise you could want to get you set up for the tailgate season. Stop in soon to check out our inventory and stock up on all things ISU. We have headbands, tatoos, caps, koozies, water bottles, and blankets just to name a few!

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We love all of our customers and we want to take it to the next level. Make sure you like us on Facebook and become our friend!  Subscribe to our newsletter to receive exciting specials and learn all the tricks of the trade by reading our monthly blogs! Click here now to like us!

Useful Information.

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With the plethora of strollers available on today’s market, it can be overwhelming for parents to make informed decisions when it comes to this critical baby tool. There are many styles, brands, and types of strollers that add to the complicated decision. We’ve assembled the basics that will help you get on the right track for strolling safely and in style! Read our latest blog to help you pick the best ride for your little one.

You Should get to Know.

Each month we will be featuring a staff member for you to get to know! Our staff thinks of our consigners and shoppers as an extension of the The Duck Worth Wearing family and we want to connect! This month you should get to know our very own Claire Aitchison.

 UZ3P3838Who: Claire Aitchison

Position:  Sales Associate at Duck Worth Wearing.

Past: Claire is from Ames and joined the Duck Worth Wearing team earlier this spring.

Present: Claire lives with her large family with eight siblings, 7 of which are girls. She fits right in as she enjoys baking pies, especially black raspberry and helping with her family’s baking business.

Claire loves people and traveling which made her three mission trips to Nicaragua a huge success. Claire also loves being involved in 4H activities.

Future:  Claire has a few years left before she finishes up high school. Her immediate plans include using her love for people to help serve customers at Duck Worth Wearing.

In Closing.

You’ve got some chances to mutli-task this month and who doesn’t love to kill two birds with one stone? Attend Downtown’s great events and stop in to shop our one of a kind great deals!  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you for your business, and as always for shopping local!

Sincerely,
Amy Abrams

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The Ultimate Stroller Buying Guide Brought to you by Duck Worth Wearing

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With the plethora of strollers available on today’s market, it can be overwhelming for parents to make informed decisions when it comes to this critical baby tool. There are many styles, brands, and types of strollers that add to the complicated decision. We’ve assembled the basics that will help you get on the right track for strolling safely and in style! Read on to learn more.

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Duck Worth Reading – August 2014 Newsletter

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Hi.

All good things must come to an end, but as summer closes we are excited for all that fall has to offer. We are getting busy preparing for back to school and lining our shelves and racks with all you and your family needs to hit the books this coming season. Read this month’s newsletter for important dates, tips on going green, and to learn what items are perfect to bring in for fall consignment!

Mark Your Calendar.

August DWW Calendar 2014

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Main Street Farmers Market

When: Saturdays now through October. 8am-12:30pm

Where: 300 & 400 Block of Main Street and the Tom Evans Park

What: The Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market is a community event with local vendors and producers bringing their best to sell and share! It’s a great time to start the weekend with family and friends as you stroll in the sunshine down Main Street. It will bring you conveniently closer to our front door which is only a few steps away from great deals on all things your family needs to save time and money!

Tax Free Weekend

When: Friday August 1st & Saturday August 2nd

Where: Duck Worth Wearing

What:  Stop by to take advantage of tax free shopping!

Consignment.

Please note the following dates for consignment acceptance of seasonal items.

  • Starting August 1st we welcome fall items.
  • September 1st we will begin accepting winter clothing.

We Accept

  • long sleeves
  • jeans
  • pants
  • leotards
  • soccer/football cleats
  • sweatshirts
  • back to school items
  • No fleece, flannel, corduroy or sweatshirts.
  • fall jackets

Please Note Mall Brands Preferred!

Our tween section is now only going to accept “mall brands” such as The Gap, Old Navy, etc.  We will no longer accept generic brands such as the brands Walmart orK-mart carry.  We have so many great consignments in this section, we need the space to showcase the most popular brands in our store.

Cy visit Follow up!

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Our friend Cy stopped on July 27th to visit with customers during sidewalk sales.  You can find the pictures on Duck Worth Wearing Facebook page here! 

Useful Information.

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We all make daily choices that impact the environment in one way or another. It is important to know how our decisions are effecting the good of the earth, and creating positive change. Read our latest blog to discover useful tips and guidelines to help you and your family go green including daily living tips, cleaning, repurposing, and consignment.

You Should get to Know.

Each month we will be featuring a staff member for you to get to know! Our staff thinks of our consigners and shoppers as an extension of the The Duck Worth Wearing family and we want to connect! This month you should get to know our very own Hope Hancox.

 Portrait 005 (5)Who: Hope Hancox

Position:  Sales Associate at The Loft & Duck Worth Wearing.

Past: Hope grew up in Centerville in a large family with five brothers and one sister.

Present: Hope is an active young woman as she participates in horseback riding, painting, running and most anything outdoors. When she is not busy outdoors she loves spending time with her friends.

Future:  Hope has plans to graduate from Iowa State University with a Bachelor degree in design and a minor in business. With the completion of the degree she will set out to travel the world and plans to live happily ever after!

In Closing.

Don’t miss tax free weekend starting August 1st! We are committed to getting you and your family back to school outfitted in good quality clothes and gear for way less than retail. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you for your business, and as always for shopping local!

Sincerely,
Amy Abrams

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Duck Worth Wearing Promotes Green Families

 

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We all make daily choices that impact the environment in one way or another. It is important to know how our decisions are effecting the good of the earth, and creating positive change. Read on to discover useful tips and guidelines to help you and your family go green including daily living tips, cleaning, repurposing, and consignment.

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