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.
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.
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.
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!
For more photos of the remodel click here!
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