Duck Worth Reading – May 2015 Newsletter

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Hi.

Summer is here and Main Street is ready! The greatly anticipated Ames Main Street Farmers Market is coming back in full force this Saturday May 2nd, and we couldn’t be more excited! There is nothing better than being surrounded by good food, fantastic music, and you – our closest clients and friends. Make sure to read our tips this month for your garden, saving money, and events here on Main Street!

Mark your Calendar.

*We will be closed Memorial Day

for staff to enjoy time with family and friends!

Farmers Market 2015

Ames Main Street Farmers Market

What: The Ames Main Street Farmers Market is truly a community event, that is excited to bring people together from the surrounding area to enjoy the bounty of the locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and beautifully hand crafted items.

When: Saturdays Starting May 2nd through September 25th. 8am-12:30pm

Where: 300 and 400 block Main Street, Ames Iowa

Ames Main Street Art Walk

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What: The  annual Ames Main Street Cultural District ArtWalk sponsored by Gilger Designs is expected to be bigger and better than ever this year with partnerships that include The Octagon Center for the Arts, Iowa State University, The Public Arts Commission, and the Ames Community Arts Council.

New this year is a chalk drawing contest for ages 12 and under.  You will pick up chalk at Duck Worth Wearing anytime during the evening and will be able to draw in 3 different locations on Main Street. The drawing contest will run from 5-7:30pm More info to come next month!

When: Friday June 5th 5-8pm

Where: Main Street Ames Iowa & Duck Worth Wearing

Consignment.

Best of Story County

Do you love Duck Worth Wearing? If so let us know by giving us your vote on Ames Tribunes upickem contest. Please visit the site and help Duck Worth Wearing gain the titles of “Best of Story County”. You still have until May 10th! We would be honored to receive your vote! The entries are fill in the blank. Potential categories for us include…

  • Kids clothing store

  • Kids Toy Store

  • Locally Owned Store

  • Consignment Store

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Please note we are no longer accepting jeans but we are accepting shorts! Bring on the sunshine!

We Accept

  • Taking spring and summer
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses for weddings
  • 1st communions dresses or any other special occasion
  • Boys suits or suit coats and formalwear
  • Swimsuits
  • White shoes
  • Spring jackets
  • Rain gear
  • Capris
  • Soccer uniforms and cleats
  • Tanks
  • Shorts
  • Flipflops

Let’s Be Social

Do you like to keep up on store sales and amazing Duck Worth Wearing deals? If so, then make sure to follow us on all of our awesome platforms for the latest and greatest shopping news! Click logos below to connect now.

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Giving Back.

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Duck Worth Wearing is so excited to participate in United Way’s Live United Food Drive.   Click here for the full wishlist.

Duck Worth Wearing and our customers will participate in the program during the week of May 11-20th. Here is how it works…

  • Bring in 1-5 items of food or paper products on the wish list and receive $2.00 off your purchase.
  • Bring in 5-10 items off the wish list and receive $5.00 off your purchase.
  • Bring 10+ items on the wish list and receive $10.00 off your purchase.

Useful Information.

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There are so many reasons to plant a home garden with your family. It’s a whole body, whole hearted experience that will leave you and your children feeling accomplished and satisfied as you literally see the fruit of your labor blossom out of the good green earth. It can however be overwhelming if you have not had the know how of starting a garden passed down by helpful family and friends. Let our garden guide get you and your family growing gardens and your relationships this spring! We have awesome Melissa & Doug garden tools to get you started!

In Closing.

We are loving this weather and hope it’s a good excuse for you and the family to come see us in the store soon! We look forward to celebrating art, music, family and fun this summer with all the events on Main Street. See you soon!

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

Sincerely,
Amy Abrams

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Planting a Family Garden 101

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There are so many reasons to plant a home garden with your family. It’s a whole body, whole hearted experience that will leave you and your children feeling accomplished and satisfied as you literally see the fruit of your labor blossom out of the good green earth. It can however be overwhelming if you have not had the know how of starting a garden passed down by helpful family and friends. Let our garden guide get you and your family growing gardens and your relationships this spring!

Pick Your Plants

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If you are a first time want to be farmer, it’s best to focus on one element at a time.

 Easy to Grow Vegetables

Tomatoes: Plant these plump vegetables in a bright sun heavy spot. Water a heavy about every 5 days. Prune smaller branches so the plant will put its energy into larger more fruitful branches. Space out the timing of your plantings so your harvest will yield at different times, spreading out your tomato season over several weeks!

Cucumbers: Use your compost of other melons on the soil for cucumbers. Use dark sun absorbing mulch to create a warm and moist soil. Using mulch also helps keep weeds away.

Peppers: Peppers need a sunny home in the soil, that has been rotated with other vegetables. As always a good fertilizer will help ensure the rich nutrients needed to grow a luscious garden.

Flowers: Here is a list of flowers that are easy to grow for first time gardeners.

  • Sweet Peas
  • Marigolds
  • Pansys
  • Cosmos
  • Morning glorys

Fruits: A lot of fruits are grown on trees. Planting trees can be more costly at first, but will yield fruit, shade, and a beautiful aesthetic to any yard. You can grow a few plant based fruits that are super tasty and fairly simple to get going!

  • Rhubarb: You can start with seeds, but for the first timer you will have great success with budded plants. Rhubarb plants are low maintenance but will yield a better harvest if given extra attention. Keep them moist and trim or divide every 5 years.
  • Strawberries: Plant them in a sunny spot as they need about 8 hours of sun a day. Space them 12″-18″ apart. These are a favorite of small animals so read our tips below to keep them safe from critters!
  • Rasberries: Fairly resilient and perennial these bushes will be a great addition to your garden. They do best if you make a bed and keep the roots up and protected. Plant them in the spring for best success.

*Note having your soil tested will help determine if it is safe to gardening your soil

Gather Tools

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Depending on the size of your yard, and current collection of tools, needs will vary. These tools listed below will help you get off to a good start.

  • Small shovel
  • Large Rake
  • Hoe
  • Sheers
  • Hand clipper

Garden tools for Kids

Duck Worth Wearing carries a great line of toys by Melissa and Doug. There are a number of outdoor and well built toys, but they also feature an outstanding line of garden toys. All are available now or by order at Duck Worth Wearing in Ames, IA.

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Blossom Bright Kids’ Gardening Tote Set

With this kid-friendly garden tote, complete with tools, getting help in the garden just got easier! The plastic tools are just right for little helpers and easy to keep organized in this durable fabric tote with sturdy woven handles.

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Hand Rake

Cultivate more fun in the garden with this durable, child-size metal garden tool. Happy Giddy’s funny face and bright colors on the easy-clean handle will make gardening activities exciting!

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Large rake

Your child will be waiting for the leaves to fall so that raking fun can begin! Child-size metal rake has a brightly painted wooden shaft and an easy-clean handle.

Plan Out Your Garden

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Starting small is always best as its easy to expand in future years once you have your basics.

Plan space for your in-ground gardens to allow or watering, weeding and harvest time.

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A good size would be 50-100 sqft with either an in ground, fenced in garden, or a potting box that is raised off the ground and keeps animals away. Don’t have a large back yard or are currently renting? No problem – use colorful pots plated with your favorite flowers to get your green thumb warmed up.

You need 6-8 hours of good sun a day for most plants.

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Maintenance and Harvesting

The beauty of a garden is that you put a lot of work in the planting and care, and if all goes well you will reap a beautiful harvest. The goal is to keep an eye on your garden by weeding frequently, watering, and keeping away the pests.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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Duck Worth Reading – April 2015 Newsletter

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If you are in need of adorable Easter outfits, we have them! We are also cluing you and your family in about all the Easter activities in Ames this month. We’ll fill you in on all these goodies and more as you read on in this month’s newsletter!

Mark Your Calendar.

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Community Easter Egg Hunt Reiman Gardens

When: Saturday April 4th, 9-11am

Where: Reiman Garden’s Ames Iowa

What:  Reiman Gardens and the Ames Jaycees will be co-hosting a Spring Egg Hunt at the Gardens. Festivities will include two separate egg hunts for all children 6th grade and younger. Children will have the opportunity to search for colorful eggs to trade in for a goodie bag. Goodie bags will be given to the first 700 recipients. The morning will also include craft and activity stations, as well as a visit from the Reiman Gardens’ Spring Bunny.

 Duck Worth Wearing is providing “$1.00 duck bucks” so don’t miss your chance to save!

This event is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, all activities will be moved indoors. For more information call 515-294-6356 or email rgevents@iastate.edu.

Consignment.

Best of Story County

Do you love Duck Worth Wearing? If so let us know by giving us your vote on Ames Tribunes upickem contest. Please visit the site and help Duck Worth Wearing gain the titles of “Best of Story County”. We would be honored to receive your vote! The entries are fill in the blank. Potential categories for us include…

  • Kids clothing store

  • Kids Toy Store

  • Locally Owned Store

  • Consignment Store

4th of July DWW

Please note we are no longer accepting jeans but we are accepting shorts! Bring on the sunshine!

We Accept

  • Taking spring and summer
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses for weddings
  • 1st communions dresses or any other special occasion
  • Boys suits or suit coats and formalwear
  • Swimsuits
  • White shoes
  • Spring jackets
  • Rain gear
  • Capris
  • Soccer uniforms and cleats
  • Tanks
  • Shorts
  • Flipflops

New Product Alert: Jenuinely Pure

Baby

We are thrilled to announce Duck Worth Wearing is taking on a new skin care line called Jenuinely Pure. The baby line is incredible and is available for sale at Duck Worth Wearing!

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Jenuinely Pure was founded by a mom looking for PURE, NATURAL and ORGANIC  products to use in her home for her family. Not finding anything on the market that was truly PURE, NATURAL and AFFORDABLE, she started developing products in her home. This venture not only produced  safe and effective products, the founder discovered many friends and  families also wanting to use her products, in their homes. Jenuinely Pure was born. Even though the company has changed hands, the current owners run it based on the same principles.

·          Only PURE, NATURAL and ORGANIC ingredients go into our products.

·          Jenuinely Pure is a family-run business based in the Ames area.

·         We offer a full line of products for the Face, Body, Home and Baby.

·         Our products are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids to rejuvenate your skin. How do we know they are effective? Because we have used the products in our home for several years and have seen the positive results  dealing with dry skin, eczema, blemishes and other skin irritations.

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·          Jenuinely Pure…worth the switch.

·         Visit our website at www.jenuinelypure.com or our Facebook page.

Rewards!

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Rewards are at Duck Worth Wearing. Once you spend $150, 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.

Let’s Be Social

Do you like to keep up on store sales and amazing Duck Worth Wearing deals? If so, then make sure to follow us on all of our awesome platforms for the latest and greatest shopping news! Click logos below to connect now.

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instagram

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Giving Back.

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We here at Duck Worth Wearing are all about the family and families working together to create a community. Throughout the year we are giving back to the nobel cause of Birthright of Ames in the form of a year long donation. Read on for a real life example story of how Birthright of Ames has impacted the community by literally saving lives.

“Baby J” was born at 25 weeks and she was only 1lb and 11 oz. She came off of oxygen on January 27th. Her mother, is a single mom who was unable to work. Birthright helped her get through Christmas and helped connect her with some of the resources Ames has to offer. She also has a 4 year old. “Baby J” is now home and is over 5 lbs. She is doing well because her mom Chose Life!

Birthright’s #1 goal is to Love those women who are dealing with a crisis pregnancy, with community resources.

Useful Information.

Image by Andrea Dahlberg Local Ames Photographer

Image by Andrea Dahlberg Local Ames Photographer

 It’s hard to imagine getting excited about an ever changing, ever growing body, but maternity clothes have come a long way since our mother’s moomoos. You may even miss some of your maternity clothes as you get fit after the birth of your baby! Read our latest blog for tips and tricks for dressing during each stage of pregnancy. After you finish up come shop our awesome selection of maternity wear!

In Closing.

This month is when spring is finally going to arrive in full force and when you are out and about catching rays, come on down to Duck Worth Wearing for amazing deals, the opportunity to make money with consignment, or at the very least for a friendly hello! We’ll be ready for you!

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

Sincerely,
Amy Abrams

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Maternity Clothes Strategies by Trimester

Image by Andrea Dahlberg Local Ames Photographer

Image by Andrea Dahlberg Local Ames Photographer

It’s hard to imagine getting excited about an ever changing, ever growing body, but maternity clothes have come a long way since our mother’s moomoos. You may even miss some of your maternity clothes as you get fit after the birth of your baby! Read on for tips and tricks for dressing during each stage of pregnancy.

First Trimester

We’ve all had that moment where you notice a sweet little bump appearing on a friend or loved one, but don’t quite feel confident on making the call to ask for the due date. You may also not quite be ready to share your good news, so the key during the first trimester is to down play the bump. If you are lucky enough to get pregnant in the fall, you will have an easy time with layering. If summer is your time to shine, you can wear some loose summer dresses or a large flowing blouse to conceal your good news.

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You can extend the life of your normal pants in the first trimester and possibly second  with the tummy sleeve. It slips over unbuttoned pants to help keep you comfortable and in your own clothes longer.

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The next step is to look for high waisted maternity pants which might also help to shield your protruding bellybutton from making an undesirable appearance.

Second Trimester

You will want to maximize your clothing in the second trimester as your body will be changing quickly. You can save money by shopping for consignment options at Duck Worth Wearing in Ames, IA.

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Find maternity clothes that offer adjustability. Gathered sides, wrap dresses, and shirts with ties are all good options. Going for darker colors on the bottom half and light on top can help offer contrast and give a slim look to your legs.

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Belting high with a thin belt helps to cinch in your new waist at the bottom of your ribs. A dark dress with a bright belt will help stand out and create the division needed to define your curves.

Third Trimester

Image by Andrea Dahlberg local Ames photographer

Image by Andrea Dahlberg local Ames photographer

You are almost there, and assuredly a little saddened as you walk by this season’s new arrivals in your old size. No fear, your sweet bundle will make their arrival and you may once again shop for clothes without the ruched sides and elastic middles. Until then you want to go for comfort. Close your eyes as you reach for the next size up and remind yourself of the miracle growing inside of you.

During this challenging phase of pregnancy do what you can to make yourself feel as beautiful as you are! Take extra care to get a fresh haircut, new makeup, and some bright colors to lift your spirit and congratulations!

 

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Duck Worth Reading – March 2015 Newsletter

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Spring will finally arrive this month! We are helping the cause by accepting spring and summer clothes and putting out our best Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch toys, as well as offering deals worth tracking through the snow to get. Stop in soon to see us and keep reading for more reasons for why you should sooner than later!

Mark Your Calendar.

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Girl Scouts Cookies for Sale!

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When: Thursday March 5th from 5:30-7:30

Where: Duck Worth Wearing

What:  Girl Scouts will be selling cookies of all kinds in store.

Consignment.

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Shop for Cash!

Not only can you earn good money bringing in your gently used items to consign, if you spend $20 in store this month you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Duck Worth Wearing $100 Gift Card! Ask us at checkout for details!

We Accept

  • Taking spring and summer
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Easter dresses
  • Dresses for weddings
  • 1st communions dresses or any other special occasion
  • Boys suits or suit coats and formalwear
  • Swimsuits
  • White shoes
  • Spring jackets
  • Rain gear
  • Capris
  • Soccer uniforms and cleats
  • Tanks
  • Shorts
  • Flipflops

Winter Items now 50% off!

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New Product Alert: Jenuinely Pure

Baby

We are thrilled to announce Duck Worth Wearing is taking on a new skin care line called Jenuinely Pure. The baby line is incredible and is available for sale at Duck Worth Wearing!

soap

Jenuinely Pure was founded by a mom looking for PURE, NATURAL and ORGANIC  products to use in her home for her family. Not finding anything on the market that was truly PURE, NATURAL and AFFORDABLE, she started developing products in her home. This venture not only produced  safe and effective products, the founder discovered many friends and  families also wanting to use her products, in their homes. Jenuinely Pure was born. Even though the company has changed hands, the current owners run it based on the same principles.

·          Only PURE, NATURAL and ORGANIC ingredients go into our products.

·          Jenuinely Pure is a family-run business based in the Ames area.

·         We offer a full line of products for the Face, Body, Home and Baby.

·         Our products are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids to rejuvenate your skin. How do we know they are effective? Because we have used the products in our home for several years and have seen the positive results  dealing with dry skin, eczema, blemishes and other skin irritations.

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·          Jenuinely Pure…worth the switch.

·         Visit our website at www.jenuinelypure.com or our Facebook page.

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Toys Stocked and Ready for Their New Home!

Sunny patch BUBBLES

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We’re ready for spring and have our Melissa and Doug Sunny Patch toys lining the shelves. Their toys make perfect candy free Easter gifts!

Rewards!

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Rewards are at Duck Worth Wearing. Once you spend $150, 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.

Let’s Be Social

Do you like to keep up on store sales and amazing Duck Worth Wearing deals? If so, then make sure to follow us on all of our awesome platforms for the latest and greatest shopping news! Click logos below to connect now.

Twitter_logo_blue

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instagram

facebook

Useful Information.

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A famous poem worth the read called “Babies Don’t Keep” sums up this reason for this post entirely. In a haired fast past world, our children seem to grow up in a dash and before we know it our once tiny toddler is headed off to college. Most women of experience will offer the sound advice to enjoy the babies when they are just that, babies.  It can seem an impossible task to love these years with the intensity, sleep deprivation, and building up of your own career and home. Take a few moments now to read a bit of our humble suggestions that will help you love the little years.

In Closing.

We are looking forward to this March and all the activities and events at the store. Come and visit us for great products, amazing girl scout cookies, and big rewards.

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

Sincerely,
Amy Abrams

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Loving the Little Years

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A famous poem worth the read called “Babies Don’t Keep” sums up this reason for this post entirely. In a haired fast past world, our children seem to grow up in a dash and before we know it our once tiny toddler is headed off to college. Most women of experience will offer the sound advice to enjoy the babies when they are just that, babies.  It can seem an impossible task to love these years with the intensity, sleep deprivation, and building up of your own career and home. Take a few moments now to read a bit of our humble suggestions that will help you love the little years.

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Duck Worth Reading – February 2015 Newsletter

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Welcome to the end of winter as we begin accepting both spring and summer items! We here at Duck Worth Wearing like to be the first to welcome the good weather that is just around the corner. We have a lot of love to give our consigners this month with fabulous Melissa & Doug inventory and of course our ever changing gear for the whole family. Read on for the ins and outs of consigning this month with us!

Mark Your Calendar.

feb DWW Calendar 2015

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Dollar Days

When: Thursday January 29th – Sunday February 1st

Where: Duck Worth Wearing

What:  It’s back again and bigger than ever with more products priced at a dollar! Our dollar deals will keep your closets and wallets full!

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Semi Annual Bag Sale

When: Begins Sunday February 1st.

Where: Duck Worth Wearing

What: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Google plus to get the latest and greatest information on our amazing bag sale.

Consignment.

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We Accept

  • Taking spring and summer!
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Easter dresses
  • Swimsuits
  • White shoes
  • Spring jackets
  • Rain gear
  • Capris
  • Soccer uniforms and cleats
  • Tanks
  • Shorts
  • Flipflops

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Some helpful consignor reminders

We will no longer accept clothing in big black garbage bags

Items need to be in “ready to hang, ready to wear” condition

Please help out by folding and snapping items for a speedy review of clothes

Melissa & Doug Toys Stocked and Ready for Their New Home!

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New Melissa and Doug toys have filled our shelves!!!

If you can’t find a Melissa and Doug item you are looking for, let us know and we can order it for you!

Let’s Be Social

Do you like to keep up on store sales and amazing Duck Worth Wearing deals? If so, then make sure to follow us on all of our awesome platforms for the latest and greatest shopping news! Click logos below to connect now.

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instagram

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Useful Information.

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 You know the scene. It’s your best friend’s first baby and you, being a sweet and generous soul have offered to throw a baby shower. The only trouble is you don’t have a ton of time or money! Don’t let the penny pressure or lack of creativity scare you away from this special occasion. Read this month’s blog to acquire simple tricks to save money while throwing a stunning baby shower.Read this month’s blog.

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 Holly Eide

Holly E1Who: Holly Eide

Position: Manager at The Loft

Past: Holly was born in Ames, Iowa and raised in Radcliffe. She attended Iowa State University where she loved participating in marching and prep bands. Holly was a previous employee with us while attending college.

Present: Holly has been happily married for six years to her husband Jeremy. She currently lives in Randall with her husband and two black labs, Bella and Hanna.

Future: Holly looks forward to a bright future as she begins her career with us at The Loft. We couldn’t be more excited about working together again and in this new role!

In Closing.

We have been loving this amazing out of season weather and it only gets us all the more in the mood for outdoor fun in the sun! We know its temporary, but it’s a good reminder we are now accepting spring and summer items. In the meantime, stay warm as we finish out this winter and come take advantage of all of our mega sales at the beginning of this month!

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

Sincerely,
Amy Abrams

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