No Carve Pumpkin Ideas


The leaves are falling, your kids have picked out their costumes from the huge selection of new and used costumes at Duck Worth Wearing. The last thing you need to do is carve the pumpkins you picked out from a local patch. Carving a pumpkin can be messy, dangerous, and time consuming. Here are some fun, safe, and unique ways to decorate a pumpkin without carving! You can get the littlest ghouls involved in any of these activities.

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American Girl Doll Dress-Up Feature


opener-september-dwwAre you planning your Halloween costume now? Why not let your American Girl sized dolls tag along and get her some gear too! Duck Worth Wearing has so many different outfits and accessories to bring your doll’s personality to life!

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5 Life lessons To get the School Year off Right

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It’s hard to believe that we are already packing up bags and headed back to a regular school routine! As classes get back into full swing, we wanted to share five life lessons to help kids get off to a smooth transition back to school.


  1. Find and Treasure Time: Make time for activities that bring you joy when the work gets overwhelming. Whether that’s coloring some of our new puzzles, reading, or playing legos, spending twenty minutes doing something that brings your child happiness each day can help relieve otherwise chronic stress. thumb_IMG_5761_1024
  2. Patience is key: In our ever evolving world, kids are used to instant gratification by the quick response of technology.  Keeping a good book tucked away in your kids backpack gives them a fun and educational activity to keep them occupied and engaged when having to be patient. piggy bank
  3. A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned: Teaching kids to save their hard earned money helps them to make smarter financial decisions when they get older! Melissa & Doug has a useful “Decorate Your Own Piggy Bank.” to help you do just that. Not only is this product a fun art project, but it’s the perfect spring board to talk to your child about the importance of saving money.thumb_IMG_5760_1024
  4. Cultivating Creativity: Problem solving is an essential skill that will help children grow into productive and creative adults.  Help your child explore their imagination and creativity with some arts and crafts, play kitchen set, or outdoor toys. This month Melissa & Doug’s Sunny Patch line is 30% off at Duck Worth Wearing. Offer ends August 31st, 2016.

5. It’s Okay to be You: It’s easy when in the school atmosphere to feel the pressure to be just like everybody else. Encourage your child’s personality by helping them confidently make choices that express their individual giftedness while also making sure they are kind to those who show up to school who may also be as wonderfully unique as they are. Whether that’s through a funky pair of leggings, some socks with a taco print, or a shirt sporting a dinosaur. Perhaps picking up a card craft kit to make another child’s first day easier might help to encourage friendship. There are a lot of ways to be yourself, show kindness, and encourage the gift of individuality.

There are a lot of great tips for getting the school year off to a good start, but because we know how busy this time of year is we wanted to share our simple and important five. Stop in and we’ll help you find all the goodies and more featured above. Have a great start to your back to school adventure!

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Duck Worth Reading – Fall 2016 Newsletter

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The summer may be winding down, but that isn’t stopping the activity on Main Street. We have so many great events you won’t want to miss! We also have exciting news and in this seasonal newsletter you won’t be able to resist scrolling all the way to the bottom. Enjoy the news and deals this season at Duck Worth Wearing!

Grab Your Planner

FOODIES & BREW 8/19/16

Foodies and Brew


Local Main Street restaurateurs and chefs will showcase their talents by providing samples of unique food creations. Event attendees will be encouraged to visit each station and vote for the People’s Choice Award. A selection of craft beers will also be available for sampling, and each attendee will receive a souvenir glass. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of the event.  Tickets sold after August 12 will be held at the will call table at the event.

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Foodies & Brew is a fundraiser for the Main Street Cultural District to support beautification and growth of the downtown business district.


Friday, August 19th 6:30-8:30 Tasting Event

8:30 Beer Garden and Live Concert


Corner of Douglas and Main in downtown Ames


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Worldly Goods Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle Market is a chance to focus on environmental resiliency by making what is old new again. The purpose will be to bring attention to reusing and repurposing items to give them a new life. It will be a street market like atmosphere. We encourage antique, vintage, handcrafted, and upcycled vendors to come sell their wares. Please contact Andrea at Worldly Goods, 515-233-4568 or with any questions.


Sunday August 28th, 10am-4pm


200,300 Block on Main Street in Ames Iowa

MUSIC WALK 9/29/16




The MusicWalk, presented by Stoltze and Stoltze Family Dentistry, showcases downtown businesses on Main Street as well as local musicians. With downtown businesses featuring musicians as well as artists performing on the sidewalks of Main Street, this event will allow you to experience the many things Main Street has to offer as the district comes to life with music, vendors and more!

MusicWalk also features sidewalk cafés, specifically set up for the event. Bring your family and friends to the MusicWalk and enjoy outdoor dining while listening to beautiful music!


Thursday, September 29th


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Sample 20 different beers from commemorative tasting cups, enjoy polka music, dancing, great German Food, “Guten Tag” games, and much more!  This event is for those who are at least 21 years old.


Saturday October 22nd

The fun gets underway at 9 a.m with a Harvest Market Live Music Starts at 1pm and continues through 10 pm.  Oktoberfest beer tasting starts at 4pm. Enjoy authentic German food from 1pm through 8pm.


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Are you are fan of trick-or-treating? Or maybe your kids are! Trick-or-Treating in Downtown Ames is always a fun, family-friendly event. Babies, toddlers, kids and parents… everyone is encouraged to dress up!

Our friendly businesses in Downtown Ames enjoy a little fun and getting to know our community. We’re excited to see your funny and creative Halloween costumes!


Friday, October 28th


Participating stores on Main Street in Ames, Iowa


Farmers Market


The Ames Main Street Farmers Market is truly a community event. They are 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.


Now through October 29th Saturdays 9am-12:30pm

**Duck Worth Wearing will Open at 9am on these select Saturdays – Note this is a change from our normal business hours!


300 & 400 blocks of Main Street Ames, Iowa

Consignment Announcements 

 Please note we are no longer accepting summer items.

Reminder: The website is used as a guide, and employees will let you know if they believe something will sell better at another time.

Duck Worth Wearing will be closed Labor day Monday September 5th

Consignment notes

We will no longer be accepting clothing in any type of trash bag.

This wrinkles the clothes and makes them unsellable.

Please use an 18 gallon container or smaller or reusable grocery bags.

We appreciate your effort with this!

We will be standing pretty firm on 50 items of clothing a day to make it fair so that all consignor’s

items make it to the sale’s floor. If you have any questions or are traveling far,

just give us a call and we will get it worked out

We Accept

August 1st

Sweatshirts and fall jackets will be accepted

September 1st

Winter is being accepted

  • Fleece
  • Flannel
  • Jeans
  • Corduroy
  • Jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Turtlenecks
  • Winter coats
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Boots
  • Halloween costumes

October 1st

Christmas clothing and items are now being accepted

Toys, books, and equipment are always welcome at Duck Worth Wearing!

No consignment is accepted on Sundays

New Product Alerts!

From Eurographics Puzzles comes the new color me puzzles.  With the craze of coloring books, why not do it with a puzzle as well? This unique puzzle system comes with backing and a hook so can hang on the wall!

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We also have mini puzzles for a steal at $5.00 each.  These easy to carry puzzles come in all kinds including animals, world map, Christmas, Halloween, sweet treats, and more! They make for a great gift or surprise for your child on a rainy day.


Is your teething child keeping you up at night or cranky during the day. Try the Amber Necklaces from Lemon Vines. Made from the one of the lightest amber available, this beautiful necklace is available in three sizes for infants thru adolesence. The necklace is fitted with a pop clasp, quick release closure for safety. We have this wonderful product in the store for purchase today!

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Great Deal Alert!


Sunny Patch from Melissa and Doug is 30% off through the rest of August. Finish the summer off with fun summer toys and stock up for Christmas or other special occasions to take advantage of the savings!

Ankeny Store Location Update!

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We couldn’t be more excited to share in the progress of our Ankeny Duck Worth Wearing Store location! We will be posting pictures later this month of detail renderings of what you can expect the new store to look like. We are are beyond thrilled to offer our products in this great location and we’d love your help spreading the word if you have friends in the area that would love our store as much as you do. We are also working on hiring for the Ankeny location. Follow our Facebook page for real time updates! 

Be the First to Know

American History

As children return to school and intense study, we want to encourage you to share with them about our wonderful country. During the election season, it’s the perfect time to teach our children about the value of freedom. We have a few products in store that can aid in making American history an exciting subject.

Supporting Local Talent


We are proud to introduce to you Revolver Visual Design, a husband and wife team that specializes in graphic design, website design, and children’s/family photography. They love to deliver unique photo sessions for all of their clients, and really enjoy outdoor photography where children and families can enjoy their surroundings, resulting in more natural expressions filled with fun and joy! You can view their work on the walls of Duck Worth Wearing, on their website at, or on their Facebook page!



 Until we Meet Again

Thank you for taking the time to read our news. We are committing to make this the best year yet at Duck Worth Wearing, and we can’t wait to keep sharing our one of a kind products with our one of kind shoppers. Follow us on Facebook to keep tabs on the newest items entering the Ames store!

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

Amy Abrams

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5 Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids American History


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Children delight in the glow and magic of fireworks on the fourth of July, but the meaning behind our freedom is something we as parents can pass along to our children through learning about our great country. We have a few products in store that can aid in making American history an exciting subject.

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Packing for an Away Summer Camp


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Summer is here and it’s time to pack the bags and head off to camp! Don’t get stuck with last minute shopping, and definitely don’t overspend on all the clothes and gear that will make your child’s time away a blast. Below are items we carry in store to help you on your way to camp! Continue reading

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Honor Your Mom Contest

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Happy Mother’s Day this weekend to all of our moms out there! 

We know if you are a mom you are weary from taking care of everyone’s needs. We at Duck Worth Wearing are preparing to give one lucky mom a prize package to help her pick up and carry on with the most important job in the world!

Do you know a special mom in your life that deserves a little recognition? Maybe it’s your own mom or a neighbor you see working wonders with her little tots.

Submit a short 250 words or less statement or even a picture with just a few words to tell us why the mom in your life deserves to be pampered. This can come from all ages so get the kids involved! With your submission she will be entered in our contest to win a prize package filled with great products from local shops on Main Street!

The package includes:

  • $50 gift certificate to buy her kids items at Duck Worth Wearing
  • $50 gift certificate to buy a little something for herself at The Loft
  • A Smash box make up treat From The Salon 
  • $10 gift card for a warm cup of coffee at Cafe Diem
  • $10 gift card from Chocolaterie Stams in Ames for some tasty chocolates.


Submissions are due by Monday, May 24th and the winner will be announced on May 30th via our Facebook page. Like and follow Duck Worth Wearing on Facebook to see the results! There will be only one winner.

Here is how you can enter:

  • Submit your entry by email to
  • Subject the e-mail Mom Contest
  • Attach your images or written submission describing why this mom deserves recognition.
  • Include your name and the nominee’s name in the body of the email.

A special thank you to the Main Street Businesses teaming up with us to celebrate moms!

Thank you Moms!

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