History in the Making Duck Worth Wearing

Eric & Amy

Eric & Amy Abrams – Store Owners

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, they are a thriving place of employment, and to top it all off, sustainably designed. These consignment shops were born from the laughter and love of one family out to 40,000 people who have visited The Loft and Duck Worth Wearing – Ames and Duck Worth Wearing – Ankeny since its first store’s opening  in 2000.

We made a short video to take you down memory lane up to the present day where we have opened yet another location in the Ankeny Community.


Duck Worth Wearing Ankeny location opened in the fall of 2016.


Duck Worth Wearing Ames Location

The Loft Ames Location

The Loft current location exterior

The stores has been on a journey of change and growth for the past decade and have plans to continue to serve the Ames and Ankeny communities. Amy and Eric love consignment because it allows them to share their desire 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 virtual tour by clicking on the following links…

Duck Worth Wearing Ames – Virtual Tour

The Loft Virtual Tour

Duck Worth Wearing Ankeny – Virtual Tour

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The Nutcracker Experience Setting Holiday Traditions


Holidays are full of customs and you may or may not be familiar with one of the most treasured traditions, the Nutcracker ballet. If you’ve never been, you should consider adding this event to your holiday repertoire. We want to share all of the know how on how to find your local nutcracker, etiquette in the theatre, and dressing up with our low price, high quality holiday attire! We also have some special presents to give to your guests to keep the magic of the Nutcracker going for years to come.

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Duck Worth Wearing’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide


Eggnog lattes, sparkling lights, and holiday cheer are upon us! Duck Worth Wearing will make your holiday shopping simple and fun. With our two locations in Ames and Ankeny you can double your finds for all the good boys and girls on your list. You won’t believe how much time and money we will save you. This season we have our shelves lined with gently used toys, new 18″doll clothes, Melissa & Doug toys and creative activities, and toys for every age and interest. Come join us in making your holidays bright!

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Duck Worth Reading – Winter 2016 Newsletter

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Where did the fall go?! We are now embarking upon the holiday season and with two locations of Duck Worth Wearing open in Ames and Ankeny, we have double the fun and an expanded inventory for your shopping and consignment convenience! Don’t miss a line of this newsletter because there is so much for you to do and deals to take advantage of. You will also enjoy free parking every Saturday through Christmas starting now! We also  want to take a moment to say thank you. Our hearts are full with gratitude to all of our shoppers, consigners, and our wonderful staff for all you contribute to our store and the community. Happy Holidays from Duck Worth Wearing!

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Celebrate all that is unique about the small businesses of Ames by shopping “Small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving on Main Street!   There will also be special events including:

*Many businesses open at 9am
*Free swag bags for the first 200 shoppers
*Cookies & Milk with Santa (Depot Deli) 10am-Noon
*Free wine samples (Della Viti) after 2pm
*Drawing for $100 gift card (Treats on a Leash)


Saturday November 26th


Participating stores on Main Street in Ames

*Note: We will not be accepting consignment this day*




Step back in time in Downtown Ames with an Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration hosted by the Ames Historical Society.  Create your own Christmas Traditions by visiting your favorite Downtown businesses.


Saturday, December 3rd


Ames Historical Society





From 10am-Noon bring the kids to ride Santa’s Train in Downtown!  Cy will be joining your little riders sponsored by Duck Worth Wearing and the Loft. Get your picture taken and make your child’s Christmas wish come true by hanging with Cy on a fun train ride!


Saturday, December 10th



Downtown Ames, Iowa




Dollar days are back! Many items will be on sale for one dollar!

Don’t miss this exciting event.


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 Sales will go all weekend!


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Consignment notes


Closed Thanksgiving Day

Black Friday – Open regular hours ***Come shop for major deals!***

*Note: We will not accept consignment on Black Friday*

Closed Christmas Eve at 2pm

Closed Christmas

Closed December 26th

Closed New Years Eve at 2pm

Closed New Years Day

Now is the time to bring in gently used toys for Christmas! Make some extra money and bring in your old toys to replace them for the new hall! All toys must have all pieces, be clean, have fresh batteries and multiple parts must be bagged.

Note: If consignors are unable to see their items on their account it might be because their items have been taken to Ankeny.  If they can’t find them on their inventory, call or email us at quack@duckworthwearing.com and we will send them access information for Ankeny.

If account on-line says TRANS after an item, that means that it was transferred to our Ankeny store and visa versa.  Both stores can transfer money and can pick up money or use store credit no matter where your items end up!

We Accept

We will only take consignment through December 30th.

Starting January 15th spring will begin to be accepted.

  • Short Sleeves
  • Swimsuits
  • Spring Jackets
  • Rain Gear
  • Capris
  • Soccer Uniforms
  • Cleats

January 15th-March 15th

Easter clothes will be accepted

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

No consignment is accepted on Sundays

Awesome Product Alerts!

Melissa & Doug Toys are classic, well made, and we carry a ton of it. If you are shopping online or know of a toy or activity from the line we don’t have we can easily order it in for you with no additional shipping charges! There are color books great for the car if you are traveling this season, learning games, and creative kits. Be sure to check out the variety for all ages and interests!

Great Deal Alert!

unknownOur Ames Duck Worth Wearing location is participating in a Toys for Tots toy drive. We will have a box on site for new, unwrapped toys at both Duck Worth Wearing Ames and The Loft. To pay it forward we will off $5 off your purchase for donating a new unwrapped toy for those in need in our community!

Check our Facebook pages  Ames and Ankeny often to find out what our Black Friday Deals will be!

Ankeny Store Location Open!


Duck Worth Wearing in Ankeny is open and we couldn’t be more happy to share our store with a new community. If you visit us in Ankeny you can use your credit at either store. You can cash out and use your rewards at both stores. This makes it easy and streamline for our consigners and customers.

Follow our Facebook page for real time updates! 

Useful Information! 

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Christmas comes and goes and though you can toss the paper, tree, and boxes, it seems we are all left with a few piles of items not previously planned for in our potentially limited storage situations! With winter upon us it’s best to clear the clutter and maximize your time, money, and end up with a beautifully organized space. Read one of our archived blogs to find out more and get a head start on your Christmas cleaning!



 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 Ames and Ankeny to keep tabs on the newest items entering the Ames and Ankeny stores!

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

Amy Abrams

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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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