Duck Worth Reading – January and February 2018 Newsletter


Despite the below freezing temperatures, we are only months away from brighter and warmer days. Spring consignment is welcome now. We also have a ton of sales with Dollar days, our bag sale, as well as our everyday low prices you will want to stop in to take advantage of. Read on to find out more!

 Ames & Ankeny Location Events



Thousands of items marked down to $1 and sales throughout the store.


Thursday January 25th through Sunday January 28th


Duck Worth Wearing Ames & Ankeny 




Fill a bag of sale items and pay only $5 for the whole bag!


Sunday January 28th through Tuesday January 30th


Duck Worth Wearing Ankeny & Ames, Iowa


We have a new event in Downtown Ames called  DIY (Do It Yourself) Saturday!
Downtown Ames businesses will offer classes and instruction for hands on projects you can make and take. Learn several new crafts and skills all in one fun-filled afternoon!
We want to extend the DIY Saturday to include our Ankeny location. We will be doing Melissa and Doug crafts for all ages at both of our locations!
At The Loft in Ames we will be teaching you how to turn old t-shirts into awesome headbands and hair ties! All materials will be provided.


Saturday, February 24th


Duck Worth Wearing in Ankeny & Main Street in Ames

Consignment Announcements 

 We Accept

Accepting Spring Clothing: We are now accepting short sleeve shirts, 3/4 sleeve shirts, rain jackets, jeans, pants, capris, light jackets, athletic wear, Easter dresses, dress shoes, soccer & baseball gear, and swimsuits.  Click here for more informaiton.

● Reminders: When bringing in toys, especially while clearing out for Christmas, make sure all the toys are cleaned, have all the pieces, and have working batteries. Please put toys with multiple pieces in their own separate bag to show that it is all one set – otherwise we will not be able to accept those items.

● Discontinuing Holds: We will no longer be accepting holds. You may purchase through our new website or over the phone and we will then reserve your item with payment. We do allow returns, so you may always purchase and later return if you decide you no longer need the item. This keeps everything fair for both customers and consignors.

● Returns: All items have to be returned to the store they were originally purchased. Ames purchases will only be able to be returned in Ames, and the same goes for our Ankeny location. All returns will only be accepted up to two weeks from original purchase date.

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

No consignment is accepted on Sundays

Hot Product Alerts!


Melissa & Doug ~ This toy line is fully stocked and ready for your shopping needs. Check out our inventory of product designed to help your child be the designer! Get creative today!




 Until we Meet Again

Thank you for taking time to read our news. We are committed 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 in Ames or Ankeny to keep tabs on the newest items entering the Ames and Ankeny stores! Don’t forget you can now conveniently shop directly from our website!

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

Amy Abrams







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The Not so Puzzling Benefits of Puzzles for Children


The Child Development Institute has released a list of the benefits of puzzles for children. As you read through this list, take note and consider the gift of a puzzle for the next birthday, baby shower, or special event to help set the child in your life on the right learning track!

Physical Interaction: Puzzles provide an opportunity for children to work directly with their environment. They build connections by manipulating their world, in this case with a puzzle.

Coordination: As children handle the puzzle pieces they learn to connect their hands and eyes, motivated by the prize of completing the picture.

Fine & Gross Motor Skills: Fine motor skills are developed by manipulating small pieces, and gross motor skills while playing with larger objects. Choosing a variety of blocks and puzzles addresses both of these skills.

Problem Solving: Perhaps one of the most invaluable lessons to pass on to children is the ability to solve problems. There is not a lot of wiggle room with puzzles with accuracy. This helps children learn how to logically think their way through the problem.

Learning Shapes: Dealing with puzzles that have letters, shapes, or animal cut outs helps the child learn to identify and memorize shapes as they interact with them.

Memory: Jigsaw puzzles help enhance a child’s memory by practicing recall with pieces that haven’t fit yet, but have been set aside for a later time.

Duck Worth Wearing has a HUGE selection of puzzles for all ages! Stop in soon to pick up a few of these very beneficial toys.

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Best Children’s Toys from the Last 50 Years

The holiday season is upon us and if you have children in your life you are sure to spend a lot of time thinking and purchasing the best gifts for every boy and girl on your list. It can be overwhelming going into a store and sifting through all of options. We’ve found toys from each decade in the last 50 years that were and continue to be huge hits! All of these toys can be found on retailer’s shelves, but we also get a lot of gently used toys just like this at Duck Worth Wearing, allowing you to score amazing deals on incredible toys!

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Five Ideas to Build in the Snow

Tradition is good, and Frosty the Snowman would agree, however it may be time to break the mold and create some new fun with snow. If and when it snows big this year, check out these 10 ideas for “snow” much fun!

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How to Practice Gratitude with your Kids

In one week a great majority will join together for an entire day dedicated to gratitude. We gather around the plenty of the year and give thanks for the things we’ve been blessed to enjoy.

How often do we find ourself on the opposite side of the story complaining at the lack of something in our lives? It could be as simple as someone cutting us off in traffic, or the barista who doesn’t quite get your drink right, and we quickly forget all the wonderful things we should be grateful for, and instead focus on our discomfort in the moment.

Our children will watch and learn, making it critical to train yourself to stay on the grateful side of life. Gratefulness is an attitude, a choice, and a gift in and of itself and we have a few ideas to help you incorporate this way of thinking into everyday life.

  • Keep a journal of the blessings: Pick up a journal that is easy to transport to keep it handy. Make a daily account of at least three things you are thankful for. Get your children their own special book to join in building this habit.


  • Say “Thank you”: This may seem simple, but it’s incredibly important. If someone opens a door, or does anything nice, no matter how big or small, always take the time to say thank you out loud. It may sound simple but not everyone does this and expressing thanks encourages yourself and others to continue in kind behavior.

  • Meal Reminders: During your breakfast, lunch, and dinner pay close attention to the fact that you have food to eat. In many countries, and even in our own, there are people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Never take for granted the nutrition you receive throughout the day and how many hands it took to put it there.


  • Replace 1 to 3: If you are a naturally negative person and tend to focus on your negative circumstance try the 1 to three rule. For every one negative thought, replace it with three things you are grateful for. They can be as simple as indoor plumbing, or a good cup of coffee, but train yourself to outnumber the negatives in your life.

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  • Be the example: Children are ALWAYS watching. They are tiny mirrors following you around showing you a reflection of your best and worst traits, and boy are they honest! Be the good you want them to reflect. Catch your tone and words, and if they are discontent turn them into grateful thoughts and words to set a good example.

Thanksgiving is a great reminder for these things. At Duck Worth Wearing we are immensely grateful for all of our consigners, customers, and staff. Come visit us this upcoming small business Saturday as we say thank you with great deals for all of our shoppers!





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Thanksgiving Activities for the Whole Family!

Thanksgiving is a celebration of harvest, plenty, and grateful hearts. It is the time of year we gather together with family and friends and reflect on blessings. It is also a wonderful opportunity to pass on your favorite traditions to your little ones.We have a few of our favorite family recipes to share, as well as tips for getting the whole family involved in this years celebration!

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Top 5 Family Movies Available on Netflix Right Now!

The season is upon us where movie nights are one of the best options for a chilly fall evening. We love to save you time and money at Duck Worth Wearing and this information will help you pick the best Netflix family night movie right away! Below are a great mix of classic and new films perfect for the whole family. Stop in frequently too see if any of these gems pop up on our shelves to purchase!

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Poll: What Type of Costume do You and Your Kids Prefer?


We want to know what costumes you like best for Halloween! Take our poll below to help us see what is most popular. Also check out our gallery of Halloween costumes in store today ready for purchase! We have both new and used costumes for all the kids in your family. Follow us on Facebook and check out our website for the latest additions to our costume selection.

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What to do if your Child is being Bullied

With school back in session you’d like to think your child will be able to receive their education in a safe and fun learning environment. Many schools have put extensive bullying policies in place, but as a parent there are things you can do to help if you find out your child is the victim of bullying.

  • Build a good relationship with your child from the beginning. It’s never too early to get involved in your child’s life. They need to trust you in order to be open and honest about this sensitive subject.
  • If you find out your child is being bullied make thorough notes of what has happened, who was involved, and when it took place. This is useful information when communicating with proper authorities.
  • Be aware that bullying can happen anywhere, not just on school grounds. This includes social media. You may need to check the school’s policy on social media since it is not taking place in school.
  • If your child has been emotionally bullied consider working with a school counselor to get the child help to process.
  • File formal complaints to help stop the bullying for both your child and future children.
  • Serious threats go beyond bullying and should be reported to the police.
  • Always involve the school if this is where the bullying is taking place.

As parents you want to do what you can. Become an expert by studying both your child and the topic of bullying. Some kids may keep quiet about it for too long and the damage may sink in to a devastating level. This is not an exhaustive list. If you feel as if your child is in danger get them help immediately!


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Five Fun and Free Fall Activities!

Summer is ending and one of the most popular seasons is about to begin! Fall is a time for gathering, harvesting, and family fun. We have ideas for five fun and free activities that are perfect for the fall season!

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