The Times West Virginian


March 24, 2013

Momma Duck’s has ‘hodgepodge of everything’

FAIRMONT — Momma Duck’s Treasures LLC is offering “a hodgepodge of everything” and helping others.

On March 1, Amy Moore and her aunt Mildred O’Ferrell opened their thrift store at 801 Locust Ave. in Fairmont. The store is located beside Westchester Village in the back of the building that houses F.O.P. Lodge No. 69. Banners direct customers to drive behind the building to get to the shop.

The store carries a variety of new and gently used items. Customers can find clothing for children and adults, shoes, jewelry, purses, children’s items, books, furniture and more. The shop features 33 racks of clothes, and many of the items still have the original price tags on them.

“We have so many items, such a huge selection,” Moore said.

Moore, who is the mother of seven children, said many of the pieces for sale have come from her family. She is originally from Enterprise and now lives in Shinnston.

The prices of the items are based on the name brand and the condition of the piece, Moore said. O’Ferrell added that they feel they are reasonably priced for the area, with items starting at 29 cents and going up to $129.99.

“It’s well organized,” she said.

O’Ferrell previously operated a large thrift business in Melbourne, Fla., for four years. She returned to the area two years ago and lives in Enterprise.

For many years, Moore and O’Ferrell and their family held big yard sales in Enterprise across from the Circle K. They filled up the yard with 30 tables worth of items for sale, and customers kept coming back year after year, Moore said.

She said people often refer to her as the “yard sale queen.”

“I’ve clothed people’s kids for 10 years,” Moore said. “This is how I would fund my vacations before. It worked.”

Moore and O’Ferrell decided that instead of just holding yard sales a week or two in the summer, they would move their operations indoors and do this work year round.

In January, they made the decision to start their own business, and then began looking for a location. The 4,000-square-foot building on Locust Avenue, stationed near Fairmont State University and Fairmont General Hospital, is in a highly traveled and centrally located area and is close to Moore’s and O’Ferrell’s homes, Moore said.

They spent about four weeks painting, moving and setting up the store. The shop also features vinyl Bible scriptures on the walls by Three Dames Dreamin’.

“We base our business off of a Christian foundation,” Moore said.

She and O’Ferrell have always believed that if they place God at the center of their business, he’ll bless them. God has been good to them, and in turn they want to help others, Moore said.

“I just have a heart for helping people,” she said.

Momma Duck’s Treasures accepts donations. The store is open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, call 304-626-5821 or 304-365-4333 or find Momma Duck's Treasures LLC on Facebook.

Email Jessica Borders at or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

Text Only
  • MM Consulting Services-JB.jpg MM Consulting caters to unique needs

    MM Consulting Services LLC is ready to help clients be successful by catering to their unique needs.
    The “MM” in the name stands for Marianne Moran, who started this Fairmont-based business in January 2013. She offers a wide range of marketing and advertising consulting services.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Organization shows Americans how tax dollars are spent

    Last week, the deadline arrived for citizens across the state and country to pay their 2013 income taxes.
    But how exactly are those federal income tax dollars spent by the government?
    Anyone who has ever pondered this question can turn to the National Priorities Project for a detailed answer.

    April 20, 2014

  • Statewide online directory lets you track local goods

    A new online tool is providing a detailed look into West Virginia’s local food system.
    The West Virginia Food Mapper, a statewide interactive mapping application, was officially finalized and launched in February through a partnership among several entities. Those partners include Downstream Strategies, the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition and its Meat Processing Working Group, and the West Virginia GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Technical Center.

    April 13, 2014

  • Chancelors reopens at new site after devastating fire

    Nothing, not event a devastating fire, can keep Chancelors down.
    At the beginning of March, this family-owned auction business and store opened at its new location beside Premier Body Works, a mile and a half past the Barrackville Covered Bridge.

    April 13, 2014

  • Despite coal decline, West Virginia remains strong in exporting

    Companies throughout West Virginia are bringing new dollars into the economy by exporting.
    The governor’s office recently reported that the state’s exports in 2013 totaled $8.4 billion. This is the third-highest amount of exports that West Virginia has seen in its history.

    April 6, 2014

  • Mannington B&B Wireless offers affordable service

    B&B Wireless is now offering affordable cellphone services to the Mannington area.
    Owner Brad Weaver recently opened this store, which is an nTelos Wireless exclusive retail provider, at 122 Market St. in Mannington. The new business is located beside Hero’s Corner Cafe and shares a building with Fancy Nancy’s Gift Shop.

    April 6, 2014

  • NASA IV&V, TMC play key role in launch of satellite

    A modeling and simulation product developed by the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility and TMC Technologies, both in Fairmont, recently played a key role in launching a satellite off the ground.
    Brandon Bailey is the lab manager of the Jon McBride Software Testing and Research (JSTAR) Laboratory at NASA IV&V.

    March 30, 2014

  • Quality of life focus at White Hall Hearing Care

    White Hall Hearing Care encourages people to do their ears a favor and visit an audiologist.
    Owner Barb Litton Cox, a nationally certified state licensed audiologist, opened her office on March 4 at the White Hall Professional Complex, located at 177 Middletown Road.

    March 30, 2014

  • Small Business Resource Summit and Entrepreneurs Café set Tuesday

    Main Street Fairmont is helping small businesses find opportunities to grow.
    The Small Business Resource Summit and Entrepreneurs Café are scheduled for this Tuesday at Veterans Square, located at 320 Adams St. in downtown Fairmont.

    March 23, 2014

  • Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham opens doors

    The team of the new Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham is glad to be in Fairmont.
    The hotel, located at 20 Southland Drive next to the Middletown Mall, officially opened its doors on Friday, March 21. That afternoon, the management team and staff welcomed members of the public to tour the new facility and enjoy lunch during an open house.

    March 23, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Business
House Ads