The Times West Virginian

March 24, 2013

Momma Duck’s has ‘hodgepodge of everything’

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

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 jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.