Store to sell official Duck Dynasty items [UPDATED]Published 11:22am Thursday, July 11, 2013 Updated 11:28am Thursday, July 11, 2013
The Welcome House Consignment Store just received a shipment of 55 T-shirts and baby onesies to sell to its customers, ranging from $15 to $25. They expect four more cartons of “Duck Dynasty” items to arrive today.
“We’ve been waiting a couple months for the order,” said Becky Weers, Welcome House volunteer and member of the board of directors.
They’ve waited awhile because demand has been so high nationwide. The company, Duck Commander, has exploded 700 percent since season three of A&E’s most-watched series, according to Darrel Weers. The Welcome Center placed its order May 3 and was first told the order would arrive by Father’s Day. Duck Commander moved everything from Louisiana, where the bayou family from the show, the Robertsons, are from, to Indianapolis.
“There they have 1,000 people working 24/7 to fill orders,” Darrel Weers said. “It is a southern company that is working its way to the north.”
Though you can purchase other “Duck Dynasty” items from Walmart or A&E, the items at the Welcome House come directly from the Robertson family’s company Duck Commander. As far as Darrel Weers knows, they’re the only store in Minnesota selling the official Duck Commander items.
As a substitute teacher, Becky Weers kept hearing students talk about the show and how great it was. So, the couple started watching “Duck Dynasty” last winter to see what all the hype was about, even though Darrel Weers said he normally doesn’t watch A&E. For those who haven’t seen the show, it has an emphasis on Christianity and hunting, Becky Weers said.
“It’s kind of a cross of the ‘Three Stooges’ and ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’” Becky Weers said.
She enjoys the conservative values of the show, which was a big reason why she wanted to get the “Duck Dynasty” items to sell.
“The values of their products really fit in with what we’re trying to do here,” Becky Weers said. The goal of The Welcome House is to provide a Christ-centered residential maternity home to help pregnant women.
The Welcome House board of directors also wanted to generate more foot traffic in the store by selling some retail items instead of just second-hand consignment items. “Duck Dynasty” was a way to draw people in.
Through Facebook and word of mouth, customers constantly asked when the items would be available.
“I settled on this one finally, and I think we settled on the right one,” Darrel Weers said.
They also ordered DVDs, CDs, bracelets, caps, duck calls and baby clothes. The Weers would like to keep ordering items and they think the popularity of the show will help. It will be based on supply and demand, Becky Weers said.
“If you want the authentic items, you come here,” she said.