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Published: Saturday, 11/9/2013 - Updated: 10 months ago

LIFESTYLE

Quacking up: ‘Duck Dynasty’ merchandise hits the stores

BY PATRICIA SHERIDAN
BLOCK NEWS ALLIANCE
Club chair, ottoman, and pull-out sleeper sofa all by Jackson Furniture for the 'Duck Dynasty' Collection.
Club chair, ottoman, and pull-out sleeper sofa all by Jackson Furniture for the 'Duck Dynasty' Collection.
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HIGH POINT, N.C. — It’s a fowl business, but Duck Dynasty has feathered the nest of reality television’s favorite family, the Robertsons, and made them “happy, happy, happy.” Now the popularity of the A&E show has migrated out of the duck blind and into home furnishings, among other things.

At the Fall High Point Furniture Market, Tennessee-based Jackson Furniture debuted its Duck Dynasty upholstery collection. It’s all camo all the time, with more than 25 pieces including recliners, pullout sofas, club chairs, and ottomans covered in Realtree camouflage and duck design camo. So your wife can’t find you in your man cave.

Furniture snobs may find the line curious, even frightening, but fans of the show and cabin owners will be drawn like ducks to a call. The recliners will range in price from $499 to $699.

The family’s multimillion-dollar empire is based on duck calls for hunters as well as deer calls and accessories under the Buck Commander label. Duck Commander is the nation’s best-selling brand. The company’s name is the nickname of its founder, patriarch Phil Robertson, who played quarterback with Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech University and turned down the NFL draft to follow his passion, duck hunting. He and his wife, Miss Kay, and their four sons are all featured on the show.

A pair of children's boots is among the many clothing items that bear the ‘Duck Dynasty’ logo. A pair of children's boots is among the many clothing items that bear the ‘Duck Dynasty’ logo.
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All of the male regulars are known for their wild, woolly backwoodsmen-style beards: Willie (now the company’s CEO and the one responsible for growing it into a global operation), Jase, Phil, and Uncle Si. They inspired a new mobile app game from A&E, Duck Dynasty: Battle of the Beards. Players’ beards grow as they successfully complete tasks. Also available from A&E is the Duck Dynasty Segway and kids camo rain boots. All are available at shop.history.com.

The Robertsons’ redneck style and fun doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. You can sleep with your bearded friends. Walmart sells a microfiber body pillow with the four faces of the show emblazoned on it. Both Walmart and Cabela’s carry the brand’s camo bedding including sheets, comforter, and fleece throws.

For serious hunters, Duck Commander and Buck Commander items can also be found at Cabela’s and L.L.Bean.

The Block News Alliance consists of The Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Patricia Sheridan is a reporter for the Post-Gazette.



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