The recession’s not over for Ducky Waddle’s
Jerry Waddle, owner of Ducky Waddle’s Emporium in Encinitas, laughs when he hears news of the supposed end of the recession.
He laughs, but the sad reality is that he may be forced to close the doors of his arts and culture hub if things don’t get better soon.
“People aren’t buying stuff,” says Waddle, whose taste in rare art prints, books and curiosities has become famous over the years. “People aren’t buying books; they aren’t buying art. I used to have several online orders a day and customers coming in…. It’s the economy, plain and simple—nobody’s spending any money anymore.”
Waddle says these days, he goes hours without one customer—online or in person. He says the past few months have been the worst he’s had in the last decade.
But Waddle has a good disposition and he says he doesn’t want to sound too negative about his financial woes. He knows his small business isn’t the only one hurting and he’s decided to do everything he can to make sure his shop doesn’t close, which means he’s got a whole lot of cool stuff lined up to tempt customers into his doors.
Tonight, Friday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., Ducky Waddles hosts author Tao Lin for a reading followed by a “Short Fiction Ruckus” where local writers are invited to read their works (email email@example.com you’re interested in reading).
Saturday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 6 p.m., rock-poster artist Scrojo will be showing his latest limited-edition silkscreen prints. DJs will be on hand playing music and Scrojo will be signing his prints.
Every second Sunday of the month, Ducky Waddles holds a flea market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the store.
“People have been really liking the flea market,” says Waddle, who adds that he’s trying to stay positive. “I know my customers would be devastated if I closed. If people come in, I can sell stuff, but people aren’t coming in. That’s the bottom line.”