Happy Thanksgiving!

The snow on the ground today seems to announce the end of Indian summer and although a few colorful leaves still cling to the trees outside, there is no doubt, the winter holiday season is approaching. And first up?  Thanksgiving!

No matter what holidays or traditions you plan to celebrate in the coming weeks, Mimi’s Attic would like to help make your house cozy for your friends, family, visitors, and most importantly, YOU! How can we assist? Read on!

1. Beautifying and DecoratingDried Flowers

Mimi’s always has an eclectic mix of art and decorative items that can bring some beauty into your home, BUT LOOK AT THESE FLOWERS! They would make an easy centerpiece for any dining table and will last for months as they are dried to perfection by local flower supplier, Plenty of Posies. Don’t forget to check out our stock of Sunbeam Candles while you’re here and pick up some beeswax tapers for some luxurious lighting.

2. Extra dishes, serving bowls, and kitchen utensils

Do you need extra plates? Got ’em! How about more forks? Check! A fancy lazy-susan to class up your table? See picture below! Mimi’s is the perfect place to inexpensively expand your collection of dinner hosting necessities.

Vintage Lazy-Susan

3. Seating Vintage Upcycled Bench

Whether you need a whole new set of non-creaky chairs, or just another comfy seat for the living room, Mimi’s has you covered. You don’t want your guests sitting on the floor! Your seating can be traditional and polished or wild and eclectic (like this bench featured). Mimi’s has a style for everyone!


4. Sleeping Spaces

Mimi’s has bed frames galore, sleeper sofas, and even a daybed with trundle! The holidays are a perfect time to make that guest room truly polished with a headboard or add some versatility to your living space by replacing your old couch with a sleeper sofa.

Vintage Sleeper Sofa

5. Mimi’s Therapy!

Doing some retail therapy at Mimi’s should be recommended by doctors year round, but in particular, it’s a great way to get rid of some of the stress from the holidays. Looking at beautiful and interesting objects for half an hour is way cheaper than a massage and a great activity to do with out-of-town visitors. Bring them this Saturday, and they can enjoy complimentary coffee and 10% off (all weekend).

6. Inspiration

Last, but not least, we want to be a source of inspiration for showing a little love to your home. Come browse the merchandise here and we will help you with creative ideas of what to do!

Want some Pinterest-worthy inspiration? Fine, we admit that we do too! Check out this blog where the picture below came from. Inspired yet? Come to Mimi’s and grab the materials to make your own stellar centerpiece!

Blog Inspiration



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Staff Intro: Jeff

There are a lot of new faces at Mimi’s Attic these days! We wanted to take some time to introduce them to you. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be featuring our fabulous employees so you can get to know them better. Then we hope you will visit us in the store so we can get to know YOU better!

As a bonus, Jeff has an AMAZINGLY decorated house that you can see in the pictures at the end of this post. Now you know who to ask if you need some decorating help!

Meet Jeff Dahlander

Jeff Dahlander, Sales Associate

Jeff Dahlander, Sales Associate

How did you end up in Ithaca?

Ithaca has everything I like! I have family in the area and Ithaca has lots of opportunities for work and a wonderful green and sustainable vibe.

How did you start working at Mimi’s?

I was a shopper before I became an employee. I stumbled upon Mimi’s Attic and quickly became addicted to shopping here. I was actually getting an oil change across the street at Diane’s Garage and they told me Mimi’s was the perfect place to kill some time.

Why do you love working here?

It’s fun and fast paced! The customers and coworkers are amazing. It doesn’t even feel like work despite the busy pace.

How would you describe your home decor style?


If you were a piece of Mimi’s furniture, what would you be?

Any piece that could be from a racy 1960s Hollywood film.

Anything else we should know about you?

I collect pottery, needle point pillows, and art featuring clowns.



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Mimi’s meets Hogwarts for Wizarding Weekend this Halloween.


Stop in to Mimi’s this Saturday for the 1st weekly installment of “Coffee Saturday’s”. Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee as you peruse the store. Once you are properly caffeinated, head over to Press Bay Alley, where we will be proudly sponsoring the 4 houses of Hogwarts for Wizarding Weekend. Get comfy and take selfies with other Harry Potter fans in the common rooms of each of the four houses of Hogwarts, furnished by Mimi’s Attic.


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Enter to Win a $50 GC and More!

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Click HERE for more information.

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15% off Sale July 31 through August 2

We are PACKED which means you save! Come, enjoy 15% off furniture if you take it with you the same day! This sale applies to any full-priced, marked down and clearance furniture in the store. It does not apply to items that we do not classify as furniture, such as lamps, decor, dishes, housewares, etc.

We hope to see you this weekend. Don’t forget to bring a big vehicle!

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Fireworks, BBQs, and Red, White and Blue!

We will be closed on Saturday, July 4th for Independence Day. We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating and come visit us on Sunday, July 5th when we open back up from noon-4pm!

Mimi's Vintage Picnic

Mimi certainly knew how to relax and celebrate in style! Stop by the store today to find everything you need to have the perfect picnic or entertain your guests in comfort and style.

Want to get a taste of what we have? Check out our photo albums for the latest and the greatest!


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We Celebrated 5 Years in Business!

We hope you were able to stop by and enjoy 5% off last Friday and more importantly participate in our birthday festivities! We can’t believe how fast the past five years have gone by and how much we’ve learned and grown during that time. We couldn’t have asked for a better party! So many familiar (and new) faces stopped by just to wish us well.

The champagne toast was the highlight of our evening because we got to name those who have been integral to our success. We toasted to our customers who become more dear to us every day, especially thanking those who came to use as shoppers and turned into sellers (and vice versa), providing us with a wealth of fabulous, eclectic merchandise! We raised a glass to the Ithaca community to thank it for embracing our business and valuing the sustainability of the resale industry. We, of course, thanked our wonderful Mimi’s Attic employees and fearless leaders Manager, Meaghan Nawn and Assistant Manager, Violet Goncarovs. And last but certainly not least, we recognized Mimi (the owner, Kelly Moreland’s grandmother) for being the inspiration for Mimi’s Attic!

Click on any of the pictures below to view the gallery of photos from that night. Or check out our album on Facebook by clicking HERE. A HUGE thank you to our resident artist/photographer employee, Jen Ospina, for taking pictures for the evening.

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Know and care for your silver like Mimi!

We hope you enjoyed reading our last post about why you should bring vintage and antique silver into your life! CLICK HERE if you missed it. Now you should be thoroughly convinced that you should start buying silver from us, but how to start? Read on!

vintage silver coffee potStart a Mimi-style collection:

There is no wrong way to begin. You could start small or go all out. You could start a mix n’ match collection of flatware or buy a complete matching coffee service set. We see a lot of silver at Mimi’s (big and small) so there is something for every style and budget.

Decide if you want an eclectic mix of items or if you want to stick to a particular style or era. Many people think of silver pieces as overly ornamental and frou-frou, but it can be simple and streamlined like this vintage restaurant-style silver coffee pot pictured at right.

A fun place to begin learning about styles is flatware. Click HERE to check out some different flatware patterns, but get ready for some sticker shock! Now you see what great deals you are getting at Mimi’s!


 Know your vintage and antique silver like Mimi:

Sterling silver close upKnow that sterling silver is most expensive due to its 92.5% pure silver content. Look for 925 or SS stamped onto the silver to identify it. Often “sterling” will be stamped as pictured on the left. Remember that other silver can be just as beautiful and much less expensive. Learn more HERE about different grades of silver.

Learn your hallmarks and brands. The best silver will be stamped with the brand and other information such as silver content. What you want to look for depends on if you are collecting a specific brand, type or era of silver. Highly sought-after antique and vintage brands to keep an eye out for are Gorham Whiting, Towle, Kirk-Steiff, International, Dominick & Haff, Reed and Barton, R. Blackinton & Co., Unger Bros., Wallace, Community Plate, Oneida, Wm. Rogers, Holmes & Edwards, but there are many more worthy of buying and collecting. Discover your own favorites! If you get really serious you can look ANY silver mark and learn what it means in this online silver hallmark encyclopedia. Pictured below are two examples of what the marks might look like. Bring a magnifying glass or borrow ours!

international silver co. hallmarkFairfield silver hallmark

Mimi-approved cleaning and care tips:

  • If “to polish or not to polish” is the question, let your personal preference dictate. Although Mimi preferred her silver looking shiny, it won’t ruin it to let a little tarnishing happen if you prefer that look.
  • To keep your silver looking bright: wash by hand in hot soapy water immediately after using. Hand dry with a soft cotton or flannel towel.
  • No dishwashers allowed! Ever. Even if you want your silver tarnished.
  • Store silver in plastic Ziploc bags or flannel pouches. Or you can invest in special boxes designed for silver storage if you have the means. Don’t wrap in plastic wrap, newspaper, or store in cardboard boxes.
  • Avoid paper towels, toothbrushes, and tarnish-banishing “dips” that remove tarnish (and some of the silver too).
  • Find a polish you like and use the sponge that comes with it or a soft flannel cloth. Click HERE for polish reviews by Good Housekeeping. There are even eco-friendly options!
  • Don’t overdo the polish or elbow-grease. Follow the instructions on the polish you purchase, and you and your silver will shine!

Many of the items pictured are available for purchase. Stop by to see what we have in stock!

Want to sell your used housewares to us?

Click HERE for general information on selling.

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Five Reasons to Bring Vintage and Antique Silver Into Your Life!

Click here to learn about MImiSilver is a big deal at Mimi’s Attic because it was a big deal to Mimi herself!

Mimi loved to pick up bargain silver at flea markets, and enjoyed dining with it at every meal, whether it was breakfast in the kitchen or dinner in her elegant dining room. If you were a houseguest of Mimi’s, she might have brought you an evening snack in your bedroom on a silver tray!

Today, dining and entertaining is typically more casual than it was in Mimi’s day, but here at Mimi’s Attic, we still think there is a lot to love about the tradition and beauty of silver and thought we would share our enthusiasm with you.

Let’s start with five reasons why you should consider bringing more silver into your life:

1. It’s romanticvintage silver teaspoons

It’s the age of technology and instant everything, but that only makes the moments we take to actually slow down and enjoy the little things in life more special. There is romance in taking the time to care for your items (polish that silver!) or set a beautiful place setting for dinner, even if it’s just for you. Little ones delight in polishing silver; so put the kids, nephews/nieces, or grand-kids to work when you don’t have time yourself!

Even a small silver collection of one or two pieces brings out the romance of collecting– the essence of lovingly building, piece by piece, a medley of carefully chosen items just for you and your loved ones to enjoy!

2. It makes your food taste betterVintage Silver utensil close up

Some people give scientific explanations concerning oxidation and silver ions, while others name psychology as the source for the improved taste. Even NPR has touted the tasty benefits of eating off of silver: “People will rate the very same yogurt 15 percent tastier and more expensive when sampled with a silver spoon rather than a plastic spoon or a lighter (by weight) option.” See more of that article here.



3. It’s a healthier way to dinevintage silver butter knife

No, really! The idea that you can actually glean minerals from eating off of silver may or may not be an old wives’ tale, but there are still other aspects to consider. Silver ions are naturally anti-microbial and can help keep food fresher and even heal wounds. Dating back to the ancient Greek and Roman times, food was stored in silver to help it last longer. Perhaps a silver cream pitcher is just what you need to keep that half n’ half fresh while you enjoy a lengthy brunch with friends!

Silver may even help you choose healthier food without feeling deprived. Even a tasty salad can feel decadent when eaten with a silver fork. Now imagine the luxurious feel of molten chocolate cake when a simple salad tastes that good!

Here’s a fun fact (that hopefully has no relevance to your life): silver tarnishes when exposed to some poisons and so was used by royalty throughout the ages as protection against tainted food. Have fun pretending to be a notorious lady or lord à la Game of Thrones while you dine (nobody has to know!).

4. It’s a nod to a more elegant time

Eating off a set of silver utensils can bring a dash of elegance and decadence to your everyday life. It’s somehow timeless and yet reminiscent of earlier decades where the tradition of having a beautiful set of silver was alive in every home. The individual pieces themselves can bring a little shine and beauty to any meal. And who doesn’t want a little more of that?

Mimi's vintage silver pitcherYour silver collection could endure for generations to come! Mimi’s beautiful pitcher featured on the right symbolizes the dedication that Mimi had to carefully and frugally building her silver collection. Her granddaughter and Mimi’s Attic owner, Kelly Moreland, still enjoys it with her family today. As long as the silver plating hasn’t worn around the edges (check the backs of spoons, too!), all a piece of tarnished silver typically needs is a little bit of polish and some elbow grease. It’s so fun to see tarnished silver come back to life!



vintage silver collection5. It’s valuable, but YOU can find a bargain at Mimi’s Attic!

Silver is valuable, but you can find it at an array of different prices at Mimi’s Attic. We assess items carefully according to their condition, brand, and usefulness. Sometimes the value of silver isn’t monetary, but emotional–and you never know what you might find at Mimi’s! Since we have many vintage and antique pieces come through our store, customers find they are delightfully reminded of family gatherings in years past when no one was glued to their smart phone or live-tweeting the family drama.

We often have silver flatware and various silver-plated dishes at a fraction of the price they would be new. You could find a treasure from years past that is even cheaper than the non-silver counterparts you would purchase at a big-box store. Come find your classy, taste-enhancing and health-producing silver treasure today!

 Ready to start collecting?

Stay tuned for our next post about purchasing and caring for vintage and antique silver household items!


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Mimi’s Pick-Up Service Makes Spring Cleaning Easy!

Spring is a wonderful time to look at your home with fresh eyes. What rooms make you happy? Is there a room that doesn’t feel quite right? Move things around to best serve your current needs and style dujour. Once you do that, you my find you have pieces that are simply taking up space, don’t represent your current style, or don’t serve a useful purpose in your home anymore. That’s where we come in! Mimi’s can consign your “previously-enjoyed” furniture and we can even pick it up!

Delivery Guys MaxOur Pick Up services start at just $50 anywhere in Tompkins County. That gets you an appointment with two of our burly, friendly delivery guys. They’ll get that furniture out of your home and into our store for the buyers to process. Do you have a whole house to clear out? We can help with that too.  Just give us a call at 607-882-9038 or email us at info@mimisatticithaca.com to discuss what you have to sell.

For more information on how our consignment process works and what items we do and do not accept, dive into our “How To Sell” page.

If you’ve never sold with us before, read this cute little step by step guide.

Or just stop in! Find us on State St. in Ithaca’s West End. Don’t sweat your spring cleaning, let us do the heavy lifting.


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