Look for Mimi’s Attic at Wizarding Weekend 2016 in Ithaca!

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You’re invited to celebrate Halloween and all that is magical the last weekend of October at Wizarding Weekend 2016!

Look for Mimi’s Attic in Press Bay Alley on Saturday, October 29th to check out what we’ve been up to. We are furnishing the “house common rooms” again this year! We get to use furniture and home goods from our inventory to create four areas to represent Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. This is the perfect place to take an Instagram pic with your fellow HP fans.

Don’t know anything about Harry Potter? You can still enjoy the abundance of events going on all weekend. Last year this event drew thousands of people and national news coverage-and this year looks to be bigger and better! Downtown Ithaca is going to be full of activities such as a coffee crawl, a horcrux hunt, a magical mystery driving tour, a raffle, a photobooth, trick-or-treating, karaokee, food trucks, wizard merchandise, Hogwarts classes, musicians, a costume contest, a Quidditch game, street performers and more!

Remember, we’re only four blocks west of the festival- so bring your out-of-town guests and continue the fun over at *magical* Mimi’s Attic. We’re open 10-6 Saturdays and 12-4 Sundays.


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A Mimi’s Celebration (Part I)

We are thrilled to announce that our assistant manager, Yen, has tied the knot with her handsome beau, Zac! We are so excited for these two love birds to start their married life together and almost as excited about how beautiful and inspiring the wedding decor was. Before you click away thinking this post doesn’t apply to you, let me tell you that much of this decor would be perfect for any celebration, birthday parties, anniversary parties– you name it!

Small little trinkets like this vintage ring box make a big impact!

Small little trinkets like this vintage ring box make a big visual impact!

Most of the unique items and furniture you see below were collected through the years of Yen working and shopping at Mimi’s. The secret to having a wedding-ready and picture worthy home? Shop at Mimi’s! Trade in your old clutter and use the store credit to buy items like the beautiful mirror and vanity here.

Mason jars and fairy lights made things look magical. The decorative fabrics that adorned table added earthiness to the feel. An old frame and a painted piece of wood made the perfect sign, fit for any occasion. Most of these things Yen found cheaply at Mimi’s Attic (and you could too!)

A favorite aspect for everyone attending the wedding was the vintage vignette that Yen and Zac created from furniture found at Mimi’s Attic. They catered the style to suit their personalities perfectly. It made a stunning background for pictures of the bride and groom and the guests too! What a fun way to get your guests taking pictures of each other!

vintage mid-century furnitureCongrats, Yen and Zac!

Yen and Zac vintage wedding

If you loved these pictures as much as we do, check out the photographer Juliet Rose. Her pictures captured the essence of the day!


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Check out our new series!

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Earlier this summer three of our team members accepted the challenge of decorating a small section of the store to their own personal taste. It was great to see how their different personalities showed up in each corner of the store. Check out the vignettes and tell us which one is your favorite next time you’re in the store!

Like what you see? Keep an eye out for more of our staff styles features in the future! We can’t wait to showcase the talent we have on staff!

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Queen of the dark and mysterious, Assistant Manager Yen’s choice of decor mixes ornate Victorian sensibilities and a Gothic feel that presents as simultaneously ancient and timeless. Here you can see how the lush mix of dark, rich colors and romantic tangled filigrees exemplify her persona.

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Whitney is a quirky, sunshine-y person; a Bohemian free spirit to her core. This radiates out from her mix of floral patterns, bright colors, and eclectic furniture.

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Margaret’s dog is named Edgar Allen Poe and her edgy haircut says the rest. Her decor style is somehow simple yet intricate with a hint of muted grandeur. We love the industrial edge featuring bold lines and unexpected details.

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Win $50 to buy used furniture & decor!

Instagram Contest 2016

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Mimi’s Attic Summer 2016 Staff!

Introducing the Mimi’s Attic Summer 2016 team! Many Ithacans relocate, downsize and re-imagine in the summer, which makes Mimi’s Attic a very busy and exciting place this time of year! Stop by soon and let us know how we can help you make the changes in your home that you’ve been dreaming about. We’d love to help!

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Vintage Mid-Century Record Shelf Upcycle

Get ready to be wowed! Get ready to be inspired!

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When we got these pictures, it made us want to buy every mid-century piece in the store and attempt to make it look this cool. Delanie took this retro record storage piece and made into something utterly modern, fresh and unique.

Originally, when she purchased it, Delanie just planned a little paint job. Unfortunately, the shelf needed a bit more work than that, but she wasn’t discouraged and ended up rebuilding the piece. The details: the legs were sanded to match the added red oak top and the crisp white was thanks to a good spray paint job. Woca oil was used used to give the wood a little sheen that matched the floor.

We love the decor that finishes this look– especially the adorable lamp that was a Mimi’s Attic find!

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The Mimi in You: Dianne and Bill

Who doesn’t dream of taking an old rustic barn and turning it into an awesome home for you and your family? Well, Dianne and her husband, Bill, did exactly that! After raising three sons within its walls, empty nesters Dianne and Bill started redecorating their home with furniture and decor from Mimi’s Attic- bringing out their unique personalities and quirk!

The inside of Dianne and Bill’s house is the epitome of cozy, but the outside is grand and rustic. Small, thoughtful details grab your attention as you approach the front door: the garden gnomes peeking out at you, the wild flowers purposely left to grow between the slate pavers, the fierce lion-face knocker.  Everything is perfectly picturesque in a haphazard and relaxed way.

One of the most dominating pieces in the open concept living space is a large round oak table from Mimi’s. Bill and Dianne didn’t just want a table, they wanted a table that would inspire their guests to sit around for hours after dinner, sipping wine and talking late into the night. They also wanted a table large and sturdy enough to host their sons (and their son’s friends) who frequently came back to visit. And at Mimi’s, they were able to find the perfect table at an affordable price!

Unexpected details and clever storage and decor solutions add intrigue and usefulness to every corner. Whether it’s the glasses stored on the ceiling (yes, you read that right) or pictures above the stove, they lend a quirky charm. Many of these pieces are vintage and were one of a kind finds at Mimi’s.

Dianne and Bill have created a unique and personalized home by shopping at Mimi’s. We hope it inspires YOU to stop by and see what perfect addition we have for your nest!

Want to see more houses like Dianne and Bill’s? Click HERE for more editions of “The Mimi in You.”


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It’s time for spring cleaning!

Spring is here and there is no better time to create a sense of renewal in your home. Reorganize those storage spaces, deep clean those carpets, and shake things up by moving your furniture around! If you discover that you have  unused or under-utilized furniture, housewares and home decor, sell it at Mimi’s!

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Staff Pick: Sounds of Yesteryear

Once in a while, a piece of furniture waltzes into Mimi’s and completely steals our hearts. This is one of those pieces.

Meet this 1920’s Victrola Floor Phonograph!

Photo Mar 25, 4 42 14 PMNot only is she beautiful, she works! And comes with accompanying records to listen to.

We couldn’t take enough pictures! Stop drooling and stop by the store and see what might capture YOUR heart!

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Before and After: Antique Coffee Table Turned MacKenzie-Childs

Today’s inspirational before and after comes from long-time customer Susan. We’ve loved seeing all the amazing things Susan has bought over the years and are just thrilled she chose to share this coffee table makeover with us!

The antique piece she started with was sweet and had been refinished already, but Susan had the brilliant creativity to take it to the next level. She removed a mirror top that had been added, repainted it a glossy black, and then decoupaged a MacKenzie-Childs finish on top. Wow!

Let this get your creative juices flowing just in time for a little spring house cleaning and maybe a furniture makeover!


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