Selling Furniture is Easy at Mimi’s Attic!

Sell To Mimi's AtticYou may not realize this, but every item on our sales floor came from a community member just like you. And every time a consigned item sells, a community member gets at least half of the selling price. It’s a remarkably simply way to 1) clean out your house and 2) make some extra cash. It couldn’t be any easier; customers simply bring their items in, and we take care of the rest!

So… if you’ve never sold with us, what are you waiting for!?

Here’s a handy guide:

Step 1) Figure out what you want to sell. Mimi’s buys furniture, of course, but also housewares and home decor! So don’t forget to check those kitchen drawers for sell-worthy treasures. Is there anything stored in the attic or basement that you haven’t used in forever? You could have furniture and decorative items taking up space that could be making you money at Mimi’s!

Step 2) Bring it on! Walk in with one item or a whole truck-full. We can usually process your items while you shop. If you have large items you can’t move yourself, ask about our Pick Up Service.

Step 3) Pick cash or store credit. (Whether we buy your items outright, or put them on consignment, you get 10% more when you choose store credit… just sayin).

Step 4) Do a Happy Dance. This step isn’t required, but it is heartily encouraged.

For more information on selling, check out our “How To Sell” page or give us a call at 607-882-9038.

Now dive right into the exciting world of selling gently-used furniture, housewares, and home decor!

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Before and After: Classy Updated Console

Sometimes we take a quick glance through a consignment shop and see a lot of things that could almost work….but are just not quite right for the space. Well, we can all take a little up-cycling inspiration from Mimi’s staff member, Whitney. Whitney is not one to get discouraged about a minor color palette discrepancy. She sees the positives and the possibilities!

DIY Inspiration

 This console table had great bones to start with and was just the right size for the space. Whitney simply did a little sanding and applied a couple coats of fresh paint. And WOW, what a difference! This snazzy, yet practical table now goes perfectly with Whitney’s decor and brings out the warm tones in the space. We think this project is an excellent reminder that a little paint can go a long way. So, next time you see a table that’s almost perfect, think positive! Maybe it just needs a little love to be just right.

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And, to sweeten the deal, we will give you $5 store credit for sending us your Mimi’s “before and after” photos. Next time you want to re-imagine a Mimi’s find, remember that you can earn your money back on that paint or hardware purchase to complete your  project!

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Staff Pick: Twin Recliners!

On the sales floor, we often notice something we call, “Mimi’s Magic.” It’s when the right item finds the right person at the right time. That’s what happened for Karen, her husband, and their living room. They’d been playing musical recliners between a hand me down La-Z-Boy for him and a new La-Z-Boy from Sam Peter for her. Naturally, she’d come home and find him in the recliner that was supposed to be her’s. He said it was so much softer and more comfy. Uh oh.

Enter Mimi’s Attic:

Twin Recliners

We had the exact same coveted La-Z-Boy recliner for only $120! Now these twin recliners live side by side and no one has to settle for less-than-optimal comfiness. And you can’t even tell the new one from the used one! (But we’ll tell you anyway; the Mimi’s one is on the left with the yellow pillow. Who’d have known, right?)

Many thanks to Karen for sharing this adorable story with us. We’re so happy to have facilitated some Mimi’s Magic for you!


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Staff Pick: A Piece of His Story

One of our sellers, Allison, recently sent us a lovely email to check on her consignments. Her email happened to include a short history of this dresser and it’s just so sweet, we had to share it!

Dresser 1953

The year was 1953. Dwight D. Eisenhower had just been elected president, and Allison’s father was just starting grad school at Cornell University. He bought this precious solid oak dresser at a used furniture store in Ithaca for $5, and it remained his dresser for the rest of his life. Allison says, “it’s the ultimate in reuse if another person picks it up and and uses it for another 65 years.” We love that spirit, Allison! The dresser is still so sturdy, someone certainly could!

This story reminds us why we love what we do. The history in these pieces makes them so much more beautiful. If you’d like to make this lovely dresser part of your family history, you can take it home for $150.

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Eco-friendly Cleaning Supplies now at Mimi’s Attic!

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The dawn of a new year is a wonderful time to start with a clean slate. But we understand that sometimes the slate’s got a lot of gunk on it. You may wonder how you’re ever going to get it clean.

We humbly recommend these local, eco-freindly cleaning products from Nitty Gritty Naturals! As you’re getting ready to begin again, clear the path of dust and grime with Orange scented All-Purpose Cleaner and Lemon Scented Wood Cleaner.  They’re locally made with all natural ingredients like vinegar and essential oils that clean safely without harsh chemicals or fumes. They come in reusable and recyclable glass bottles. At $8 each, they’re not a bad investment to keep your new year fresh.



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Reflections on the Past Year…

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what consignment store had the best 2014 of all?

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Mimi’s Attic, of course!

We have had an amazing year at Mimi’s Attic. We were more packed than we’d ever been this summer, consigned thousands of items throughout the year, threw our biggest sale, and even hosted a food drive. All that, AND we won our second “Best of Ithaca” title! We can’t believe how much we’ve grown and how many new friends we’ve made.  Of course, none of this would be possible without you, our community. Without you, we’d have nothing to sell and simply no fun at all.

So thanks for all the good times, Ithaca! We can’t wait to see what amazing new pieces 2015 will bring us!

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Oh the Possibilities…

Just in case you’re traveling for the holidays, you might want to peek at our beautiful selection of vintage suitcases. They’re sitting on our sales floor just begging for you to take them on an adventure. Made with rich leather, timeless tweed, steel or brass hardware, and practically indestructible hard-case plastic, these babies are still totes functional and ready to serve your needs. Our selection currently ranges in price from $8 to $65, something for every style and every budget!

Vintage Suitcases 2Or perhaps you’re not traveling at the moment. Maybe you like to nest and make your home a cozy get-a-way in and of itself. Well, my friend, a vintage suitcase can help you with that, too.

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With their effortless charm and sturdy construction, vintage luggage provides almost limitless decor options. We’ve gathered a few ideas from some excellent design blogs to inspire you. Click the pictures below to read all the juicy how-to details. What adorable projects will YOU create?

DIY suitcase dogbed

Your dog or cat will feel totally cozy and totally chic in an adorable suitcase pet bed. It’s almost too easy!

DIY suitcase shelves

This entryway idea is an absolute jaw-dropper. It’s not as tricky as it looks, but it does require a table saw…

DIY suitcase table

Add some table legs and voila! Instant side table. Store blankets, magazines, remotes, etc. right inside.

Fabric covered suitcase

Jazz it up and make it your own with vintage fabrics! It’s amazing what a little decoupage and scissors can do. Stack them for an adorable side table, decoration, or show them off on your travels!

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Thank You!!

This year’s West End Raffle and Food Drive was an astounding success. With the help of our sister store, Mama Goose, we filled two of these massive donation drums in just THREE days! The guys from the Rescue Mission Food Pantry couldn’t even believe it. West End Raffle Staff PickWe want to sent a huge thank you to every one of our customers who donated food, to Maxie’s Supper Club, Gimme! Coffee, Felicia’s Atomic Lounge, Rasa Spa, and The Kitchen Theatre who donated raffle prizes, and a great big congratulations to all of our raffle winners! Just when we think this community can’t possibly get any better, you guys completely blow us away.


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Wait, you can recycle fabric?

If you’re an Ithacan and a resale shopping champion, it’s safe to assume you know a thing or two about recycling. If it’s paper, plastic, compostable, or reusable, you know the drill. But what about fabric? What becomes of table and bed linens that are too worn for Mimi’s to take? What if they’re tattered, stained, or missing pieces of a set? Is it even worth donating to Salvation Army or Thrifty Shopper? It seems wrong… but I guess… I should just…. throw them out…?

Wait! As it turns out, donation centers only re-sell about 20% of the textiles they get. For the rest, there is actually more recycling to be done. Click on the picture below to enlarge it and read more about how those donations are used. Your recycled linens could end up abroad or being made into carpet padding. That’s so wacky, random, and cool! lifecycle of secondhand clothing

November 15th is America Recycles day and New York State is making a real push to encourage textile recycling. (Because, let’s face it, we’re already masters at recycling paper products, glass, and plastic). If you want to know more, here are some helpful links:

List of Recyclable Textiles: Some of the things on this list are really surprising. Even stuffed animals? Even Dish cloths?! As long as everything is dry and odor-free, it seems like every textile is fair game.

Textile Recovery/Donation Centers: These are all the places you can donate within 10 miles of Ithaca. If you’re reading this from afar, not to worry, just put in your zip code and get a list of donation centers near you. On November 15th and 16th only, Tompkins County is also hosting events at our food scrap drop off locations where there will be more information about all kinds of recycling, and special activities and giveaways.

Click below to learn more about America Recycles day and New York State’s textile recovery campaign. And, next time you’re sorting old linens you don’t want anymore, make Mama Earth proud and “Clothes the Loop!”


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Staff Pick: Rich Dining Set

If you’ve ever stepped foot in our store, you know we hold a vast patchwork of styles. You’ll find antiques from the 1850s around the corner from a sleek modern armchair just built last year. And you know what? We love it that way. We even pride ourselves on it.

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Perhaps that’s why this dining set appeals to us so much; it’s eclectic all on its own. The tabletop boasts several wood grains thoughtfully laid out to create richness and depth. The intricate chevron inlay border gives it an Art Deco flair. But the table base and four chairs are solid oak, ornately carved and assembled in a more country style. To top it all off, the seats are upholstered in a vibrant cerulean vinyl, certainly not the original fabric (but easy to clean for kids, and easy to reupholster if it doesn’t fit your style).

So you have to wonder, what’s the story? What lives has this table lived? Will a visit to your home be the next chapter in this beautiful dining set’s journey?

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