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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!
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 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!
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.
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!
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:
Know 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!
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.
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:
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!
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.
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?
Your 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!
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!
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!
Our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Christy wanted something for her front entryway to help organize keys, mail, shoes, etc., and she wanted it to be in a bright bold color to stand apart from the neutrals of the house.
Done and done!
She found this great sturdy cabinet at Mimi’s and slathered on two coats of chalk paint followed by two coats of wax. “I have never painted furniture before,” she says, “but I definitely found a new hobby!” She also switched out the original hardware for knobs from a dresser she already had (gotta love a little recycle with your upcycle). Despite the tremendous change, the project only took her about four hours. When asked what advice she has for other do-it-yourself-ers, she said, “Use your imagination when shopping at Mimi’s Attic, they have beautiful pieces that can be transformed with just a little paint and creativity!”
We’re so happy to be the starting point for this fun project. The bold pink color against the delicate pattern of the wall paper makes the entryway look like a scene from a storybook. Now that you’ve caught the DIY bug, we look forward to seeing what other great projects you come up with!
For all you readers out there, if YOU have a “before and after” story about a Mimi’s purchase, send us those pictures! We love hearing all about it, and we give you $5 in store credit just for being you.
We received yet another awesome Before and After story from one of our great customers, Emily. This one is the ultimate “from drab to fab” transformation (largely because these chairs started out… well, considerably drab). They had great solid wood frames and clean, Mid-Century lines, but that beige upholstery wasn’t doing anyone any favors. So, for $12 a piece, they were the perfect starting point for a great makeover.
First, Emily took the cushions off and refinished the frames (we love that new, dark stain). Then she reupholstered those sad cushions in a great new fabric. The stripes accentuate the sleek energy the chairs already had and give them a new, timeless quality.
We want to send a big thank you out to Emily for shopping re-used, and showing how easy it can be to make an old thing new. We hope this snazzy transformation inspires YOU to bust out your tarps and paint brushes and get up-cycling!
Plus, when you send us “before and after” photos of something you got from Mimi’s, we give you $5 in store credit! So get browsing, Ithaca, and get inspired.
You 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!