The Many Faces of Mimi
Kelly (owner) opened Mama Goose, a second-hand children’s clothing store, in December 2003 in a tiny storefront on Seneca Street. In June 2008, she and the Mama Goose team moved up the street to the Bishops Hardware Building, quadrupling the physical space of Mama Goose as well as the merchandise offered. In 2010, when the Bishops Home Pro Center closed its doors, Kelly decided to expand once again and open a new store. One of the staff members brought up the idea of home furnishings and the idea for Mimi’s Attic was born. Kelly loves all things second-hand, but holds a special place in her heart for used furniture and décor.
Violet (manager) is an Ithaca native and has worked for Mama Goose and Mimi’s Attic for seven years. Her interest in Mimi’s Attic merchandise stemmed from a life-long love of antiques and all things vintage, inspired by her own grandmother who collected antiques before “antique-ing” was even a thing. Violet would love to help you find your passion for décor, new and old!
Mimi (inspiration) made her first home as an adult in a small, newlywed apartment in Brooklyn in which she took great pride. She later moved with her five children to a farm house while her husband served in World War II, and then finally settled into her long-time home in the downtown of Danville, Pennsylvania. Widowed at a young age, Mimi spent most of her adult life as a single parent, a full-time school teacher of French and English, and matriarch to many. Everything in Mimi’s house was pretty, especially from the eyes of a little girl: copper roosters on the walls of the kitchen, well-stocked vanities in the bedrooms, matching bedspreads, pewter figurines, cast iron doorstops, roll-top desks and happy plants in every room. Probably most impressive to a child was the large, mahogany dining room table with lion’s feet. At this table, Mimi hosted many dinners. They began with a leisurely “cocktail hour” and ended with blueberries and milk or sherbet and chocolate syrup. The children were in charge of filling the silver pitcher with ice water and “crumbing” the linen tablecloth after dinner. Mimi loved yard sales, thrift stores and flea markets, and she passed down this passion to her children and grandchildren. Some of her favorite things to seek out were antique tools and silver. She appreciated quality and style, and, like so many of us, enjoyed plucking out items of distinction.
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have. Ask them anything — if they don’t know off-hand, they’ll find out!
Mimi’s is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Buyers are on site Tuesday through Saturday. Reach us by phone at (607)-882-9038 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.