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Sleek, Stainless & Sustainable: New Items at Mimi’s Attic!

When selecting new products for the store, we like to keep sustainability at the forefront of our minds. New or new to you, we want our items to embody the spirit of reuse and environmental friendliness (trademark pending). This spring, our new items are focused on helping eliminate single-use plastic, saving a little scratch and keeping your green home a happy one.

You take your reusable bags to the grocery store and farmers market – why not do the same with your lunch? Lunchskins reusable storage bags are a great solution to traditional plastic baggies and ziplocs. These dishwasher-safe, toxin-free bags can be used again and again, for a small snack tucked into your bag or snack for the whole team, secured in the zippered gallon bag.

Need something slightly more sturdy for your meal? These stainless steel containers from UKonserve are durable and leak resistant for waste-free lunches, leftovers, picnics and travel. Available in a variety of sizes, they’re the ideal way to transport soups and salads with no hassle and no mess.

Total hot button issue in America? The use of disposable straws. There’s no doubt that cheap plastic straws are an environmental nightmare, and UKonserve wants to reduce the waste, one sip at a time. Available in silver and gold finishes, their stainless straws at great for travel and built to last. Need something a little more flexible (and maybe more fun) for your little one? These angled silicone straws are perfect additions to any sippy cup or water bottle.

Sustainability at home can start small. Making little changes in the home can make a big impact in the world. Not sure what might work for you? Ask an associate about our home products and find the perfect item to take the first step towards a cleaner, greener lifestyle.

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Wanna get paid to shop at Mimi’s Attic?

For many years, we’ve been wondering how best to reward our faithful and loyal shoppers. While we toyed with the idea of sending each and every one of you a personalized cake, we thought maybe we’d do something a little more practical. Introducing …

Our new RESALE REWARDS PROGRAM! Now, for every $200 that you spend, a $10 reward will be automatically sent to your cell phone via the Resale Rewards mobile app. Sound too good to be true? It’s so good, and totally true. Here’s how it works:

  • When checking out, provide your phone number to the associate at the counter.
  • Upon your first purchase, you’ll receive a link to download the Resale Rewards app (and yes, that first purchase counts towards your rewards).
  • Each time you check out, mention your phone number to have your purchase counted towards your rewards. You can earn a maximum of 10 rewards coupons per transaction – a $100 total!
  • Wondering how close you are to your next reward? Log on to the app to check your balance and stay up on reward expirations.
  • Find Mimi’s Attic in the search feature of the app, tap the heart icon and you’ll be notified immediately about any events, offers or sales exclusive to Resale Rewards members!

The Resale Rewards app is part of a network of resale retailers throughout the country. So when you are out of town or on vacation, you can search the app to see if there are other participating retailers in your vicinity. When you shop at those stores, simply tell them that you are a Resale Rewards user and give them your phone number at the register.

Don’t have a smart phone? No worries – ask a Mimi’s associate how Resale Rewards can work for you!

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Gallery Night at Mimi’s Attic!

Join us Friday March 1st from 5-8pm as we celebrate creativity and community by presenting a viewing of art made by the incredible talented staff of Mimi’s Attic and Mama Goose! Our special event will showcase six of our employees’ artwork throughout the store.

The Piggery and Wide Awake Bakery will be offering up samples, spring orinda :: baked will have gorgeous (and mouthwatering) cookies, and Little Leaf Meadworks will be offering mead tastings. The store itself will be open as well – you can make purchases up to 8:00. Make a night of it!

Exhibitors include Yen Ospina, Melissa Zarem, Drew Kellogg, Emma Moon, Lisa Orinda, and Emma Bowers.

Gallery Night is a free walkable tour of Downtown Ithaca art galleries.

Join the Facebook event HERE!

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Pick-Up Special!

Enjoy 50% off when you schedule a pick-up for

February 2, 9, 16, or 23!

Two friendly Mimi Movers move an off-white contemporary sofa.

Our pick-up schedule fills up quickly, so we recommend contacting as soon as you can to show us pictures of the items you would like to consign. Pick-up fees are determined by management based on the size and difficulty of the job. Here’s a chart to give you an idea of your potential savings!

Regular PriceFebruary Only!
Ground Floor$50-$65+Starting at $25!
Second Floor$60-$75+Starting at $30!

This means you have two of our friendly Mimi Movers safely deliver your furniture to us for as little as $25. This promotion does not apply to previously scheduled pick-ups.

Not sure if you have what we’re looking for? Bookcases, dressers, kitchen islands, and contemporary sofas and armchairs are in high demand. We’re always looking for great Contemporary, Industrial, Mid-Century and Farmhouse style pieces – and so are our shoppers.

Need to schedule your pickup, or have a few questions about the process? Give us a call at 607-882-9038 to help make your spring cleanup a snap!

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Welcome Back to School Sale!

During winter break, we miss our seasonal Ithacans! As our “welcome back to town,” we’re offering you the chance to save big on anything in the store!

January 23-31, show your college ID card to receive 20% off your total purchase. Faculty, students, staff – we’re talkin’ everyone. Feather your nest with the perfect new-to-you treasure or sustainable homeware – there’s something for everyone in the Attic!

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What do we love this winter? Sustainable gifts!

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West End Weekend 2018

Stop by and…
1. Enjoy 10% off everything
2. Donate to our food drive
3. Enter the West End Raffle!

Grab your out-of-town guests and join us for our 6th Annual West End Weekend! Anytime throughout the 3-day weekend (This Friday, Saturday, Sunday), we invite you to bring canned goods or other non-perishable food items to Mimi’s Attic or our sister store Mama Goose to contribute to our annual food drive benefiting Ithaca area food pantries. For each canned good you donate, you’ll receive a ticket to join our West End Raffle – with chances to win great gift certificates from a variety of amazing West End businesses.

You could win prizes from:

  • GreenStar Cooperative Market
  • CrossFit Pallas
  • Tease Salon
  • Liquid State Brewing
  • Purity Ice Cream
  • Emmy’s Organics
  • Franco’s Pizzeria
  • And more!

Grand prize: a $100 gift certificate, redeemable at Mimi’s Attic or Mama Goose!

All weekend long, the entire store is 10% off! It’s the perfect time to check out our incredible selection of sustainable home goods – so many great gift ideas!

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Bringing a Rhino Safely Indoors: A How-To Guide

When we first received these rhinoceros planters from Chive, we loaded them up with gorgeous summer succulents from our friends at Plenty of Posies. These succulents are hearty and hard to kill, but let’s face it – not all of us have a green thumb. So we started to think, how else could we decorate with these ceramics fellas?

Make Your Centerpiece Wild!

We’d put good money on the fact that you’ve never invited a rhino to your dinner table, but it might just be the guest your meal has been missing. Cherry-pick your favorite fresh, dry or silk blooms and arrange them thoughtfully to brighten up your holiday table – set here with placemats, napkins, plates, napkins rings, and champagne flutes (all available in Mimi’s Attic). The small scale of the centerpieces insures you will always be able to pass the gravy to Grandma without having to reach around an arrangement.

Neatly Nested Napkins

A less formal gathering might see friends and family lining up in the kitchen, buffet-style. Roll up your cloth napkins (like this adorable set of cat napkins, scored in the linen section of the Attic) and pop them into your rhino planter for a fun presentation to get guests talking. You can also use it to present flatware or serving utensils like tongs, spoons, or carving forks. Only serving cocktails? The rhino presents a great opportunity to display a variety of frill picks, garnishes, and herbs to bring some glam to your glass.

Scrub-a-Dub Dub, A Rhino in the… Sink?

A sure sign of a successful dinner party? A sink full of dishes. Thanks to the recessed drainage in the rhino’s feet, these planters make the perfect scrub and sponge storage for the sink area. We’ve stacked some of our staff-favorite Skoy scrubs (pack of 2 for $6.49) inside for cute and easy access to make kitchen cleanup a snap. When you’re done with these compostable wonders, just slide them back into the rhinoceros where any residual moisture can drain right back into the sink!

Wash the Day Away

The last guest is gone, and you’re ready to crash. Before you dive into a comfy bed, take a minute to add a new step to your nighttime ritual – lathering up with one of our natural soap bars ($1.75 a bar), packed with vitamins and essential oils. Grab your Rosemary Lavender at night to ease you into a restful sleep. And when you wake up renewed, grab a YlangYlang Orange bar to excite your senses and get you back on your grind. And when you’re done? Back into the rhino they go.

These Chive Rhinoceros planters are available in white, pink, and green-blue. Regularly priced at $23, they’re now on sale for 20% off. Cement your place as the best gift giver in the family; your secret santa will thank you!

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New Life For Cast Iron Cornstick Pans!

By Kelly Moreland, Owner of Mama Goose & Mimi’s Attic

I wish I had taken a picture of these cornstick pans when I first spotted them this summer on the bottom shelf in our kitchenware aisle. They seemed to be saying, “Rescue me from this rust!” Cast iron always has a way of tugging at my heartstrings because it is so beautiful, and if you take care of it right, it will function like a champ for years to come. Needless to say, I did buy the pans, and when the first cold snap arrived, I dedicated an afternoon of elbow grease to bringing them back to life. Here’s how I cleaned, seasoned and baked cornbread in these rescue-worthy pans.

My usual maintenance routine for seasoned cast iron is to simply scrub it with a brush or copper pot scrubber and hot water. Like most cast iron users, I don’t use soap on it. After it’s clean, I dry it, place it on a stove for a few minutes to make sure it is completely dry before storing it.

During this rescue mission, however, I started with my usual routine and quickly had to up my game.  Because of all the crevices, I tried a toothbrush, then a steel wool soap pad.

My final tool of choice was a metal wire brush I found in my basement. Combined with the soap from the steel wool pad, this brush did a great job of getting all the rust off. At this stage, it really makes sense to put in extra time and effort to get your pans rust-free, because ideally you won’t need to do this again.

Once the pans were thoroughly scrubbed and rust-free, I dried them well with a lint-free rag (or paper towel) and heated them on the stovetop for a minute or so. The photo above is before oil. The next step was to coat them with a thin layer of Canola oil on the top and the bottom of the pans. I found using a basting or pastry brush useful for getting the oil in the crevices, but when oiling a regular skillet, a paper towel or cloth works fine. It can be tempting to really slather on the oil at this stage, but if the oil is too thick it will clump in the oven and be sticky.

Once oiled, I baked the pans face down at 350 for an hour. I placed a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil on the bottom shelf to catch any drips.

Ta da!  They are ready for batter! After an hour, they were perfect, but if they weren’t, I would have put another thin coat of oil on them and returned them to the oven.

Below is my favorite vegan (northern-style) cornbread recipe. Originally created by an 11-year old, it won a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair. I’ve adapted the recipe by using half the sugar and, of course, making it in cast iron (so I use canola oil instead of non-stick spray). If you have a medium size cast iron skillet, that works great too.

Dana Sly’s Vegan Cornbread. Source: Cook’s Illustrated.

  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ¼ cup sugar (I use 1/8 C.) 
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • ¼ cup canola oil

Directions

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 8-inch-square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray (or oil your cast iron!)

2. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the ground flax seed, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer the ground flax seed in the water for 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt until well-combined.

4. Add the ground flax seed mixture, soy milk, and canola oil to the flour mixture. Beat just until smooth (do not overbeat.)

5. Turn into prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

6. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes; invert cornbread onto wire rack, then turn right side up and continue to cool until warm, about 10 minutes longer. Cut into pieces and serve.

These muffins popped out of the pans easily and had that great corn effect on the bottom. Success!

If you don’t already have any cast iron cookware, I hope you’ll consider getting one this fall and giving it a try. If you don’t know a lot about cast iron, here’s a useful Cast Iron 101 on youtube.

Next time you’re at Mimi’s, take a look at the gorgeous cast iron we carry by a local vendor and collector – he really elevates the art of rescuing cast iron! You can also keep an eye out for cast iron that we buy or consign from the community. Remember, we get new items every day. Happy hunting and happy fall!

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You got it at Mimi’s Attic? You could win $30!

You found the perfect chair at Mimi’s Attic. You found the right spot in your home, and styled it with a comfy throw. Every day you walk by and say, “damn… that looks good!” Now is your chance to show us!

Upload a picture of your favorite item from Mimi’s Attic to Instagram or Facebook, add the hashtag #igotitatmimisattic, and you’re entered to win a $30 gift certificate to use towards your next purchase at Mimi’s! Tag as many times as you’d like – there’s no limit to your entries! We’ll select a winner from all entries on Friday, September 21st.

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