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Author Archives: Mimi
Have you ever wondered what these purple books are all about? Here at Mimi’s we sell “The Guide to Being Local” because we think it’s a GREAT resource!
The first half of the book is full of coupons for places that Ithacans love – like Greenstar, Rasa Spa, Ithaca Bakery, and of course Mimi’s Attic. The second half is full of photos and stories about our unique local businesses. The book is perfect for the Ithaca native who does their shopping here anyway, or for newcomers just starting to explore our wonderful town.
All the businesses featured in the book are local and independently owned- meaning that you are supporting people you know, and keeping money in our community. The guide offers coupons to help you save thousands of dollars – and for only $15 this book pays for itself! Keep it somewhere handy so that you can grab a coupon every time you head out to shop. If you buy your copy at Mimi’s, you can use the $5 coupon in your next transaction!
The guide is produced by Local First Ithaca. Check out the website to learn more about their efforts to create a successful local economy.
Here’s a post we’ve been waiting to share with you since October! Our lovely sales associate Heather Speaker married her boyfriend Matteo Calla last year and decided to make use of some of the perfect pieces that come into Mimi’s Attic every day. Their reception was held at “Gratitude and Grace,” a barn venue 15 minutes outside of Ithaca. The decor was a beautiful combination of rustic and regal – and serves as great inspiration for anyone planning a wedding or party!
The wedding featured a lot of gold, highlighted by jewel tones like deep red and blue. The couple used vintage pieces and fresh blooms to tie the rustic/regal vibe all together. The lace, gold, and burgundy table cloths came from Mimi’s, as well as the ring box. The ceramic box looks like it was made for Heather’s color scheme; deep blue with intricate gold detailing. All flowers were supplied by “Plenty of Posies,” a favorite of ours at Mimi’s.
Over the course of the year before the wedding Heather collected vintage gilded and white ornate frames from Mimi’s – each no more than $9 a piece. She used them to make chalkboard-style signs for the dinner menu, welcome sign, cocktail list, and more. She also found an intricately-detailed easel stand to hold the welcome sign, which she adorned with flowers.
The bride employed some small white shutters from Mimi’s as a DIY escort card display. The cards fit perfectly in the tiny slots and the vignette is complete with a lace runner and a re-purposed frame from the store. We have all the little details here at Mimi’s to make your theme feel pulled-together, no matter what style wedding you are planning.
“I feel like my wedding looked like no other, because I collected or made the decor myself. By using secondhand items, someone’s throwaways become your most unique treasures.” – Heather
Shopping at Mimi’s allowed Heather to get beautiful decorations for half the price of most retail options and to curate an ambiance for her specific style. Congrats to the happy couple, we’re so glad to have you as part of the Mimi family!
After a long day chasing those New Year’s goals you should come back to a dwelling that allows you to recharge. Sell us last year’s decor and make room for new pieces to inspire you all year long!
Enjoy 50% off our pick-up fee when you schedule a pick-up for January 14, 21 & 28.
Because our pick-up schedule fills up fast, we recommend contacting us as soon as you can to show us pictures of the items you would like to consign. This promotion is first come, first-served!
Pick-up fees are determined by management and based on the size and difficulty of the job. Here’s a chart to give you an idea of your potential savings:
Promotion does not apply to previously scheduled pick-ups.
Did you know that Mimi was a real person? The large photos displayed around Mimi’s Attic are all prints of original photos of Mimi in various stages of her life. Over Thanksgiving weekend, Mimi’s daughter, Jeanne Ditzler, came to visit and we snapped this photo of four generations of Mimi: Mimi herself, the baby in the photo (Jeanne), Kelly Moreland (the Owner of Mimi’s Attic) and Geneva Moreland (Mimi’s great grandaughter)!
A couple of interesting facts about the photos – most of the photos where taken by Mimi’s husband (Charles L. Hinkel) who enjoyed photography as a hobby. You’ll notice that a couple of the photos were taken with a tripod and an auto-timer and include Charles in the photo.
When owner, Kelly Moreland, decided to use these family photos as decor in Mimi’s Attic she needed to do it in a budget-friendly way, so she conferred with creative-thinkers Matteo (@mouselink on Twitter and Instagram) and Phoebe Wyllyamaz. The couple came up with a great plan that meant not having to make large color copy signs. Instead, they suggested that she make black and white copies on regular paper and then rub the paper with coffee grounds to give them the same sepia-tones as the original photos. The paper images where then mounted to plywood with wallpaper paste. We think this approach worked fabulously and the signs have held up well since 2010!
The serendipitous “four generations of Mimi” photo taken at Thanksgiving was really fun for us to see and share. It also reminded us that some of you may enjoy reading more about Mimi, so we are re-posting her story below.
Who is Mimi?
Mimi was the grandmother of Kelly Moreland, the owner of Mimi’s Attic. Mimi’s real name was Ethel Hinkel, but all of her grandchildren called her “Mimi”. She 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 Kelly in her youth 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. This is why we think Mimi would have loved shopping and trading at her namesake – Mimi’s Attic.
These ottomans went from boring and blah to fun and fabulous! Long-time consignor, Anne, has a great eye for picking fabrics that look fresh and cheerful. I could keep raving, but I think the pictures say it all.
Get inspired to upcycle your own pieces or stop in and pick up a piece that Anne has already done for you!
Need some great fabric to get the job done? Check out Sew Green in Ithaca for affordable options. Their stuff is all recycled and secondhand – good for your wallet AND good for Mother Earth.
Our fourth annual West End Weekend was a huge success!
We want to say thank you to all our customers for coming out and donating canned goods for the Ithaca Rescue Mission. We also want to say thank you to all the neighboring businesses that donated prizes for our raffle. What a wonderful place we live in.
Can’t wait to do it again next year!
Stop in to…
1. Enjoy 10% off everything
2. Donate to our food drive
3. Enter our West End Raffle!
Anytime throughout the 3-day weekend (this Friday, Saturday or Sunday), we invite you to bring canned goods or other non-perishable food items to either Mama Goose or Mimi’s Attic and contribute to our Rescue Mission Food Drive. You will receive a raffle ticket for each item you bring AND you can choose which prizes you would like to try to win. The more food items you bring in, the better your chances are of winning a prize!
Below is a list of our fabulous West End neighbors who have donated exciting gift certificates and prizes to our raffle!
On the Street Pita
The Kitchen Theatre Company
Purity Ice Cream Co.
Ithaca Children’s Garden
And of course the Grand Prize!!!
$100 Gift Certificate redeemable at
Mimi’s Attic and Mama Goose
We will draw the raffle winners on Tuesday November 28, 2016.
Enjoy 10% off everything at
Mama Goose & Mimi’s Attic
Friday, Saturday & Sunday (11/25 – 11/27)
This sale applies to everything in the store – including new items like our Primitive Artisan dishtowels and already reduced and clearance items.
Last but not least, everyone who donates to the food drive will receive a
$5 OFF COUPON for December!
Mon thru Sat 10-6
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
This year’s Wizarding Weekend was full of surprises! Witches and warlocks roamed the streets of downtown Ithaca amongst balloon animals, Butterbeer and broomsticks. Our furniture vignettes in Press Bay Alley were a crowd-pleaser and drew in the city’s biggest Hogwarts enthusiasts.
Back at the store we served homemade butterbeer and lots of you were clamoring for the recipe! Here it is:
Serves 2-3 people
1 can or 1.5 cups A&W Cream Soda
1.5 cups Whole Milk
1/3 cup Half n’ Half
1-2 tablespoons (or to taste) Smuckers Butterscotch Topping
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
Whipped Cream for Topping
Put all ingredients (excluding whipped cream) in a pot on the stove. Heat on medium-low while stirring until frothy. Serve with a generous helping of whipped cream. Drink after a long day of casting spells.
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.
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!
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!
If you loved these pictures as much as we do, check out the photographer Juliet Rose. Her pictures captured the essence of the day!