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Important update from Store Owner Kelly Moreland

As you probably know, Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order saying all staff of non-essential businesses stay home. As a result of that announcement, and our own concern for our staff and community, we are temporarily ceasing all business activity as of March 22, 2020, for at least two weeks. During this time, the sales floor will be closed and our remote shopping options will be paused.

The management team has done a tremendous job creating new systems, in a very short amount of time, enabling us to continue to serve you remotely. Though we are not currently selling online or over the phone, we will strive to offer that service again as soon as we feel it is safe to do so. Thank you to everyone who has stayed connected with us through these rapid changes and has shopped with us remotely. Please make sure you are following us on social media and receive emails from us, so we can update you efficiently in the coming weeks.

From all of us on the Mimi Team, we wish you are yours safety and well-being

Note to our consignors:

Thank you for consigning wth us. Please look for an email from us about your consignment items. Below are answers to questions that you may have now that we have temporarily closed the store:

Q: Can you extend my consignment period?

A: Yes. Your consignment contract will be on pause until Mimi’s Attic reopens, which we hope will be in two weeks. We will get in touch with you at that time and update you on your options. 

Q: Can I get my item/s back now?

Yes, we will be conducting business until 4pm Saturday 3/21/20. If you call us, we can make arrangements for you to pick up your item/s from one of our parking lots. There will be no person-to person contact at that juncture, so please bring someone to help you load your item/s into your vehicle. 

Q: If I can’t pick up my item/s by the end of the day on Saturday March 21st, when will I be able to get them? 

As soon as Mimi’s Attic reopens, which we hope will be in two weeks. 

Q: I am expecting a payment for something that has sold. 

A: We will be sending checks to consignors who have had all their items sell (just like usual). If all your items haven’t sold, you may request a check to be mailed for sold items by 4pm Friday, March 20th. Requests after 4pm today, may not be honored due to a limited number of hours before our staff can no longer report to work. You will have to wait to receive your check until we reopen. 

Q: When will you be buying and consigning again?

We will keep you apprised (via our website, email blasts and social media) when we begin to take in consignment items again.

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Important Update from Mimi – March 17th

Like you, we are striving to respond to the changing events of the day the best way we know how and as rapidly as possible.

Beginning March 18th, our stores will be temporarily closed to the public, but all of our merchandise is available for purchase online and over the phone. Please take a few minutes to read about all of our new “Remote Shopping Options” which we hope will meet your shopping needs while our sales floors are closed. These measures will help us in the following ways:

  •  Our skeleton crew can focus on serving you online and over the phone.
  •  Less overhead will help us conserve our resources so that we can support our remaining staff as much as possible.
  • We will be supporting Ithaca’s mission to “flatten the curve” by exercising social distancing and help our health system fortify their resources and systems.

Sellers and Consignors
We are not buying and consigning merchandise at this time. Consignors, thank you for trusting your merchandise with us. We will continue to work to sell your items for you as swiftly as we can.  We are sending a direct email communication to all current consignors which will answer questions you may have and outline our options for proceeding together in this unchartered territory. To allay any immediate concerns, please know that you are welcome to come pick up your items at any time. Just call us and we can bring your items out to your car for you. All payments for sold items will be by check and will be sent to you by mail. If you have items you would like to consign with us, and think they would sell in the current climate, please call us or email us (with photo) and we will add you to our list of people to contact when we are taking  in consignment items again. 

Shoppers
Please check out all of our new Remote Shopping Options and give these new systems a whirl! This is a great way to meet some of your shopping needs in a safe and efficient way and of course,  keep supporting local business and your community. 

As fast as we usually work to get our new merchandise on the sales floor, we will now work that hard to get our merchandise posted online for you. We will also be available by phone as much as possible for phone orders and personal shopping. Please stay tuned as we update the hours we will be in the store and available for these services. 

Thank you for supporting Mama Goose & Mimi’s Attic, and all of Ithaca’s locally-owned stores.

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How to Remote Shop with Mimi’s Attic!

Despite the uncertainty we’re all feeling right now, we’re excited to offer you some new remote shopping options both online and over the phone.

Facebook

Check out our offerings on FB — we’re adding more all the time. Call us and order over the phone. We will strive to make this our most comprehensive online album. Visit facebook.com/mimisatticithaca/photos/albums

Instagram

Continue to follow us for inspiration and to stay connected. Anytime you see anything on Instagram that you want to purchase, please call us and order over the phone. Visit instagram.com/mimisatticithaca.

Personal Shopping Service

Call us, tell us what you want, we will gather it, communicate with you as needed with photos and ring you out over the phone. This includes new and used products.

To make purchases over the phone, call us at (607)882-9038

Pick-up & Delivery Options:

Pick-up at the store

All Mimi online purchases can be picked up at the store for free. Simply call us, schedule a time for pick-up and we will bring the items out to the parking lot. You’ll be able to pull right up to our convenient Shipping & Receiving door in the Seneca Street parking lot.

Curbside delivery

Mimi’s can now deliver your items curbside for $20 within Tompkins County. This means we will schedule a time with you that is convenient, and then drop your purchase off in front of your dwelling and you can bring them inside.

Full service delivery

We are currently continuing our in-home delivery service beginning at $60. This price is determined by the complexity of the delivery and location. When you make your purchases over the phone, we can help you determine which delivery service is best for you. For now, all sales will be final until further notice. Thank you for understanding this change in policy.

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Important Update from Mimi’s Attic

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What we are doing to respond to COVID-19

Hey, Mimi fans!
We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the role we play as a community gathering and shopping place, and address some concerns you may be having regarding such spaces. The health and well-being of our customers is always a priority, but especially so now. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 updates from Tompkins County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the NYS Health Department. As recommended, we have tentative contingency plans in place for various scenarios and are revisiting them and meeting about them daily.

New Procedures We are upping our cleaning game to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe. In addition to our nightly cleaning routine, we are now wiping down high-use surfaces and doorknobs a couple of times throughout the day. We always strive to use natural/minimal chemicals for cleaning but, for now, we will be using EPA recommended cleaning solutions also. Our goal, as always,  is to spread the love not the germs!

Consignors Thank you for consigning with us and trusting us with your items. We will stay in close contact with you about your consigned items should anything in our procedures need to change. As always, if we offer storewide sales and discounts, that never affects your consignment payouts. We would be similarly conscientious about any unexpected variables that might affect your consignment timeline.

The Mimi’s Team We are committed to taking care of our team. We are in continual communication to offer guidance and information so they can keep themselves and their families safe. We’re encouraging sick team members to stay home to keep the rest of the staff and our customers safe and healthy. We are also aware that some people may not feel comfortable shaking hands or having other physical contact at this time, and will gladly offer and accept bows, waves, grins, and jazz hands in lieu of a handshake.

xoxo Mimi

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All About Art Deco pt 2: American Art Deco

 Hello! Eric here with part 2 of our Art Deco blog!

Emerging from previous styles like Art Nouveau, the French’s Art Deco exploded onto the scene in 1920’s and took France by storm with its luxurious, loud designs held within a simplified but efficient frame. Art Deco furniture was statement pieces and the statement was often luxury. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that Art Deco’s style and influence became largely dominant in the United States of America. However, by this time the styles had changed and evolved, and out of Art Deco emerged a re-definition of the styles approach. While the French’s art deco furniture often-emphasized glamour or class, the Americans took it on themselves to streamline the already sleek styles. America’s art deco had a prideful machine made look to its work. Simpler materials were used to communicate a more everyday broad appeal then the fancier French ingredients. The loud colors of the French’s influence were often traded in for more subdued colors; the silvers and grays of metal and chrome combined with the browns of affordable wood. Contrasting layers, such as a blonde wood drawer housed within darker maple, helped the pieces stand out in a vibrant but natural way. 

     Perhaps one of the most iconic designs to emerge from this is the waterfall aesthetic. Due to its stylish and futuristic design, plus its affordable cost, waterfall furniture flourished in the 1930’s and 40’s across America. Emerging from the Wernicke Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and named for its use of curves to simulate the flow of water off an edge, this style was prominent in chests, tables, chairs and even radios. Plywood, which could be bent and molded into curves, was used as the main material while simple metals, like copper, would be used to accent the pieces along with a veneer glossy finish. Instead of traditional frames, edge moldings typically support waterfall pieces. In keeping with the American, approach of the period, many waterfall pieces abandoned the heavily contrasting colors for a more uniform mahogany finish, though more vibrant pieces were not unheard of. Features like handles would typically be made of brass. Like much of the American art deco that preceded it, this style appealed to the middle class which sought uniformity in style, but its affordability also helped the style thrive during the great depression. American art deco was made quite appealing to younger people who, at the time, were seeking their first home or apartment. It’s for this reason that waterfall furniture also earned the nickname newlywed furniture. 

Photography of waterfall-style bedroom set (right) and an advertisement for a similar set in a Sears Roebuck catalog

     Unfortunately, due to their use of affordable materials, many waterfall pieces have not survived the tests of time. The heavy use of plywood means any conditions that could soften the glue, like heavy humidity, would be hazardous to the pieces’ structural integrity. Pieces that have suffered damage like this may appear as if they are peeling apart. Paint stripper will also likely loosen the glue and destroy the veneer. Extreme heat is another enemy; so you’d be wise to avoid mixing cigarettes or irons with your favorite waterfall piece. Simply due to the age of the cheaper material and exposure to everyday life, waterfall pieces that are still in great condition should be treated with great care as they are likely rare. 

Badly damaged Art Deco veneered piece

     The streamlined ascetic of Art Deco and its many offshoots has secured a special place in time. It’s a symbol of its era, being easily recognizable to many even if they can’t place a name. While the style was once seen as the future itself now it holds a more nostalgic quality. Typically period pieces will use Art Deco as a communication of an alternative future, a world of tomorrow that has long past and was never fully realized, or a period of optimism as the U.S. proudly marched towards their ideal of progress. The iconic stylings of the yesterdays tomorrow still appeal to the futurists of today. 

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All About Art Deco pt 1: European Art Deco

Hello there!
My name is Kate and I’m one of the Intake Specialists at Mimi’s Attic. A big part of my job is being able to identify different styles of furniture. When I started in this position, I began researching different styles and periods and was given the opportunity to really explore a particular style that interested me. I chose Art Deco as it has been a style that I’ve always loved but didn’t know that much about. Unknowingly my coworker Eric also chose Art Deco! We decided to team up and break it down into two parts. Here’s a little bit of what I’ve learned. I hope you enjoy!


The Art Deco movement, which was a style of visual arts, architecture and design, originated in Paris just before WWI and lasted till about 1940. The style takes its name from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs held in Paris in 1925 as a showcase for new inspiration. Widely speaking, Art Deco covers all styles during the interwar period, but there are
many variations within this from the sleeker curves that you see in American styles to the geometric lines of the more European influence. Art Deco had a very wide array of influences- Cubism, the Ballet Russes, Fauvism, Italian Futurism, Russian Constructivism, Egyptology, and African Tribal Art among many others. The previous artistic movement had been ‘Art Nouveau’ which was heavily influenced by floral motifs and intricate design.

Examples of Classic Art Nouveau Furniture

The swirls and floral motifs of Art Nouveau were smoothed out into sleeker, bolder, curved or geometric lines. The new Art Deco style was also influenced by the technological advances of the time and therefore had more geometric lines, and influences of aviation, like streamlined curves.

Pair of Lacquered Art Deco Nightstands (left) and Art Deco Chrome
and Wood Rolling Liquor Cabinet (right)

As well as being influenced by technological advances and affordable travel (meaning aviation was totally ‘in’ during this time), there were discoveries being made around the world which heavily influenced the style. The pyramids of Egypt, The tomb of Tutankhamun and various archeological digs influenced in the way of colour, shape and form. The silver-screen was also becoming a big influence, with the glamour of a new, exciting Hollywood and what was being seen on cinema screens starting to make its way across the globe and into homes. These motifs combined with machine age elements create the basics of the Art Deco look.

Mirrored Art Deco Credenza (left) and Rare French Art Deco Day Bed (right)

In France the early art deco style featured luxurious and exotic materials such as ebony, and ivory and silk, very bright colors and stylized motifs, particularly baskets and bouquets of flowers of all colors, giving a modernist look. Metals such as chrome and brass were very popular at the
time, other finishes also include opal, glass, leather, tortoiseshell, mirror, mother of pearl, exotic animal skins, velvet and walnut wood in high shine light and dark finishes.

Art Deco Dressing Table with Ebony and Ivory Inlays (left), and Art Deco Macassar Ebony Sideboard

Club chairs with sloped, curved arms were popular, as were light burr walnut pieces.

Eileen Gray Art Deco Club Chair

Everything was high end, polished, glamorous and luxurious! Art Deco is one of the most lasting styles to come out of the past 100 years; it has become so ingrained in our day-to-day lives that we often don’t notice it at all. Everyday things—from fonts to salt and pepper shakers to movie
theaters—are often shaped by this modern styles high hopes for the future. I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for Part 2!
– Kate

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Get a fresh start for the new year!

It’s a fresh year, a fresh decade, and time for a fresh start! What better way to kick off 2020 than with a little decluttering and organizing?

Not sure where to get started? Take a few cues from the quees of decluttering, Marie Kondo!

There are six basic rules to get started:

  1. Commit yourself to tidying up.
  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
  3. Finish discarding first. Before getting rid of items, sincerely thank each item for serving its purpose.
  4. Tidy by category, not location.
  5. Follow the right order.
  6. Ask yourself it it sparks joy.

And five categories to tackle:

  1. Clothes
  2. Books
  3. Papers
  4. Komono (a.k.a. Miscellaneous Items)
  5. Sentimental Items

As you get cleaning and shifting things around, you may come across furniture, housewares or home decor that no longer meet your needs. This is where we come in! Please feel free to walk in with your items 7 days/week, or contact us with any questions.  Read more HERE on our “How it Works” page.

And, January 11 through February 1 we’re offering 50% off pick-ups and deliveries for the town of Lansing! This promotion is first-come, first-served! 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. Pick-up and delivery fees are determined by management and based on the size and difficulty of the job.

In the meantime, if you don’t do any cleaning at all and simply choose to ward off your winter cabin fever, consider strolling on in to browse or shop … there’s always something “new” at Mimi’s!

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Jewelry from the Land of Enchantment

Store Owner, Kelly Moreland, went on a vacation to New Mexico and, while she couldn’t bring back that big, beautiful blue sky for us to enjoy, she did bring back wholesale jewelry!  Kelly’s reason for the trip was to visit her good friend who lives in Taos, but of course, the Land of Enchantment  is always full of surprises.

One day, after a hike to some natural mineral springs, Kelly and her friend stopped at a scenic vista overlooking the Rio Grande. There, they met an artist named  Ketut who was selling her awesome handmade jewelry and was in the process of liquidating her entire stock. The quality and styles were amazing and the prices were very reasonable – so Kelly scooped up as much as she could and now we have it to offer you!

Rio Grande Gorge

We think you will love it for yourself as well as gifts. Each piece is Sterling silver, handmade with materials such as Abalone and Mother of Pearl.

Come see for yourself! We have pendants and necklaces on sale at both Mama Goose and Mimi’s Attic while supplies last

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West End Food Drive & Raffle

Mark your calendars! Beginning November 11 and continuing up to Thanksgiving, 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:
GreetStar Cooperative Market
Maru Ramen
Purity Ice Cream
Gimme Coffee
Saigon Kitchen
Marmalade Mercantile
Maxie’s Supper Club and Oyster Bar
& more!!

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

All donations will go to Friendship Donations Network, whose mission is to rescue food that would otherwise be thrown away and redistribute it to neighbors in need. They provide food donations to hunger relief programs that serve more than 2,000 people a week, and divert over 1,000 lbs. of good food from local landfill every day. A model of efficiency, they are almost entirely volunteer-run. Check out their website or the graphic below for more details!

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