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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Yes, We Pick-up & Deliver!

We offer a convenient Saturday pick-up and delivery service for shoppers and consignors who live within Tompkins County. Our friendly “Mimi Movers” will carefully transport your purchases to your home, and/or pick-up items that you would like to consign with us. To schedule a delivery, simply talk to a Sales Associate at the time of your purchase. To schedule a pick-up, please email photos of your items to our Buyers at info@mimisatticithaca.com. If you are clearing out an estate, or have a large quantity of furniture to sell (within Tompkins County), ask us about our home consultation option. We are happy to come to your home and discuss your items and our consignment process with you.

Our recommendation? Come shop, enjoy and let us do the heavy lifting!

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Mimi in You Contest Winners

It has been delightful for the Mimi’s team to see all of your Instagram contest entries. We’ve loved seeing the pieces you’ve found and how you’ve incorporated them into your homes. You are truly a creative, inspiring bunch! With that said, we’re pleased to share with you this year’s winners.

Grand Prize Winner

@emilysusername is the grand prize winner, with her photo having received the most likes of all the entries.

Staff Pick(s)

We had a tie for the staff pick, so we’re giving out two! The first is to @colleenchavchavadze for her beautiful photo of the gothic-style sofa she found at Mimi’s.

The second Staff Pick goes to @sterlingsprout for their precious nursery photo, featuring the dresser they found at Mimi’s.

Honorable Mentions

And last but not least, we have two honorable mentions! @ao.making.changes for her bold use of wicker ware as wall decor.

And @chelsclarkson for the corner that makes her feel like home.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Our Instagram contest is over, but you can still have your Mimi treasures featured on our social media! Beginning this month, we’ll be featuring a Mimi’s customer every Monday on social media for #MimiInYouMonday. Send your photos to communications@mimisatticithaca.com! If your photo is featured, you will receive $5 in store credit.

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Bring Out the Mimi in You! Kelly’s House

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

Have you ever read our slogan “Bring Out the Mimi in You!” and wondered what the heck we meant? To me, it means we are all capable of being inspired to make changes in our homes that will make them more functional and/or more beautiful (to you!). “Bring Out the Mimi in You!” is an invitation to come browse the Mimi’s sales floor, see what pieces speak to you, and then take them home and start shaking things up.

Mimi (my grandmother and the store’s namesake) loved thrifting and cleaning up or repairing her found treasures and then displaying them prominently for everyone’s enjoyment. As a child, I was particularly drawn to her menagerie of miniature cast iron animals perched on a marble lazy susan at the head of her table. This whimsical display greeted Mimi every time she sat down for a meal, and sent the message to me as a little girl that Mimi’s home, and her thoughtfully displayed belongings, brought her a lot of joy.

With this sentiment in mind, I thought it would be fun to show you my home and the things that bring me joy. I think my style could best be described as “du jour” because it changes frequently. Of course, I have the advantage of browsing at Mimi’s Attic five days a week! Whenever I bring “new” pieces home from Mimi’s, they tend to get me thinking about the things that surround them, and before I know it, I have changed everything in a room. Hence, my house “du jour”.

I love my hardworking kitchen!

While the major pieces of my kitchen have stayed the same for many years, I enjoy changing the wall color, art work and the color of the enamel top vintage cabinet to make things feel fresh and new. Except for a few family hand-me-downs, most of the dishes, pots and pans and everything else is from Mimi’s.

The Living Room

Practically everything, except for the dog, came from Mimi’s. My living room morphs often depending on the needs of the household. When my daughters were younger, I had a craft table for a coffee table and all the craft supplies on a bookshelf nearby. This current incarnation was inspired by the fabulous wool rug from Mimi’s, the cheerful chartreuse chair and Friday night movie nights. The artwork (a napping woman, a bear, birds, flowers) is all about slowing down and relaxing.

The pantry that doubles as a serving station

This room was formerly a nursery room, then an office, and is now a pantry which feels like a total luxury. It is right near my back door, so in addition to doing all the things pantries do, it works as a serving station for backyard entertaining. Everything needed to make this space function is easily found at Mimi’s: platters, serving dishes, drinking glasses, carafes, ice buckets, folding chairs, pillows for outside, flower vases and linens. I could also imagine setting up a station like this in a garage or shed. The white cabinets on the right were from Mimi’s (and fit perfectly!) and the shelves were built from barn wood from Significant Elements.

My cabaret-inspired dining room

The table and all “sittables” in this picture came from Mimi’s. I wonder if anyone remembers the pub bench which came into Mimi’s this winter, and has a mate somewhere in Ithaca? The table is adorned with my weekly CSA bouquet from Plenty of Posies. They are such a treat all summer long. If you have not signed up, they will do a prorated share for you – just give them a call!

A menagerie Mimi would have been proud of!

Ok, so I take after my grandmother a little bit and have a menagerie of my own. What can I say? Little vintage critters make me smile.

Speaking of smiling, we want to see the Mimi in YOU! Please join our Instagram photo contest (details below) happening now for a chance to win $100 GC! More importantly, though, we just love to see and hear how you use your Mimi Treasures in your homes. If you are not on Instagram, you can send us photos via email to info@mimisatticithaca.com and perhaps we can feature them here on the blog!

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Show Us Your Thrifty Finds!

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Thank you gifts for your host or hostess

If you’re going on a trip to see family or friends this summer, you’ll want to be sure to show your host or hostess proper attention, and a great way to do that is with a gift to show your gratitude for their hospitality. While you may know Mimi’s Attic for our stylish and useful used home goods, we also have a wonderful selection of new items that are perfect for saying “thank you!”

For you pal with pets, these adorable tins from Now Designs are great for storing food, treats, or toys. If your hosts recently added a new puppy to their family, pick up a multi-use cloth from Skoy to make cleaning up paw prints and spilled water bowls a breeze!

If you’re visiting a coffee connoisseur, we have gifts to make their morning coffee routine pleasant from start to finish. They can keep their beans fresh in this canister from Now Designs, make a delicious brew with the pour-over drip from Bloomingville, and sip it slowly from this funky hedgehog mug.

Everyone needs some time to relax. If your hosts are looking for some rest, these items from P.F. Candle Co. can help get them into a peaceful state of mind. Whether it is a soy wax candle or a reed diffuser, we’re sure to have a scent that will suit their fancy.

Once you have the perfect items selected, let our staff know they are a gift and we’ll wrap them with care in a Mimi’s Attic gift bag. You’ll have one less thing to worry about, and you’ll get the chance to tell your friends and family all about your favorite store for sustainable living in Ithaca!

Don’t worry if you don’t see quite the right gift here– we have plenty more options to choose from, including beautiful Swedish dishcloths, modern planters, clever storage solutions, and more! Stop in to see our complete selection, or check out our New Products page here to find out more information.

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Find a throne fit for a King!

This Saturday and Sunday, 6/15 & 6/16, enjoy 15% off all chairs, sofas, and couches! The store is packed with one-of-a-kind finds, so come find the seat that suits you best!

Happy Father’s Day from all of us here at Mimi’s Attic!

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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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