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Buying Pause

We’re taking a buying pause April 11 – 18

Due to a variety of events in the lives of our staff, we are a bit short on manpower this week. In order to best serve our customers, we will not be taking any walk-ins or additional appointments this week. Standing appointments will still be honored. We will begin our regular buying again on Tuesday, April 19.

New Sale! Plus, spring buying coming soon!

Introducing a new type of sale for Mama Goose & Jillian’s Drawers – Tag Sales!
Tag sales will work like this:
Items with a specific colored plastic tag fasteners will be on sale.

In tag sales, items with a specific color of tag fastener will be discounted. The item in this photo, for example, has a red tag fastener.


For this introductory tag sale, all gently-used clothes, jackets, and coats with clear tag fasteners are 20% off! This includes maternity items.
This sale runs through Sunday, January 16.
This sale does not include new products, shoes, accessories, socks, hats, toys, or gear.

Spring & Summer Buying

In early March we will start looking more for Spring and Summer clothing and shoes. Visit our “How to Sell” page for more information about selling your gently-used items with us,

A brief pause on intake

We’ve had a ton of great clothing and gear coming in lately! So much, in fact, that our intake area is overflowing and we need a little extra time to process everything and get it out onto the floor for you.
We’re taking a buying pause December 23 – January 10
The last day to bring in your items will be Wednesday, December 22. This pause is to allow us to catch up on the items we have already received, get through the holidays, and do our annual inventory. We will not be taking any appointments, walk-ins, or drop offs during these dates. We will resume buying your gently-used items on January 12. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Shop Small & Local for the Holidays!

Shopping from small and local businesses like ours can be just a simple as shopping from a big box store or massive online retailer, but it means so much more! If you’re shopping for gifts, it shows the person receiving the gift that you put a lot of thought into what you got for them. Plus, it makes a huge difference to the small business owners and their employees, not to mention supporting the local economy! Plus, if you shop with us in person or online with local pick-up, you’ll skip those pesky shipping delays and supply chain issues. So if you’re shopping for children or parents this holiday season, we hope you’ll think of us!

Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas

For a sweet & fun family treat

Hot Cocoa Chocolate Bombs

Handcrafted w/Guittard gourmet chocolate, high-quality cocoa powder, & marshmallows and decorated w/premium sprinkles, sugar pearls, & edible glitters! A fun treat for the winter and holiday season.

For the new mom

The gift of Diaper Service!

Leave the washing to us! Use 100% natural cotton diapers, delivered to your door every week! All the benefits of cloth diapers, with none of the hassle! Using a diaper service can cost less than disposables, and is so much better! This small choice has a big impact… your money will not add 2 tons of waste to landfills and will instead support your local economy and save resources!

For the little fashionista

Piggy Paint

Natural as mud! Eco-friendly, non-toxic nail polish is finally here! We searched high and low for a safer way for our kids to paint their piggies and we are so happy to find this made in the USA, mom-owned, non-smelly brand – Piggy Paints! Piggy Paint comes in fun vibrant colors, dries to a hard durable finish, and is non-toxic, water-based and safe for use during pregnancy. We recommend several coats for a long-lasting effect!

For the overworked mama who needs to relax

Avital Apiary’s Bath Fizzies

Whether you’re running marathons or running a company, wrestling mustangs or wrestling code, a hot, scented, moisturizing bath will let you hit the reset button and create all that magic again tomorrow.

For the little scientist

DIY Lip Balm and Bath Bomb Kits

Lock in the moisture and keep your lips smooth with this all-natural DIY Lip Balm Kit! Learn how to make your own lip balm from scratch using organic safflower oil, organic shea butter, and organic beeswax! Customize your lip balms with fragrances like boysenberry and bubblegum! The kit includes everything you need to make 6 lip balms, including sticker labels you can customize for you and your friends.

The award-winning, all-natural, and eco-friendlier DIY Bath Bomb Kit blends science and fun together in the comfort of your kitchen! Combine the Secret Formula and Witch Hazel together with their signature natural fragrances. Press into the reusable heart-shaped silicone mold, allow to dry, then watch as they fizz and bubble in the bath water! 

For the Eco-Conscious Cook or Baker

Bee’s Wrap

Made with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Bee’s Wrap® is washable, reusable, and compostable. Natural food wraps can make a powerful difference in reducing plastic waste. Whether your food storage needs are for on-the-go snacks, family dinners, or homemade desserts, these organic food wrap selections are made to fit your lifestyle.

For Anyone!

A Mama Goose & Jillian’s Drawers Gift Card

Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Jillian’s Drawers & Mama Goose gift card! Gift cards will be sent to your email address and can be forwarded to your friends/loved ones whenever the time is right!

Looking for other small businesses to support? Visit some of our friends!

Mimi’s Attic Ithaca – A locally owned business outfitting the Finger Lakes with previously enjoyed furniture, household goods, and home decor.

One Ring Donuts – Locally made and seasonally inspired donuts. We make a variety of styles, including potato donuts, brioche, sour cream, vegan, and gluten free doughs.

Alphabet Soup – An independent toy store with fun and educational toys, baby toys, books, puzzles, games, science kits, dolls, crafts & more.

Cat’s Pajamas – Ithaca’s original general store for kids and kids at heart

The Brain Shoppe – Brain teaser puzzles, logic games, smart toys, STEM kits, practical books, novelties, and fun stuff for all ages.

Home Green Home – An eclectic shop with healthy home furnishings and green living goods in downtown Ithaca New York.

Circus Culture –  Ithaca’s very own circus school. We offer circus classes, camps, performances, parties, and more for kids and adults.

Gimme Coffee – A specialty coffee roaster/retailer with cafes in Ithaca and Trumansburg, NY. They bring great coffee to our community, using practices that are sustainable through every step of the supply chain from farmer to customer.

Handwork Ithaca – Ithaca’s Artisan Cooperative with 45 member artisans doing a range of work that includes pottery, woodworking, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, wearable arts, leather, dried florals, paper, fine art and photography.

We’re Taking a Brief Intake Intermission

We’ve had a ton of great clothing and gear coming in lately! So much, in fact, that our intake area is overflowing and we need a little extra time to process everything and get it out onto the floor for you.

We’re taking a pause from buying in items from November 25 through December 1.

This pause will allow us to catch up on the items we have already received and focus on the upcoming holiday sales. We will not be taking any appointments, walk-ins, or drop offs during these dates. We will resume buying your gently-used items on December 2. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

2021 Post-Thanksgiving Deals!

2021 has been “exciting” in so many ways and we are ever grateful for all the support we have received as a small business! Given all the supply issues and price increases, we’ve structured our deal a little differently this year. Most importantly, we encourage you to shop locally and small, give your support to all the amazing places that work so hard to serve you! For our lovely customers, we are offering the following:

  • TRIPLE POINTS! On all purchases online and in our retail store (excluding gift cards and diaper service purchases). We have never offered a triple points promo before, and it’s awesome because you will earn at least 10% back on all your purchases! For example, if you spend $150 with us (think an awesome Strider Bike, some sweet hot cocoa bombs, bubble bath dough!), you’ll earn 450 points. You can redeem your reward right after your order is fulfilled. In this case, 400 points can be redeemed for $15 off! Use it on your next order, or let your points build up to a higher reward level (700 points gets you $30 off!). Learn more about our rewards program here.
  • The first 30 orders, beginning on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25, 12AM EST) will receive a free Thirsties Mini Wet Bag (a $12.50 value!). We will add this to your order when shipping (or choose Local Pick Up if you are planning to collect your order from our retail store). 
  • At our retail store, we will also have a special sale rack with great deals on select merchandise – everything from baby carriers to jackets, clothing, bath supplies, and more!

And please STAY TUNED for our 12 Days of Holiday Sales! We’ll be offering a new sale every day for 12 straight days, beginning Dec. 1. Sales will be on popular new items and items that make great gifts! If ordering online, you can have us hold your order and ship all items together at the end of the sale. 

Now Buying Fall & Winter Items

We’re now buying in fall and winter items such as jackets, sturdy sneakers, boots, denim, and long sleeves. Check out our How to Sell page for all the details and information on how to schedule an appointment.

Your favorite sale is almost here!

Our summer bag sale is just a few weeks away!

Fill a bag for one flat price. This sale includes clothing sizes NB-14, shoes, toys, and maternity. We provide the bags; you shop & ENJOY!

Important Dates for Selling With Us

We will be taking a brief pause from bringing in used items August 16-22 as we prepare for and host the Bag Sale. This means we will not be taking any walk-ins or appointments during that time.

 Fall and Winter buying begins Tuesday, August 24! 

Want to sell with us? We’re taking walk-ins!

Beginning today, July 1, we’ve updated our buying process.

In order to best serve our customers and make sure we are properly staffed and prepared, we have a new buying process broken down into three tiers. Here’s a brief run-down of what those tiers look like. For all the details, visit our How To Sell page.

  1. Walk-in Selling2 standard grocery-size bags or less
    You can walk in with 2 standard grocery tote bags or less from 10-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and sell on the spot!

  2. On-the-Spot Selling2 large tote storage bins or less
    For larger loads, we will still take appointments but will look through your items on the spot while you remain in the store. Please call or text us to book an on-the-spot selling appointment for your larger load at 607-216-7851.

  3. Large Gearplease check in with us
    We can accept these items in as walk-ins, however we ask that you text us a photo or call to check in with us about them ahead of time. This will allow us to confirm our interest, which can vary depending on demand, condition, current inventory, etc. Call or text us at 607-216-7851.

We are excited to once again offer quicker turnaround time on buying in your fabulous items! Thank you for your patience as we have navigated through buying during the pandemic and moving our locations. Our buying procedures directly affect our staffing and we appreciate your patience during this transition!

Want to get a selling appointment sooner?

We’re now buying in the following items with quicker appointment times:
• Rain boots
• Sandals & water shoes
• Nursing tanks & shirts
• Rainwear
Beginning Thursday, March 25, you can make an appointment to bring in one shopping bag (such as a standard reusable Wegman’s shopping bag) of these items and either drop it off or have it done on the spot! 

Please call/text 607-216-7851 for an appointment time. 

These appointments are available Tuesdays-Saturdays (not on Sundays or Mondays).