Author Archives: Mama Goose

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).

Have you seen the new store yet?

We’ve been open in our new location for almost two months now, and we have to say… we’re LOVING it! Every day this space feels a little more like home.

If you haven’t stopped by to visit us at 609 W Clinton St. yet, we hope you’ll come by soon! For a little added incentive, we’re having sales every week this month! It’s the perfect chance to get some great deals during your holiday shopping. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on our December sales.

If you’re not comfortable shopping in person right now (we get it!), we’re happy to offer remote shopping for you! To get started, just send us a DM on social media or text us at (607) 216-7851 and let us know what you’re looking for.

And (drumroll please…) we’re buying again! CLICK HERE to learn about our buying process and to see what items we’re looking for now.

Thank you for continuing to support Mama Goose during a year full of lots of change and challenges. We’ve been feeling the love and are deeply grateful for the Mama Goose community 🧡

Share the Warmth!

We are proud to partner with Ithaca Rotary’s Share the Warmth clothing drive again this year by serving as a drop-off location!

All winter clothing in good repair is accepted. There is a special need for children’s and larger-sized outerwear (2X and up) and large-sized boots (13 and up), as well as coats, snow pants and boots; blankets; and hats, scarves, and mittens for all. Each article of clothing donated should be new or gently
used, and clean for future recipients.

The donated clothing is then distributed by Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga free of charge to individuals who need such items for the winter months. Distribution will take place November 9 – 20. Last year, the program distributed more than 3,067 items to 753 adults and
514 children across Tompkins County.

You’ll find the familiar “red box” collection bin at our store until November 23!

Moving Sale & Consignment Extension

It’s hard to believe it’s our last week at 430 W. State Street! We’re so excited for our next chapter, and can’t wait to see you in our new space with you soon! Moving is a lot of work, so with that in mind…

We’re Having a Moving Sale!

25 % OFF non-clothing used items!

This includes strollers, baby carriers, high chairs, swings, shoes, and much more! This even includes consignment items that rarely go on sale 🎉✨💃🏻Come take advantage of these savings while you can – our last day in this location is this Saturday, September 26!

Items NOT included in this sale are masks, clothing, outerwear, winter boots, and new products.

Extending Consignment Periods

We want to be sure we’re taking care of our customers and consignors as best we can during this transition. For that reason we are extending all consignment periods until November 1st!

What does this mean for you? For consignors, this means we’ll have more time to sell your items when we reopen in our new location. For customers, it means we’ll have a lot of great items to pick from right away when we reopen! Talk about a win-win!

We do understand that some people may have extenuating circumstances, so if you need to pick up your items before November 1 please give us a call. We’ll be happy to make other arrangements with you.
You can reach us at 607-216-7851.

Announcing Our New Location!

We have enjoyed your eager anticipation! We are excited to announce that we’ll be moving just a few blocks away at the end of this month! We’ll be taking up residency at Clinton Plaza, with wonderful neighbors such as the Child Development Council and Finger Lakes Toy Library. There is LOTS of free parking right outside our doors, and the area will have more parking soon, after a minor parking reconstruction and landscaping project is completed. The location is also easily walkable and there’s a bus stop right in front. We’re working on exciting things for the future too, like CSA share pick-up, a community drop spot, and more! Please see the Q&A for more details below.

Jillian’s Drawers & Mama Goose Merger Q&A

Q: What will the new location be like? Is Mama Goose being absorbed by Jillian’s Drawers? 
A: Both stores will maintain an identity, slightly redefined, and both will be moving to a new location at 609 West Clinton St.! In the new location they will exist side by side, yet be open to each other. Jillian’s Drawers will embrace an identity as the baby store, supporting new parents from pregnancy and birth through approximately age 18 months. The Jillian’s Drawers side will contain areas for maternity, nursing, sleep, cloth diapers, babywearing, infant toys, and clothing. The Mama Goose side will offer all the things Mama’s need for their goslings, from toddlers up to teens! There will be areas for clothing over size 18 months (up to size 14), toys & games, books, shoes, outdoor wear/gear, dress up, reusable lunch/home goods, and more!

Q: When are you moving?
A: We are working on moving Mama Goose by the end of September and Jillian’s Drawers shortly after. We will announce firmer dates as soon as we can. There will be a window of time when each store stops buying used items and closes for a short time while we move and get set up in our new location. We’ll announce that when the time is right as well.

Q: Can I use my store credit at both stores?
A: Yes, however not until we have both stores on the same system. You will be able to use store credit at both stores once they are moved to the new location. 

Q: I have a gift certificate for one of these stores? Will it be valid at either one?
A: Once both stores are in the same location, you will be able to use your gift certificate at either location! Previously issued gift certificates will be honored. 

Q: Will buying policies/structure change?
A: We are working on evaluating both stores’ processes of buying used items and will revise our policies as we reopen in the new location. We would love your feedback!

Q: Will I see the same great Mama Goose staff?
A: Yes! Store managers and sales associates specific to Mama Goose store have come onboard for this new chapter. 

Q: Will the Community Room aspect of Jillian’s Drawers still be a part of this new version?
A: Yes! Our new location has a large room that will open as a community space once deemed safe. We plan to hold classes, meetups/support groups, playgroups, host birthday parties, and have this space available for rent once the time is right. We anticipate this reopening sometime in 2021.

Take our survey and be entered to win a $50 gift certificate!

We want to do our best to create the most amazing hub for our community! We’d love your feedback about these two stores and how we can best serve you moving forward. ​​​​​​​

Exciting Announcement!

A Note from Store Owner, Kelly Moreland:
Hello, Ithaca Families! I am very happy to be sharing this news with you. Mama Goose is about to change ownership to Kelly Serbonich, owner of Jillian’s Drawers and Parenting Naturally, LLC.
Kelly S. has a super exciting vision and plan to incorporate Mama Goose and Jillian’s Drawers into a one-stop shopping and trading hub for Ithaca families. Both stores will operate as they are now, in their current locations for another month or so, but the plan is to move them to a fabulous downtown storefront where they can be side by side and yes, there will be lots of easy parking! The location will be announced soon, but both Kelly S. and I feel great about it and we think you will too.

What will happen to your Store Credit under the new
ownership?

Though Mama Goose is changing ownership and, eventually, locations, your Mama Goose Store Credit will continue to be honored under the new ownership, just as it always has been.
One small change around here is we have all gotten in the habit of referring to me as “Kelly M” and Kelly Serbonich as “Kelly S”, but everything else is pretty much business as usual! You will be served by all the same, familiar team members including Store Manager Rebeka and Assistant Manager, Anya and we will all work together to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible for you.

Why am I selling Mama Goose?
I have been honored to be the owner of Mama Goose for sixteen and a half years.
My lil’ goslings were 1 & 4 when I opened Mama Goose in December 2003 (with co-founder Michelle Stuhr) and it is clear to me the time has come for me to pass the mantle. I could not be happier with this transition plan which I regard as a win-win for Kelly S, the team (A.K.A. The Geese at the Goose) and for Ithaca families

There is one policy change we need to make this week:
Beginning August 27th, we will not be able to transfer your Store Credit between Mama Goose & Mimi’s Attic.
If you wish to transfer your Mama Goose Store Credit to Mimi’s Attic (or vice versa) it’s important that you do so by Wednesday, August 26th. I apologize for this change as I know many of you enjoy transferring store credit back and forth between the two stores. If you are happy with where your store credit is, there is nothing you need to do.

Thank you, once again, for your commitment to local business and sustainability and for your part in helping Mama Goose thrive and serve Ithaca for years to come. 

Warmly,
Kelly Moreland & the Geese at the Goose

We are Having a School Supply Drive!


Mama Goose
 & Mimi’s Attic are partnering with Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga to collect donated new school supplies for families in need. All donated items will go to Catholic Charities’ Backpack Giveaway Program.School Supplies Needed:
Backpacks
Binders
Notebooks
Folders
Pens
Pencils
Crayons

Drop off new school supplies during store hours Mama Goose or Mimi’s Attic August 15-29. For each item you donate, you will receive one raffle ticket for a $50 gift certificate to Mama Goose or Mimi’s Attic!

Such an important year to help students out and brighten their day. Please donate if you are able!

If you would like to receive school supplies for your child, please contact Catholic Charities and submit your request no later than 4:30 pm August 28, 2020 by mail or calling our Ithaca office at 607-272-5062 ext. 27 (you will answer questions on their answering machine). Items will be available for pick up after September 4, 2020.