Time to Clean Out Those Kids’ Closets and Sell to Mama Goose!

We here at Mama Goose get pretty excited about spring. After a long winter of wool and fleece, we love filling our store with bright colors and great looks for the sunny seasons. And if you’ve ever been to our store, you know it’s big (4,000 square feet big) so we work diligently to stock it with stylish and sturdy in-season clothes for babies and kids (as well as maternity wear, books, toys and baby equipment). That’s where you Mamas come in. Every time you sell at Mama Goose, we get more fresh stock to roll out onto the sales floor. So comb through your kid’s closets this spring, and remember Mama Goose!Sell at Mama Bring Bags

Selling with us is really pretty painless, and it feels great to get that unnecessary clutter out of your house. When choosing what to bring in, here are a couple of tips: You will receive the most money for your kids’ gently-used clothes when you bring current-season clothes at the top of the season. Right now we are super psyched about spring jackets, rain gear, crisp oxford shirts for boys, sun-dresses for girls, sturdy shorts, higher end sandals like Keens, and bathing suits in good condition.

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We do know, however, that while you’re sorting, you’re likely to find great winter clothes that you know won’t fit next year. That’s why we are happy to take a look at quality out-of-season clothes as well. When we buy out-of-season clothes, we are a more selective and pay a little less. But we are always eager to take a look at quality winter boots, outerwear, and Halloween costumes.

If you’d like to learn more about how to sell at Mama Goose, read our How to Sell page and get crackin’ on those closets!

 

 

Come. Save. Enjoy!

While it’s been blisteringly cold all winter, we’ve been staying warm and cozy here at Mama Goose. Our amazing customers make it easy for us to keep our spirits up despite the weather. We love being your excuse to get out of the house, do something nice for yourself and your family, and save a little money! Here are some highlights, and some of the friends we’ve made this past winter:

 

Don’t you wanna get in on the Goose fun??

Step 1) Come on down! We’re nestled in the heart of Ithaca’s West End with plenty of free parking in lots on both State St. and Seneca St.

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Step 2) Save. Our 4,000 square foot store is loaded with quality second hand kid’s clothes, maternity fashions, baby equipment, books, and toys, all at a fraction of their retail value. AND you can sell us the gently used items your kids have outgrown. Save even more when you get paid in Mama Goose store credit!

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Our selection of gently used baby equipment typically sells for about half of the retail price!

We have new and used Ergos, Happy Wraps, and slings. We're happy to answer any and all of your baby-wearing questions!

We have new and used Ergo Baby Carriers, Happy Wraps, and assorted slings. We’re happy to answer any and all of your baby-wearing questions!

Right now we’re buying spring and summer clothes in all sizes. For more details on selling, check out our How To Sell page.

Step 3) Enjoy! This step tends to take care of itself. See for yourself!

 

We hope you visit us soon! We’re getting in tons of spring merchandise every day so stop in often. And, in addition to all the great new products we already have, we’re expecting shipments of rain boots, water bottles, spring scarves for Mamas, and more!

Thanks for all the love this winter!

-The Geese at the Goose

Gently Used Women’s and Junior Sizes Temporarily at Mama Goose Ithaca!

As many of you know, we have closed our Homer stores (Mama Goose Homer and Liv’s Trading Co). This was a difficult decision to make, and we are sad to have disappointed so many great customers in the Homer/Cortland area. The silver lining, however, is that a little bit of Liv’s Trading Co. is temporarily living on, here in Ithaca! When you’re next in, be sure to check out the racks of women’s and junior clothing and handbags that we have here at Mama Goose. We even have an entire rack of high quality Flax!

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We also have many of the great new products that Liv’s was carrying. Including all natural nail polish and polish remover by Karma Organics (no fumes!), adorable recycled bags by BlueQ, and tons of stylish statement jewelry. Pick something up for yourself, your friend, your sister, and your teen – while supplies last!Photo Feb 26, 2 12 20 PMLivs at Mama 2

We’re Getting Ready for Spring!

Another 6 weeks of winter, huh? Well that’s no surprise around here. Luckily, the change of seasons is a great time to shop and sell. Why? Because we’re up to our ear muffs in sales right now! So many things are on sale that we can hardly keep track. So here’s a nifty little list for you:

  • Jeans, fleece, and corduroy 20% off
  • Women’s Accessories 20% off
  • Snow Stoppers gloves and Newberry Mittens 30% off
  • Wigwams socks 25% off

And then, all of a sudden, Valentine’s Day will be here!

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Will you be our Valentine? Spring buying begins February 14th! Brush off those short sleeves, rain boots, spring jackets, and spring dresses and make a date with Mama Goose! Get more details about selling with us here.

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Looking for a cute Valentine’s Day craft to do with the kids? Get inspired by these cute and simple crafts!

 

 

 

New books for kids of all ages

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It can be difficult to find children’s books and games that you can actually learn from and enjoy, too. That’s why we’re so excited about Barefoot Books! Their games and stories are so well-thought out, cleverly written, and beautifully illustrated, that you might find yourself getting caught up in the magic, too.

Enchanting fairy tales and ledgendsNursurey Rhyme board bookGreek Epics

There’s a book or activity for every age, every interest. Dinosaurs? Got it. Princesses? Check. Greek epics, medieval legends, fairy tales, and monsters? Obviously. Perhaps your family is full of world travelers? Check out the Children of the World memory game where you will learn to say “hello” in 36 different languages! The Barefoot Books World Atlas is almost literally bursting at the seams with pop-out factoids and pictures. Even the board books for your littlest goslings are cleverly illustrated and delightful to read. Want a more hands-on learning experience? We carry Barefoot Books origami kits, Yoga activity cards, puzzles, and more!

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Test our new all-natural bath & body products from Avital’s Apiaries!

There’s a real buzz around Mama Goose about these new products from Avital’s Apiaries. Why’s that? Because they harness the power of bees!

lotion bar and body butterOwner Lesli Sagan has three apiaries in Ithaca and Lansing that provide her with honey to spare. Did you know that honey is a natural humectant? That means it draws moisture into itself. What a perfect feature for skin care products! We are now carrying her Lotion Bar (pictured to the left with the bee stamp), Body Butter, all-purpose balm, bath fizzies, and lip balms. All of her products are 100% natural, made from beeswax, shea butter, mango butter and more. She only ever uses natural perfumes and dyes so you know they’re safe for you,  your family, and the planet.lip balm and bath fizz

And this stuff really works. Our entire staff has been swarming around the sample testers. They last forever, leave your skin feeling natural and hydrated-never oily, and are just fragrant enough without being overwhelming.  Lesli recommends the all-purpose balm for baby’s drool rash. And she’d know because she’s a mama herself. In fact, the business is named after her young daughter. How sweet! And the fizzies make bath time fun while softening the water and soothing baby’s skin (or yours!). The oatmeal honey fizzies are particularly good for dry Ithacan winter skin.

Want to know more about Lesli and Avital’s Apiaries? Check out her blog.

Introducing: Happy Wraps!

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There are a ton of options for how to carry your baby. Of course, there’s the old fashioned way if you have the strength of the hulk and can get through your entire day without using your hands… Or there are baby wraps. But even then, how do you find the right one for you?

We are proud to be the first retailer in Central New York to introduce Happy Wraps! They are made from super-soft organic bamboo, non-toxic dyes, and are 100% USA made. They are naturally anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic, and completely machine washable. The 4-way stretch fabric allows for comfortable discreet nursing and is safe for even the lightest preemies and newborns. And also, they look so trendy! There’s no reason your baby can’t be the love of your life AND your cutest accessory. We carry them in several vibrant colors to fit any taste. If you are expecting, stop by the store and try one out today! There is still time to sneak it onto your Christmas list.

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Thank You, Ithaca!!

Phew, what a crazy weekend! So many shoppers, so many discounts, and so much West End Raffling! We’re so grateful to everyone who brought donations for our food drive. With your help, and the help of our sister store, Mimi’s Attic, we filled up two of these huge barrels in just THREE days! The guys from the rescue mission food pantry were rather impressed. But we’re not surprised, we already knew you guys were awesome.

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We wanted to send a huge thank you to every one of our customers who donated food, to Maxie’s Supper Club, Gimme! Coffee, Felicia’s Atomic Lounge, Rasa Spa, and The Kitchen Theatre who donated raffle prizes, and a great big congratulations to all of our raffle winners!

America Recycles Day!

We all know the drill: reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s the way we live because, hey, we’re Ithaca. But when you’re sorting through clothes you don’t need anymore, what do you do with items that Mama Goose and other resale stores can’t accept? The shoe without a pair, the worn completely through sweater, the stained beyond all recognition t-shirt, what will become of them? You think they’re beyond the point of donation because who else could possibly want them? And so, not knowing where else to turn, under cover of night with the shades drawn, you throw them out. Alas! Your secret shame. You feel like you’ve let down the planet in some way, but what else were you supposed to do!?

As it turns out, the answer is to donate them anyway! Donation centers like the Salvation Army, Thrifty Shopper, and outdoor donation bins, only sell about 20% of the clothing and textiles they receive. As for the rest, there is actually more recycling to be done. Click on the picture below to enlarge it and read more about how those donations are used. Your recycled linens could end up abroad or being made into carpet padding… neat!

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November 15th is America Recycles day and New York State is making a real push to encourage textile recycling. (Because, let’s face it, we’re already masters at recycling paper products, glass, and plastic). If you want to know more, here are some helpful links:

List of Recyclable Textiles: Some of the things on this list are really surprising. Even stuffed animals? Even Dish cloths?! As long as everything is dry and odor-free, it seems like every textile is fair game.

Textile Recovery/Donation Centers: These are all the places you can donate within 10 miles of Ithaca. If you’re reading this from afar, not to worry, just put in your zip code and get a list of donation centers near you. On November 15th and 16th only, Tompkins County is also hosting events at our food scrap drop off locations where there will be more information about all kinds of recycling, and special activities and giveaways.

Click below to learn more about America Recycles day and New York State’s textile recovery campaign. And, next time you’re faced with ripped jeans you don’t want anymore, make Mama Earth proud and “Clothes the Loop!”

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Perfect Winter Gloves for Kids!

As winter nears, we conjure scenes of snow capped roofs, frosty white winter branches, clean crisp air, and a silent stillness that seems to come with the season. A silence that can be shattered by the sounds of frustrated children screeching because snow has crept into their sleeve.

Fear not, snow bunnies, there is a solution! We are excited to announce that both Mama Goose locations now carry Snow Stopper gloves and mittens. They have an extra long cuff that prevents snow from getting in to the sleeve and causing discomfort. They are warm, waterproof and won’t fall off which makes playtime out doors less stressful for everyone. Genius!

We’ve got them in 8 different colors in several sizes to fit ages 6 months to 16 years!

Prices range from $12.98-$19.98

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Velcro Strap and Waterproof Palm

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