Do you have questions about the Mama Goose Coat Sale Extravaganza? Read on to get all the deets on our biggest event of the year, happening September 23, 2017! Join our Facebook event HERE to stay in the loop as we get closer to the big day…
Note: Our seasoned Coat Sale veterans said they loved everything about our set-up last year. The lines moved swiftly and shoppers had a really great (and swift!) experience so we’re going to do almost everything the same. We only have one NEW small change and it’s a fun one …
Q: Why have a Coat Sale Extravaganza in the first place?
A: The Coat Sale tradition began when we had a tiny, ginger-bread house-like store at the corner of Seneca St. and Plain St. (2004). It was impossible to fit all of our winter outerwear on the sales floor, and our customers needed to stop in daily to find the right size snow gear for each of their kids. We realized that if we put all of our winter outerwear in our parking lot on one day, our customers would know what day to come to have the best chance at finding what they needed. And so the Extravaganza was born! The coat sale also allows us to buy great winter outerwear year-round, regardless of sales floor space, which means a better selection for you.
Q: How much will the outerwear be discounted?
A: When you get to the register, you will be asked to draw a lucky marble for 10, 15 or 20% off your total purchase of winter outerwear and Halloween costumes. You’ve heard the song “Luck be a lady” … we say “Luck be a Mama at the Extravaganza!”
NEW Q: Is it worth coming if I can’t get there until the afternoon?
A: YES! Last year, we noticed there was a lot of fantastic merchandise still on the racks in the afternoon and very few shoppers. We were so impressed with what was left on the racks, we started posting on Instagram to let everyone know. We had photos with brands like Mini Boden, Uggs, Ralph Lauren, Patagonia, Hatley, Bogs, Uniglo & more. To sweeten the pot this year, we have come up with an ingenious plan. Introducing the … Naptime Special!
NEW Q: What’s this NAPTIME SPECIAL you speak of?
A: At 1pm, we will get rid of the 10% marbles, so you will be guaranteed either 15 or 20% off your total purchase of winter outerwear and Halloween costumes. After 4pm, no more marbles – everyone receives 20% off their Coat Sale purchases, guaranteed! If you like quiet and solitary shopping and deep discounts, the Naptime Special is the strategy for you.
Q: Will there be other sales or discounts on the day of the event?
A: Why, yes – great question! Everything inside Mama Goose will be 10% off all day on the day of the Extravaganza. And, yes, that includes new products such as our Ergo Carriers, Ring Slings, cloth diapers and shoes. Even clearance items will be marked down an extra 10% the day of the sale. Plus, after you make your Coat Sale purchases, you will be given a couple of coupons including a 10% off coupon to our sister store, Mimi’s Attic.
Q: How long are the checkout lines going to be?
A: We tried out a new line system last year and it worked great! All shoppers will enter the same line, just off the parking lot, into the Mimi’s Attic loading area, where we will have four registers with eager cashiers waiting to check you out with lightning speed.
Q: What forms of payment will you accept?
A. All four registers will accept Mama Goose store credit, VISA, Mastercard, Discover and of course, CASH! Cash is definitely the swiftest form of payment, so if possible, stop at an ATM!
Q: Can I use my frequent customer stamp card?
A: In order to keep the lines moving, we do not stamp frequent customer cards at the Coat Sale registers. However, we will be giving stamps for regular, non-coat sale purchases made inside Mama Goose. You are also welcome to redeem full stamp cards at any register.
Q: What if I want to shop inside Mama Goose for non-Coat Sale items like school clothes, books, shoes, toys, diapering supplies, etc.?
A: It will be business as usual for shoppers inside Mama Goose, except we will have an extra register, light refreshments and 10% off everything inside the store! You might choose to shop inside Mama Goose after your Coat Sale purchases or “divide and conquer” with one person from your party shopping inside and the other person shopping outside at the same time. You choose your strategy! Note: We will NOT be buying on the day of the Extravaganza.
Q: What if I want to shop or browse in Mimi’s Attic?
A: We suggest making your Coat Sale purchases first and then go shop at Mimi’s. You will be receiving a Mimi’s coupon for 10% off your total purchase that you can use any time before October 31st.
Q: What if it rains?
A: We have three twenty-foot tents, and several 10×10 foot tents in addition to our shipping and receiving area. We will also direct and manage the checkout lines to keep you sheltered and dry. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! If you have any unanswered questions, feel free call us at 607-269-0600.
Q: Can I bring used items to sell on the day of the Coat Sale?
A: We apologize for any inconvenience, but we will not be buying on the day of the Coat Sale.
Normal buying will resume on Monday the 25th.
Q: I’m not familiar with the area, where can I park?
A: Mama Goose Ithaca is located in Ithaca’s West End, which is easy to get to from Route 13. Here is a handy MAP for your convenience. If you are coming from the north, simply take a left off of route 13 South onto Buffalo Street and proceed two blocks, and look for parking on Buffalo Street. Then simply walk down Corn Street (across from the park) and you will be right next to the sale. Parking is free on weekends. Parking can also be found on Corn, State or Seneca Street. Note: Though our address is 430 West State Street, the coat sale takes place around the back of the building on Seneca Street in our parking lot.
We hope to see you at the Extravaganza! Don’t forget to bring a friend and make a day of it! You are sure not to walk away empty handed.