Look of the Month: January

IMG_2068 (3)Meet Olivia and Charlie, our January “Look of the Month” models. Their sweet and sassy sisterly selves, dressed in snuggly Mama Goose garb show us that a bright new outfit can help you get through any January day!

Olivia’s Gymboree sweater dress (size 7, $8.95) is layered over an OshKosh tee (size 7, $2.50) and purple striped teggings* (size 7, $2.50.)  Her purple Bearpaw boots (size 2, $19.95) keep her feet toasty both indoors and out, and her adorable felted hair clip (model’s own, but $5-12 at MG) was made by her very own mama.  Charlie’s hooded dress (size 5, $11.95) and leggings (size 5, $4.95) are super soft Naartjie items that go great with her Livie & Luca boots (size 13, $23.95.). Once they decide to hunker down for the day, they can swap out their boots for cute clogs.


Sanita clogs (size 13, $13.95) and PG Lite Alegria mermaid mules (size 2, $9.95)


After the New Year’s Eve excitement wears off, the frigid temperatures and endless gray skies of January hang overhead as a constant reminder that there are still many, many winter months to come. Come on down to the Goose for sales and some warm and fuzzy fashion.  We’ll all get through this month together.



Olivia and Charlie also accessorized with sunny dispositions that could brighten anybody’s January.



*Teggings (n): a thin, stretchy pant-like leg covering that simply cannot be defined as either tights or leggings alone.

New year, new sales!

During the month of January we have a different sale each week!

Here are the details on how you can save all month long. Enjoy…

Week 1

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Week 2

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Week 3

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Mix and match-go crazy! (Excludes consigned items.)


And all month long…

Enjoy 20% off gently-used infant clothes sizes NB – 12 months.



…and stay tuned for details on our WINTER BLOWOUT SALE the last week of January!


Mama Goose Turns Thirteen

On December 16th we celebrated our 13th anniversary!

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Check out this old photo of the “Little Goose” in 2003.

How can it be? Mama Goose is a TEENAGER! While your kids have been busily growing, so has Mama Goose – and just as you’ve been loving the job of parenting, we have been loving the job of nurturing our little store! We thought we would take the occasion of our thirteen-year milestone to re-post our story. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to read the history of Mama Goose, here it is …


history of ithaca, kids resale Shortly after she moved to Ithaca in December 2002, Kelly Moreland met fellow mama Michelle Stuhr at the preschool that both their young children attended. Within minutes of meeting each other, the two women found themselves talking about their respective dreams to open a children’s resale store. They both felt there was a niche to be filled, and had been dreaming about the kind of store where they would like to shop for their kids.


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Kelly was passively working on a five year plan, but was inspired by Michelle’s energy and can-do attitude. They started meeting and envisioning, and decided to join forces and take the leap. Neither women had owned or managed a store, but soon adopted the motto, “Build it while you fly it”. Within a few months, Mama Goose opened its doors in a very charming, tiny (850 sq. ft) store at the corner of Seneca and Plain Streets in December of 2003. Thanks to Ithaca-area parents’ passion for reuse and their support of local business, Mama Goose took flight and grew quickly. In 2006, after the arrival of Michelle’s third child, Kelly purchased the business, becoming the sole owner. In 2008, Kelly moved the business one block west to its “forever home” at the corner of State and Corn Streets in Ithaca’s lively West End. Mama Goose is now more than four times its original size with plenty of room for your goslings to enjoy themselves and for you to shop with ease.

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Mama Goose owner Kelly running the register, back in the day!

We love sharing the memory of this store with so many of you who still come in today! Do you remember shopping at the Little Goose? We remember you!

THANK YOU, Ithaca families for your love of sustainability, local shopping and lil’ goslings. We look forward to serving you for another 13!


Shopping locally just got fun!

Throughout the month of December…
all our NEW Books, Toys, Games & Puzzles are BOGO 1/2 OFF!
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While supplies last!
Mix & match and choose from all our favorite toy makers…
Hand-crafted wooden toys by Maple Landmark, North Star and Wild Apples (from Trumansburg!)
Beautiful and thoughtful books and games by Barefoot Books
Colorful and award-winning educational games and  puzzles by eeBoo
100% organic cotton soft toys by Under the Nile

To see all the new toys and great gift items we carry CLICK HERE

Let the list making begin!

Look of the Month: December


Meet Stella and August, our December “Look of the Month” models!

Stella is picture-perfect in a Perfectly Dressed holiday frock (size 12, $7.95) worn with Hanna Anderson tights (size 130, $1.95) and Xin Miao Mary Janes (size 4.5, $14.95.)  A 77 Kids plaid jacket (size 10, $12.95) keeps her warm and takes the outfit to the next level of pattern mixing.



Augie’s ensemble starts with a striped Children’s Place button-down (size 5/6, $3.25) and Gap Kids pants (size 6, $9.95.)  A Perfectly Dressed velveteen jacket (size 5, $7.95) and little-man-sized bow tie ($1.00) add a dash of dapper. Polo boots (size 12, $14.50) strike just the right balance between classy and cool.


Need to get your kids holiday-photo-ready? Swing by Mama Goose and check out our fabulous dressy duds, party dresses, tights and shoes. Plus, you can pick up some great gifts while you’re at it since our entire stock of NEW books, toys, puzzles and games are BOGO 1/2 off throughout the month of December! We know one-stop shopping is on every mama’s wish list.

Happy holidays!

Ithaca is Giving!

Our fourth annual West End Weekend was a huge success!

food drive, red cross, food pantry ithaca, holiday givingWe want to say thank you to all our customers for coming out and donating canned goods for the Ithaca Rescue Mission. We also want to say thank you to all the neighboring businesses that donated prizes for our raffle. What a wonderful place we live in.

Can’t wait to do it again next year!

Join us for West End Weekend!


Stop by and…

1. Enjoy 10% off everything

2. Donate to our food drive

3. Enter our West End Raffle!


Anytime throughout the 3-day weekend (this Friday, Saturday or Sunday), we invite you to bring canned goods or other non-perishable food items to either Mama Goose or Mimi’s Attic and contribute to our Rescue Mission Food Drive. You will receive a raffle ticket for each item you bring AND you can choose which prizes you would like to try to win. The more food items you bring in, the better your chances are of winning a prize!


Below is a list of our fabulous West End neighbors who have donated exciting gift certificates and prizes to our raffle!
Maxie’s Supper Club
The Rook
Gimme! Coffee
On the Street Pita
Saigon Kitchen
Shortstop Deli
Quilters Corners
The Kitchen Theatre Company
Purity Ice Cream Co.
The Westy
Fausel Imagery
Ithaca Children’s Garden

And of course the Grand Prize!!!

$100 Gift Certificate redeemable at

Mimi’s Attic and Mama Goose

We will draw the raffle winners on Tuesday November 28, 2016.

But, wait… there’s MORE!


Enjoy 10% off everything at

Mama Goose & Mimi’s Attic

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Nov. 25th-27th

This sale applies to everything in the store  – including new items such as Ergo Carriers, Happy Wraps, Linen Slings, Wigwam socks, eeboo Games, Barefoot Books, Wild Apples toys, essential oil body balms & more!
Plus! Everyone who donates to the food drive will
receive a $5 OFF COUPON for December!


Our Hours:
Mon thru Sat 10-6
Sun 12-4 
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Look of the Month: November



Meet John and Oscar, our November “Look of the Month” models.

Five-year-old John is looking dapper in a Tomkid corduroy jacket (size 5, $14.50) over Lafaute Voltaire denim overalls (size 6, $12.95) and an Old Navy long-sleeve tee (size 6, $2.95.) His stylish hat (one size fits most, $8.50) and Tamarack duck boots (size 13, $9.95) complete the outfit.

Three-year-old Oscar’s outfit started with an Oshkosh t-shirt (size 4, $2.95) and Harajuku mini jeans (size 4, $7.50.) He keeps it warm and cozy with a MeJane vest (size 5, $7.95), black sheepskin boots (size 10, $23.95) and new Alpaca mittens ($14.50.)

November is all about layers. Our lovely city experiences its fair share of seasonal change- and there’s nothing quite like an Ithaca autumn. One day we’re waking up to frost on the ground and frozen minivan doors (thanks, Monday morning!) …and the next our kids are coming home having abandoned their coats at recess when it hit 70 degrees.


Layers are the only answer – and the Goose has got them in spades. Come on by to check out our collection of cardigans, vests, fall jackets and great accessories.

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Oscar and John are loving their layers – and your littles will too!

Look of the Month: October



Meet Theresia, this month’s Look of the Month model.

Hot dog! Is she cute or what?

(Hot dog costume, size 3-6 months, $7.95)

Halloween inspires a wide variety of reactions throughout the parenting community.  Some mamas rejoice in hand-making costumes; lovingly stitching felt and attaching feathers using organic, locally-sourced hot glue. Others take a simpler approach- recognizing that money can buy happiness when it comes to bypassing the potential “my Spiderman costume doesn’t look like the real one” argument.

Halloween shopping at Mama Goose has the best of both worlds. Our costumes can go straight to the street for trick-or-treating or lay the foundation for a more complex, homemade ensemble. We have a great selection of outfits in sizes ranging from teeny to tweeny.

Plus- all costumes are on sale this month!

20% off October 10-16

30% off October 17-23

50% off October 24-31 (That’s right. We reward you procrastinators.)


Not only does our model make a delicious dog of the edible variety- she can also pull off a zebra (Old Navy costume, 6-12 months, $7.95) and a giraffe (Miniwear, 12 months, $9.95)



She’s even the cutest little purple dragon (Old Navy, 6-12 months, $9.95) you’ve ever seen.

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Come on down to the Goose to see which of our spooky costumes belongs on your little monster.

You Shopped, We Gave!


If you missed the sale, don’t despair! We have tons of great outerwear left and are continuing to buy and restock daily.

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We still have lots of Halloween costumes …

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boots and more boots …


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and snow pants & snowsuits…

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and tons of great coats!