About Us

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“I couldn’t ask for a better shopping experience with a conveniently located store, great selection, friendly staff and great customer service! Thanks, Mama Goose! You are the best!” – Kim C.

We at Mama Goose…

work hard to make our store an organized, inviting, child-friendly, and nurturing place to be. Visit us enough, and we’ll learn every thing about you. Are you always searching for adjustable waistbands for your slim five year old? Are you pregnant and need a little help de-mystifying cloth diapering? Are you looking for the perfect potty to inspire your toddler?

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Kelly Moreland, Owner

We listen carefully to mamas through all the stages of parenting and strive to meet their needs in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Come see for yourself—and by all means, bring some stuff to trade! (See "How to Sell" for more details.)

Rebeka, Store Manager

Theresa, Assistant Manager


Anya, Assistant Manager


Lisa, Sales Associate


Melissa, Sales Associate

Natalia, Sales Associate

Grace, Sales Associate

The Hatching of Mama Goose...

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. Read More...

Kelly was passively working on a five year plan, but was inspired by Michelle's energy and can-do attitude. The two women started meeting and envisioning and decided to join forces and take a 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, very small store at the corner of Seneca and Plain Streets in December 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 over four times its original size with plenty of room for your goslings to enjoy themselves and for you to shop with ease.

What Customers are Saying...

"We have been able to get co-sleepers, ring slings, cloth diapers, toys galore and more clothes than I can count. Not to mention, all the great dress up clothes I've…

"Mama Goose easily has the best staff in Ithaca. They are always friendly and knowledgeable - my fav store in Ithaca!!"

"On any given day, at least 2 of my 4 kids will be wearing something from Mama Goose - from boots and winter coats, to party dresses and footsie pajamas.…