What to do with the old fur coats in the closet??

I’m old enough to be of the era when owning a mink coat was not a crime. I inherited several fur coats and jackets too and my mother passed along to me one she doesn’t wear often enough to keep. I have a fur zip-in lining to a coat that is long gone. And I have a fox head collar that went to a coat, the coat also long gone. I also inherited a pair of mink earmuffs and a mink hand warmer. Beautiful all, but all sitting unused and forlorn.

My mink is a good one bought back in the day when fur coats were big and long. In hindsight I must have looked stupid as hell being so short wearing a big fur coat but it was okay then.

And as much as I cringe saying this, my mother owned a stunning ocelot coat in the 1960s! It’s still around, now owned by one of my nieces, who on a rare occasion has worn it because everyone assumes it’s fake. Until one day she was in an elevator with it on (in NYC) and a furrier knew it was real by its patina. My niece was afraid to wear it again so that coat, like my furs, sit in mothballs. They are basically worth nothing. No one wants them. No one is buying them.

I read yesterday that San Francisco just passed a law banning fur sales. Seems anti-capitalism to me. If someone wants to buy a fur, they should be allowed to.

So what will become of the minks and fox here? Good question. I have no answer.

Now, as for the nor’easter yesterday? Hogwash. At most we got 4″. The sun is out now…there were no howling winds or 16″ as predicted. Schools in RI were cancelled and they got less than 1″ of snow. Mostly a dusting. Schools here were closed yesterday too but no snow began to fall until after the school buses were home. Insanity.

Let the day begin!!

24 thoughts on “What to do with the old fur coats in the closet??

  1. I have two mink coats myself and a handful I inherited from my mother. I used to pay for them to be stored but now they hang upstairs useless. My daughters don’t want them. Even consignment shops aren’t interested. I won’t tell you how much my minks cost in the day- it was an extravagance but one my husband was thrilled for me to have. It showed his ability to provide I guess. I’ll let my kids decide what dumpster the furs go in when I die. I can’t throw them away. I loved them.

    I bet the ocelot coat was gorgeous but I agree it’s cringeworthy today. The thought of a rare animal being skinned for a coat is dreadful.

  2. I never bought a mink but my mother did and passed it along to me. I’d wear it into the city but when the red paint throwers came into vogue, I hung the mink up for good. When I sold the big house, I gave the coat away. You are right, they are practically worthless today.

  3. I have my mothers full length knitted beaver. It is warm and gorgeous and I wear it whenever it’s cold out (under 40ish). I also have her big fat diamond ring, but I find it more difficult to wear that, as it’s so big and flashy, and I tend more towards low-key. I don’t bother to *do* anything with the coat beyond shake it out and store it in a garment bag in the cedar closet. I figure I’ll just use it up. I try not to brush up against salty, dirty cars as I’m sure the cleaning bill would be $200+

    I concur about the snow storm. We maybe have 5-6” here, but hopefully it will melt quickly. It’s nearly off the trees now. It just goes to show the media is not to be trusted.

    1. Wow, I bet that beaver coat is stunning. Knitted beaver is especially beautiful. It’s one of the must luxurious furs out there.
      Same here re big diamonds. I only wear one band. I have my grandmothers large stones and rings that I’ve passed along to the next generation. I took my own diamond off my hand years ago for a trip overseas and never put it back on. Lowkey is my nature too.

      Local meteorologists are getting slammed in social media about over hyping the storms. I blame much of the hype on The Weather Channel that now names winter storms. So stupid. This storm was named Toby. Don’t get me started.

  4. I will also add my thought that if you have a fur, you should use it. Be a good steward of your belongings and honor the animals that gave their lives by utilizing the warmth they still give.

  5. I see innumerable furs every day during winter in New York City, less so in Greenwich but still hardly verboten. However, the bulky ankle length black or brown furs of the 80s just aren’t in style anymore, nor is getting a fur the rite of passage as it once was. (My mom recalls with fondness the fur muff she had as a child.) With that said, agree that most furs are probably worthless if you don’t wear them and best donated. Or you could have it remade by a furrier into something more modern if you want to get use out of it. I doubt you’re going to splashed with red paint in Bedford or Greenwich.

    My late great aunt had a leopard coat, before they were illegal! Who knows where that ended up.

    1. I don’t notice the fur wearing women in the city as much. Maybe I’m just not on the right avenues. Are the women my age or are you saying younger women are sporting them too?

      The 80s was bad for everything. Mink coats included. Big shoulder pads. Big hair. Big glasses. Wrong length. Horrid.

      One of my minks was remade – reshaped, less bulk, pelts taken out etc, but still no one wears it. I wouldn’t even know who to donate it to. Not something Goodwill would want. If it had value, I’d consider giving it to a charity to sell. But looking on websites this morning, Estate Furs, or something like tat, big coats are in the $1800 range. That’s peanuts compared to what they cost.

      I myself am not worried about getting paint splashed on the fur. I’m just more of a wool coat gal I guess.

  6. Here’s a thought – buy up all those unwanted furs on the cheap then market them to all the wealthy Chinese & Russians.

    1. Daughter who lived and worked in Vail had a friend who worked at a Vail furrier. The clientele was from near and far – very wealthy Texans and Mexicans mostly – they’d come in and buy three or four expensive coats/jackets and think nothing of it.

  7. I remember as a child cozying up to my grandmother at church when she had her mink coat on. It was so soft and dreamy. I don’t know what happened to her coat when she died. If my mother inherited it she didn’t tell me and I never saw her wear one. I have not owned a mink myself. They are beautiful.

  8. A friend had her coat taken apart and made into a throw blanket. Was very nice with a blanket on one side the fur on the other. Doesn’t leave the house, warm & pretty. Try that.

    1. Good idea. My paternal grandmother had a lamb shearling coat that was made into a throw. I don’t know where it is now but I remember it as a teen. She died when I was about 16 and I don’t know what happened to her things.

    1. Here I thought of myself as an game show trivia queen but I have never heard of The Big Payoff. I surely remember Bess Myerson though but not that show. I’ll have to go look it up.
      I looked it up. I still don’t remember it.

      It would be fun to find out if the mink is still being passed along.

      1. That clip is from a failed revival of the show. The original ran for several years in the early ’50s.

  9. I wear my full length mink when it’s cold and I’m only 5’2”… it’s warm and my husband bought it for me because I promised to not quit my lucrative job at the time. I pstore it every year . Love it!
    I do have a friend who had her moms fur made into Teddy Bears for the grand children. And a sister in law had hers made into a very chic bomber jacket.

  10. Why is that model wearing my mink? I know it’s mine from the collar and cuffs. Check the lining for initials. Of course, I haven’t actually seen mine since the blizzards of 2015 when I wore it to help shovel the driveway. If you can have only one fur, go for the mink.
    I had a collection of fur hoods in college. They tied under the chin with grosgrain ribbon.

    1. Mine is similar to the one in the photo too. Pockets. Gotta have pockets. A favorite passtime is to look in pockets of coats I haven’t worn forever. I dusky find money, Kleenex, a funeral pamphlet or a theater ticket stub. I keep them in there for fun.

      I look horrible in all kinds of hats so I didn’t own a fur hood in college. I remember them though. They were so perfect.

  11. It would be interesting to see the market for real fur these days compared to back then. I don’t think we need laws, but now that real fur isn’t necessary to keep warm, it does seem kind of heartless to kill for fur. I support the right to bear arms as well, but I don’t really see the point in shooting defenseless animals (unless they are a hazard).

    1. Mink are farm raised so for them I don’t feel as compelled to be sad. But certainly for wild animals, I agree. I got sick to my stomach last night watching a Smithsonian special on elephant poachers. Elephants are better than humans yet laws still are on the books to kill them as trophys. I believe Trump’s admin banned then revoked the law.

    2. I think another interesting question would be the true cost of new materials. Gortex and other high tech man made materials surely leave a large, unseen carbon footprint. A “greenie” (not saying you, or anyone in particular, are one) should prefer a used fur to a new coat.

      Also, the original fur trappers —in the days of Lewis & Clark—used all of the trapped animal, Feeding their dogs the left over meat. They had respect for the wilderness and for all life. Buying all our sustinance in a store disconnects modern man in a way that is increasingly difficult to reclaim.

      Well, that should fulfill my deep thought quota for the day😜

      1. You are 1000000%. Really good farm to table restaurants like Blue Hill strongly believe in using the entire animal. Nothing goes to waste. I see it as more the norm now. Even bones get saved for making stock.
        There are a lot of chemicals in materials like Gortex or those materials that repel water etc. True.
        You’re making me want to dig out my fur and wear it to Shoprite tomorrow!!

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