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To sell my mums fur coats??

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TheCalmingManatee Sun 23-Sep-12 17:20:57

They are real fur (im not sure what they are, i think there are a couple of rabbit so less value) all vintage, she has five of them shock I haven't a clue where she got them from, she wouldn't have bought them new, they are at least 40 years old.

Now I am categorically anti-fur, have taken part in demos etc in my past. And a rather questionable sit in in a fur department of a posh department store in my rebellious youth blush So, i really don't want to be supporting the fur-trade in any way shape or form. But i have noticed that there seems to be a bit of a revival for vintage fur coats.

Yesterday whilst visiting a collectors fair i noticed coats similar to my mother's for £500, you could have knocked me over wiht a feather. I asked the guy if the woman selling them (she wasn't there) was interested in buying fur and he said she was. I have spoken to my mum and she is interested, well she had actually asked me to take them to the charity shop for her a couple of months back.

AIBU to think i could get a reasonable sum for these? I would never myself wear a fur coat, vintage or otherwise and i would imagine that many other people would feel the same way as i do. I would be (on my mums behalf - but actually im willing to bet she would share the pickings!) very VERY happy to get £200 each for the coats, if she is selling them for 5!!!!

I have an underlying feeling that im mad though!

CaliforniaLeaving Sun 23-Sep-12 17:24:56

Well they are already made into coats and throwing them away isn't going save any animals. I'd just sell them and get them out of the house seeing you have no interest in them.

rogersmellyonthetelly Sun 23-Sep-12 17:27:18

Flog them. I would and I'm anti fur too. Thing is, he dead rabbits don't give a shiny shite who they are currently adorning, but at least if someone buys your vintage coat, they aren't buying a new one causing more animals to die for it.

Headagainstwall Sun 23-Sep-12 17:27:30

Yeh, just sell them. Give half the profits to an animal charity if you feel bad.

NatashaBee Sun 23-Sep-12 17:28:04

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Mrscog Sun 23-Sep-12 17:30:26

Definitely sell - they've been made now so the animals may as well have not died for nothing.

aldiwhore Sun 23-Sep-12 17:32:51

I think sell them. BUT... no, the dead rabbits won't give a shiny shite whether you sell them or not, but you could use that argument if you were to wear them.

I suppose it depends how extreme you are in your views.

I LOVE fur coats. I hate the fact that 48odd small animals have to die for them... so I wouldn't buy or wear one. The women in my family share ownership of a beautiful fur coat that none of us will ever wear openly, it was my Granny's. I can't sell it, I can't wear it out, I'm happy for it to hang in mum's wardrobe to be stroked my me every so often (and I feel bad doing that... its good quality, many baby animals' worth, a beautiful piece).

I agree with giving half the profit to an animal charity.

expatinscotland Sun 23-Sep-12 17:34:52

Flog 'em and go on a holiday with your mum.

TheCalmingManatee Sun 23-Sep-12 17:40:59

I like expats idea best grin[selfish emoticon] However, if i were to get some of the money (which i know that i would to be fair as my mum is v generous and often helps with money, sort of to make up for the fact that she is unable to support in other ways if that makes sense) my DP is desperate to do a course that will allow him to fit log burners, the course is £1000 and we can't afford it, so if we got some money for the coats it would be a contribution to it, and then once he gets work from it we can give the money back to my mum (or buy a headstone for my dad's grave as we haven't been able to afford that yet - seven years sad ).

Wish me luck!

So morals aside though, do you think i'll get much for them?

aldiwhore Sun 23-Sep-12 17:42:51

If the style is timeless you'll get more... sell them to that niche market, more still, do your research on them.

Don't just flog them to the nearest retro shop or go down the ebay route until you've learned their value.

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TheCalmingManatee Sun 23-Sep-12 17:53:49

thanks aldi - i have to have a proper look at them, you are right, they could be worth £££s, equally, they could be worth not so much, but it would be good to know!

GoldShip Sun 23-Sep-12 17:55:41

Personally I wouldn't because this is why fur coats still exist in the first place. Because people can make mega bucks from them and people are willing to pay it.

Clumsymum Sun 23-Sep-12 17:56:19

OP, would it be possible to let me know where you have seen this seller, or to let me have her name? By PM if you prefer .

My mother has a couple of VERY beautiful fur coats, which were bought by my father for her back in the 1960 - 70s, before such things had any stigma associated with them.
Now in her 80s, mum doesn't have much disposable income. A few 100 pounds would mean a lot to her. She hadn't sold them up to now, as we didn't know where we could sell them. I assumed we would end up burning them, given modern attitudes, which would be a huge waste.

Any info gratefully received

Mrsjay Sun 23-Sep-12 17:56:32

they are probably regarded as antiques or is it vintage confused anyway somebody would want them and even though I hate the whole fur trade it isn't going to bring the animals back I would look into selling them or donating them dont bint hem if they are of value

PennyDead Sun 23-Sep-12 17:57:21

I bought a vintage fur on ebay about 5 years ago for around 60 quid. Best investment I've ever made, and it appeals to my eco sensibilities as I haven't bought a winter coat since. Win win. I do not condone the farrier industry now, but I have no problem with vintage.

lovebunny Sun 23-Sep-12 17:57:30

sell them, get as much as you can. let me know. my mum has a rather stylish mink jacket...

Clumsymum Sun 23-Sep-12 18:02:06

" Personally I wouldn't because this is why fur coats still exist in the first place. Because people can make mega bucks from them and people are willing to pay it. "

But these mink/chinchillas/rabbits/whatever already died (over 40 years ago in the case of my mothers coats). What harm does it do to continue wearing their pelts today

And in the case of animals which were farmed for their fur -as mink were - how is that sooooo very different from people wanting leather sofas, or even leather shoes ?

XiCi Sun 23-Sep-12 18:02:47

Of course you should sell them, the animals are long dead why shouldn't someone get the benefit of wearing them now. I'm not sure you'd get that much for rabbit fur though. I think they are the cheapest fur you can buy. I'd imagine the more expensive ones were mink

TheCalmingManatee Sun 23-Sep-12 18:09:08

Clumsy, yes i'll ferret out the number for you - i will actually have to go back to the place this week. Im in south east if that helps.

i think one of the coats, at least, is mink sad mink farming is/was a crock of shite though and escaped mink have contributed in the decline of the otter. Rabbit are pretty commonplace, i don't expect we will get much for those (i think two are rabbit, will have to have a proper look).

GoldShip Sun 23-Sep-12 18:10:16

Clumsymum - that's the same argument people wearing fur make. 'Well it's already dead so why not'. It is still damaging to the ban fur cause. Creating supply and demand is the reason animals are still being killed.

If the OP wants to sell them that's her decision, but don't come to me with the 'but it's already dead' argument. It's crap.

And I don't wear leather either.

Socknickingpixie Sun 23-Sep-12 18:12:24

i have a fake fur coat that 300 nylons died to make. i would kill for a fur coat but apsolutly wouldnt buy a new one for what ever reason i wont have one younger than 50.

sell them on i think its disrespectfull to the animal to bin it

GoldShip Sun 23-Sep-12 18:14:53

Disrespectful to the animal hahahah I've heard it all now.

XiCi Sun 23-Sep-12 18:15:35

It wasn't escaped mink that led to the decline of the otter op it was those released by animal rights activists that didn't have a clue about the ecology of the environment they released them into. Absolute fucking madness. And, no I don't agree with farming animals for fur before anyone flames me

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