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What to do with mink coat

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LEMtheoriginal · 28/04/2021 14:20

Please don't turn this into an anti fur debate, i hate the fir trade as much as the next person.

I have my mum's fur coat, she died at Christmas.

I don't know what to do with it? I gave a faus fur coat to a friend but obv dudnt want the fur. Just tried a vintage clothes shop and i swear youd have thought i wanted to sell her the scalps of murdered children Hmm

It was my nans before that. The poor ctitters are long passed.

It feels wrong just to discard it for two reasons.

  1. It belonged to my mum and as such there is emotional atrachnent.

2. It seems pretty disrespectful to the poor bloody mink to just discard it.

I don't care about money, will a charity shop be able to mske use of it?

Any thoughts? I don't want to keep it - feels wrong
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FurrySlipperBoots · 28/04/2021 14:23

I highly doubt a charity shop would take it. Do you know if it can be washed? I know nothing about real fur. If so an animal rescue might make use of it for orphaned babies.


viques · 28/04/2021 14:25

Do you have a local theatre group near you, would they take it as a prop or a costume. Bit of a long shot as I imagine many actors would feel uncomfortable wearing it.

If you have a big garden I would probably bury it and let it rot down and return some nutrition to the soil.


Handsnotwands · 28/04/2021 14:25

I gave my granny’s to the kids to play dressing up in. Works well for stig of the dump


ThatOtherPoster · 28/04/2021 14:27

Lots of real fur for sale on eBay. Sell it and donate some of the money to PETA if you feel bad.

Don’t wash it!!!!!! All the hairs will fall out.


applesandpears33 · 28/04/2021 14:27

Some second hand shops sell fur. I know of one in our area. They might be willing to take it from you.


Finfintytint · 28/04/2021 14:27

You could donate it to PETA, they use them for campaigns and demonstrations.


MargosKaftan · 28/04/2021 14:28

Most chain charity shops won't take it.

As it was your nans and your mums, I would treat it as a family heirloom. Do you have space to store it?

I think id do nothing with it. But then every time I open my jewellery box, I see a necklace that was my grandmothers that I would never wear, but never get rid of.


YetAnotherHastyNameChange · 28/04/2021 14:29

Oh God don’t give it to PETA, they’re barking mad. There are a few vintage shops round here that sell fur coats, maybe try another if you’re feeling brave enough. Or as a pp suggested, EBay or a theatre group.


applesandpears33 · 28/04/2021 14:29

Yes, charity shops will probably not take it, the second hand shop I'm thinking of is a commercial one that sells vintage clothing.


fallfallfall · 28/04/2021 14:29

If you have the money have it reworked. Fur on the inside, gortex on the outside. Lightweight and incredibly warm.


Orangesand · 28/04/2021 14:30

You can donate to wildlife rehabilitation centres. They can use them to help comfort baby animals


FelicityBeedle · 28/04/2021 14:31

Put it on eBay, they’re long dead and it would be worse to destroy it than let someone else use and love it


Toilenstripes · 28/04/2021 14:32

Good luck getting any of the above mentioned places to get back to you. We just ended up binning my aunts old fur coats.


IHaveBrilloHair · 28/04/2021 14:32

I'd wear it if it fit, it's not new and surely random people on the street would assume its fake anyway?
You can't do anything about the fact that it exists.


FourteenthDoctor · 28/04/2021 14:33

I altered my nans so it's like a wrap I use it in the garden over me when it's cold.

No point crying over spilt milk - I'd not buy one now though


vimtosogood · 28/04/2021 14:33

Give it to someone who likes it?
The suggestion of donating to PETA is funny, their "shelters" are more like slaughter houses.


Nowisthemonthofmaying · 28/04/2021 14:36

Just put it on ebay, lots of people out there like vintage fur and would enjoy wearing it.


Howzaboutye · 28/04/2021 14:45

I'll have it! Send me a message


andtheweedonkey · 28/04/2021 14:45

Local Am-Dram or Theatre company? Maybe they could add it to their wardrobe for future use?


rainbowthoughts · 28/04/2021 14:47

This is a situation I will come across in the future. I have already decided to bin it. The emotional attachment is a red herring. Your emotional attachment was to your mum and whether you bin, donate or sell the fur makes no difference.

I'm sorry for your loss Thanks


DaphneDuBois · 28/04/2021 14:48

I know it seems disrespectful to the animal but it’s long dead and nothing is going to bring it back so I wouldn’t even factor that in. I’d throw it. I say that as a vegan! If you really don’t want to throw it because of sentimental reasons, maybe list it on freecycle as unwanted fur. Not more you can say in a listing really to make it more covetable. I know it’s hard when it’s your mum’s though.


ofwarren · 28/04/2021 14:49

There are loads on eBay and they sell for decent money.


CuriousaboutSamphire · 28/04/2021 14:51

Don't give PETA a single penny. Give it to an animal charity with some morals!


Devlesko · 28/04/2021 14:56

I'd just throw it in the bin.
It's like golly collections, you just throw them.


EmpressSuiko · 28/04/2021 14:58

Definitely try ebay, Depop or Vinted. Someone will want it, I’d never buy real fur but if I’d inherited sentimental item I’d most probably keep it and use it myself, it’s years old so there’s nothing to be done about it now.

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