Those of us who have furs (mine's inherited) and don't like wearing them anymore might want to know what the heck to do with them rather than throw them in the trash. The below ways to recycle a fur coat may just give new life to that, well, dead mink.
Although you might not like wearing your mink any longer, someone can use it. And, my mink coat is the warmest coat I've ever had on, even in the wind. But, I just can't wear it any longer; just don't feel right about it. So, Salvation Army to the rescue. Note: not all organizations will accept fur coats so check before you visit the store.
You can try to sell your fur coat on eBay but you might be discouraged to find that even a full length mink will bring in a tiny fraction of what it cost new. You could try to sell it in a consignment store where you actually might do a little better. If you do decide to unload your chinchilla or mink stole, hat or gloves in a consignment store, pick an upscale store in a really nice part of town where you'll probably receive the best price for your fur goods.
It might cost you a few hundred but a full length mink coat can be recycled into a very nice, very warm throw for your bed or couch. Long sleeves on a fur coat can be turned very easily into two beautiful oblong pillows for a bed or couch. Talk about luxury.
The Humane Society of the US has a 'Coats for Cubs' program and your recycled fur coat will be made into bedding for animals in currently in rehabilitation - there are currently 200 rehabilitators within the US and in Canada who participate in this program. Warm, soft bedding is always needed for these types of animals.
Any dog or cat will love a luxurious bed of their own made from your old fur coat. Just cut the seams and lay it flat on the floor or over an existing dog bed where they can mold it into any shape they prefer.
If your fur coat is going to be cut up for recycling and has a beautiful lining, consider cutting out a piece of the lining for framing. It will be a wonderful memory for you of your past fur coat. I'm lucky enough to have my Aunt's name and my name underneath sewn into the coat and hope to one day remove that section for framing.
Great suggestions! H5!
Excellent suggestions. I had no idea the Humane Society had such a program. Double H5!!
I'm sure there are tons of old furs in closets across the nation that could be recycled in these ways. Nice.
I was given a fur coat but part of the pelt was dried and cracking. These uses might have saved that one.
I've also heard of sewers who can make wonderful teddy bears from an old fur.
Nice ideas. Thanks.
of course I mean Resale Shops, not shorts. I been at it all day!
Great list for recycling fur. In the seventies when Borgessia (check spelling) it was the rage to find one in our Resale shorts, clean it and wear it with cool blue jeans. The look was so fresh. We did the same thing if we could find mink. You have great ways, particular the throws and toss pillows of recycling furs. H5
h5 to you for helping people recycle fur coats.
Nice ways to put fur coats to good use. Love the Coats for Cubs idea.
good ideas for how to get rid of that fur coat that you inherited. I gave mine away.
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