Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Fur goodness sake.

Here's a situation which has befallen a few of my friends and acquaintances; your beloved grandmother or great-aunt dies and leaves you, among other things, a mink stole. Your grandmother or great-aunt's husband worked long and hard to pay for such a luxury, and the donor of this object was terribly proud of it.

Sad to say, you feel differently. Since very few women under the age of eighty look at a stole and think "Wow! Must be my lucky day! It will go so well with my khakis!", you don't wear it. Maybe you're like me and the thought of wearing fur gives you the yips. No one in your life wants to buy it, and some charities won't even take them anymore (what with everybody's beloved grandmother or great-aunt bequeathing the same damn stoles). You don't want to just throw the thing away, because it must be worth something to somebody. So, unloved and unwanted, it sits in your closet, only drawing attention to itself every November when the box holding it falls on your head when you are getting out the Christmas lights.

But, wait! They are worth something to somebody! Or, rather, something. Wrap the stole, or the jacket, or the fur collar, or whatever sort of fur you are currently responsible for, and send it to the Humane Society. They will use that fur for helping to rescue and rehabilitate baby animals who should still be cuddling up to a soft, furry mom. And not only have you helped a small, innocent creature, you get a tax write-off.

Next November, when the box doesn't fall on your head, you can thank me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant idea!

And on an unrelated topic, since I know how much you love the plauge... did you see that there is bubonic plauge in L.A.? Think of all the fun reading for coming up for you!

12:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It's like a wonderful dream.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I know someone who inherited a mink stole - so she went out and bought a plain jean jacket - and took them both to the furrier and had them design a fur trimmed jeans jacket - and it was totally cute! Just a thought in case you cannot find a humane society to take the fur...

3:48 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

The fur trick does work really well for puppies. That's why I didn't send my fur, I kept it and use it for when I have a puppy (or puppies) in the house under the age of 8 weeks. Wrap the fur around an old fashioned clock, the kind that really ticks, and put it in a basket and watch the happy, formerly fretful, puppy sleep the whole night through.

4:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you can find someone with a heavy duty sewing machine you can turn them into stuffed animals-kinda creepy and kinda cool at the same time :)

4:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another idea is to give it to a historical museum, if there is one nearby. I did that with my great-aunt's stoles. (apparently these are required items to be owned by great aunts)
One was fake fur and I was a runny, teary, sneezing mess by the time I got it to the museum! Good Riddance!!!

Another idea is donate it to any low-budget theatre company for their wardrobe.

Great idea about the puppies!

8:27 PM  

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