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Ranch Mink Coat

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My mom is 91 yrs. old - and is in the fina stagel of dementia. Years ago my dad had a beautiful full-length fully silk lined ranch mink coat made for her. He took her to the fur district in NYC.

The coat is absolutely beautiful!!!! I doubt if I'd wear it as it's way to big for me.

I'm thinking about selling it? Does anyone know how much I should ask for it? Should I have it appraised at a furrier? I was thinking about taking it to Gartenhouse in MD.

I also have a complete set of Syracuse China I'd like to sell.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Sassykat

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Rainbows a­nd Roses1343868913.89318545 PostsRegistered 6/4/2011

I would have that coat cut down.........I know it is beautiful........car around to some fur stores and ask.........I guess it has been kept in cold storage all this time during the summers? I am sorry about your mother.

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StylishLady1343869079.0974027 PostsRegistered 11/25/2009Florida

My heart goes out to those who are losing their parents. It is difficult to find ways to deal with their things. You might try consignment for them.

D Oro1343869143.824072 PostsRegistered 2/17/2011Knock Knock, USA

You might try a consignment shop.

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twopeas1343870407.6134709 PostsRegistered 6/5/2011PNW

I have two full length mink coats passed down in the family. Gorgeous, but I will never wear them. I went on ebay to get an idea of what price I should ask and was so surprised as to how many minks were for sale and how little people were willing to pay. Pretty amazing. I have heard that there are people that purchase them to cut apart and make teddy bears. That's sad, but probably better than having them sit in a closet waiting for the next generation to deal with.

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D Oro1343871104.994072 PostsRegistered 2/17/2011Knock Knock, USA

SassyKat1m, I am so sorry that I failed to address the more important issue of your mother's health. I was my father's caretaker. He had Alzheimer's and lived with my husband and me. My heart goes out to you and your mother.

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
-- Coco Chanel

Life is too short to spend hoping that a perfectly arched eyebrow or hottest new lip shade will mask an ugly heart.---Kevin Aucoin

DebbieDD1343871246.4538109 PostsRegistered 10/18/2004

I am so very sorry about your mom.

You said you wouldn't wear it because it is big, so why not alter it? Any good furrier will be able to make those alterations to a style and size of your choosing.

Shop Too M­uch1343871408.453117 PostsRegistered 12/5/2007

So sorry about your mother, Sassykat. Are you sure you want to sell the coat? Would you wear it if it was resized to fit? Since you mentioned Gartenhaus, I suggest you also try Miller's Furs. I buy all of my furs at their Tysons Corner store, but they also have one in Chevy Chase. They are a family owned business and very reliable. They will appraise it or, if you are interested, give you an estimate to resize or restyle it to suit your taste.

NChgOfMyAt­titude1343872132.0535164 PostsRegistered 10/18/2006Connecticut

I'm so sorry about your Mom.

Bring the coat to a furier and ask them for suggestions. I'm sure they could alter it. You might want to keep it so that it will remind you of her when she's gone.

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ennui1343872827.00319957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007

Keep it. Wear it around the house. I would. Wink

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KringleB1343874501.783191 PostsRegistered 3/22/2012

Why don't you donate it? There are wildlife sanctuaries around the country that take fur coats for furbabies that have lost their mamas. The babies feel like it's mama when they can cuddle up with the piece of fur. This is what I did with my gramma's furs that she left me.

twopeas1343875217.2674709 PostsRegistered 6/5/2011PNW
On 8/1/2012 KringleB said:

Why don't you donate it? There are wildlife sanctuaries around the country that take fur coats for furbabies that have lost their mamas. The babies feel like it's mama when they can cuddle up with the piece of fur. This is what I did with my gramma's furs that she left me.

I love that idea. Can you share how I could find out more about this?

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Sassykat11343875920.763438 PostsRegistered 7/2/2007

Thanks for all the good suggestions.

Danielle461343876078.6871706 PostsRegistered 12/26/2011New York

Take it to a furier and get it appraised.

baby burns1343876973.138793 PostsRegistered 12/9/2007

furrier, will give you all the different ways to utilize the coat. they will of course appraise, it if you are looking to sell it, also tell you where is the best place to go. also they are wonderful giving you ways, it could be cut down, that you may like, just make the jump first by going to a furrier, and let him take you through all the options. then decide what appeals to you. my sister and i had jackets made, each one a little different, then the other then we donated on piece, because we wanted to help the children, who are sick or without a home, again they steered us to all the options with that also. we both love our jackets, and of course think of mom, every time we wear them, you do want to still have her near to you. so good luck, we went to Mano swartz, in md. because they were recommend to us.

Fifi11343877673.2834754 PostsRegistered 1/21/2005
I understand what you are going thru with your momma. Mine was in early stages, had a massive stroke and passed away 13 years ago. Really it was a blessing, as she would have HATED living the way it was going to head. I have a full length mink coat, her ranch fur mink jacket and her mink stole...I wear one of them maybe once a year in her honor, to a Country club event, where older ladies always wear them. Makes me happy and feel close to her. Last edited on 8/1/2012

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KatCat11343884368.80317166 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

That's a hard one. Not many women wear fur anymore just the faux fur. Years ago you would see fur everywhere. God Bless your mother.

namealread­ytaken1343887882.3937740 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009

I still have my mother's. I could not part with it. I have worn it twice all these years. I just keep it as a reminder of how beautiful she looked in it and how excited she always seemed when she was going out.

She was always so happy.

She, too, had Alzheimer's coupled with Parkinson's during a time that she had looked forward to, the children growing up, learning to drive, liking clothes, going to HS and college, getting married, making careers, having grandbabies, but she never knew anything about that or even who they were. I will stop as I make myself sad.

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ID21343903852.5472282 PostsRegistered 6/25/2012

I inherited my moms beautiful mink jacket that my dad had made for her as a surprise for ther birthday. I remember going with my dad when he ordered it. I have it now and would NEVER sell it! My moms had her initials sewn into the lining. But nonetheless I would never get rid of it! I know I will never wear it but I see how beautiful my mom was wearing it everytime I look at it.

Love my "Pure Michigan"

anonomisss1343905098.551010 PostsRegistered 5/7/2011NY

it would make a bunch of great cage cuddley beds for animals at shelters...

silkyk1344009653.3171201 PostsRegistered 11/17/2004

You could have that coat turned into a couple of beautiful throw pillows for your bed. Enjoy Mom's lovely coat everyday that way. I know what you are going through. Stay strong.

LuvitorLIT1344010021.752984 PostsRegistered 3/23/2005NYC

I am the same boat my mom is 85 with senile dementia (that's what the dr labeled it as) her memory is very short in the here and now but boy can she recall things that happened 40+ years ago. It's amazing sometimes, but she too has a full length mink coat that was made for her probably over 30 years ago and I just have the furrier keep it in storage until I figure something out.

lovesrecess1344037778.4813792 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008Texas

you can have it cut down or restyled as a carcoat or jacket, etc. But have it done by a furrier who specializes in this. I have my great-aunt's sealskin fur cape from the 1940's...it is gorgeous but can't really be restyled.

Be sure and have the coat appraised by a furrier before you cut it down, etc. You could also try and sell it on Ebay.....just make sure you know what it is worth first.

tdog1344039273.3472265 PostsRegistered 12/4/2007

I agree with silkyk - have it made into a throw and a couple of pillows.It would be very luxurious that way and you would get good use of it. My sister in law inheirited a mink coat and I keep suggesting that she do this, too. You won't get much for it on consignment. Of course, I don't know how much it would cost to have the coat cut up and made into something else - that could be a deal breaker if it costs a lot.

Sooner1344039535.815187 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

If you don't want the coat and don't want to wear it, get rid of it. You can let your life get bogged down with the stuff of others. Don't let your house and life become a museum--keep anything you love and get rid of the rest. It doesn't matter what other people would want you to do, or would want--it's your life and about what YOU want that is important! So sorry for what you are going through, it is a hard hard road.

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