Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Furs

Drawing of a woman in a fur coat, female memoji sweating. Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Furs

Today we continue our series on letting go by talking about furs. Back in the day, furs were quite popular. I associate them with the glamorous stars of the 40s and 50s. They are also quite warm, and therefore practical. However, many people today prefer not to wear real animal fur. As always, there is no judgment here for any choice on this matter! Nevertheless, if you have an old fur that you don’t want – for whatever reason – you may wonder what to do with it.

First, it is worth acknowledging that many furs still do have market value. Before donating an old fur, you may want to check with a designer reseller like The Real Real™ or your local consignment store to determine if it can be redistributed.

If you prefer to donate the fur, call ahead to your favorite charity to see if it accepts them, as not all of charitable organizations do.

Another option is to donate your fur coat to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA donates existing fur coats to the homeless. Be prepared that you will need to pay the shipping to send your coat to PETA.

Another organization that accepts unwanted furs is Born Free USA. “Launched in 2014, Born Free USA’s Fur for the Animals campaign is a donation drive to collect coats, hats, and other accessories made from animal fur. The primary goal of this campaign is to enable fur donations to wildlife rehabilitation centers and animal sanctuaries across the country, which use the fur to provide familiar comfort, warmth, and enrichment to injured, orphaned, and rescued wildlife.” (source: Born Free USA Website). Born Free USA partners with animal rehabs and sanctuaries around the US. You can see if there is a participating facility near you on their website.

Yet one more option is to donate your old fur to an artist. This artist on Etsy offers to pay the shipping if you wish to donate your fur. I haven’t tried it out, but it might be a great alternative.

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If you have a fur coat and enjoy wearing it, go ahead. After all, the animal is not going to come back to life if you don’t, so there is no guilt.

At the same time, if you have a piece (or pieces) that you never wear, why not let them go and free up some space?

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6 thoughts on “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Furs”

  1. My grandmother had a mink stole, and before it was widely considered wrong, my mother had a fur coat. It was wonderful for staying warm in cold Buffalo winters, but by the time she got it, she was already not prone to going out all dressed up, so she had little need for it. I like the idea of making sure the unhoused have warm clothing, though I wonder if high-tech man-made fabrics might protect them more from the elements? And even though I’m not an animal person, per se, I don’t think we should raise animals for our fashions, and love the idea of Born Free USA to help in rehabilitating animals. Thank you so much for sharing this!
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    1. I have one older jacket with a fur collar (no idea what type of fur) from my grandmother. I wear it, and it is beautifully warm. That said, I wouldn’t buy one today. I love animals too much. Like you, I don’t love raising animals for clothing that requires their death.

  2. I never owned a fur coat. I did have one with a fur collar but it is long gone now. I love all these suggestions. It’s so helpful to know these things that most people do not know about. This blog is a service to people and to charities and society in general to help people realize there are options to just throwing things away. My Mother once told me that if you used everything twice you cut your trash in half. Many things can be used multiple times with a little effort.

  3. Seana, this post grabbed my attention, because I have my grandmother’s Persian lamb coat which she bought shortly before she passed in 1967. I’ve had it since my mother passed in 1996. I almost donated it to a local theatre company, but couldn’t bring myself to part with it. I finally wore it to a wedding a couple of years ago. You’ve presented some interesting options that I might be happier with. I’ll explore what I can do here in Canada – thanks!
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    1. I have a coat of my grandmother’s that has a fur collar. I’ve had it in my closet forever, and I finally pulled it out and wore it to a wedding as well. Small world! I realized I like it, so I’m going to keep it for future winter special occasions!

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