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?