I Need “A Round Toit”

April 19, 2011

It is amazing how many times I have said I will get around to it. I remember as a child my mother had a wooden nickel that actually said “A Round Toit” on the face. Boy, do I wish I had one of those now. It has been months since I got around to writing my blog. The only excuse I have is life got in my way……my daughter had a bilateral mastectomy (I will blog about that one of these days or should I say when I get a round to it!) After my daughter was feeling better-other family members were ill and needed my assistance so that took away the time I would spend blogging. Life seems to be getting back on track. So I will try to blog a couple of times a month. To those of you who actually emailed, asking where I have been, Thank you! I am back and in the next week or 2, I will sit down and compile some of the silly things my daughter thought of while she was preparing for and recovering from this major surgery, I may even write about our puppy Scally and her brother Charlie and then a little something about family business, furs and consignment shops.

Until I write again: Happy Spring

Susie

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Exposed – Fur: The Environmentally Friendly Fiber

January 27, 2011

This blog  made my day. It made me smile and it made me laugh- I will share one comment now just in case you are thinking about skipping the read. It has great photos also. “leather is jusr bald fur” If that comment alone doesn’t get you to read further – read to learn about vegetarian eggs!  Thank you Fur Insider for today’s smiles!!!!

Life is funny. Small, unexpected, random, events and actions can brighten your day and make you smile as easily as they can make you go, “whaaaaaat!!!” Case in point: Yesterday while doing some dinner grocery shopping, I came across ‘Vegetarian Eggs’! Call me cynical!? Educated? Hello… Since when are eggs …

via Exposed – Fur: The Environmentally Friendly Fiber.

Exposed – Fur: The Environmentally Friendly Fiber

January 27, 2011

This blog  made my day. It made me smile and it made me laugh- I will share one comment now just in case you are thinking about skipping the read. It has great photos also. “leather is jusr bald fur” If that comment alone doesn’t get you to read further – read to learn about vegetarian eggs!  Thank you Fur Insider for today’s smiles!!!!

Life is funny. Small, unexpected, random, events and actions can brighten your day and make you smile as easily as they can make you go, “whaaaaaat!!!” Case in point: Yesterday while doing some dinner grocery shopping, I came across ‘Vegetarian Eggs’! Call me cynical!? Educated? Hello… Since when are eggs …

via Exposed – Fur: The Environmentally Friendly Fiber.

Fur Appraisals – What type do I need?

December 31, 2010

I was procrastinating once again about what to put into my blog and an email gave me the inspiration I needed. Our correspondence went like this:

Dear Furrier:

I found you on the web and was wondering if you could appraise my fur?

Thank you Lala

Lala We need to see a fur to appraise it. If you let me know the big towns you are near I can research furriers in your area who could possibly do this for you.

Susie
Hinsdale Furriers

Hi Susie,

I live in Frederick, Maryland. The closest large cities would be Baltimore, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. I am planning to make an appointment with Hanna/Demetrios Furriers but would like to get more than one appraisal. Thanks you for any help you can provide. Lala
Hi Lala
There are 2 different types of appraisals so be sure you are very clear what you ask for Insurance appraisal What would the garment cost if I had to replace it with a new one?
Estate appraisal If I were to sell this garment what would I expect you to pay for it? Estate appraisal are also used for charitable contributions and estate taxes.

In Baltimore: Fisher Furs 410-828-4141
Seleh’s Furs 410-547-6733
Tarliow Furs 410-539-1931

In DC

Andriana Furs 202-381-2500

Nieman Marcus also has a fur Department

I spoke to Fisher Furs to be sure at least 1 of the people I am giving you are still in business- I pulled them out of 2007 fur trade directory.

Susie Duboe Bryant
Hinsdale Furriers

Thanks for all the information. The coat is mine free and clear so am only looking for an appraisal with the possibility of selling it. I can’t imagine ever wearing it as it would make me nervous the entire evening wondering whether someone was going to throw paint on it or steal it. It is such a lovely coat but I was wrong when I said it was full length. Only 3/4’s length. Again, thank you, Lala Lala- You shouldn’t worry about wearing a beautiful fur coat. People do not have the right to damage your property and I truthfully have not heard of that happening in many years and then only near the television cameras. Coats do get stolen, that is the reason they should be listed on your homeowners policy.

If you decide you are definitely going to sell your coat. Consider putting it on consignment. We begin taking furs on consignment in September and stop at the end of December. We pay the consignor 50% of the selling price when the garment sells. The selling price is determined before the garment is accepted for consignment. All of our gently used furs are shown on our website. It is updated real time- if it is sold it disappears from the web site. You may look at the web site to find a similar coat to get ideas of our pricing. We have been taking consignment for about 9 years. I am happy to say we have a great success and both the customers and consignors seem delighted. Our business is by the most part referral friends telling friends.
Lala – if you have any further questions , do not hesitate to call or email

Have a wonderful New Year

Susie

A conversation on the web……it just amazes me! To all who read this blog. I am sending my best wishes for a wonderful 2011!

Susie

Wishing All A Warm Holiday Season

December 18, 2010

I came across this photo and article on CBS news. It is asking our opinion of the appropriateness the family photo on the Truedeau Family Holiday card. Needless to say I love the photo and the warmth of family love it shares. Here is the link to the article along with wishes for a warm furfilled holiday to all.

Fur: Is it acceptable to wear? – Point of View.

Vests

December 16, 2010

I am seeing vests in every fashion magazine this fall. They are long, short, fitted, straight, and full. They are made from wool, vinyl, silk, fur, faux fur, and leather. Not only are they being shown in the magazines and on the runways but I see them on my customers too. I did a little research to learn about the beginning of the vest as a fahion item and this is what I learned…

Vests, or waistcoats, were orginally introduced in 1666 by England’s King Charles II primarily as a political movement to undermine the extravagant French fashion influence in England. The vest featured straight, simple lines…and, oddly enough, sleeves!

By the 18th century, the idea of simplicity was retired and vests became a brilliant display of luxury fabrics and buttons (so much for King Charles II’s political statement). This is also when the vest lost the sleeves.

Throughout the centuries, vests have gone through many transformations and as with many fashions, have gone through extremes in popularity. Today there seems to be a surgence of popularity in vests for men and women. From sweater vests to 3-piece suits to fashion pieces to fur vests for warmth, vests are in-style!

Is it Okay to Wear My Fur in the Snow?

December 4, 2010

The 1st snow fall of the season has hit the Chicago area and we have already received two calls asking if their coats will be okay in the snow. I always try to be nice as I remind the customer that the fur is from an animal and animals get wet. If you do get your coat wet in the snow. Shake it off, hang it in the open to dry. Do NOT put it near heat! If your coat is extremely long and drags in the snow, blot off the excess moisture. It is ok for the fur to get wet but not the leather side of the pelt. If the leather side is wet and blotting doesn’t do the trick get your garment to a reputable furrier while it is still damp. When soaked the leather will shrink as it dries to avoid this your furrier will stretch the garment and nail it to hold the proper shape.

I do not reccomend wearing shearling out in the rain or snow. Since the leather side is the side that is in the elements it could be come stained by the water.

Fur Care Hint #5

November 19, 2010

Thank you Mother Nature for bringing us the cold weather. The store is so busy with customers picking up their fur coats from storage and looking to purchase both new and used fur coats that I haven’t had any time to sit down. Not a complaint, just a happy fact. Here is a quick fur care tip- unhook your coat when sitting. We spread out when we sit and the coat doesn’t. Enjoy the cold weather and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Fur Care Tip #4 Worn Linings

November 8, 2010

If your fur coat is very long and you find yourself wearing out the bottom of the lining this tip is for you. Rather than having the entire lining replaced at the cost of $350 to $500 just have your furrier run a piece of matching grosgrain ribbon along the bottom of the lining (cost of about $150) this should give your lining many more years of wear. The grosgrain ribbon actually wears better than the lining.

Sample of grosgrain repair

Customer Service on the Web- Can It Be Achieved?

October 26, 2010

I thought that if we did business over the web we would lose the personal touch that we are so known for… boy was I wrong! The following is a series of emails I exchanged with Heidi, a bride purchasing a used mink stole to wear over her wedding dress. (When I check my email each morning I am notified of any on-line purchases and then I send an email to the customer. The following are the conversations with Heidi initiated by her $80.00 purchase of a mink stole.)
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Heidi
Thank you for you order. Tuesday we will be cleaning and covering the monogram on your new stole. It should be shipped out by Thursday. We will email you tracking information when it is shipped. Please let us know when you have received it.

Thanks for your purchase

Susie
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“Hi Susie,
Thanks for the email! I wondered if you could tell me a little more about it because the picture didn’t really show the collar so I was wondering if it is no collar/shawl/hooded ? It looks adorable and I’m really excited to have it for my winter wedding.
Thanks,
Heidi”

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“Heidi, it doesn’t have a collar it is beautiful it has a sort of set back look around the neck. If you are not in love when you get it let us know right a way and send it back!

Congratulations on the wedding!

Susie”
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“Susie,
Holy crap – this stole is awesome! I love the set back shawl collar. It is so unique and I really wanted something a little different. The color is perfect too because my wedding dress is a warm pink. Also, living in NC means I don’t really need a jacket or coat and so this is something I can wear often, even with my dressy black and white snake cowboy boots. 🙂 I’m just thrilled!
I had a Q about item 2287 – is the width adjustable? It looks a little overlapped in the picture. I’m asking because my best friend is a plus size (maybe 22W or 24W) and I wonder what the length is and if it is adjustable.
Thanks so much!
H”

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“Glad you love it Heidi! #2287 won’t fit but the other stoles on the site are all large enough- I just tried each and everyone on.

If it is okay with you I may use your note in my blog! No last names or addresses

Thanks

Susie”
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“Hi Susie,
Thanks for letting me know about the stoles and their sizes. I will keep an eye out.
SURE you can use my comments on your blog (sans last names and addresses). Please do! I saw some of your posts – love your new hair 🙂
I really appreciate what you do with This Old Fur. I don’t want to buy new out of respect for the animals and it’s such a great service and easy to buy “new vintage” from Hinsdale.
Heidi”

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After rereading these notes, I feel like I am accomplishing the same level of customer service and personal relationship as I do with my “face to face “clients. Buying a fur is a big investment, be it a used fur or a new one. I feel that the customer should be educated and treated with honesty no matter if they are in my showroom or on a computer. It is very unfortunate that not all web businesses share the same integrity.