Posts Tagged ‘fur storage’

Fur Redesign – Does it seem like you’ve had your fur coat fur-ever?

July 23, 2012

Do you have a fur coat in your closet that you never wear anymore? Well, you are not alone. According to National Fur Federation, 1 out 5 of women in North America has a fur coat in their possession. With little over 300 million people living in the US and Canada, that makes a lot of fur coats!

From changes in fashions, to tensions from animal activists, many women stop wearing their fur coats. But what is surprising is that most women would rather leave their fur coat in the closet than exchange or sell their coat. There are several reasons for this behavior:

  • They invested a lot of money in purchasing a fur coat and do not want to lose their investment.
  • The coat has a sentimental attachment. Many people inherited their fur coats from the mother or even their grandmothers and want to keep it for sentimental reasons.
  • The coat does not fit anymore. Like most people in today’s society, our body changes with time. Because fur coats are usually tailored fit, it may change how you feel about it when wearing it.
  • The style of the coat is no longer trendy. Your fur coat might have been the latest style when you bought it several years ago, but now it looks outdated with all of the sizzle gone.
  • Too hot, too heavy and not convenient. In most cases, fur coats made 30 years ago were very heavy. Of course they were also extremely hot, bulky and a pain to get in and out of the car.

No one can argue that fur is durable and long lasting, as long as it is properly cleaned and stored by a professional furrier. It is these same characteristics that sometimes make it possible to keep them hanging around for long durations. In proper conditions, a fur coat can last 30 to 40 years. No other garment can last this long, nor would you want to have a piece of clothing last so long. Could you imagine wearing pants that was in style 40 years ago?

Thankfully there are a few things you can do to fish out that coat from your closet. Furriers have come up with many innovative tailoring techniques that can make your fur coat looking new, much more comfortable and in style. Fur redesign is an art in fur making. We can now take your old existing fur coat and redesign it into something modern.

Fur redesign is a feasible way to extend the life of your coat, it is also environmentally responsible. Think of it as recycling or re-using a piece of garment. Stop by and see our samples or talk to us about our other ideas and share ideas of your own.

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Fur Care Tip #2

October 1, 2010

When you have your fur coat at home: Keep it in your coolest closet, on a form fit hanger, not crushed and out of direct sunlight. In simple terms if the closet has a window it is not the closet that your fur should be living in.

Fur at a Garage Sale?

September 14, 2010

Annual Merchant Garage Sale

This past Saturday was Hinsdale’s Annual Merchants Garage Sale. We have participated every year since it began over 40 years ago. Once a year the village cleans out the municipal garage, where they store all the big trucks and allow the merchants to set up shop for the day. This year, we set up for both our Formal Wear and fur salon and were joined by the bicycle shop, women’s clothing shop, a hardware store, housewares, a jeweler, books and a few more merchants that I can not recall. All the 1st time shoppers are shocked to see a furrier set up in a garage but when they check out the prices they are glad that we are there. Since the beginning we have participated more as a promotional tool and made a few sales of furs from the prior year at our cost. Since we opened our consignment section , This Old Fur, we use the sale as the kick off the season.

A very happy customer

 

I hope you can see from the photos that a furrier in a garage sale is different but fun. I am writing this blog to remind other Entrepreneurs that some times a little change and a lot a fun = sales and happy customers. As soon as we returned to the store we set the date for 2 Fur Fantasy Events! These are dress up parties to benefit charities.  Please let me know about any creative marketing ideas you have tried during this tough economy.

If the sales on Saturday were any indication – fur is the choice for this winter season!

Furs Like Bananas Do Not Belong in Your Refrigerator

June 11, 2010

From my childhood my favorite commercial was for Chiquita Bananas. The banana would sing a little song that went…….
” I’m Chiquita banana and I’ve come to say
Bananas have to ripen in a certain way
When they are fleck’d with brown and have a golden hue Bananas taste the best and are best for you
You can put them in a salad
You can put them in a pie-aye
Any way you want to eat them
It’s impossible to beat them
But, bananas like the climate of the very, very tropical equator
So you should never put bananas in the refrigerator.”

I felt like singing this song today after a customer called to ask why she couldn’t just put her coat in the refrigerator for summer storage.

The storage vaults are kept at about 45 degrees and have very low humidity- refrigerators have much higher humidity.

The coats are hung with air circulating in the storage vault- I don’t know how this could be the case in a refrigerator.

I can give a 100% guarentee that watermelon juice (which actually happened to a customer’s coat when she tried to store it in her refrigerator) will not be spilled on your coat in a proper fur storage vault.

Check Your Pockets Before Storing Your Fur

April 16, 2010

In my life, Spring means fur storage time and the beginning of my favorite game. Some people think Spring is Baseball season in my life the best game of Spring is What is the most interesting thing we will find in a pocket today? We take in about 50 coats a day for storage and cleaning and the 1st thing we do is hang them up and check the pockets.

There are 3 categories of things we find in pockets. The usual , the unusual and the embarrassing.

The usual consists of dirty Kleenex, small amounts of money, candy, empty plastic bags and rosary beads.

The unusual diamond earings, $700 dollars, a very old apple, a pacifier.

Then there is the embarrassing this year so far I have reached my hand in to find a plastic bag that was full of what the customer cleaned up after her dog, the little blue pill that is guaranteed to improve your sex life and the funniest was when a new husband brought in his brides coat and I reached in the pocket not knowing what I was pulling out. I just pulled out very skimpy red panties and handed them to him. I think his face was redder than the panties!

I write this suggesting you check your pockets carefully before taking your furs in for storage and cleaning.

New Beginnings

April 6, 2010

Spring is in the air and it is time for new beginnings! My garden is starting to bud and the daffodils are blooming. I haven’t had much time to write lately because of another new beginning….my husband and I decided to get a new puppy. She is a cute Bichon Frise – 11 weeks old – we named her Scallywag but we are calling her Scally. Our 10-year-old Bichon, Charley, is happy to have her after a little adjustment time. Spring is a good time to think about a new beginning for you furs. It is time to clean and store the coats and get any repairs done so they are ready for next fall. If you are tired of the current style it is the time to give your fur a new beginning. Turn your coat in to a nifty bomber jacket or your older jacket in to a stylish vest. There we have it- a quick bit on new beginnings so I could post a picture of Scally for all to see.

How your fur is cleaned

March 5, 2010

It was about 3 week ago when I first began corresponding with a gentleman named Tom via email.  He had purchased a jacket on Ebay and it needed some minor repairs and cleaning. Tom was in San Francisco and couldn’t find anyone to do the work in that area. I referred him to some furriers not too far away. However he decided to send the jacket to us.  He sent it in a post office priority box- I have no idea how it fit in that box. When I opened the box his jacket jumped out like the snakes in one of those trick cans. I sent an email letting him know his jacket had arrived safely and that I would be sending it back in a much larger box.

I sent the jacket back to him this week and here is what I found in my email today!

Hi Susie, BEAUTIFUL!!!! Just Beautiful……..:) It looks and smells so good. And so soft!!!! WOW! what a difference. Now I understand why it is so important to have them cleaned a looked after. What ever you used to get out that dirty wet dog smell…. worked…. Now its to pretty to wear! LOL Thanks again I see the charge went thru. Very good and Thanks for that great big box. I gonna store my Toyota in it……. Bye for now Tom LOL>>>>>

Here are some photos of our cleaning process:

First we check over the coat for areas that need special attention.

Next we spot clean the lining.

Then we put the coat into the cleaning machine with the cleaning compound.

After the tumbling process, the coat gets checked again for repairs and minor repairs are performed.

Finally the coat gets brushed out and the lining is steamed before it goes into the vaults for storage.


I am always preaching the importance of cleaning your fur.  In his note you can hear it from a customer. It makes a difference. The end of winter is around the corner- It will once again be time to store and clean your furs. Your fur will look better and last longer with proper care. Remember our vaults are temperature and humidity controlled. So make sure where ever you decide to send your furs for summer camp they are comfortable and well taken care of.