Mom's Fur Coat - A Luxury That Wasn't Destined to Live Furever

Not so long ego, fur coats were the ultimate symbol of prosperity, status and attainment of the “North American Dream”.  Not so today.  While Canada was once recognized as a ‘Nation of Trappers’, the product of that trade has now come to be perceived as a social pariah.  In the world of Senior Move Management, this raises a question.  I often work with clients faced with the challenge of selling or finding new purpose for Mom’s furs.

If you’ve tried to sell or find a home for furs lately, you will already know that resale potential is weak-to-non-existent.  The go-to solutions of the recent past include such options as consignment stores, flea markets, e-bay or gifting them to theatrical groups.  Increasingly though, even these options are becoming less viable.

When faced with this challenge, here are a few ideas to consider.  Be aware that you will need to adjust your expectations about monetary value.  The ideas offered below will attract buyers and users who will be offering ‘market value’ for your fur – or accepting them for free:

  • Have the item redesigned.  Companies such as Raw Concepts in Toronto specialize in redesigning furs into contemporary items that are wearable or usable.  This is a great solution when you simply can’t bear the thought of parting with something you love.  Consider transforming it into a throw or pillows that can be enjoyed by family members while honoring the memories associated with the coat and the owner.
  • Appeal to crafters and textile artists.  Use platforms such as kijji or Craigslist to connect with artisans who incorporate fur into items they are creating.  A sub-culture of crafters has emerged who transform fur into items such as footstools, pillows, teddy bears and fashion accessories.
  • Connect with your local animal shelter. You may be surprised to learn that some shelters reuse furs for therapeutic purposes.  The inside of crates can be lined with fur to simulate the look and feel of a mother.  This creates a supportive environment for animals that have been pre-maturely weaned.
  • Attempt to sell it. Although few in number, buyers for fur still exist.  However, they are often suppliers to the crafters listed above and their prices reflect ‘market value’. Cash for Fur Coats falls into this category.

The one truism in life is that the world moves on.  Fashion is never static. Tastes change. The lovely fur coats of yesteryear are now a reflection of a different time, place and values. The best advice in this situation may simply be to reflect on the joy and warmth and memories the furs have provided over the years.   While mom's fur coat may not last forever, with a little planning, the memories certainly may.

Pets That Move You...And How To Move Them

Visualize.  Image you’re in the midst of preparing for a move. You’re excited but a tad anxious.  Your current home is in disarray. Boxes, packing materials and piles of seemingly disorganized stuff fill all corners of the home.  Unfamiliar people circulate in and out of the house.  Move coordinators, packers, family and friends all drop in and out.

Now. Imagine the view from your beloved pet’s point of view.  Do you think they might be stressed?

Don’t overlook the fact that stress affects pets too. Unlike their owners, pets don’t have the luxury of knowing what’s going on.  They simply experience the stress of unfamiliar events without being able to understand or control them.

When making plans for YOUR move, don’t forget to include tactics to make your PET’S move equally smooth and stress free.  Here are some easy ideas to adopt:

  1. Let your vet know if you are moving out of the area. They may be able to recommend a new vet and you’ll want to arrange the transfer of medical files. Don’t forget to take adequate amounts of all medications with you.
  2. Isolate your pet from the move site whenever possible.  The activity will stress them and may prompt a ‘fight or flight’ response. Having pets underfoot is also hazardous for movers and other service providers.  Find an understanding friend or a local kennel to keep them safe until the house is packed up.  Alternatively, isolate your pet in a crate or quiet secure area of the house.  Provide them with familiar toys, water and routines. Don’t forget to pop in occasionally for a cuddle.
  3. Transport them to the new house in a vehicle they recognize and with people they know.
  4. Consider using non-drug stress reducing agents such as Feliway for cats and Adaptil for dogs during the relocation process.
  5. Allow time for them to acclimate to new surroundings.  Introduce them in stages to the house, the yard and new walking routes.  Keep the routes the same for a number of days until they feel comfortable with the area and have left their own markings along the route.

Like you, your pet will need time to adjust to the new surroundings.  Like you, they will gradually settle in and make it a home they love. Give them time, provide familiar structure and watch them thrive in their new home.

Finding a Mover That is Savvy to Senior's Needs

There’s no getting around it.  Moving is disruptive!  The very thought of it is enough to cause many to simply hunker down, ignore the idea and stay put.

But what if you are a senior whose life could be vastly improved by moving to a place that is more supportive of your needs? Maybe you yearn for something smaller, less cluttered, less expensive and easier to maintain. Maybe you’re considering moving to a senior’s residence that provides meals, laundry, companionship and the appropriate level of health care support.  Whatever your objectives, you’re not going to get there – unless you bite the bullet and move.

 The first question you might ask yourself is how do you choose a mover that is knowledgeable about and sensitive to the unique needs of seniors? There are many moving companies out there, but they are not all created equal.

The answer lies in good solid interviewing.  Invite 2-3 reputable movers to quote on your job and take the time to ask them specific questions.  Seek a solution that offers more than simply the ‘cheapest price’.  Here are a few good questions to consider:

  • Are they a member in good standing with the BBB (Better Business Bureau)?
  • Does the company know about and abide by the terms of the ‘Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers’?
  • Do they use contracted casual labour or full time employees?  While the use of employees increases operating costs for companies, it tends to provide better quality services and an increased level of consumer confidence.
  • What is the average tenure of their movers and what training is provided by the company?
  • Are their trucks and dollies designed to accommodate the smaller spaces and loading docks sometimes associated with senior’s residences?
  • Can they provide temporary storage facilities if required?  If so, what provisions have they made for managing the inventory and providing security?
  • Can they provide boxes and packing materials if you choose to do your own packing?
  • Most offer packing but do they also offer unpacking and set up at the new home?
  • Do they offer discounts for seniors?

While moving can be an unsettling experience, questions such as these can be your guide to finding the right partner.  Take charge and don’t let the idea of moving prevent you from moving forward with your life.