Young shoppers seek out old styles at Fur Elephant Sale

October 09, 1990

A chance to wrap up in fur for a rock-bottom price is coming up Oct. 12 at the League for the Handicapped.

The Fur Elephant Sale, now in its 13th year, offers close to 400 fur coats and jackets, plus many additional hats, muffs, boas and XTC other fur accessories. The furs are donated by members of the community and cleaned and restored by area furriers. Proceeds benefit Camp Greentop, a residential summer camp in the Catoctin Mountains for the physically disabled.

Erma Freburger, executive secretary for the League for the Handicapped, says furriers appraise the coats and price them at a lower figure, according to condition.

Donations peaked in the early years of the sale, when seemingly every woman in Baltimore learned she could get a tax deduction for the old fur hanging in her closet. Then, the number of donations declined through the late '80s. Now, Freburger says donations are a rise.

"One one of things that has picked up our donations is people feel our winter weather has changed so it doesn't even get cold enough for fur," says Freburger. There also have been some people who come in and say, "Oh, I'm scared to wear this coat around anymore [because of anti-fur activists]. Over-all, what happens is women have passed away and their husbands bring their coats in."

Prices range from $2,000 for a top-quality, quite new ranch mink, to $150 for a '60s-style mink. There also are many Persian lamb coats selling between $75 and $90, and some beaver coats in the same price range. Scarves, muffs and hats often sell between $15 and $25.

The many '60s style coats draw young people interested in retro fashion, Freburger says. Another factor attracting both young and old is that sale admission is free. Starting at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 12, numbered admission tickets will be handed out at the League for the Handicapped at 1111 E. Cold Spring Lane. The sale runs 5 to 8 p.m., and people will be admitted into the sale room according to the number on their ticket.

Tax-deductible donations are still being accepted for the sale. For more information, call 323-0500.

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