Vintage Rabbit Fur Jacket Found at Bushwick Junk Shop

Shopping sustainably enables one to rationalize what some view as politically incorrect purchases. I’m talking, of course, about FUR. Being attacked by a PETA freak for donning a secondhand rabbit fur/tweed toggle coat def pissed me off, but it didn’t do jack to change my adoration of criminally warm outerwear. I’m heartless like that.

The rabbit fur jacket above hails from Green Village Junk Shop – a mammoth treasure trove located in a slightly dodgy area of Bushwick (more on the awesomeness of Green Village later). I was at tail end of a strenuous digging session, but not yet exhausted enough to miss the gleaming white fluff piled on top of belts, ties and hats. (What do I always say? With thrift, the last thing you find is often the coup of the day!).

The mint condition fur had one big fat glitch: A tear in the back that made it unwearable in its current form.

I had an idea of how it could be fixed, but I wasn’t about to spend more than $20 on damaged goods, fur or no. $15 was pushing it. $10 I could do. And so, I plotted.
Green Village is run by some old school Orthodox Jews – they take credit cards, but prefer to deal in cash to avoid the heinous fees. Understandable. I weighed my bag of finds (clothes in the back bins are sold for $1.50 a pound, provided you buy at least 10 lbs – LOVES IT), whipped out my cash to pay, and took the owner’s visible delight as a sign to go in for the kill.

CJ: How much for the fur?

GV: This one? Picks up fur, assesses damage.You can have it for $10.

CJ: Poorly attempts to hide glee/joy. $10 works. I’ll take it.

So, how did I remedy the damage wreaked on this otherwise stunning, $10.00 Saks Fifth Avenue fur?

I’m splitting up posts in an attempt to up my frequency game. Answer to follow. GET EXCITED.


  1. rae says

    Squee! I once got a torn leather jacket for $0.50 — excited to hear how you fixed this up! I love the feel of rabbit, too, but I’ve never been able to nab anything that cheap. =D

  2. says

    So funny when you said “poorly attempts to hide glee/joy”. My boyfriend always tells me that I’m so obviously ecstatic when I find something I love that people end up quoting me a higher price. :-) Looking forward to hearing how you managed to repair this!

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