There are few things that say fashion and style like a well-worn fur. While coats and hats often come to mind when thinking about a fur trend, handbags are now making their way back onto the scene. While these state of the art bags were once only for the well to do, they are now growing more popular among fashion buffs on a tight budget.
My little girl lost in time
With my daughter’s 18th birthday quickly approaching, my wife and I were at a loss on what to get her for a gift. We had wrapped our minds discussing what she would need when she left for college at the end of summer and what seemed to be cool among her friends.
One night, my wife and I sat around the kitchen table going through old photo albums of our family. It was hard to believe that it had been almost 18 years since our daughter made her way into our lives. We had a book for every year of her life, full of pictures from special occasions.
I was surprised when my daughter asked if we had any pictures from our own childhood years. I made my way through the boxes that had been tucked away in the back of our closet and found what it was she wanted to see. My wife and I each had a scrapbook of our own that was full of pictures from high school, and even a few as old as our elementary school years.
There was one photograph that caught my daughter’s attention more than the others. It was a picture of my wife with her grandmother on her last day of junior high school. My daughter had always joked and teased us about the style of clothing we wore in those days. However, she had absolutely fell in love with the fur handbag her great grandmother was sporting in the picture.
As soon as my daughter mentioned how badly she wanted one, my wife and I looked at each at the exact same time. We knew what we needed to buy her as a birthday present. As soon as we had wrapped things up for the night, my wife was on her computer looking at the Fur Clearinghouse handbags. She spent about half an hour going through the selection until she found what she thought would be the perfect one.
As the last of the guests had left my daughter’s birthday party, my wife and I asked her if she would come out back to the sunroom with us. We had two last gifts for her that we wanted to give her with just the three of us. The first was the information for an account we had started for her on her first day of school that we had hoped would be enough to make it through college without her having to work a part-time job.
The second was the fur handbag my wife had ordered the night we had all been looking at pictures. She had been able to find an exact replica of the one her grandmother had been holding in the photo my daughter fell in love with. Never in my life did I think I would see the day that my daughter had something that meant more to her than a large sum of money.