Animal lovers, like we all are, please don't freak out but my favorite has to be a used cross mink I have. We had to go back east for our niece's (DH's side) Bat Mitzvah and I long since donated my winter coats to the homeless. I went into my local American Cancer Society thrift store. I just wanted to get a black file coat. I found one but then the shop keeper, who I knew because I shopped there many times, asked me if I had seen the cross mink. I had no idea what a cross mink was but when she showed it to me it was so beautiful - white with grey highlights. It fit perfectly. The only thing I had to do was to change my name to Susan somebody or have the embroidered name replaced. I chose the latter.
Now, if you knew DH's family, you would have bought that coat as well.
And this was a big Bat Mitzvah. So, I bought it for $1250.00. It was a big hit at the party and it kept me warm in Rochester, NY in December.
I put it in storage in the spring and asked to have it appraised and the appraisal was for $9500.00.
I don't wear it very often - this is CA. It's not a baby seal coat or a leopard coat. Minks are not endangered. I wear leather, so...
I really bought the coat because my Dad died of cancer of the larynx when I was 14. I was supporting a great cause (that is why I shopped there so often), one that helped my Dad, and I wished that he could still be alive to see me in that coat.