A few weeks ago my gran told me how she was picking my eight-year-old cousin up from school when she overheard some of the mums chatting about a fur coat. As the group drooled over one of their collective's outer-wear the mum in question revealed that the coat she was wearing had belonged to her auntie.
This got my gran thinking, because she had a fur coat hanging in her wardrobe that she hadn't worn for some 30 years. She dug it out, and offered it to me. This beautiful coat was bought for my gran by my grandad in 1967. It cost £40. In in 1967, this was an expensive coat!
It is an Astrakhan and mink coat - make by a french company called Astro-fur. Inside the label it reads: "This is a luxury garment and is not intended for everyday use". My gran tells me she only used to wear it when she went 'clubbing' with my grandad!
The coat fits me perfectly - and I am so in love with it. I feel very lucky that my gran has kept and given to me, such a lovely item. I never met my Grandad as he died when my mum was in her teens, if my calculations are right, just three years after buying this coat for my gran. Even more so, this makes it very special and I'll be looking after it with the up most care.
Anyone else have a special item passed down from a parent or grandparent?
P.S. If you like my leopard print hairband make sure you have entered my competition, because I also bought one just the same to add to the huge bundle of prizes I'm giving away!