Jessie McFadyen has collected thousands of fur coats from across Canada and the U.S. to make into new products
“Jessie McFadyen keeps a collection of old fur coats hanging inside a small wooden shop beside her home in southwestern New Brunswick.
The 55-year-old buys them from Kijiji and Value Village. If she’s lucky, some people donate their old coats made from coyote, raccoon and fox fur.
“Just fur everywhere,” she said.
McFadyen refashions the thousands of coats she’s kept over the years into headbands, earmuffs, scarves, purses, mittens and hats.
“I’m using something that a woman years ago … wore to make herself feel good,” the seamstress said. “And now I make things from your mother’s coat or your grandmother’s coat. It’s a cherished keepsake.””