Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Fur Flyers, New York city, 1963


This is about my friend Jimmi G.She was one of those who loved life and who grumbled about it constantly. She could swear like a sailor and often did so. To listen to one of her harangues was akin to being caught in a revolving could see the other side but it was almost impossible to get there ! Needless to say, she was an imposing character.

I met Jimmi just shortly after I met my husband. We were all living in NY City. She was dabbling in antiques and had been able to accrue a small nest egg. However, she was forever looking for new outlets for her creativity and in the early ’60’s she hit on an idea that took off like wildfire.

Jimmi took her accumulated cash and traveled through New England and the East Coast buying up vintage fur hats and coats. Many of them were missing buttons and some had even come apart at the seams. None of this discouraged her. She had an idea and to watch it come to fruition was exciting.

She came back to New York driving her old wooden-sided station wagon packed to the brim with fur items. She was a savvy buyer and had paid little to nothing for her purchases. Most people were happy to get rid of their musty, old outer wear and were thrilled to have made a dollar or two on the exchange.

The next thing on Jimmi’s agenda was a store front and she found the perfect thing on 8th St, near Greenwich Village. She named her store “Fur Flyers” and opened for business on a windy, Fall day. A good friend of ours was a writer for “The Village Voice” and he gave her a great send-off. Within days it was apparent that Jimmi’s store was the “talk of the town” and it became the “in” thing to be seen in a vintage item from “Fur Flyers”.

As I recall, Jimmi made 2 more trips out of town to gather merchandise, but, by Christmas time most of the inventory had been sold. In little more than 4 months she had made a small fortune and it was time to move on to new adventures.


Blogger Marie Smith said...

Another fascinating person from a lifetime of them, Ginnie! Great story.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

How neat to be able to make a killing off an idea and then look for a new adventure. That person definitely didn't have a boring life.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Joared said...

She came up with a great idea.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

She picked the right time period. Those furs wouldn't have flown a decade or two later.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Linda P. said...

What wonderful tales you recount for us.

3:58 AM  

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