Sympathy Gifts, Memorial Gifts, Bereavement Gifts

Sympathy Gifts: Traditional vs Unique

It’s often difficult to know what to say or do when a friend or loved one is grieving. Acknowledging the loss is extremely important. A sympathy gift can be a perfect way to send the message that you care deeply.

Traditionally many send flowers as sympathy gifts. However, this often leaves the grieving person with more flowers arrangements than they can count. It addition, it’s not a gift that lasts. Watching flowers wither and die isn’t necessarily comforting when someone is grieving. So you may want to choose a sympathy gift with a longer lifespan.

Sympathy Gifts: Alternatives to Sending Flowers

Sympathy Gifts, Memorial Gifts, Bereavement Gifts: Memory Bear Made from Old Clothes of Loved OneSometimes families have left instructions of what to give “in lieu of flowers.” You may want to contact the funeral home to ask if the family has offered an “in lieu of flowers” suggestion.

Alternatives to sending flowers include: gifting a plant, tree or shrub; keepsake boxes; garden stones; putting together a memorial album; and more.

If you’re looking for a gift that offers both meaning and comfort, you want to consider a memory bear or memory quilt.

Memory bears and memory quilts can be made out of any clothing (including furs and neckties) that belonged to or are reminiscent of the person who passed away.

They offer comfort to all ages — from grieving children to grieving seniors. Memory bears and memory quilts are sympathy gifts that can be hugged and snuggled and wept-on, as needed. They are known to provide comfort to those who are suffering from a loss.

We make memory bears and memory quilts from all types of clothing and materials — including baby blankets; school and work uniforms; old t shirts; neckties; old fur coats and mink stoles; and much more. Thinking of something unique? We can create custom keepsakes, based on your needs.

Sympathy Gift for Yourself

If you have lost someone, you may want to give a memory bear or memory quilt to yourself. Self-care is very important during times of loss and grief. Having a bear or quilt that reminds you of the one you love — and is also great to cuddle — can be a great comfort.

Please call me, Rita, with any questions: 800-373-6465.

Recycle Clothes at ReMinkie!

Earth Day: Recycle Clothes at ReMinkieAt ReMinkie, we love what we do. Not only do we recycle clothes, we also create lasting keepsakes for you and your loved ones to treasure.

At ReMinkie, we recycle clothes, transforming old clothes into memory bears and custom keepsakes. Our keepsakes include custom pillows, custom throws, custom blankets and quilts. Old clothes can include old furs, neckties, uniforms, shirts, pants, and so much more.

Recycle Clothes:
What to Do with Old Clothes

Many people don’t know what to do with old clothes, especially those belonging to a loved one who has passed away. It gives us great pleasure to recycle clothes into valuable and sentimental keepsakes that provide comfort in times of grief and loss.

If you or someone you know is coping with loss, consider calling us (800-373-6465) to create a memory bear or custom keepsake. It’s a wonderful and meaningful way to recycle clothes. All of our memory bears are made from recycled clothing or recycled fur coats.

Recycle Clothes: What to Do with Old Baby Clothes

Recycle Clothes: What to Do with Old Baby Clothes. Memory Bear made from boy's baby clothes.Many people don’t know what to do with old baby clothes. They want to recycle and repurpose clothes, but aren’t sure how to go about it. At ReMinkie, we offer some great solutions. You can repurpose clothing into memory bears, custom blankets, custom pillows, keepsake quilts and more. Recycle old baby clothes into a keepsake your child can hold onto forever. Keepsakes make wonderful Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, graduation gifts, and more.

Pictured to the right is a memory bear made from a boy’s old baby clothes. Now he has a beautiful bear to hug and hold!

Every day is Earth Day at ReMinkie.

What to Do with Old Wedding Dress: Custom Pillows & Memory Bears

Memory Bears with Baby: What to Do with Old Wedding Dress / Repurposed Wedding Dress

Custom Pillow: What to Do with an Old Wedding Dress / Repurpose Wedding DressIf you’re wondering what to do with an old wedding dress, you’ve come to the right place. Want to repurpose wedding dress? We offer many beautiful solutions for you!

Repurpose Wedding Dress Example: Pictured above is an adorable baby with a ReMinkie memory bear made from a wedding dress.

Repurpose Wedding Dress Example: Pictured to the right is a custom pillow we made from an old wedding dress.

What to Do with an Old Wedding Dress? Repurpose Wedding Dress!

Many brides pick the dress of their dreams for their wedding day. It’s a shame to pack away your beautiful gown when the day is done. Why not turn an old wedding dress into a treasured keepsake to last a lifetime? At ReMinkie, we’re ready to repurpose wedding dress into exquisite custom pillows or beautiful memory bears. We’ll transform your gown into wedding keepsakes for you and your loved ones. What a wonderful way to commemorate your special day — with a decorative pillow or lovely memory bear to hug and to hold!

Wedding Keepsakes: Custom Pillow from Bridesgroom NecktiesYou no longer need to wonder what to do with old wedding dress. With over 20 years of expertise in custom decor and memory bears, I would love to create a custom keepsake for you and your loved ones. I love to recycle and repurpose wedding dresses, old furs, old clothing, old neckties, and more. I have even created custom pillows from bridegrooms’ neckties (pictured to the right). Our custom pillows are made with meticulous care and exquisite stitching. All memory bears have movable joints in arms and legs; child-safe eyes and noses; lining for durability; poly-fiberfill stuffing. To both memory bears and custom pillows, we can add monogramming, special embroidery and embellishments. Our memory bears and custom pillows are wedding keepsakes that are decorative and functional. So don’t scratch your head over what to do with an old wedding dress! Give me a call instead. I’ll be happy to answer any of your questions:


What to Do with Old Wedding Dress – Solutions

Are you ready to discover what to do with old wedding dress? Give me a call or click on the links below. Learn more about our high quality memory bears and beautiful custom pillows.

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What to Do with Old Fur Coats? Choose Your Keepsake!

What to Do with Old Fur Coats?Wondering “what to do with old fur coats” — then you’ve come to the right place. We offer several answers to that question. We transform old fur coats into custom decor and beautiful keepsakes. Options include: Memory Bears, Fur Throws, Fur Pillows and more.

What to Do with Old Fur Coats: Discover Your Options

If you’re wondering “what to do with old fur coats” — you have a variety of wonderful options. Learn more about your options below. In addition, we accept special requests for custom decor and keepsakes. Please click on any images to enlarge.

Memory Bears

Memory Bear / Fur BearLet us transform your old furs into memory bears. Memory bears make adorable, huggable and comforting keepsakes. We make the highest quality memory bears from old furs. We also make memory bears from old clothing and neckties. This is an excellent way to recycle old clothing as well as honor the memory of a loved one who passed away. Our teddy bears come with muslin lining, moveable joints, child-safe noses, and exquisite stitching and details. We offer monogramming, personalized clothing, and more for your memory bears.

Fur Throws

Fur Throws / Custom BlanketsFur throws are a wonderful solution for recycling old fur coats. With fur throws, we transform old furs into stunning and functional decor. Fur throws can come in a variety of sizes, depending on the amount of fur you send to us. No need to leave old fur coats hanging uselessly in the closet. Instead, snuggle up with a beautiful, cozy and custom-designed fur throw.

Fur Pillows

Fur Pillows / Custom PillowsFur pillows make gorgeous accents and keepsakes from old fur coats. Fur pillows are perfect adornments for your bedroom or living room.

You no longer need to wonder “what to do with old fur coats”! As you can see, you have plenty of options at ReMinkie. Recycle old fur coats into custom decor for your home. Many customers ask us to transform a loved one’s old fur coats into a keepsake and family heirloom to treasure for a lifetime.

What to Do with Old Fur Coats: Special Requests

Please let us know if you have any special requests for “what to do with old fur coats”. At one customer’s request, we made soft, warm mittens from her mother’s old furs.

Don’t hesitate to call me with any questions. I am always excited to help customers figure out what to do with old fur coats.

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Custom Pillows: Custom Decor as Keepsakes

Looking for custom pillows? I have extensive experience in designing an array of custom decor, including pillows. Pictured below are custom pillows I recently created for customers. The first pair is made from the fur of an old coat. The second set is made from a leather jacket (also pictured). Please feel free to contact me to discuss custom pillows or custom decor for your home.

Custom Pillows for Custom Decor
Custom Pillows for Custom Decor.

Custom Pillows made from Sentimental Fabric, Furs & More

When I receive orders for custom decor, customers usually send me materials with special meaning and significance to them. I’ll receive a beloved mother’s old fur coat; a dear sister’s leather jacket; a late husband’s neckties. I take these nostalgic fabrics and furs and transform them into custom pillows, custom blankets, memory bears, and more. Not only do customers come away with beautiful and unique custom decor, they also have keepsakes in honor and memory of loved ones.

If you’re wondering what to do with a loved one’s clothing (or maybe an old coat you no longer need or wear), ordering a custom keepsake can be a wonderful solution. At ReMinkie, we are in the business of memories — honoring and remembering those we love and times past. We are ready to create custom keepsakes from the old coat wasting away in your closet or the neckties your father, husband or son no longer wear.

If you have any questions about custom decor or custom keepsakes, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I have over 20 years of making the highest quality keepsakes to last a lifetime.

Memory Bears from Clothing – Bereavement Bears

Memory Bears from Clothing - Bereavement Bears

Memory Bears from Clothing

I create memory bears from clothing that customers send to me. Often the clothing belongs to loved ones who have passed away. For example, I have received fur coats, neckties, baby clothes, Boy Scout uniforms, police uniforms, shirts, pants, and much more. I transform each piece of sentimental clothing into a custom keepsake. Wondering what to do with a loved one’s shirts and ties? Let me create memory bears from clothing.

What makes my memory bears so special? They have movable joints, durable lining, and exquisite stitching. They are child-safe and made to last a lifetime. Why settle for anything less? Let me transform clothing into memory bears and custom keepsakes for you and your loved ones. I have over 20 years expertise in making the highest quality memory bears.

Bereavement Bears

Are you or someone you know suffering the loss of loved one? During times of bereavement, bereavement bears can provide great comfort. I have seen first-hand how a memory bear can truly help someone cope with grief and loss. Bereavement bears are a beautiful, comforting, and huggable keepsake. Customers thank me enormously for creating bereavement bears which they can “hug and hold” and treasure for a lifetime.

Memory Bear: A Gift of Love

A memory bear is truly a gift of love. Each memory bear is made from furs and fabrics that customers send us. These often turn out to be a mother’s old fur coat, a father’s old neckties, a child’s old baby blanket. With such sentimental materials, I craft a keepsake bear for my customers and their loved ones. Pictured below are two customers with their ReMinkie memory bears.

Give a Gift of Love with a Memory Bear

Memory Bear: A Gift of Love.

Happy Customer with 3 Memory Bears

I have over 20 years experience and expertise in making memory bears. My customers often request a teddy bear in honor and memory of a loved one. Over the years, I have seen how a memory bear is a magical and beautiful gift of love, touching the hearts of my customers and their families. Each teddy bear is entirely unique, made especially for you. If you are wondering what to do with a loved one’s old clothing, furs or neckties, we have a wonderful solution for you. Let us create a memory bear for you. A memory bear makes a beautiful keepsake and gift of love. View our customer testimonials to read more about the many benefits, comfort and delight of a beautiful memory bear. Questions? Please don’t hesitate to call me.

Memory Bears as Christmas Gifts

Memory Bears as Christmas Gifts. Four brown fur memory bears made as holiday gifts for grandchildren.

The holiday season will soon be upon us. Already we have customers shopping for the holidays. Pictured above are four adorable memory bears. We recently made these memory bears from old furs. They will be given as Christmas gifts to several beloved grandchildren. Beautiful red bows give the furry teddy bears the perfect Christmas accent.

If you have old red furs or fabrics, send them to ReMinkie to make Christmas gifts for your loved ones. We can make personalized teddy bears, custom pillows, custom blankets and throws, keepsake quilts, and more. Custom keepsakes — made from sentimental materials — make the most personal and meaningful gifts. Below are more memory bears made as holiday gifts in the past few years.

Photos of Memory Bears as Christmas Gifts

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza, we can make keepsakes for you and your loved ones. Add joy to your holidays with creative and custom keepsakes. Why give generic store-bought gifts when you can give a keepsake to last a lifetime? Feel free to call Rita to discuss ordering holiday and Christmas gifts.

Memory Bears for Christmas Gifts

Memory Bears as Christmas Gifts

Mittens Made From a Mother’s Fur Coat

Recently, as a gift from a brother to a sister, we received a request to make mittens from a beloved mother’s old fur coat. In our customer’s own words:

Rita, the mittens are for my sister. I think the light mink would be nice since that is from my mother’s coat. Thanks, Father Alan

At ReMinkie, we love new and exciting challenges! So we were absolutely delighted to make mittens from the fur of an old mink coat. Ultimately, we are even more delighted that our customer is pleased with the result. In his own words, he writes:

Rita, the mittens are so beautiful. My sister loved them, not only because of their quality, but because they are from my mother’s coat. I will send a picture when it is cold and and the snow is deep. Thank you for your good work. It is a blessing for us. ~ Father Alan

If you have any special requests, please let us know. We love to transform fur coats or old clothing into custom keepsakes. We make scarves, hats, pillows, blankets, throws, quilts, memory bears, and more.

Mittens – Front and Back Photos

Below are front and back photos of the fur mittens. What a wonderful way to repurpose a loved one’s old coat! These will keep the daughter warm in winter, and remind her of her dear mother every time she puts them on.

Mittens. Fur mittens made from a mother's old fur coat.

Mittens. Fur mittens made from a mother's old fur coat. Pictured is the front of the mittens.

If you have old furs hanging in closets, don’t let them go to waste. Give the gift of a keepsake to yourself and your loved ones. If you’ve got an usual request, don’t hesitate to ask! We welcome the invitation to create a cherished keepsake for you. We have even made horse decor from equestrians old horse blankets. We’ve been in this business for over twenty years, and we love that we never know what we might make next.

Custom Decor: Custom Pillows, Custom Blankets, Keepsake Quilts

Looking for custom decor? At ReMinkie, we make much more than Memory Bears! We also design personalized home decor. Our custom decor includes:

Pictured below are a pair of fur pillows. Each was designed by recycling clothes. In this case: a woman’s old fox fur coat. We transformed her fur coat into soft and useful pillows. She no longer has an old fur coat wasting away in her closet. Instead, she has added sentimental and beautiful embellishments to her home decor.

Custom Decor: Custom Pillows Made from Recycling Clothes. Fur Pillows.

Custom Decor: Fur pillows created from a woman’s old fox fur coat

Custom Decor: Custom Pillows, Keepsake Quilts, Custom Blankets

We can create decor from any material you desire. Check out the following link for more details and examples of pillows: custom pillows.

  • Fur Pillows
  • Fabric Pillows
  • Necktie Pillows
  • Keepsake Quilt Pillows
  • Any Material You Choose!

Add joy and sentimentality to your home with custom decor! Why buy generic decor when you can have pillows, throws and keepsake quilts designed especially for you. At ReMinkie, we create home decor with expert care and exquisite details. We have over 20 years experience in custom decor.