Do you find yourself drawn to the timeless luxury of a fur coat but dread the thought of the price tag? Fear not, fellow fur lovers, there is hope. A previously owned coat or jacket is the perfect alternative for those looking for a high fashion look without the high cost that goes with it. Secondhand and vintage garments are sold in great condition for really reasonable prices, many ranging from $500 to $1500, a fraction of what a new coat can cost. Although you are not spending nearly as much on a previously owned garment as a new one, quality is key. Below are some guidelines to help you find that perfect fur.
Check Condition: make sure the jacket, vest or coat that you are buying is in good condition. When the garment is older or has not been properly cared for it dries out which can lead to splitting and shedding. Look for splits in the fur underneath the collar in the back and around the shoulders and behind the armholes first. Those are stress points where the fur usually dries out first. Then shake the coat and see if any fur flies.
Good size and fit: Take your measurements carefully. A good fit is important in maintaining the condition of your clothing. If your garmet is too tight, it might tear. Repairs can get costly especially if the furrier has to open the lining to repair the pelts.
Shop online: Fur coats and jackets are turning up all over the seemingly endless online market. One search for fur coats on eBay brings 270,000+ results. With a little luck and a lot of patience there are some hidden gems to be found, but be sure to do your research. Buy Online Pick up in Store: Look for websites that have the option to (BOPIS) so you get the best of both.
Buy on consignment: If you’re not one for the commitment of online bidding, consignment shops often have sections dedicated to secondhand coats and jackets, especially in colder seasons.
Look to Non-Profits: Believe it or not, there are non-profit organizations that sell previously owned itmes to raise funds for their programs. We love One Great Thing, benefiting the House of Ruth, coming up on October 23rd to the 26th.
Check with your local furrier: A boutique shop pretty much guarantees the best quality secondhand furs. Whether you are looking to buy a mink or chinchilla coat or are shopping for women’s vests, you will will find that most have expert furriers in house to authenticate and examine the condition of the and help you with fitting before you buy.
Don’t forget these tips If you are looking for good quality, luxury, high fashion, and heavenly warmth this season.