How to Sell Your Fur Coat

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Maybe you've just moved to Miami. Or maybe that coat you spent thousands on a few years ago is woefully out of date now. Turn to one of several fur companies that buy and sell used furs on a consignment basis--if it's in good condition.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Learn as much as you can about your fur beforehand. What kind of fur is it and how old is it? What is the coat's style and size?

  2. 2

    Get your coat appraised at a fur specialist (look under "Fur Dealers" in the Yellow Pages). U.S. law requires furriers to appraise garments in person. Age has less to do with the value of a used garment than the care it has been given over the years (proper cold storage during the summer months is a huge factor).

  3. 3

    Send your coat to one of three retailers that purchase or consign used fur from anyone in the United States: Henry Cowit Inc. and Ritz Furs in New York City, and Chicago Fur Outlet in Chicago. After inspection, they'll give you an estimated resale price.

  4. 4

    Sell your coat through a newspaper (preferably, a cold-climate region) or an online ad on eBay.com or eFurs.com.

Tips and warnings

  • It's easier to resell a darker fur such as mink or sable.
  • Donate a fur coat that's in bad condition to a charity as a tax deduction. Furriers usually don't resell coats in bad condition.

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