A real fur coat is a big investment. The owner of such a coat should guard that investment by caring for the coat as recommended by fur professionals. This includes properly storing the coat at home between wearings, storing the coat at a furrier over the hot weather months, and caring for the coat when it is worn to avoid damage to the lining or the furs.
Choosing a Fur Coat
Choosing a fur coat is largely a matter of taste. However, it is worth noting that some furs are more durable and less prone to wear than others. Mink is the longest lasting fur and one of the most popular choices for people buying a fur coat. Raccoon, bobcat, and sable are also durable, while chinchilla and ermine are very sensitive. When choosing a coat, the buyer should consult a fur professional. Consult the eBay buying guide when in doubt.
Caring for a Fur Coat
A fur coat has three different parts. The first is the pelt to which the hair is attached. The second is the fur itself and the third is the lining, which is often silk. Fur coats do not do well in heat and they can be damaged by prolonged exposure to intense light. Heat and light dry up the pelt and the fur. At home, the coat should be stored in the coolest, darkest closet available and never in a plastic bag. There are special breathable bags for the storing of furs.
When hanging a fur coat in a closet, it should be hung on a broad, padded hanger with a neck that is wide enough to support the collar and prevent it from slipping down onto the hanger’s arms, as that can stretch the lining and distort the shape of the coat. When in a closet, the coat should have breathing room and not be crammed into a closet between other garments. The closet should be as cool and dark as possible. If the wearer is out for the evening and no padded hanger is available, it is better to place the coat on a bed or other flat surface. If the coat has pockets, stuffing items into the pockets should be avoided, as that can pull and cause tears.
When donning the coat, the wearer should place a scarf around the neck to prevent makeup from rubbing off and staining the silk lining. Jewelry should never be pinned onto a fur coat, as it may cause tears and pull out fur when removed. Getting perfume on the lining should be avoided, as it will stain and dry out the delicate silk material. Hair spray and other alcohol-based products should not be sprayed on while wearing the coat, as the alcohol can dry out the pelt. The wearer of the fur coat should avoid wearing metal belt buckles and chain belts, as these accessories can tear and pull at the lining. Necklaces with sharp edges can also tear the lining and should be avoided when wearing a fur coat.
When removing the fur coat from the broad, padded hanger the coat should be slipped off and not tugged away from the hanger. The coat should be worn often to prevent it from losing shape. Sitting on the fur coat can flatten fur and cause wear. If possible, the coat should be removed when riding in a car or when sitting in a chair for prolonged periods. If removing the coat is not possible, the wearer should shift positions and the orientation of the coat to avoid flattening fur and causing wear.
The coat should regularly be cleaned by a professional furrier. The furrier will clean the coat and recondition the fur to insure the best result.
How to Buy a Fur Coat on eBay
There is a great selection of fur coats of all kinds on eBay. The shopper can begin by typing in a search, like “mink coat” or "sable coat". It may be possible to find a preowned coat which will save the shopper money. The shopper should carefully read the listing and ask any relevant questions of the seller. It is important to check out the feedback of the seller to make certain they have a good track record on eBay. The shopper should also be certain to carefully note the size and measurements of the coat.