1. When is it appropriate to wear fur?
The “for special occasions only” attitude is a thing of the past. Wear your fur everywhere, at any time with the assurance that you’ll stay warm and look great wherever you go.
You don’t even have to wait for winter anymore! Warm weather fashions are available year-round such as; feather-weight jackets, vests, crop jackets, shawls, capes, wraps, fur-trimmed jeans and more.
2. How long should my fur last?
As long as you purchase a good quality fur from a reputable furrier it should last more than long enough to justify the cost. Although the longevity of fur varies from one type to another, a good quality mink coat, with proper care (storage and cleaning every year) can last up to 20 years or more.
3. When is the best time of the year to buy a fur?
When you’re ready. Prices of fur remain consistent year around. Market prices do fluctuate, but this can happen at any time.
(Note: fur pelts are bought by manufacturers at international auctions by almost every nation in the world, when demand exceeds supply, prices go up, when supply is greater than demand prices go down)
4. Occasionally I see 10-50% OFF sales, is there money
to be saved at these events?
Unfortunately, no. If a retailer was actually offering this kind of discount they are either selling below their cost and wouldn’t be in business very long or they subscribe to the dishonest practice of “marking up to mark down”. This is the practice of marking up a retail price to ridiculous levels to give the false impression to the buyer that they are getting a larger discount. At Refined Resale, we consider this method of marketing as illegitimate and do not subscribe to such methods. (Please read the next question)
If a retailer is actually marking down their products this much, chances are they are offering defective goods or products that have been in inventory for a long time that they just want to get rid of. Although this might be a good deal for both the buyer and the seller, the customer must keep in
mind that the life of the garment is greatly reduced.
5. How can I be sure that I am paying a fair price for a fur garment?
What matters is the final price. Ignore the discount or the “percentage off”. Shop around and compare the garment to others of equivalent qualities.
For example: Furrier #1 offers you a mink coat with a retail price of $4850 at 30% off for $3400. Furrier #2 offers you a mink coat that is marked with a retail price of $17,000 and is marked down 80% to $3400. Ignore the 30% and 80% discounts, these coats are most likely equivalent. You must look at the fur quality of the mink and the overall style and fit of the garment.
Buyer beware! A store that offers 50% off all the time probably isn’t really quoting a sale price, but what should be considered a regular retail price. At Refined Resale the retail price is as low as possible all of the time, when we have a promotion it is truly a sale (a special savings retained by Refined Resale and passed on to YOU, the customer).
6. Why does one Mink coat cost $3,999.00 and another cost $30,000?
Not all mink coats are alike. There are a wide range of fur qualities and manufacturing processes. Skin origin, size, length and sweep all affect the cost of a garment.
7. I want to buy a new fur fashion, but am not sure I can
afford it, what can I do? Does Refined Resale have payment plans?
Set a date to shop at Refined Resale and try on as many fur outerwear fashions as you like to find what suits your sense of style. We offer items for almost every budget and price range. Our professional staff will discuss payment options with you to put together a plan that fits your individual situation. Our payment options are very flexible and we make it simple to get you into your new fur fashion as quickly and easily as possible.
8. Should I keep my fur in a cedar closet or with mothballs?
Absolutely not. Cedar absorbs moisture from the air. It is a natural de-humidifier. Keeping fur or leather products in a cedar closet will dry out the leather and quickly shorten the life of the garment.
Also, fur will absorb the odor from the cedar.
Mothballs chemically react with the natural oils in fur and leather causing it to effectively dry out and molecularly breakdown. The smell will also permeate the leather and will be very difficult, if not impossible, to remove.
9. What should I do if my coat gets wet?
It’s OK to wear your fur in snow or light rain. (Remember: animals wear their fur in the rain). The natural oils in fur are resistant to water. If the fur gets wet shake it out and hang it in a well - ventilated place (away from heat). Don’t let snow and rain keep you from wearing your fur!
IMPORTANT: If it should get soaked completely through to the leather side and feels “water-logged” 1.) Seal it in a plastic bag, and 2.) Immediately take it to a reputable fur retailer with an on-site Master Furrier.
Special attention will be required to assure that the pelts do not shrink or mis-shape.