One of the best ways to make gold coins is by selling stuff to the merchant. But making a fortune out of stolen items isn’t exactly easy in Skyrim.
Most merchants in Skyrim are wise enough not to buy stolen goods from you. So, you could be just sitting on the piles of stolen goods, unable to profit from them.
Any items that you steal will have a “Stolen” tag assigned to them. This separates them from the regular loot pool, making them unavailable while trading with merchants.
Instead, you must look for fences to get rid of your stolen goods. They are a part of the thieves guild and the only type of merchants to accept stolen items.
Alternatively, a better way to sell stolen goods is by investing in the speech skills tree and getting its perk. With the right perk, you can even sell them to any type of merchant in the game. We’ll talk about the details down below.
Unlike other regular traders in the game, Fences are unique merchants that will buy any type of stolen goods from you.
But first, you’ll have to join the thieves guild. Then, you have to make yourself trustworthy to the fences by running a few errands for them or by completing quests.
There are six different fences in Skryim. We’ve listed all of them along with their prerequisites quest,
She’s a member of the thieves guild and also a fence. You can trade stolen goods with her as soon as you become a guild member, making her the most accessible fence in the game.
You’ll almost always find her in the Thieves guild hideout.
The next fence on our list is Mallus Maccius. Initially, you can find him working as an associate in the Honningbrew Meadery.
But you can make him a fence by making him the new owner of the Meadery during the Dampened Spirits questline. You can start this quest by speaking with Brynjolf of the Thieves Guild.
Enthir will only offer you his service as a fence after completing the Hard Answers questline. To get started, you’ll need to speak with Karliah about translating Gallus’s journal.
Next, you’ll have to find Enthir in the College of Winterhold to progress through the questline. You’ll either find him on the second floor of the Hall of Attainment or at the Frozen Heart inn.
You’ll find Gulum-Ei at the Winking Skeevers in Solitude. He’ll disregard you at first, but after completing the Scoundrel’s Folly questline, he will become a fence and will buy stolen goods from you.
There are two prerequisite quests you’ll need to complete to make Endon offer his services as a fence.
Firstly, you’ll need to have a complete guild influence over Markath. You can raise your influence by completing five small jobs from the thieves guild.
Next, you’ll need to complete the Silver lining quest from Delvin Mallory. After completing both quests, you can barter stolen items with Endon. You’ll usually find him at the Silver-Blood Inn in Markath.
Like Endon, Niranye also has multiple questlines that you’ll need to complete in order to make her a fence.
First, have a complete Thieves Guild influence over Windhelm. Then, complete the Summerset Shadows quest from Delvin Mallory.
You can find her at the Windhelm marketplace.
While they aren’t necessarily a part of the guild, they will be open to buying stolen good off your hand after the Thieves Guild’s influence is strong enough.
More specifically, you’ll need to have a complete guild’s influence on any three strongholds.
After then, you’ll need to speak with Tonilia. She’ll ask you to deliver the Moon Sugar to Ri’saad. Upon completion, all Khajit Caravans will act as a fence.
How to Sell Stolen Goods to Other Merchants?
Besides fences, there’s also a way to sell stolen items to any merchants in the game. For that, you’ll have to level up for speech skills and also invest in its perks.
The Fence perk, in particular, allows you to barter stolen goods to any merchants that you’ve previously invested in.
If you want to learn more about getting the most out of selling items, refer to our guide.