Tips for selling vintage hats on line
Tips for buying hats on line
Collecting hats is often a solitary hobby - but it doesn't have to be that way. It's a lot
more fun if you find a few hat collecting friends to share your latest
finds with. If you want to meet some other hat collectors from
around the world, please join us in the Mad Hatters Society on Facebook
This group was initially formed by the
co-authors of the ebook Hatatorium
and their friends, and has expanded to include
hat sellers, professional milliners, millinery teachers, and authors
of books and blogs about hats.
There is a lot of collective knowledge about hat history and hat
collecting - and members are always happy to answer questions. All hat
lovers are invited to join.
Hatatorium: An Essential Guide
for Hat Collectors
release date before the end of 2012. The second edition is substantially
longer, with more milliners & store labels profiled, an expanded
styles section, and more information on materials, cleaning and
restoration techniques. The second edition interfaces with the new
Hatatorium gallery, which now contains over 5,000 photos.
Watch this website for an introductory discount coupon.
|Tips for Collecting Hats
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If you love hats, history, art and antiques and like to collect things,
you will find collecting hats to be a rewarding and potentially
profitable hobby. A knowledgeable collector can
frequently buy great hats at yard sales, auctions on on-line sites for a fraction of their value.
takes knowledge of hat history and the hat collectibles market to
recognize a valuable collectible hat from the huge supply of good but
ordinary vintage hats. Researching a hat to determine its significance,
and value is half the fun. We must warn you though - hat collecting is
addictive, and although you may be able to sell them for a decent
parting with them is very difficult.
Here are our tips for a pleasureable hat collecting experience:
1. Define a focus for your
collection. Do you want to concentrate on a particular era or
style? Do you like a particular type of material, such as straw,
felt, fur, or feathers? What kinds of ornamentation do you prefer -
beads, feathers, bows, flowers, fruit? What milliners do you
like? Do some research. Browse the Hatatorium gallery for styles,
eras and milliners
you like, and use those names as key words when you search eBay, Etsy, Ruby Lane, etc. The
Hatatorium eBook is a handy reference for learning about styles,
materials and milliners. There are a
other excellent hat books which you
can buy on line or check out from a public
library. If you plan to spend money investing in hats, it's a good idea
to invest in a good hat book or two.
2. If you plan to wear them, find out what kinds of hats look best
on you and what size you wear. Measure your head with measuring
tape at the
widest point above your ears, as well as the circumference where you
would want the hatband to sit in the style of hat you are looking
for. Make notes of these sizes and measurements for reference when
you're shopping on line. Measure again if you cut your hair or let it
grow, because your hat size could change. Womens' hat sizes in the
U.S. are in inches, and generally the size will
conform to the size in inches of the inner circumference of the
hat. Sometimes the hat has a tag saying it is a size 22, but the
inner circumference may be smaller or larger than 22 inches. It
may be that the milliner intended it to sit up on the head, but
variations in manufacturing often cause size discrepancies. If you're
buying on line, be sure to ask for the inner
3. Remember vintage hats are old. Even if they have never been
worn, and even if they look clean, you should
always clean a vintage hat before you try it on (or else you may have
to wash your hair immediately). Unfortunately you can't just take
hats to the
dry cleaners that cleans your suits - they don't clean hats. There are
specialty hat cleaners in some large cities, but the cost and trouble
may be more than the vintage hat is worth. Instead, you can just
inside of the hat and particularly the petersham hat band with a
sponge or cloth. If the hat requires further cleaning, or has moth
damage, odors or needs feather, flower or trim rejuvenation or repair,
see chapter 2 of the Hatatorium eBook for detailed instructions on how
to do that yourself.
4. When you're not wearing them, store your hats inside boxes,
wrapped in acid-free tissue paper, in a dark, cool but dry closet.
Storing hats out in the open air for very long will run the risk of moth
damage. Moths love felt, feathers, and many other things that hats are
made of. If you display them in glass cases, make sure the sunlight
doesn't hit the case or the hat may fade.