Collecting Hats and Hat related collectibles
Collecting hats is a popular pastime and very rewarding if you are interested in history, fashion, art or antiques. The main drawback is that it does require a lot of space to store them properly. The type of hat has a bearing on how much space you’ll need – large fedoras need lots of space whereas baseball caps need less as do flat caps.
If you are interested in hats but don’t have much space, here’s some other hat related collectible you might like to consider…
- Hat themed postcards
- Hat thematic postage stamps
- Hat advertisements
- Hat posters
- Hat themed photographs
- Hat books
To be a good collector you’ll need to gain knowledge in your subject area. Once you’ve done that you’ll be able to find good deals at charity shops, eBay, Etsy, online auctions, auction house, websites, yard sales, boot sales etc.
A knowledge of hat history and the hat collectibles market is essential if you’re going to be able to recognise a valuable vintage hat from the masses of good but ordinary vintage hats. Researching a hat to determine its significance, era and value is half the fun and extends your knowledge too.
Tips on how to start collecting hats
A focus for your hat collection
Have a think about the focus of your collection rather than just collect random hats. This may take a bit of trial and error and may develop over time. Here’s some ideas on subjects to focus on…
- Era (20s, Edwardian etc)
- Style (Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Western etc)
- Material (straw, felt, fur, feathers etc)
- Ornamentation (beads, feathers, bows, flowers, fruit etc)
- Milliner (Designer)
- Manufacturer (Akubra, Lock & Co.)
Do some research, buy some books, search Google and find what type of hats interest you.
A wearable hat collection
If you are planning to wear your hat collection make sure you are sure about your hat size. To measure your hat size visit our hat sizing page. Find out what kinds of hats look best on you. Keep your size and measurements for reference when you’re shopping on line. If you’re buying on line ask for the inner circumference size since the hat may have shrunk over the years.
Collecting vintage hats
Remember vintage hats are old and you can give it a clean by wiping the inside of the hat and particularly the petersham hat band with a slightly damp sponge or cloth. Any further cleaning may require using a specialist hat cleaner but their services come at a price which may be uneconomical. Hat care and cleaning…
Hat collection storage
When you’re not wearing your hat collection store them in hat boxes if possible. Wrap them in acid-free tissue paper and store in a dark, cool but dry wardrobe. Hats stored in the open tend to fade or risk being damaged by moths. Hat storage information…