Monday, July 7, 2008

Show and Tell - Vintage Hats!

Happy Monday - It's time for Show and Tell! After my friend Gail at Gail Friend Designs posted this morning about her vintage hats find, I remembered the sweet find I stumbled upon this weekend at a great garage sale. I didn't think I'd have a show and tell today, but these two boxes full of vintage hats are great fun to share!

The guy having the sale said "I don't know why my grandma held onto all those old hats! You can have them all for $7.00" I acted very nonchalant and said, "Ok, sure, they'll make nice props for photos."

I didn't even look through them just had him set them aside for me while I snagged a few other goodies there too, 5 nice big thick blankets for my dogs crates, a brand new steamer, some vintage fabrics and pillowcases, a few odds and ends, and a fabulous old chippy shabby chic chair (have to take pics of it later).

(Click on the photos to see them close up!)
If I'd had more mad money I could have scored a wonderful old jelly cabinet and a huge ornate shelf. I would have squeezed out the money for the shelf, but it wouldn't fit in my van. I need to get a truck!!
At least I got the hats, some are fragile, but aren't they awesome! I have to wonder (like Gail did about hers) what the lady was like who wore them. They come from all over the world!
They need cleaning ... maybe the steamer will help? Not sure. I'll have to look up and see how to clean them without destroying the already brittle netting on some of them. Anyhoo... here they are... 17 of them! Pretty good deal I think!

Well I hope you enjoyed my find! I'm off to get my busy day going. Lots of sewing to do!! Thanks for stopping by.


Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

Dianne (CT), What a great find! You need to have a dress-up tea party and hand out hats to all! What fun!

Cottage Flair said...

Great hats and what a steal!!! I just love getting a deal like that. Sounds like you really made out with goodies.

Beloved Creations said...

I love vintage hats. I have quite a few myself. Not that many though. I wear some of mine too.

Susan said...

OMG! Seven bucks!!! A GREAT buy!!!!
Susan *dutchrose*

Michelle M. May said...

Seven dollars???!!!! Did you get in the van and do the happy dance? What a deal!

The guy I work with is an absolute comedian. I wish he was there to try those hats on. He would have the best character's come from them. We would FOTF and beg him to stop making us laugh!

Dag, can you come up to NC so we could play?


Patricia said...

That is quite a steal! Have great fun with them, and they will make good photo props in the meantime.


lisa said...


A great find at and an even greater bargain (steal).


K&E@forgetmenotdreams said...

What a great find and a great price Dianne! I'm sure you have big plans up your sleeve!
Forget Me Not Dreams

gail said...

WOW girl,,, you scored big time!!! I love the hats, what a treasure. I paid 15.00 each for mine. I love them. I love finding garage sales like that, they are few and far between but so fun when you find them. Thats the fun of it I guess. Thanks for sharing, and including me. Luv, gail

GEORGIA said...

What a fun find and at such a steal! You are now the MMP Mad Hatter!!

Grandma G's

Inka Thomas said...

I love hats too but I am running out of space!!! LOL Those are awesome. Let us know how you end up cleaning them as one of your good tips OK. Thanks, Inka

Noelle Garrett Designs said...

What a steal! They are beautiful hats. You really made out on this one. Thanks for sharing!

Craft Diva said...

alright, dianne...i am getting in the car now so i can be there this weekend to yard sale with you. sheesh! why can't they all be that good? you scored big time, girl!

Susie said...

Wow Dianne! You hit a goldmine there with those vintage hats.You must have been sooo excited! Great show and tell.
Susie ~ The Polka Dot Rose

Susan - My Vintage Charm said...

Dianne what a great find. Lucky you! They're beautiful and I'm sure they have many stories to tell!

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Wow the vintage hats are quite a steal aren't they? Hope you have fun with these goodies!

Pei Li

Silena said...

Hi Dianne,
I love the non-chalant know, that is an art...don't ever let them know how excited you are!! What fun, congrats and have fun with your great new collection. Can't wait to see them in your pics!!

SoCal Helene said...

You really scored, the vintage hats are adorable. If they only could talk!!
Have a great week!
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