Monday, July 11, 2016

Using Vintage Hat Boxes in Home Decor

You have acquired some great vintage hat boxes. From us, of course :) So what are you going to do with them? Fill them full of your vintage hats and other treasured items and put them up in the closet?

Well, sure, you could do that.

Or you can use them in a way that allows you and your guests to enjoy seeing them.

The folks over at Country Living have come up with the cutest way to use them in your bathroom to hold towels and tissue.

Isn't that the cutest thing? I wish I had thought of that! But don't stop there. They can be used all throughout the house to display your treasures or hold necessities.

The smaller ones also work well in an office or next to your bed to hold note cards, envelopes, writing or office supplies, and just about anything else you have.

Put one in your guest room and fill it with things your guests may need. Extra soaps or toiletries, slippers, and a book or two.

Or in the craft room to hold sewing notions, fat quarters, ribbon, and patterns.

Use them at a wedding or other gathering to hold cards and well wishes or party favors.

With just a little imagination, you can find a few ways to fit a vintage hat box into your home and party d├ęcor.

At the Vintage Hat Box you will find a variety of authentic vintage hat boxes and some of our own design, including our logo hat boxes.

Stop by often as you never know what treasures you will find. See you soon!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Determining the Value and Viability of Vintage Hats for Resale

Hello, hello! It has been a while since I put up a blog post but since I frequently receive a lot of requests for information about vintage hats, including value, that I thought it was a great time to write a post.

This is NOT going to be a specific value discussion but about how I determine what hats I purchase and offer on my website, The Vintage Hat Box, and why.

First and foremost, please understand that all vintage hats are NOT created equally. Just because a hat can qualify as vintage, does NOT make it valuable. There are a lot of factors to consider. Most importantly for my customers, who typically wear their hats, is condition. I strive to offer hats that are in very good to excellent condition. Meaning they may have minor flaws, such as a small break in a veil or minor defect in the trim, but nothing that significantly detracts from the beauty or use of the hat. You will occasionally see hats in lesser condition, but I usually only offer those because they were acquired as part of a group, cost me nothing additional to list, and may hold some appeal to someone.

Next, I consider style and color. I prefer them to be of a style AND color that will appeal to someone in today's world. Black, dark blue, brown, white, and cream hats sell very well. Whereas, orange and purple hats may take a little longer to sell. What about the style? Some are classics, such as Bretons, berets, cloches, pill boxes, and wide brims that appeal to a wide group of buyers. Then you have the odder shapes, older hats and iconic Bes-Bens and Schiaparellis (boutique label, not the licensed label) on the other end of the spectrum. Some of these are much rarer and very desirable to collectors so they have a MUCH higher value than your average vintage hat. I have been very fortunate to own and sell a few of these over the years. Bes-Bens are my favorites.

I also have to consider the quality of the hat. How is it constructed? If it's felt - is it a wool or a fur felt? Fur felts are of a much better quality than wool. Is it an animal fur hat? While they may be lovely and considered luxurious in their day, their appeal is not the same in today's society and they are very slow to sell, if at all. Was it mass produced or from a boutique? The more unique the item is, the more likely it is to be desirable to a collector.

And finally, I have to make sure it is in a size that will fit. The average size today for a woman's hat is 22 - 23 inches. Of course, there are always exceptions but, generally, most people will fall in this range. So, even if it's a fabulous hat, if it falls outside of that range, say 21 inches, then I have to consider whether or not it's worth the investment and if I have a buyer for that size. Occasionally, I do, but more often than not, I don't.

Friday, August 8, 2014

We've moved!

We have moved to our new location and are now open for business again. Please stay tuned for new items.

Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 Discount Code

Well, it's that time of year again. The New Year. January. The beginning of the cycle. A clean slate. Fresh hope that the best is yet to come. You get the point. And I firmly believe this will be our best year yet here at The Vintage Hat Box. I have all kinds of great ideas marinating. Now let's hope I can find the time, energy and money to implement the best of them.

But on to the topic at hand. January brings us a new year and a new discount code. Use 10OFF2014 during checkout for 10% off all of your purchases, all year long.

Yes, I know the code is not very original. Maybe one of those ideas I have marinating should be how to add a touch of whimsey to the every day and the ordinary. Hmmmm ;-)

Bow Tie Displays

These are something I had never considered until a distributor asked if we could design something for them to display multiple bow ties. So, of course, I said "Sure, why not?". I like a challenge and I like the idea of being able to offer new, unique products to our customers. So we did. We designed these solid wood bow tie displays to complement our hat stands. We use the same materials and they are available in the same finishes. And who doesn't want that?? No additional materials to buy and a desirable new product to offer; that's a big win/win from my perspective. But I digress, the bow tie display is designed to hold multiple bow ties at once. You can stack them neatly one atop the other front and back or stagger them for a more relaxed look. They will hold a minimum of 5 standard size adjustable bow ties. More if you stagger them. Great for personal use in your closet too. And you can even add a couple hats to have it do double duty! And that is always a good thing :)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Glamorous Vintage Rhinestone Necklace Giveaway

Wouldn't this vintage rhinestone necklace look awesome with your New Year's Eve outfit??

Stop by on Facebook to like our page and comment our our giveaway post for an opportunity to win this gorgeous necklace just in time for New Year's Eve. Drawing will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

And while you're at it, stop by and check out our redesigned website. We've simplified things a bit and plugged into social media so it's easy to share all of your favorites with your friends, family and followers. Hover over any image on the website to activate the 'pin it' button too.

And don't forget discount code 13OFF2013 is good until the end of the year for 13% off all of your purchases.

Good luck and Happy Holidays!!

Monday, November 4, 2013


We're redesigning the website and I will announce the relaunch date soon. Stay tuned!