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How to Store Hats

Discussion in 'Hats' started by shamus, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. shamus

    shamus Suspended

    I have about 10 hats or so but only 2 hat boxes... What's the best way to store them?

    Can I buy new hat boxes?

    Should I just make some?

    What's the best material to store hats? I'm thinking cedar to keep any critters away...

    Should I store them with the brim rolled up or as I wear them?

    what's everyone doing on this topic?
  2. Shamus...

    You could probably order a few hat boxes from a number of places. I get mine from Levine Hat Company in St. Louis. Nothing fancy, just nice heavy cardboard hat boxes that keep the lids from getting beat up and dusty. You can probably email them to see if they can ship you a few.
  3. In a bind, you could use those plastic shopping bags. One inside the other.
    I don't mind moth balls so that is what all of mine get in their boxes. Works well too.
    I store them as I wear them as long as there is room in the box. The darned Stratoliner boxes really can do a number on the hats but they do drop back into shape fairly easily. The white boxes are fine for storing hats as well. They are a little larger than the original boxes but they do the job. I search for original boxes wherever I can find them. People who have no idea about hats separate hats and boxes all the time. I can always find more boxes than hats for some reason. ;)

    Regards to all,

  4. I have original hat boxes from the 30's, 40's and early 50's. I keep most of my hats in them. The ones I use a lot are hanging in my closet on nails I put in the wall. They hang nicely and they look good (the hats that is) I don't really get to much dust in the closet that I can see. But, when they get dusty I just pull out the vacuum cleaner and suck it all off. This isn't bad for hats at all. Just takes a little time.

    Moth balls are a life saver! Some here don't care for the smell but I've grown to love the smell because I know the little beasties hate it! And it also makes my closet smell real vintage!

  5. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

    I Gotcher Hat Box Right Here

    Here you are,, Shamus.

    Might be too nice for a ballcap. Maybe use it for that Royal Jeweled Crown or something.
  6. Looks like the hat comes with it? That price is kind of on the high side but, when do you ever see original Akubra's from the 30's?

  7. shamus

    shamus Suspended

    hmmm one box for 250... or the trashbag for a penny
  8. I bought some lightweight hatboxes from the Container Store. It is worth $4-5 bucks for me to store 'em this way. I also add moth balls to each box to keep the bugs out. I like the smell too. ;)
  9. nicolasb

    nicolasb Familiar Face

    I've been told that it's better to store (cheap) snap-brim hats with the brim up, as this helps it to keep its shape - can anyone confirm or deny that this is a good idea?
  10. dlgilbert

    dlgilbert New in Town

    The best hat storage boxes I've seen, bar none, have been the ones I've gotten when I've ordered hats from Noggintops. They're sort of a hat cradling box with a hole for the crown so you can store them upside down and securely. I don't know where they get them or if they're custom made, though. Might be worth asking Doug where he gets them. :)
  11. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

    Nope, Not The Hat

    Root, the hat is listed in another auction. That's the box only.
  12. I believe this is good advice for all hats. I keep my hats upside down(brim up) in their hat boxes.
  13. Pen Collector

    Pen Collector One of the Regulars

    Optimo Hat Company

    has nice hat boxes for $20.00.
  14. nicolasb

    nicolasb Familiar Face

    I didn't just mean the hat should be stored upside down (although you're right, it should) I meant I was told that it should be stored with the brim curled towards the top of the crown rather than curled down at the front and up at the back (as it normally would be when you're wearing the hat).
  15. Thanks for all the tips, guys. It is timely to me right now as I am packing to go back to Iowa and be with my sainted mother for a spell. I have to make the agonizing decision: what hats do I store, which ones go with me?

    I decided my best hats/caps, and the ones I wear the most, go with me, the rest can be stored until I get back to California, whenever that is.

    Do mothballs smell better than they used to? I have cedar blocks and can get cedar strips. I just remember mothballs from my younger days and they smelled weird.

  16. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here


    I'm no moth ball fan.

    But if I'm not mistaken, cedar has been completely
    debunked. Apparently studies show it doesn't work
    at all.

    There are pheremone traps that work okay, but not
    for long periods.
  17. JeffW

    JeffW Familiar Face

    Cedar Lined Closet

    I keep my felt hats in a closet that is lined with eastern red cedar. Does anyone know if the will help in keeping pest away from my hats?
  18. They smell the same to me. You get used to it after a while and I guess I am one of the few who don't mind the smell a bit.
    The problem with cedar is that it is fine as long as the smell remains constant. It usually doesn't and requires sanding or shaving to revive the smell. I just throw in the moth balls and replace them when the disappear. You know for sure that they are working and when to replace them for full effectiveness. I understand they come in different scents now so you can check that out if they still smell the same to you. ;)

    Regards to all,

  19. Well, good, maybe they have some nice scents now. Maybe one that smells like cedar...


  20. JeffW

    JeffW Familiar Face

    I found this which may be a cool thing.



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