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Discussion in 'Hats' started by Lefty, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. steur

    steur

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    Interesting question. I have been weighing my hats to collect data about the weight relative to the quality designations the manufacturers use. Hat weigh between 50 and 150 grams in general and on average about 120 grams (for a dress hat). I'm inclined to say it's not the weight that would influence your neck health in short or long term, given that your head weighs about 5kg's. Adding a hat would therefore only add 2 to 3% to the weight. Wearing a hat could influence your posture though and the way you hold your head. That in turn can have an effect on your neck and spine. In theory putting a weight on your head is actually beneficial. At least that's what this site has to say:
    http://www.exploringbodymindfreedom...g-series-2-heal-your-spine-with-head-carrying
    On the lounge I think the theory would be that what makes you look good makes you feel good.
     
  2. TheOldFashioned

    TheOldFashioned One Too Many

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    I'm currently working on Phase 2 of my hat storage after the wife complained (rightfully so) about my hats covering the chest freezer. The first iteration consisted of shelving in the entry way:
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    Easy for grab and go, though the top shelf requires the use of a stool to reach. I put rarely used hats up there. The mounting system allowed for additional shelves to be added and/or moved as my collection grew.

    The westerns hanging on the end have brim widths of 3.5" and 4" and required an alternative method. Many others here have recommended the use of tennis balls which I have found to be a great idea. Drill/cut a hole in one and slide over a cup hook.

    I've since outgrown this space, so I've been afforded to store more in the computer/study room:
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    This time I went for the vertical hanging method, again using cup hooks with tennis balls. (Please forgive the unsorted hodgepodge arrangement.) Not as flexible but I'm also approaching the point where I want to cap how many hats I have. Once I hit (50) I'm wanting to institute a one in one out policy.

    As has already been mentioned, dust is perhaps the main issue with storing/displaying your hats out in the open like this. I also don't have any direct sunlight shining on these areas. Please note that I've only been collecting for about 18 months, and therefore I cannot comment on the long term negative consequences of this methodology. While I am happy with this setup, others who have been collecting longer may point out the folly in this method and be able to point you in a better direction.
     
  3. SteveFord

    SteveFord A-List Customer

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    Maybe shelving with plexiglass doors is the way to go.
    The tennis ball idea certainly seems like a good idea. I figure they'll need vacuuming every once in a while but that's no big deal.
     

  4. Looks nice, Jonathan. Dust and moths are my biggest issues.

    Max has the ideal set up, but not all of us (me) can go his route. I need to at least get shelves or racks to hold the boxes. If the box stack is eight high and three deep the hats on the bottom or in the back disappear. Your wall mounted adjustable shelves look about perfect. I also admire your 50 limit followed by the buy-one-sell-one philosophy. I hope you have more discipline than I do.


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  5. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    A hat limit? What's happened to this place!!?
     
  6. dkstott

    dkstott One of the Regulars

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    As I've gotten older, all the hobby collections (hats, vintage radios and guitars) are now just clutter filling the house.

    2020 is my year to declutter the house and simplify things.
     
  7. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    I sold my vintage vinyl collection and bought more hats.
     
  8. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    I know!!
    Count hats?? Sometimes i’ll count and see how many hats i can capture in one pic. But then again, my entertainment protocols are challenged.
    I figured out quickly, what you put up, you must take down....so nahh!
    Back in my cave.
    B
     
  9. Tomasz Zieniewicz

    Tomasz Zieniewicz New in Town

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  10. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    Hey, some people count sheep. We count hats.
     
  11. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    Ha
    I’ve tried counting hats to go to sleep, it worked great! I was so exhausted from carrying the mattress on my back i passed out and slept like a hat in a box.
    B
     
  12. TheOldFashioned

    TheOldFashioned One Too Many

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    I seem to remember @Bill Hughes talking about acquiring some glass cabinets from an antique store with the intent to store/display his hats. (I kicked around a similar idea but the wife squashed that pretty quickly. The shelving was a compromise.) Perhaps he can chime in.

    Thanks, Brent. Those entry way shelves did turn out to be a nice compromise I think. I actually just received a compliment on it today from some visitors we had over this morning. The only minor issue my wife mentioned was that they weren't centered above the chest freezer. After I explained that the brackets were mounted to studs she had no problem with it.

    The hat limit and one in one out policy is only an ideal to strive for at this point. Whether I have the self discipline when the time comes is yet to be determined. I actually sold one of the hats I acquired for myself for the first time recently. I had been contemplating it for a few months and finally committed to moving it on. I'll just need to remind myself that I've done it before and can do it again.

    And yes, Max's setup is quite impressive. I think the only thing left for him is adding a climate controlled annex with security guard. :)
     
  13. Steve1857

    Steve1857 I'll Lock Up

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    Great shelving system, Jonathan. It's definitely given me an idea.
    The only hats I find in boxes in Denmark are top hats, so stacking them that way is not an option for me.
    Dust is the biggest problem, but I enjoy a good hat dust and brushing every two weeks or so.
    I've long over reached the 50 hat maximum by at least twice that amount. I console myself though by knowing that mine is a small collection compared to other FL'ers [emoji4] [emoji145]

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  14. SteveFord

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    Where can I find a picture of what Max is doing with storing his hats? Everyone keeps mentioning him.
    Right now mine are sitting atop motorcycle helmets and the rest are all over the place.
    I do have shelving everywhere so I suppose some of it could be relocated.
     
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  15. Max has cabinets and hat “safes” that were custom made for him. He’s made a big investment to secure, protect, and store his hat collection. Send Max @drmaxtejeda a PM and he might share some photos with you.


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  16. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    Caution:
    Don’t look!!
    You will never be the same.
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  17. drmaxtejeda

    drmaxtejeda I'll Lock Up

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    I will add a humidity-controlled annex if I live long enough and if some real estate projects I am in come to fruition.
    It won't have an armed guard, just concrete walls and metal doors with Papaiz locks.
    If I ever buy the house I am living in right now it will be easy, because the garage is waaay too big, and it already has concrete walls on three sides. The humidity control will be necessary because the garage is underground.

    I plan to put all the hat safes down there, plus shelves to put the hats on the walls for easy viewing when they aren't in the safes. I will also have a work bench to work on them while I watch a big screen TV, and a fireplace.
    Ah! I can't wait.

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  18. drmaxtejeda

    drmaxtejeda I'll Lock Up

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    Hi, Steve. At first I had a wooden closet with shelves built for 33 hats, and I thought that would be sufficient. The first time we left on vacation, however, I worried that the maids might steal them while we were gone. We've had maids steal stuff before, and several of my hats were Optimos that cost 1000 dollars each.
    When we returned from vacation I ordered the first metal safe for my Optimos and put it in my bedroom, over Ana's objection. The cost was lower than that of my wooden closet, 'though it can only hold 14 hats, and again I thought that would be the end if it.

    After that I discovered the world of Vintage, and my collection kept growing, so I ordered a 55-hat capacity safe, then a 114, and then a 140, and put them in my home office. I am currently waiting for another 140, which I am putting in the billiards room because there is no more room in the office. This time I am pretty sure it will be the end of it until I build a hat room in the garage.

    I put each hat on a wooden custom band block and cover it in a plastic bag with an adhesive label. I have tried to keep them in alphabetical order to make it easier to find the one I want, but since I've run out of room in the safes I will have to wait until the next one is ready and start over. I have thought of subdividing them by "Homburgs", "Stingies", "Straws", "Westerns", "European", "Modern" etc., but I will decide when the next safe finally arrives. It should have been here already

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  19. TheOldFashioned

    TheOldFashioned One Too Many

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  20. SteveFord

    SteveFord A-List Customer

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    Boy, you don't fool around!
    I don't have to worry about theft as one of my hobbies is breeding giant reptiles and that seems to keep sticky fingered miscreants at bay.
    Thank you all for the ideas, I'll post some pics when I figure out what will work here.
    The sensible thing to do would be to throw away some of my wife's clothing as that will free up some room.
     

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