Ebay Hats: Victories, Defeats, Gripes & Items of Interest

Discussion in 'Hats' started by AlanC, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. tommyK

    tommyK One Too Many

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  2. viclip

    viclip Practically Family

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  3. triple-d

    triple-d A-List Customer

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    LOL....I'm with you Tommy!!! That guy has a lot of hats listed at crazy prices.....not sure I understand what his business plan is. Maybe he hooks a fish every now and then, or maybe just a way to display his collection............
     
  4. tommyK

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    He does 50% off sales once in a while and I did buy a hat from him then and was happy.
    This one;
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    It's the payment plan that caught my eye as a new ebay thing.
     
  5. LuvMyMan

    LuvMyMan I’ll Lock Up.

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    Wow what a price! Well, the name must say it all.....you pay that much and you "De Looze" some money....hahaha!
     
  6. LuvMyMan

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    Nice snag Tommy!
     
  7. viclip

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    It'll take more than De Looze screws rattling about inside my head, for me to feel compelled to spend that kind of money on a mothy De Looze hat.
     
  8. javadave61

    javadave61 Practically Family

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    I placed a $15 bid on this Trimble "Floating Fit" hat on eBay thinking that surely someone else would pick it up.

    Woops.

    It looks like moths have had a hay day on this thing and the sweat band was torn and pretty much coming apart. So I replaced the sweat, gave it a good brushing, and reshaped it. It's definitely designed to be more western than fedora. It's pretty stiff. It's got a 3" brim and the extra quarter inch (compared to my open road) feels noticable. But from six feet away, it looks pretty darn good. I'm happy given what I paid.

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  9. Frunobulax

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    I noticed the payment plan thing yesterday. It must be a new feature from eBay. A hat I'd been eyeing expired, was relisted, and the new listing had the payment plan. I've seen it a couple of times since then.
     
  10. tommyK

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    Looking real good, Java! Nice work! At that price it's a good yard chore hat or hiking hat with no guilt of damaging a pricey collectible.
     
  11. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    I shoulda known better.....made a bid on a blue felt fedora on Ebay ($25) that needed work. Was "measured" as a 23" and I figured I could use it as my knockabout hat. It arrived and is closer to 24" and on further inspection there is a size tag under the hat band that marks it as a 7 3/4".....a tad difference. It also has two eyelets in the brim for a leather chin strap that were not listed in the description. It serves me right for buying a fedora from a NON hat person. Caveat emptor! At least I am only out $35....a cheap lesson learned.
     
  12. I always send this to the seller, it helps: Greetings, I have been buying vintage Fedora hats for a while and here is the info I need to know.
    Is there a label under the sweatband, what does it say?
    Hats shrink over time, so what is the inside measure from front to back and side to side?
    With these measurements I can use the Elipse Calculator here:http://www.csgnetwork.com/circumellipse.html to determine the inside circumference.
    Flash photos and computer monitors can distort colors,
    so what color would you say the hat is?
    Are there any visible moth bites, or noticeable odors about the hat?
    Measured from the ribbon to the edge, how wide is the brim?
    What color is the sweatband?
    What is printed on the sweatband?
    Thanks for all your help.
     
  13. tommyK

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    Recently saw a common misconception from a non hat person seller. "The inside of the hat measures 7 1/2 from front to back so this is a size 7 1/2". Not!
     
  14. LuvMyMan

    LuvMyMan I’ll Lock Up.

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    That happens a lot on eBay.. You have to ask and ask and ask questions to protect your interest on any purchase BEFORE you bid......and not just on the beloved hats, this is a "must do" on anything you would plan to buy. Can you imagine buying a hat only 7 1/2 inches long.....LOL????? The shruken head......cannibal....wah to si tribe.....lol!
     
  15. Guardian Enzo

    Guardian Enzo One of the Regulars

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    Speaking of "buying from a non-hat person"...

    Took a stab at this one and got it dirt cheap - it intrigues me (especially the ribbon work) and I figured because of the no-name, the weird story with the sweatband and the lack of the usual buzzwords it'd go low. It seems legitimately old at the very least, and in generally decent shape. The risk is low, anyway...
     
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  16. Joao Encarnado

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  17. Guardian Enzo

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    Has anybody ever heard of Willard Hats, anyway? All I could turn up in my research is that it could be associated with the old Willard Hotel in D.C..

    Maybe buying a fur felt named after a giant rat is a mistake... Or maybe it's nutria? :p
     
  18. mayserwegener

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    It's the Willard Hat Company of Dallas Texas. If you Goggle "Willard Hat Company of Dallas Texas" you will get some hits.

    https://books.google.com/books?id=U_xYAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA9-PA96&lpg=RA9-PA96&dq=willard+hat+company+of+dallas+texas&source=bl&ots=Eqg_aY5p0c&sig=HYoo5ZTHQQny4fipMwtHgr_uxPM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0skgVeWECsLfsASQ-IGIAw&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=willard%20hat%20company%20of%20dallas%20texas&f=false

    http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/US-OBITS/2006-02/1139178630

    Here is a Willard Hat Company OR Clone on Ebay "Buy it Now".

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Willard-Buckskin-Felt-Open-Road-Clone-Tan-Size-6-7-8-Great-Specimen-/141598519095
     
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  19. Guardian Enzo

    Guardian Enzo One of the Regulars

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    Wow, thanks - interesting. That book is 1921 so we know they've been around a while, though unfortunately there seems to be no way to see the actual excerpts.

    Anyone ever seen one of their hats close up?
     

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