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

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

  1. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    Yeah but the best “fly poop” dissertation ever!!
    I had to go back and inspect the speck to appreciate it. Forgot to look at the hat then my eyes pooped out.
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  2. quikrick

    quikrick One of the Regulars

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    Yeah, same seller had a pretty cool wide brim for sale. Two things in the listing made me chuckle.
    One; It was a GIFT from an aunt. He said in an email to me at a later date that "Dad bought this when..."
    Two; The close up of the label on the box showed the retail price that was $50 lower than the Buy it Now!
    I made a reasonable offer, He said he "Sorry will not show this to Dad even!"
     
  3. Blare

    Blare One of the Regulars

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    I am sure you could imagine my concern when this tiny box showed up at my door containing not 1.. not 2.. but THREE hats. This was like a clown car of hats!

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    It turned out fine for the most part. The seller had stuffed them inside each other like Russian nesting dolls and took a careful pulling apart. Only the ribbon of one was slight crumpled... but flattened out ok.

    What was inside??

    Crofut and Knapp Coronet Fifteen size 7 - which I found fairly unusual and very nice including a wind trolley and Cavanagh edge on a hat with such a narrow brim... about 1.5 inches

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    Second.... Dunlap Spaceweight. Stefan had posted his beautiful space/weight the other day and peaked my interest in what the felt was like on these. This one unfortunately does not have the super cool space themed liner or pin. No size tag... but measures out and fits right at 7 1/8. While cleaning it up I noticed a small snag/tear in the felt on the back of the crown. Will probably give a try at a little repair job on that.

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    The third hat was just a cheap recent women’s wool fedora from Forever 21. Looks fine for what it is though.

    So maybe we will call this 2 hats and packing material

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    By the way... I brushed the heck out of these hats before taking photos.. and I thought they were looking pretty clean. but in the sun every spec of dust lit up like a Christmas tree.

    Best,
    Joe



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  4. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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  5. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat One Too Many

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    I bumped an old thread, then started adding to it experimenting with "mending" felt. I've been meaning to update it, becausemy thinking on some of it has changed.
    Since then I found a new Superglue product, their "Ultra Gel", which is supposed to stay flexible. I used it on a tear without even backing it with fabric, and am quite impressed.
     
  6. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat One Too Many

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    Be nice!
    I wear at least three sizes.
     
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  7. Blare

    Blare One of the Regulars

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    Thanks for the tip!

    Best,
    Joe


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  8. Just Daniel

    Just Daniel Practically Family

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    I outed this seller last month on this thread for claiming some of these hats were from “dad’s collection” or on display for years when they were just recycled Goodwill purchases.


     
  9. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat One Too Many

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    i used it by squeezing out some gel on paper, then applying it to the torn edges of the felt with a toothpick. The tear was a separation, with fuzzy edges, so I glued it without much prep. I think on a cleaner cut I would use a needle to make the edges more ragged, for more bonding surface, so the felt fibers can interlock. And you can go very easy on the glue. It doesn't really soak into the felt much, so it's possible to get a mend that is not very noticeable.
    I had been experimenting with PVA type glue, but it soaked into the felt and made a dark, "wet" looking bond.
     
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  10. Héctor Fernández

    Héctor Fernández One of the Regulars

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  11. Héctor Fernández

    Héctor Fernández One of the Regulars

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    Well, thanks to you gents intel work on this seller, I have properly noted to avoid him.

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  12. drmaxtejeda

    drmaxtejeda I'll Lock Up

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    -Mommy, mommy, how do Lions reproduce?

    -I don't know, son, your Dad's a Rotarian.

    Har har?

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  13. drmaxtejeda

    drmaxtejeda I'll Lock Up

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    Not even I do that...

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  14. Randall Renshaw

    Randall Renshaw One of the Regulars

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    Here’s my newest. A linerless modern LL Bean Stetson for only 49.99
    I could rob a liner out of one of my many undesirable modern stingies, but I may leave it this way for summer wear.
    $12.00 shipping, but the woman boxed the hat in a really nice Tupperware cake safe!
    Made the shipping price easy to bear.
    Now I can have my cake and hat and eat it too! Wait....

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    I tried something new when stretching this hat from its 7 1/8 size to a 1/4 size. I took a very wet cloth and saturated the sweat band from the inside everywhere except the area around the rear seam. It worked very well.
    Wish I’d have thought of that years ago...
    Not wetting the seam keeps that area from wanting to rip out and causes the rest of the leather to want to stretch.
    I use steam and a wooden turn buckle style stretcher. I tapered the square sides of the wood stretcher with a belt sander which really helped make a better stretch in my hats. Maybe y’all could try these things and see if it helps you.
    I know someone’s going to want me to put this info in some other thread , but I don’t know how to find it.


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  15. Héctor Fernández

    Héctor Fernández One of the Regulars

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    Very nice Randall. For someone like me this information is very good to have, thanks for sharing.

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  16. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat One Too Many

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    A werewolf. Hats got bigger with the moon.
     
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  17. steur

    steur

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    Hard to resist these package deals. Nice catch.
     
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  18. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

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    I love this.

    "An New older 1970s Stetson SilverBelly No.1 Quality Gentleman's Cowboy Hat. Dad and I agreed after watching those old Bonanza cowboy TV a series each Saturday that the Little Joe Cartwright going out to town or the impress the girl hat was this style, not a SilverBelly though.

    This was probably the end of the soft shell hats that were No.1 Quality. The felt is supersoft and very thick. Today's rating would make it a 20-30X. No.1 Quality was their higher quality hat, made from Stetsons finest felts. They had NO 20X or 30X ratings back then.

    These old ones were extremely well made!"

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-19...z-7/223730694249?_trksid=p2485497.m4902.l9144
     
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  19. Randall Renshaw

    Randall Renshaw One of the Regulars

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    Got this dark gray burg for twenty bucks, free shipping!!
    Now that’s a victory!
    Never heard of this brand, but it’s a well built hat. Sold originally for ten, so it has only doubled in value...
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  20. steur

    steur

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    Great catch, Randall. Plenty of fabulous hats to be found among the unknown brands. Seems like you found one.
     
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