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

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

  1. DiamondJimLA

    DiamondJimLA New in Town

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    s-l1600-6.jpg s-l1600-7.jpg I'm new and just posted in the New Members subforum yesterday. This post is about an "interesting" hat I stumbled across on eBay (its new). This is absolutely not why I am getting into hats, but it has a slightly interesting history, so here goes.

    The hat is a "Dodgers" hat and I'm a fan (yeh, I heard you not all are!). After I noticed it and being a newly hat person, I started researching. I live and grew up in L.A. There always was and of course still is a large Mexican population, in my younger years more just indigenous rather than recent immigrants. And "East L.A." was the area most known for Mexican families, still is for the most part.

    So in or about 1932, Frank (of Frank's Hats) invented what is called the "lowrider hat". Still popular with the Mexican crowd, especially those with lowriders (typically highly restored 50's-60's American cars, but lowered a bunch). Never ever even thought about it, but in retrospect it is a look I've seen around for a long time.

    Frank's Hats is still around and still making tons of these hats, as a small "family" operation, now called "Frank's Hats Garcia Hats" (I think they merged with Garcia along the way. Their website is: https://www.frankshatsgarciahats.com/

    I am not expecting you to all rush out and buy some lowrider hats, in fact not at all. Just found the history a little interesting. I'll wear mine if I go to a Dodger game (not very often these days) or maybe if they are in the playoffs. Pics of mine above.
     
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  2. Frunobulax

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  3. Anyone else here surprised to see the Stetsonian in 7 1/2 sell for $1,350.00? Nice hat, but the sale price shocked me.

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  4. Frunobulax

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  5. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    I have to take you more seriously from now on!
     
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  6. Frunobulax

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    That would be a big mistake.
     
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  7. Louis Mountbatten

    Louis Mountbatten One of the Regulars

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    There is a flip side to it, though. When a guy with a 7-5/8 head plunks down $300 and more for a hat, he can also sell it for that. When a 6-7/8 or size 7 guy plunks down $100 for the exact same model in the same shape... he ain't gettin' no $300 if he tries to sell it! About the only exception is Whippet mania. Those are still selling well. Even a size 7 Whippet can sometimes get north of $150.But, if you are trying to sell the smaller sizes, you return is also a pittance (usually, but not always--due to the vagaries of ebay).
     
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  8. I’m not shedding any tears for the poor sole who’s a size 6 3/4 and has 500 spectacular vintage hats but can only sell them for $20 each. That’s a problem I wouldn’t mind having.
     
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  9. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    so the answer is to buy a hat you like and wear the crap out of it, enjoy it and when it is done celebrate and toss it away....buy another. At $50 you will def get your monies worth from the hat.
     
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  10. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    Don't blow up my illusion!
     
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  11. Louis Mountbatten

    Louis Mountbatten One of the Regulars

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    That's about right! LOL. Buy it because you like it and bag the "makin' money idea." ;)
     
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  12. Just Daniel

    Just Daniel One Too Many

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    I was communicating with the seller on this one, just chatting and cheering as it went stratospheric. I meant to ask him if it was going to Japan.



     
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  13. steur

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    See?! Us small sized guys have problems all of our own!;)
     
  14. steur

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    Half a tear maybe if the poor soul is a size 7 ;)?
     
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  15. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    Yes, there anre many days I am grateful that I have too large a head to fit all those smaller vintage hats. The shortage and expense of those hats in my size is about the only impediment to my urges!!!
     
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  16. Snowman

    Snowman A-List Customer

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    Sure, I’ll pay almost $600 to have a $5 hat shipped. How many ya got?
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  17. Frunobulax

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    Borne on the backs of virgins directly to your front door.
     
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  18. Louis Mountbatten

    Louis Mountbatten One of the Regulars

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    Dishonst ebay sellers used to try that trick all the time in the old days. "Here is something worth $50, folks, but I'm only selling it for $10...... plus $75 shipping." Ebay ended that for the most part when they began charging sellers their fee with shipping included as part of the basis for the fee when it used to be only the sales price excluding shipping costs.Meanwhile, ebay made millions more by hiking the seller fees just because of these few a-holes that tried to rip off buyers with outrageous shipping costs so they could pad their sale price.
     
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  19. Virgins? A sadder but wiser girl for me. :)
     
  20. This Vanzina is in rough enough shape I won’t feel bad for stripping it down and having it re-blocked and made into something I might really like. Lots of potential in this old Farm hat.


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