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How do you display your hats?

TheOldFashioned

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I have an opportunity to get three display cabinets (two are in the pictures) very cheap. A friend is retiring and selling everything in her antiques mall. These are 81”H x 41”W x 17”D. I figure I could place 24 to 27 hats in each if I add more shelves. The front door slides open left and right. The only thing that has me a bit concerned is that there is a gap of about 1/3” between the door and the cabinet do to the sliding mechanism. So the hat could get dusty. Right now I keep all my hats in boxes - one to each box. Is that enough of a concern to pass on this? Or do I pull the trigger. BTW these are Polanski and are not antique. All three are the same and I can get them for about 1/4 cost new.

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I personally love the display case idea and think it's a classy way to store and show off your hats. I pitched the same idea to the wife when I first started collecting but she quickly shot it down, so we compromised on available wall space:
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Just for reference, those are 48" long with 8" spacing between.

In your situation I think 27 hats per case is a bit aggressive. You're probably looking at 24 max, and perhaps even 21 per case. Are the dimensions you list OD or inside workable space? Don't forget to factor in shelf thickness since you'll be adding more shelves. That little bit of stack up may make the difference on whether you can comfortably fit another level or not.

Theoretically you could probably do 6" spacing at an absolute minimum assuming you don't have any open crown hats to store, but then it becomes a pain in the a** to get the hats in and out. And you lose the visual appeal as a lot of the hat depth is hidden. I think the 7"-8" gap is ideal, but that's just my two cents.

If you have the floor space available I say go for it. Just make sure you post pics when you're done!
 

M Brown

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When I 'display' one, it's on my head. But during the day, when inside, I usually hang it on one of the chair posts in our breakfast table nook.

All of my felt hats are fur felt, no wool, and I don't leave them out but, instead, keep them bagged in hat bags and boxed. When I wear one for a day I usually put it on an old wooden hat block on my nightstand to let it dry overnight, then it goes into the bag/box the next day if it's not being worn again. Keeping them in boxes is a bulky way to store them but it keeps them protected and I have the space to stack them where they're not in the way.

My 5 straw hats hang on hat pegs in my laundry room, which is on the way out the door to the garage.
 

J Williams

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
We just received some new book cases. My wife turned her back to me and in two minutes I had them repurposed:

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On the down side: It only holds 40 hats, it takes up a lot of real estate, it doesn’t protect from moths and dust, and the biggest; the wife said “no.”


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Definitely worth the effort for the prank.


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We just received some new book cases. My wife turned her back to me and in two minutes I had them repurposed:

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On the down side: It only holds 40 hats, it takes up a lot of real estate, it doesn’t protect from moths and dust, and the biggest; the wife said “no.”


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It does look marvelous, Brent. I would need an awful lot of bookcases though and where would I leave my books?
 

TheOldFashioned

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Part of my collection under lock and key at the local branch of the public library:
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Top RowBorsalino MilanEmerson PanamaWestern Straw Works BoaterMeyers Swiss Yeddo Boater
Middle RowThibetKnox VelourStetson DerbyStetson Top Hat
Bottom RowSears CarlsbadStetson 100DobbsBorsalino Nutria


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This display will be up for the month of September. Two of the hats, the Stetson derby and the One-Hundred, have connections to the local/regional area.
 

Rmccamey

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Most excellent display. And great that you can add some historical perspective as well.


Part of my collection under lock and key at the local branch of the public library:
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Top RowBorsalino MilanEmerson PanamaWestern Straw Works BoaterMeyers Swiss Yeddo Boater
Middle RowThibetKnox VelourStetson DerbyStetson Top Hat
Bottom RowSears CarlsbadStetson 100DobbsBorsalino Nutria


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This display will be up for the month of September. Two of the hats, the Stetson derby and the One-Hundred, have connections to the local/regional area.
 

AbbaDatDeHat

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Part of my collection under lock and key at the local branch of the public library:
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Top RowBorsalino MilanEmerson PanamaWestern Straw Works BoaterMeyers Swiss Yeddo Boater
Middle RowThibetKnox VelourStetson DerbyStetson Top Hat
Bottom RowSears CarlsbadStetson 100DobbsBorsalino Nutria


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This display will be up for the month of September. Two of the hats, the Stetson derby and the One-Hundred, have connections to the local/regional area.
Wow my friend!
Beyond impressive!
That’s a whole new level of hat enthusiast never seen around here.
There’s gotta be a dissertation involved in this, or should be.
TheOldFashioned, PhD.
Sounds good.
B
 

TheOldFashioned

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Most excellent display. And great that you can add some historical perspective as well.

Wow my friend!
Beyond impressive!
That’s a whole new level of hat enthusiast never seen around here.
There’s gotta be a dissertation involved in this, or should be.
TheOldFashioned, PhD.
Sounds good.
B

So cool Jonathan! I’m sure your willingness to share your collection and knowledge will inspire others to join in the fun. Kudos!

Jonathan you rock! Good for you for sharing . The display and words are grand and make me smile when I read it.

You da man!

Thanks, gents! This branch is within walking distance of my house so I'm there almost weekly with the kids. Like many places, the staff recognize me with my hats.

I had noticed that their display case in the foyer had been empty for several weeks so I asked what their policy was in regards to how the space was utilized and populated. After learning more and discussing with one of the librarians it was agreed that September would be reserved for me. I think they were a little excited, though, because I received an email in early August saying they were ready for me to put up my display. Suffice to say, I wasn't ready at the time.

The paperwork I had to sign indicated there would be six shelves, but the librarian told me they only had five during our initial discussions. When I went to set up I was surprised to only find four, so I had to adjust on the fly. All in all I think it turned out pretty good.
 
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Thanks, gents! This branch is within walking distance of my house so I'm there almost weekly with the kids. Like many places, the staff recognize me with my hats.

I had noticed that their display case in the foyer had been empty for several weeks so I asked what their policy was in regards to how the space was utilized and populated. After learning more and discussing with one of the librarians it was agreed that September would be reserved for me. I think they were a little excited, though, because I received an email in early August saying they were ready for me to put up my display. Suffice to say, I wasn't ready at the time.

The paperwork I had to sign indicated there would be six shelves, but the librarian told me they only had five during our initial discussions. When I went to set up I was surprised to only find four, so I had to adjust on the fly. All in all I think it turned out pretty good.
It didn't turn out "pretty good," Jonathan... IMO this is a truly a spectacular display; a collection of affection!
 
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It just dawned on me that we had the church ladies with Mike @Redfokker, Whitesnakes’s Tawny Kitaen with @Bob Roberts, now we have the bus stop ladies and library ladies with @TheOldFashioned.
Hats…Hats…Hats for the win!
B

Moral of the story: Church ladies and librarians are OK, but sexy girls on Jaguars will lead to bannination.
 

JittanyFedora

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We just received some new book cases. My wife turned her back to me and in two minutes I had them repurposed:

301a11a0b81f998af787a02cdacd08b5.jpg


On the down side: It only holds 40 hats, it takes up a lot of real estate, it doesn’t protect from moths and dust, and the biggest; the wife said “no.”


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Ah, the wife.

Mine wants me to cut back on coca-cola and said if i get diabetes she will divorce me.

"Well... We've had s good run!"

Same should apply to hat hatred.
 

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