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How many hats do you have?

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Well, let's see. Eight fur felt Akubras, one fur felt Knox, one fur felt Winston, one Tweed Dobbs, two cheap cotton Stingy brims, one cheap cotton bucket hat, one Boonie hat, two Sunbody straw hats, seven ball caps, and sixteen flat caps (Ivy and Newsboy). I think. There may be others around here that I've forgotten about because I haven't worn them recently...or ever.
 
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belfastboy

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Well, let's see. Eight fur felt Akubras, one fur felt Knox, one fur felt Winston, one Tweed Dobbs, two cheap cotton Stingy brims, one cheap cotton bucket hat, one Boonie hat, two Sunbody straw hats, seven ball caps, and sixteen flat caps (Ivy and Newsboy). I think. There may be others around here that I've forgotten about because I haven't worn them recently.
Damn, if I add in my ball caps the figure jumps to 100 or so....but ball caps take up so much less room....they satisfied my collector's bug before i fell down the fedora rabbit hole.
 
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Damn, if I add in my ball caps the figure jumps to 100 or so....but ball caps take up so much less room....they satisfied my collector's bug before i fell down the fedora rabbit hole.
I only started wearing ball caps a few years ago, and then only when I'm going somewhere or doing something (helping a friend move, for example) where I don't want to risk damaging a better/nicer/more favorite hat or cap. I'm still not overly crazy about 'em, but they get the job done and nobody pays attention to them.
 
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It's the wrong question I think. How many books do you have or how many CD's (LP's or whatever)? Having handled the over 300 hats of my collection recently I realised that, yes, there are too many of them. But that's more to do with the lack of storage and not with me not wanting all of these and more of them. Even if I don't wear several of them, six toppers and eleven bowlers come to mind, I can still appreciate them. Sure, some of them could go, because they don't suit me or fit me well enough, but that's part and parcel of collecting vintage hats. So if I had sufficient storage space I would see no reason to stop collecting. And in my small size it's not about the money either; I can have a hat for the price of a few drinks and a small snack. Every few weeks I select about 8 of them and wear them in rotation.
 

dkstott

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I'm a mere amateur with the hat count at 10. I've also got 4 flat caps. All hat's are fur felt, no straw. 3-4 of the hats are in my daily wear rotation.

My hats get swapped in & out of the daily rotation depending on my mood and the weather.

The only hat in my collection that doesn't get worn is my Moonstone Akubra Stylemaster. I just haven't bonded with the color.

There was a time when I had close to 20 guitars in the house. I'm down to 2 guitars and now really enjoy the space that they once occupied.

I just can't see me ever having a collection of hats that aren't worn.
 
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I'm not certain what my count is right now. Somewhere around 125. I've had a few hundred pass through my hands at this point, I guess.

I'm with Stefan, though. I've had a "collector mindset" for most of my life. Coins, LPs, CDs, books, etc. I don't consider it hoarding. I enjoy each new purchase and also enjoy appreciating the construction and design of vintage hats, plus I like seeing the variations from brand to brand. I try to wear them all, but those ones in the boxes in the back on the bottom sometimes get neglected.
 

scottyrocks

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It's the wrong question I think. How many books do you have or how many CD's (LP's or whatever)? Having handled the over 300 hats of my collection recently I realised that, yes, there are too many of them. But that's more to do with the lack of storage and not with me not wanting all of these and more of them. Even if I don't wear several of them, six toppers and eleven bowlers come to mind, I can still appreciate them. Sure, some of them could go, because they don't suit me or fit me well enough, but that's part and parcel of collecting vintage hats. So if I had sufficient storage space I would see no reason to stop collecting. And in my small size it's not about the money either; I can have a hat for the price of a few drinks and a small snack. Every few weeks I select about 8 of them and wear them in rotation.

Maybe that's the difference. I don't really 'collect' anything. I buy things that I like and will use, and (usually) stop when I have what I think I want/need. Inevitably I have too many examples of some items.

Re the hats, there are some that I don't wear that I do like to look at and could see myself wearing and won't sell them, and those that I just won't wear for whatever reason - not comfortable enough, or just don't like (enough) the way the hat looks on me and then I grab one that I really like.
 

mark balen

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It's the wrong question I think. How many books do you have or how many CD's (LP's or whatever)? Having handled the over 300 hats of my collection recently I realised that, yes, there are too many of them. But that's more to do with the lack of storage and not with me not wanting all of these and more of them. Even if I don't wear several of them, six toppers and eleven bowlers come to mind, I can still appreciate them. Sure, some of them could go, because they don't suit me or fit me well enough, but that's part and parcel of collecting vintage hats. So if I had sufficient storage space I would see no reason to stop collecting. And in my small size it's not about the money either; I can have a hat for the price of a few drinks and a small snack. Every few weeks I select about 8 of them and wear them in rotation.
 
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Probably somewhere around 75. There are at least 25 that I need to sell (size not quite right, came in a lot and they are not my style or I bought them to re-sell), but selling hats is no fun.


I hear that! Buying is much more fun than selling. Opening a box with a new hat is much more satisfying than carefully packaging a hat for shipping.
 

TheGuitarFairy

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I hear that! Buying is much more fun than selling. Opening a box with a new hat is much more satisfying than carefully packaging a hat for shipping.

At least hats are eeeeasy to ship!
Try shipping an old 78rpm a 75lb amplifier or one of these ... we're talking a multi hour proposition packing some stuff up.

Btw I'm trying to keep it under 20 hats ; )

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dkstott

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