I’ve written in the past about how what a great deal vintage hats often are at your local antique mall. They are usually well priced, usually under $15 or so, and you can pretty much guarantee that any antique mall will have a nice selection of hats scattered throughout the booths.
I always make a point of looking at hats, even though they are a very small part of what I’m interested in. It’s just that the chance of finding a real treasure among the drek is actually pretty good. I’ve found everything from 1920s sun hats to 1950s couture hats in antique malls.
The other day the above hat caught my eye, I liked the black and white, and I’m not sure if you can see it, but the white rim kind of “floats” below the body of the hat. unattached except in the front and the back. I picked it up to see it it was labeled. It was not. Still, I was curious about the final deciding factor – the price.
I’m not going to get into a long drawn out monologue about how vintage has gotten too expensive, because honestly, for the most part I find that things I find locally are usually very well priced. But I see this seller’s chance of selling that hat at that price as virtually zero.