I cannot believe but over the years I have picked up so many hats.
Such a tedious task trying to research names and types. Even with specific photos of certain types of hats it seems daunting at best.
This person has been so helpful to me.
2 fields as a general dealer seem so difficult to me.
Hats and buttons. I can pretty much distinquish the quality but after that it gets interesting. Is it just me?
I seem to have cloche down pat and beret and bucket. I keep telling myself to quit picking them up but then I run across another one that calls my name.
More and more are wearing and collecting them as vintage in general.
Well, that lady's website will be a favorite of mine for sure.
I brought the Frank Olive set, I doubt if I will ever wear it, but, I will truly enjoy it displayed on my mannequin in my vanity room.
Thanks for the link :-)
Best wishes, Linda
P.S. Buttons, oh my, I do need to begin selling my button collection someday, but, just can't seem to bear to part with them....you, me, and really, all of us here, or, at least most of us, do enjoy the same things :-)
Life is good with friends who enjoy the same things :-)
One of my favorite research books is:
Ladies Vintage Accessories by LaRee Johnson Bruton.
Not only does it have excellent photos but she also gives insights into how to identify hats etc according to time periods.
I have been buying and selling antique and vintage clothing since 1994 so I guess I can say I have my research "down pat". But, I always learning something new.
Thank you for the book.
I started this thread because I find it most interesting dealers tend to understand a certain category more than others it seems. I do not know why that is?
I started in 1996 as a doll and glass dealer but learned from an antiques dealer in business for 60 years and her mom for 60 so 120 years combined. Learned from her no one can ever know it all. I still find new company names I have never heard of before.
As you have done Apparel for a long amount of time and the link Rue specializes in hats it is understandable things come easy in these fields.
I have struggled with buttons and hats but am thinking I am hesitant to sell them as I am for lack of better terms emotional about them.
The buttons for sure but think hats and aprons somehow hold just as much significance for me so a bit of a mental block.
I feel these 2 apparel items speak boldly about the past and because of this there is a fear (for lack of better word) the respect and knowlege of them could be lost. I think that is what it is with me. I love vintage so much.
Oh yes, I know what you mean about attachment.
Some things I just cannot bear to pass along.
When it comes to glassware or depression glass, these I have no clue about.
Glass and apparel are my weak spots, too. That's why I follow most or all of the threads on clothing. I don't have any to sell (yet,) but I am open to it, because I love vintage clothing.
I have a soft spot for silver and for old books, and that's the bulk of what I sell.
Buttons! I have tubs full of vintage buttons and just can't seem to let them go either.
You never know, you just might need the 30s button for a special dress.
Maybe we should start a button missing thread. I promise I probably have one that would match.
I don't have alot of clothing. I am drawn to hats and purses. Your string helps me learn and get clues on what to look for. Is there a place to find picture clues for purses ? My total reference is pouring over listings and getting clues that way. I need a picture and explanation of style clues as I know practically nothing.
The book I referenced above deals with purse also.
I don't know if it still in print,though.
There are other reference and price guides for just vintage handbags.