Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Last week my friend Maureen wore a pretty hat to tea, and it made me want to pull out one of my hats to wear the next time I go to Holly Cottage Tearoom. Except that I don't really have any "modern" hats, and my vintage pink hats are all decorative only. But then the other day the mailman arrived bearing this "new" old hat, and I must say it is one I would actually wear when cooler weather arrives!
When I first discovered eBay a decade ago, I began looking for things with "Newnan" or "Coweta County" in the name, but other than a vintage magazine mentioning our famous Dunaway Gardens, I'd never bought anything. Then, an eBay seller in a neighboring county offered this hat a few weeks ago, and I won it!
This hat is an interesting mix of textures and colors, with the mauve crown, salmony pink ribbon band and bright fuchsia brim.
It's in great shape, and I was pleased to be able to find out so much about this hat just from reading its interior. It was made in Austria, and ...
... the Cavender's store it came from (no longer in existence) sold clothing for Ladies and Teens. Interesting!
And while I loved the hat and the original hatbox, I have to say I was *thrilled* to find the original receipt tucked inside the box, telling me when this hat was purchased, who purchased it, and how much it sold for! Twenty dollars seems like quite a lot for a 1968 hat! But I still have one question just for you, dear reader. Do you ever wear a hat when you go to tea?