I can only imagine there used to be many more options and varieties of hat storage available in the first half of the 20th century. I am infinitely perplexed as to why they don't still make functional hat boxes! I have seen nice vintage hat boxes with the clear plastic sides so you can see inside, but no one seems to make them anymore. After my black Friday hat buying spree (only a few...really, I promise...) my previous way of storing my vintage hats just wasn't cutting it anymore.
I always store my hats in boxes, mostly because I find they get dusty fast if I leave them out in my room. I also have cats who are always interested in investigating (and chewing on) feathers of any kind. I used to store my hats in shoe boxes, big boxes for tall boots are very useful for hat storage indeed. Still, I had amassed a large leaning tower of hat boxes, and often had to go through every box to find the hat I was looking for on any given day. A a new solution was needed, and after searching the net for nice clear hat boxes and coming up empty, I decided to visit the maze that is Ikea.
|My new leaning tower of hats|
The other Ikea find were these little boxes meant for shoe storage. These two will need a lining of some kind, I wish Ikea listed whether or not these boxes were acid free! As it is I will have to assume they are not. Still, the liftable lids are a great little touch, as are the clear fronts so I can see which hats are inside.
The last new addition to my hat storage arsenal was a surprising holiday sale find! Walking through the grocery store I noticed these clear plastic round holiday cookie containers and immediately though to myself "hat box!". Just goes to show sometimes you can find just what your looking for in the most unlikely of places! Keep an eye out in the holiday sales, I got these cookie boxes for just .60 cents each!
A smaller 40's or 50's hat fits perfectly! If I could find these exact boxes in a larger size I would be over the moon, but these will do fine for now.
I still want to go through and organize my hats better so I know what is in each box. I am planning on printing photos of each hat and taping them to the top or sides of the boxes so I know where to look next time I am searching for a particular hat.
As a major hat lover, properly storing them is always a concern. How do you store your hats? Please let me know in the comments, I am all ears on this subject!