Yesterday I found myself wide awake before 8am, on a Saturday, which is just silly & insane, but I decided to seize the moment and hit Austin’s City Wide Garage Sale for the first time in my life. My mom graciously came along for company (and to talk me out of buying furniture and vintage clothes I have no room to store) and after a delicious breakfast of Migas Tacos and several cups of coffee from Kerby Lane, I was ready for anything.
I found a lot of items I needed—Framed portraits of early 20th century young women (probably from a finishing school) that was over 2 feet long; 1957 Montgomery Wards winter catalog; a Frontierland board game (authentic vintage Disneyland!)—but unfortunately my wallet denied me time & time again.
When I was beginning to think I was going to leave empty handed, I spotted the most fabulous pair of 1940’s brown pumps. They were the perfect shade of brown–with little bows!—and in fabulous condition and reasonably priced and I really wanted to buy them, but I knew they would only sit on a shelf somewhere. I have sadly inherited a ginormous shoe size from my dad’s side of the family, which I find to be very unfair considering I’m barely 5’3″. As I cursed my size 10 feet and wondered if the day would ever come when I could have surgery to shrink them, I spotted a hat hidden under other shoes and quickly snatched it up. It was a bit crushed, but it reminded me of a hat Peggy (from Mad Men) wore in the first episode.
How could I resist? I wore it around my house yesterday, but I’m not sure if my German blond hair can pull off the yellow color. As I’m in desperate need of a haircut (not to mention a shower) and it’s hard photographing ones own head, I decided to let one of my heroes, Edna Mode, model the hat for you.
If anyone has any suggestions or ideas on how to get it back into shape, please let me know! I don’t have any experience with taking care of vintage hats and I don’t want to ruin it.