6.10.2010

vintage finds...

The girl collected hats.  She preferred them to be both vintage and elaborate.  These hats weren't to be kept in a box or displayed on a shelf.  No.  They were collected because she wore them.  Anywhere and anytime, with gumption and without fear, she walked proudly, head held high, topped with a hat. 

My daughter still wears hats.  They are not quite as fanciful now, she is a bit more reserved as a woman than she was as a little girl.   I miss her now that she has moved away to attend school in Seattle.  This is the only reason I can think of that might explain my most recent estate sale purchase. 

We arrived only two hours after the sale started and the place was almost completely cleaned out.  I heard it was amazing - perhaps next time.  I wandered into the closet to see if perhaps there was a piece of jewelry or two that had been missed.  Empty.  It had been picked clean except for this hat.  She was just sitting there on the shelf, shoulders puffed and justifiably full of pride.  This mint condition, Italian, gray felt and silk copper ribbon piece of art had somehow been left at the altar.  I imagined her in her heyday, displayed on a shelf in a chic millinery shop in Rome and just couldn't leave her.  As I freed her from the closet, I think I heard her whisper "grazie amico".

Here's the thing.  I don't wear hats.  I don't look good in hats.  My daughter no longer wears these types of hats and her collection is boxed up in my garage waiting for her.  I don't like clutter.  What am I going to do with this hat?  How do I justify this hat?  I'm thinking it might be a good prop to use in jewelry photos for my shop, what do you think?


 I don't know.  I might just leave it here on my desk to remind me of my little girl who loved hats.   


Perhaps someday, she will have her own little girl who will want to collect elaborate vintage hats and if she does, I'll have to get her started.

17 comments:

Debby said...

I love that last photo ~ that little girl is so precious! xo

Everton Terrace said...

Thanks Debby - we think so as well. That is my daughter.

Maria said...

She is still quite precious - though in a more refined and mature way now. Love that old photo! Love the new "prop" too.

Henley said...

Bravo! Standing ovation to you this morning for weaving such a touching story to tell us you bought a new hat. I enjoyed it. I knew that was the daughter as soon as I saw the photo. She seems to have knowing eyes.

Debby said...

Not sure how I missed the fact that she was your daughter ~ I am blaming the horrible migraine I have. Probably not the smartest thing to take migraine medication and blog! She is absolutely beautiful ~ what a precious age ~ I miss that age! xo

MJM said...

Thanks for this Momma! It's been a long week and I really liked reading it!

Sunshine said...

Yes, intelligent, knowing eyes! So beautiful!
I love the 'new' hat and the story! I know you said you don't like clutter but I just wonder if there isn't somewhere in your home for this hat to 'sit' and perhaps enjoy being "freed from the closet."
A long time ago I wore hats. I don't know why but I no longer look good in them. I still love them!

Silver Strands said...

Oh my WORD. You write so well. I felt like I was being pulled into a new novel :)
LOVE the hat and all the photos.
oxox
Denalee

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

What a lovely post! The photo is so sweet. Keep them for the sake of keeping them, memories and just because...
Brenda

katie said...

oh what a sweet story. i can't wait to see the personality of my daughter as she grows up. she's only 2.5 now. elaborate vintage hats! neat-O! i love old fashioned clothing :)

thank you for sharing this endearing and touching story~~~

wishing you well!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh yes, hold onto the hats! They will certainly be so meaningful someday!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

What sweet post! Your beautiful daughter is a true sweetie!
Hugs for a happy day. xx

Reya Mellicker said...

I still wear hats but I don't have the nerve to wear really wild ones like I used to. That's OK ...

Love A Wrinkle in Time. I read it a hundred times as a child. Nice to "meet" you.

Twila's Vintage said...

This hat is so pretty and love the photo of the little girl wearing it!!
I cant wait to see the necklace similar to the one in my onesie pics!

Twila
blog.twilasvintageclothing.com
www.twilasvintageclothing.com

koralee said...

Your hat is lovely...makes me want to start collecting them too. xoxo

Mary Ann said...

she is sooo cute, a great little model too. love anything vintage. verbena cottage

pamela said...

such a doll! still is. i love all those photos.