Vintage Apparel and Accessories are Hot; Popularity Increases

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Classic hat styles are increasing in popularity as hat manufacturers fill the niche. However, pre-owned vintage hats are rising in value and popularity too.

Vintage clothing and accessories are becoming very popular as clothing manufacturers bring back many vintage styles. In the headwear industry, vintage hats are becoming mainstream, including the famous Fedora from the 1920s through 1950s.

Duane Dewsbury, president of said that sales are brisk on old styles in new hats, so his company just added an actual Vintage Hat category. “Less than a year ago, old used vintage hats were selling on online auction sites often for less than $10,” said Duane. “Prices have skyrocketed as people clamor to get their hands on these old hats, and they now average from $25 for wool felt hats, to often over $100 for fur felt hats.”

Duane said the vintage clothing and accessories are selling so briskly, that he added a new category to his online shop to include his collection of pre-owned high-end fur and beaver felt hats. “We are getting much more aggressive in acquiring these vintage hats, and we are finally making them available to the public,” said Duane. “The quality of fur and beaver felt used in hat making in years gone by was the best quality. Hats were hand made, and today you just can’t seem to get a hat as well built as you could 20 years or more ago.”

Duane said they take special care in handling their vintage acquisitions, and every hat is cleaned, sanitized and repaired as necessary. He said that some people have concerns about wearing something like a hat that has been used, so ensures that these concerns are addressed.

Many companies still making quality fur and beaver felt hats have hefty prices tags in comparison with the prices you can get for a pre-owned vintage hat. “The quality of a vintage hat is often much better than today’s standards,” said Duane. He added that these collectibles continue to go up in value as more people search for vintage hats and more people are wearing the classic style hats.

You can visit and find many classic style hats, whether you want brand new, or a pre-owned vintage hat. Also, offers an online discussion group where many hat aficionados compare their hats and hat history.


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