Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It's just a hat


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All collections reach a stage when they must move on, or rather, move out.  Circle of Life rationale? Perhaps.

Collections gain icon status after a while.  My mother wore this hat to her son’s wedding…This was my great-grandmother’s baby cup…This was my grandpa’s chucking peg for the corn….

The icon status must be broken, or else the icon kicks into Holy Grail status.  And then, Lord help us, the Holy Grail will be wrapped in soft layers of wool and packed away until the box itself falls apart.

This established, many icons are heading out the door and onto someone who will hold one and say, “I wonder what the story is about this?”

Here are some photos of personal icons.  Some are in the car, ready to relocate.  Others will linger a while.

 
All the hats and vintage clothing in the car---the pink hat was my mother's and she wore it to my brother's wedding.


This is an honest-to-goodness-leopard-skin hat....we did not kill the leopard...long story will appear sometime.


These three hats belonged to men...the camouflage "Calhoun County Ford" belonged to my father...The "U.S.S. Kearny DD-432 WWII" belonged to my husband's father...The white cap "Williams' Boots & Coots Hazardous Fire" belonged to my brother.  All three men are deceased, and these hats may grow close to Holy Grail Status.


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  1. I bet your emotions were all over the place going through the "Goodwill or Grail?" emotions and decision-making process. Someone's going to have fun w/ that vintage clothing. I don't think I could part with the hats on the tree.

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    1. The leopard skin hat will go to my daughter, because she loves it and knows the story behind it.

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  3. There are things you keep for so long because it meant something and then one day you pull it out and wonder why on earth you are keeping that piece of junk.
    That hats you need to keep.
    What about the leopard hat? Keeping or selling?

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    1. Keeping, at least until my daughter claims it.

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  4. All that vintage clothing surely will become little theater props. There must be a scene in Who's Afraid of VW that requires a leopard skin hat.

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    1. I hope the vintage store will distribute the clothes as fitting.
      Some time I will have to post about that leopard skin hat.

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  5. Vintage clothing is a big business .... at least here, it is.
    Love that lleopard hat. That looks like a pill box. I had a animal print (fake, not real) cloche when I was 18. I still remember that hat. Wish I still had it. Ha

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    1. It is big business here as well. I laugh when I see some young thing strutting around in a 1970s polyester pantsuit, saying "I got this at the Vintage Store!"

      It is a pill box hat, my grandmother put it together.

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  6. My hat's off to you for this one. What stories our icons can tell.

    Gary

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  7. The things that hol true meaning are the ones to keep

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    1. So true. Which is why I am shipping out the things that don't--to better appreciate the ones that hold a place in my heart.

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  8. How true. There are rather too many icons in this home. Some may have to be dethroned. I can see a day of tears, of struggle and relief ahead. Realistically, several days.
    And yes please to the leopard's story.

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    1. Leopard story will indeed be posted, just can't say when.

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  9. Oh boy....been there and done that....still have a few items to go. It takes guts. You are doing it the right way, slowly, over time, as it starts to feel right.

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    1. Someday one or all of our kids will have to deal with the stuff in our house. It will be a lot easier if we have made a pre-emptive strike.
      Also, someday we will be moving into a smaller, senior residence. Would hate to make rapid fire decisions.

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  10. Family treasures are the most difficult to purge. You can say that they are "just things" and your memories are what's important, but, but, but.

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    1. ...but,but,but...I hear you clearly. I've been taking photos of those things leaving the house.

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  11. Ok I HAVE to someday here the story of the leopard-skin hat :)

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  12. I too have dealt with beloved objects from my parents' lives and found donating them back into circulation is a comfort in itself. Still, there are a few things that mean so much I can't part with them. Best wishes on your brave effort.

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  13. I've just begun another round of "what the heck am I keeping this for?", but none of it is vintage stuff anymore. Most of that went long ago. I have a few costume jewellery items that I will pass to my youngest grand daughter in time.
    I have kept one "grail" item, my four inch high pottery Christmas Elf that I've had since I was four or five. We three kids had one each, mine has a saxophone, J's had an accordion, R's had something else, I can't remember, either a guitar or a drum.

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    1. I have some items that my mother had always kept on her dresser. Those are important to me, altho my progeny do not understand.

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  14. We have had that problem here and still working on it. I have Mom's wedding dress, Grandma's organ, Dad's table, and things too numerous to mention. There is a story with every piece.

    May they all find homes where they will be loved another generation.

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  15. The Old school boots and coots hat is really cool. Do you plan on keeping it>

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  16. The Old school boots and coots hat is really cool. Do you plan on keeping it>

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!