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trucker hat bonanza

while thrifting last week i came upon a bin chock full to the point of overflowing with vintage 70s and 80s mesh and foam trucker hats. 

it was clearly the collection of one man.  a man who loved baseball caps. he may have had an obsession. 

there were 58 of them, a few of them have doubles, 95% were in unworn brand new deadstock condition.

i’ve already sold a handful, but you can see photos of the fronts of the entire original collection here: 70s 80s vintage trucker hats

i think it’s a fascinating snapshot of a human being. 

what did he do for work? 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/210543603/70s-vintage-foam-trucker-mesh-hat?ref=shop_home_active_7



https://www.etsy.com/listing/210529892/80s-vintage-foam-trucker-hat-planters?ref=shop_home_active_12


where did he buy his tractors?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/210533875/80s-vintage-foam-trucker-mesh-hat-ford?ref=shop_home_active_18



https://www.etsy.com/listing/210527327/80s-vintage-foam-trucker-mesh-hat-ford?ref=shop_home_active_1


where did he buy his tools? 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/210523017/70s-vintage-foam-trucker-hat-phillips?ref=shop_home_active_3

where did he do his banking? 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/210519671/80s-vintage-corduroy-trucker-hat-first?ref=shop_home_active_7


what did he like to eat?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/210506992/70s-vintage-foam-trucker-mesh-hat?ref=shop_home_active_13


where did he go on vacation?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/210501928/70s-vintage-foam-trucker-mesh-hat-black?ref=shop_home_active_16


what did he do for fun?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/210508278/80s-vintage-foam-trucker-mesh-hat-thee?ref=shop_home_active_11

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/210540773/70s-vintage-foam-trucker-mesh-hat-quit?ref=shop_home_active_10

 what did he consider himself?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/210500934/70s-vintage-foam-trucker-mesh-hat?ref=shop_home_active_18


to the farmer from western north carolina who donated his lifelong hat collection to the goodwill, i say thank you!

all of the hats that are still for sale can be found here: 70s 80s vintage trucker hats on Skippy Haha Vintage Etsy

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how to clean disintegrated foam from a vintage trucker hat

you found a sweet 70’s or 80’s mesh and foam backed snapback trucker hat. congratulations! 

the snap in back still works, and it fits like a dream.

but….what the hell is this powdering? snowing foam particles covering your hair like dandruff?

the foam used as padding in the back of vintage mesh hats has been known to disintegrate. even a brand new, deadstock hat will eventually lose its foam and start powdering. 

it’s not a matter of if, but when. the more you sweat and move, crinkling the hat, the faster it will powder. unfortunately, once it starts powdering, the only thing you can do to make it wearable is to remove all the foam.

the hat will no longer stand up on its own, but it will still be sweet, wearable, functional, and stylin. 

70’s trucker hat with foam removed


this is how i have easily removed the foam from powdering vintage hats. 

1. fill a bucket or large pot or bowl with 1 liter of hot water and 1/3 cup white vinegar.

2.  soak, then agitate the hat in the solution. rub the foam against itself. agitate, agitate, agitate some more. (3-5 minutes)

3. rinse with more hot water into the bucket.

4. agitate more until the majority of the foam is disintegrated and floating in the solution. agitate, agitate, agitate.

5. carefully remove the hat from the bucket, roll up a clean rag into a head shape, and stuff inside the hat to dry.

6. dump the water into a container and place in the trash. i don’t recommend dumping foam into the ground. 

7. when the hat is dry, take it outside and slap it against something until all the last remaining foam flies away.

*TIP* – do NOT use the sink as a bucket. i can’t imagine your pipes would like the addition of a hat’s-worth of disintegrated foam.

*This is just one method, which I made up after seeing no other methods online. If you have other, cleaner, faster, better methods, please share them!

See all vintage trucker hats on Skippy Haha Vintage.