FrouFrou4YouYou

Millinery fun, vintage, new, and related items.

Illinois, United States · 361 Sales

FrouFrou4YouYou

Millinery fun, vintage, new, and related items.

Illinois, United States 361 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(175)
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Mary R

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Announcement   Just what vintage hats do people think of when we say made in Chicago? Probably Bes-Ben. Benjamin Green-field and in the beginning, his sister Bessie, made high end hats from 1919 onward into the early 1970s.
Periodically you have seen a few of my collection listed here. There are a couple listed now. BUT WAIT! A SALE on Bes-Ben hats? Yes.

When, and why you ask?
When: For 2 weeks, 7/31-8/15. (Want to reserve one now? Please convo for a one week reserve for ONE hat. If you see reserve on the listing you can still be on the wait list for a reserve f the initial person declines.)

Why? Why not? Watch for details for the Coupon Code to be posted 7/30.
How much discount? No firm decision, but perhaps more than enough to cover shipping, plus more than pocket change.


Election time is fast approaching. Hopefully folks will be speaking their mind by voting. For anyone who has a bit of a patriotic streak, stop back often to see the Patriotic items.

INTERESTED IN HAVING A VINTAGE HAT SHOW DONE IN THE MIDWEST FOR YOUR GROUP? Just convo for info. Headed to Mayville, WI in April to Sweet Ginger Vintage to do a presentation on Presidential Conventions and Hats.

HATS magazine is a reading favorites. Having acquired many some are scanned, the originals listed. Perhaps you want to know more about the hats of the 1950s and 1960? If you are looking for a certain issue, perhaps it is sitting here waiting to be scanned; convo me. IF YOU WOULD LIKE SOME FREE SCANNED PAGES FROM ANY ISSUE, PLEASE MENTION THIS IN A CONVO WHEN YOU MAKE A PURCHASE. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PARTICULAR YEAR, OR MONTH, WILL TRY TO ACCOMMODATE.

Hat supplies: Straw hoods and Toyo hoods in many colors are available. There are only a few listed, but convo for more details and if you find photos enticing, I can add a listing for your desire. Lots of colors of crinoline, and will be relisting. Crinoline, feather pads, and straw hat bodies/hood are available.

Ebook: Hatatorium:An Essential Guide for Hat Collectors by Brenda Grantland, Mary Robak and Friends 2nd edition with expanded Styles, and Milliner List.http://www.hatatorium.com/

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 22, 2016

Just what vintage hats do people think of when we say made in Chicago? Probably Bes-Ben. Benjamin Green-field and in the beginning, his sister Bessie, made high end hats from 1919 onward into the early 1970s.
Periodically you have seen a few of my collection listed here. There are a couple listed now. BUT WAIT! A SALE on Bes-Ben hats? Yes.

When, and why you ask?
When: For 2 weeks, 7/31-8/15. (Want to reserve one now? Please convo for a one week reserve for ONE hat. If you see reserve on the listing you can still be on the wait list for a reserve f the initial person declines.)

Why? Why not? Watch for details for the Coupon Code to be posted 7/30.
How much discount? No firm decision, but perhaps more than enough to cover shipping, plus more than pocket change.


Election time is fast approaching. Hopefully folks will be speaking their mind by voting. For anyone who has a bit of a patriotic streak, stop back often to see the Patriotic items.

INTERESTED IN HAVING A VINTAGE HAT SHOW DONE IN THE MIDWEST FOR YOUR GROUP? Just convo for info. Headed to Mayville, WI in April to Sweet Ginger Vintage to do a presentation on Presidential Conventions and Hats.

HATS magazine is a reading favorites. Having acquired many some are scanned, the originals listed. Perhaps you want to know more about the hats of the 1950s and 1960? If you are looking for a certain issue, perhaps it is sitting here waiting to be scanned; convo me. IF YOU WOULD LIKE SOME FREE SCANNED PAGES FROM ANY ISSUE, PLEASE MENTION THIS IN A CONVO WHEN YOU MAKE A PURCHASE. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PARTICULAR YEAR, OR MONTH, WILL TRY TO ACCOMMODATE.

Hat supplies: Straw hoods and Toyo hoods in many colors are available. There are only a few listed, but convo for more details and if you find photos enticing, I can add a listing for your desire. Lots of colors of crinoline, and will be relisting. Crinoline, feather pads, and straw hat bodies/hood are available.

Ebook: Hatatorium:An Essential Guide for Hat Collectors by Brenda Grantland, Mary Robak and Friends 2nd edition with expanded Styles, and Milliner List.http://www.hatatorium.com/

Mary R

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Mary R

Vintage Beige Net Pillbox hat by Luci Puci
US$30.00
Vintage Beret in Cream Silk by Peck and Peck
US$15.00
Green Silk FrouFrou Comb with Vintage Flowers
US$40.00
Vintage Cream Straw Hat with Beading 1950s
US$25.00
Shabby Chic Aqua FrouFrou Cocktail Hat
US$50.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(175)
petitecostumier

petitecostumier on Jun 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Darling Hat!!! Fast shipping, Packaged nicely, Seller AAA+++

petitecostumier

petitecostumier on Jun 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect !!!! Fast shipping, Packaged nicely, Seller AAA+++

Andrea Durnell

Andrea Durnell on Jun 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is a soft, pretty periwinkle blue that I think I have the perfect mold for.

Andrea Durnell

Andrea Durnell on Jun 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I like toyo for a casual summer hat and these have been great for me to learn on and practice with, but my finished products have been selling so I might have to keep making them!

Andrea Durnell

Andrea Durnell on Jun 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love them for a simple summer twist to keep my hair up in my hot studio! They are harder and harder to find (the new ones seem to break too easily) and now I have two!

thingsmostdelightful

thingsmostdelightful on May 25, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful pieces, wonderful and friendly seller with outstanding customer service. Completely satisfied!

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About

Hats, hats and more hats!

After a few months selling hats at the age of 16 in 1966 I came to adore hats.
In the 1990s I started collecting in earnest, mostly to amuse my mother. After doing hat shows in her retirement community, I started taking the show on the road.
Still will, as it justifies the ongoing collecting part of life.

Looking for a presentation for your group? Choices are
Chicago Hats;
Coco Chanel and Fashion Impact on Chicago;
Elsa Schaparelli and Fashion Impact on Chicago;
The Little Black Dress and "A" Hat;
Marshall Field and Co, and Hats.

Consider a fresh topic:
Political Conventions and Hats: A Show and Tell Hour
Join Mary Robak, Chicago millinery historian, in an hour of stories and facts of political conventions and some of the fashions and hats from those conventions.
This hour includes
Convention History with a focus on fashion and hats; Florence Harding, First Lady; Benjamin GreenField of Bes Ben, and Raymond Hudd, the men who made political fashion hats in Chicago.

Attendees are encouraged to wear hats. If anyone forgets to bring a hat, a selection of patriotic hats are available to wear during the presentation.

Mary Robak background:
• Chicago native and for a decade, Chicago millinery history researcher.
• Decade of presenting vintage hat shows, in the Midwest.
• Enthusiastic sharing of two dozen pertinent hats specific to the group.

For more details about these topics, contact Mary at
maryrobak [!at] comcast.net.

IF you have any stories about Chicago hats, milliners or shops, I am all ears. If you have more hats than you desire, feel free to inquire if passing them onto this hat enthusiast is feasible.

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  • Mary Robak

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    As a Chicago native I live for millinery fun. Not too old, not too young, and still learning. Hope to share this millinery passion with one and all. I delight in presenting programs to groups about millinery, most often focused on Chicago.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 30, 2013
Each hat is placed in tissue and shipped in a box to arrive in as perfect condition as possible, tho vintage items may not have been perfect when they were listed. Those blemishes from time are mentioned when noted in the description of the item. It is essential a potential buyer inquire about any concerns before purchase, and additional pictures can be provided to ease ones mind. I do not list anything I would consider to be in a condition unworthy of a new owner. I reuse like-new boxes when possible, but let me know if you prefer a brand new box. Many hats are sadly too big for the standard Priority boxes.

On a pleasant note-GIFT WRAPPING! Please let me know and it can be wrapped for most any occasion. An additional charge may apply for extra special wrapping needs.

Accepted payment methods

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Payment
Payment by Paypal is greatly appreciated. An item may be requested to be reserved, and that may be done for one week . If there is a longer reserve desired it will need to be discussed and agreed upon in advance. There is a limit of two items in reserve. If you are interested in more and want shipping held until all purchases are made please inform at time of purchase.
Cancellation of an order can at times be necessary for a variety of reasons. IF that is done before shipment it is not an issue. Once the item has shipped I will try to work with you to reach a reasonable agreement on our next steps to resolve the problem.

International customers: note that your country might charge a Value Added Tax or Import Tax on your purchase. I can neither predict nor be responsible for this.
Shipping
US: All items are shipped parcel post from the USPS, unless requested otherwise by the buyer. The more expensive hats will have Delivery Confirmation Number provided in an email on the day it is shipped. Purchases over $50 include insurance. IF insurance on a lesser amount is desired, that needs to be mentioned in the comments of the order from the buyer.
Priority Mail or Express Mail will cost more and if they are desired that must be indicated at the time of purchase. Items are usually shipped within 2 working days, M-Sat. With cutbacks at the post office staff levels as of Jan 2013, the wait in line time now is 30 min or more. When Items are shipped internationally that is the only method I use, which is a sizable time commitment. At times the shipping days may not happen every day, but most likely every 2-3 days. There may be times when a comment may be added to the top info above the featured items that states there will be a known delay.
When looking at the shipping fee there are times buyers expect that to be only the postage charged by the USPS. It is only fair there is a factor included that reflects the shipping materials, the time spent in preparing the shipping process of labels, and packing, and time for the postal run. At no point is there any factor that comes close to the actual time this process takes.

There is no offer of a refund for goods damaged in transit or through personal use, tho we can discuss a refund for items lost in transit. Please retain the delivery confirmation number from the convo/email sent when the item is shipped.

International: Shipping available. Shipping by Parcel Post does not include tracking, and that is the method used unless buyer convo in advance to review Express charges. The Express rate is trackable and insured, tho substantially more expensive. Please note customs forms will not be altered in an effort to save expense. Please convo with questions.
Refunds and Exchanges
Items which are damaged in shipment in the US, if over $50, most often have insurance and we should look at that. An item that is lost is one of the sad facts of life for most everyone at least once in a lifetime. When shipping Parcel Post the expected delivery has been known to take much longer, even up to 3 weeks. Even tho the folks at my post office are delightful, no amount of nice gets your parcel post item to you faster than the system works, much to my dismay.
Additional policies and FAQs
Do you wonder if I have more of something not listed? Probably! It may or may not be the exact thing, but it never hurts to ask. Will I make you a hat if there is nothing vintage on hand? Not out of the realm of possibility, but plenty of convos are needed to see if it is feasible. If you read my profile, it does say I am a milliner wannabe.
Do you want me to keep my eyes open for a certain brand, color, style or era? Glad to be a one woman search party.

And on that note please feel free to alert me to that overwhelming collection Great Aunt Tillie has in 3 closets, and the attic. I have purchased just such collections, and would be delighted to do so once again. Sadly I probably have to limit myself to areas in the Midwest, or east coast. There are just so many places I can convince my husband to drive to carry home our SUV full of hats. Don't ask how many times I have gotten away with this!