RIP old hat

Submitted: Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 17:14
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The poor old hat is going to God. Or at least I thought that was the way it was going to be.

I’ve had many Akubra hats over the years and the bunny fur has done me well.

The hat I now have looks like the upside belly of a shaggy dog.

So we toddled off to the shop today with great expectations. That is until I was told the price. Nobody mentioned that rabbit’s fir is worth diamond dust!

If I had known this many years ago, the thousands of pegged skins would have been put into a bank vault.

A delightful girl (in the shop) tried to turn me into a good looking bloke with an Akubra, but sadly, she walked away muttering; nothin’ can be done to improve that noggin!

So as I write, I’m sitting with the knife and repairing the old girl with silver Gaffa tape for the another season.

Regards

Kim



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Reply By: The Boss - Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 17:31

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 17:31
What price were you given? I have always thought Akubras were very well priced, for what they give in return.
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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 18:01

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 18:01
Yes your right mate. But if you purchased something for $25 two decades ago, then walk in a shop and have to pay $110 you feel a bit like a dinosaur.

LOL

Regards
Kim
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Follow Up By: Member - Timbo - Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 18:56

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 18:56
I knnow what you mean Kim. I got mine a while back when they were selling for around $50 (probably only a decade ago). But I haven't seen one for less than $120 for a while now (looks like you found a good deal there! LOL)
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Reply By: Rockape - Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 18:26

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 18:26
Kim,
if you like you can have a pup out of mine.

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Have a good one
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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 18:36

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 18:36
Put a couple of safety pins on the brim of that one & it would suit Chad Morgan! LOL.

And to you Kim, I know how you feel mate, it's the same as paying three dollars for a two bob meat pie! The worlds gone mad. AND when you do get around to buying a new "lid" the blasted thing never looks right while ever it has that new look, it's only when they start lookintg like Rockapes pride & joy that they become acceptable to be worn in public. Cheers & happy Bunny hunting.
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 18:57

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 18:57
Gday Kim,
Do you think the price could be a result of calicivirus or just a case of paying for the name?
Any way......don't be such a tight fisted old bugger and fork out some of those millions your sitting on. We all know if you fell off your pile of cash you would be high enough to break your neck....Hahahahahaha

Cheers
Hairy
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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 20:36

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 20:36
Hairy

Your comments are becoming increasingly complicated....

Damn Dog and I have dug up the back yard, but I’m buggared if I can find the money! Must be Global Warming.

LOL

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: The Boss - Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 20:11

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 20:11
I watched a show the other day on the process of making the US Stetsons cowboy hat. Man, there was some work involved, all by hand. I would assume that the Akubras are made in the same fashion to the same standard. I think that $110 is a good price, considering it will last another 20 years. A normal baseball cap costs about $30, made in china with cheap ass material, and lucky to last 2 years.



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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 20:16

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 20:16
When you put it that way Boss it gives a valid perspective!

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Follow Up By: Member - Timbo - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 14:44

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 14:44
And a baseball cap doesn't cover your ears (or stop the rain going down the back of your neck)...
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 21:13

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 21:13
G/Day Kim

I bought my last Akubra in the mid 1980's, at the time I paid $65 for it, I purchased it from Nerang Saddle World on the Gold Coast, my Cook couldn't understand that a bloke can't keep them in as new condition, they have to get the worn look and they do tend to get that way if you wear them all the time, any way unbeknownst to me she bought a new one about 12months later, and said it was my going out hat for special occasions and it still looks fairly new with no Character, so thankfully down the track I'll give it some when the Old Hat is passed it's useby date lol lol.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 09:12

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 09:12
Daza, I bought mine in 1994 when I first came to Aussie.

Paid $12 dollah for it from Kwang Chow's Tourist [sucker] Centre.

It was either that or a plastic hat with corks hanging from it for $15, but that was with a toy koala thrown in.
A quick look down the street told me that the cork hat and koala werent that popular, so went for the 'Akubra'.

He also had a genuine plastic aboriginal boomerang 1 dollah, at that price, I bought 10. Not one of the bloody things came back to me....lol.

After that experience Ive had a chip on my shoulder.
Now Ive worked out a way of getting these people back.
When in a foodhall, I target the chinese stall and have mastered the art of building a pyramid on the plate, feeds me and the missus for 8 dollah....hehehe.

Teach them to mess with this Kiwi.

Cheers......Lionel.
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Reply By: Brian (Montrose, Vic.) - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 00:47

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 00:47
And for the price they charge for a new one these days it hurts to much to beat them up to get them looking civilized and comfortable.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 10:31

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 10:31
"Golders" in Roma had a special on hats just prior to Xmas , freight to anywere with a post code , hats [cant remember the brand ] at "only" $199-00 !!!
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