Etiquette & superstition: hat purchases

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Maybe I should have waited until Mad Hatter Day to post this, but I might not be near a computer on Sunday. Happy Mad Hatter Day Eve Eve Eve.

ETIQUETTE: According to Amy Vanderbilt’s New Complete Book of Etiquette, ladies really don’t need to worry about having a lot of hats anymore, especially if they live in the country. A country lady’s hat collection may be limited to some berets, a hunting cap, a duck snap brim, a good dress hat or two for each season, a fur hat, a straw hat, and something for weddings and funerals. According to me, a lady needs to purchase a hat each time she visits Disneyland.

SUPERSTITION: If the first customer of the day at a hat shop tries on a hat but does not purchase it, it portends a poor day of hat sales for the shop. In order to remove this bad sales curse, the milliner or salesperson should spit into the hat the first customer tried on. From An Encyclopedia of Superstitions (compiled by Claudia DeLys): “… since evil doers are believed to reside in hair, (the customer) may have transferred them from her head into the hat, so the saliva acts as a cleanser of this evil.”

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