Two Things I’ve Recently Learned About My Business

1. Some people are bound to think my creations are store bought because a lot of them look like they came from a big chain enterprise. They are not. Each and every thing I sell in my shop is personally hand made by me one item at a time…..

I have pondered some advantages and disadvantages of that misunderstanding.

ADVANTAGES: A. My products are just as good or better than “store bought” big name items.

DISADVANTAGES: A. If people think my items are store bought then they must think I am a reseller. That is not good. They need to know my items are unique and cannot be bought in a store. That is why you can’t get them for two dollars like you can at that cheap department store down the road that sells mass produced merchandise.

2. I used to be afraid of creating stuff that looked like it was “store bought”. I am not afraid anymore.

3. A bonus lesson I have learned: Use downtime between orders to kick out new hats in color combinations not yet created.

December 2010 Free Hat Giveaway From The Hat Pit At – Win A Cool Hat Made By David

Enter this drawing for my December 2010 Free Hat Giveaway. The hat you see above is the hat the winner will receive. It is Green Camo Stripes Urban Lumberjack Beanie made by me available in my hat shop.

To enter all you have to do is tweet this blog post to tell your friends about this giveaway. It’s easy – – – Just follow these steps……

(1.) Click on the tweet button below and tweet a message out about this giveaway.

(2.) Each tweet you send has a specific web page address known as a status. You must prove your entry by giving me the status address to your tweet. To get your tweet status address go to your twitter page and find the specific tweet you sent out regarding this giveaway. You will see a time stamp under that tweet. Click on that time stamp and then copy the address in your browser for that tweet. See the example below.

(3.) Leave the address to your tweet in a comment on this blog post along with your twitter name (i.e. @yourname).

That is all you have to do. Enter as many times as you like but please, only one tweet status address per comment.

The drawing will be on December 15th, 2010.

How I Became A Mad Hatter

Well I learned how to knit and crochet when I was a young guy around 10 years old (1980) but I never really did anything with it other than waste a lot of yarn trying to learn stitches and techniques. I did manage to make a set of Christmas tree angels that my mom still to this day puts on her tree.

My hat making addiction started sometime around 1999 after I bought a crocheted hat from an American Eagle store in my local mall in Auburn, Alabama. It was a design very similar to my own personally branded Top Dawg Beanies. In fact I based my design from that hat. At first, for about a year, I simply enjoyed making hats for myself but then I discovered some crafty people on the internet making their own handmade hats and selling them on eBay and on a few personally owned craft business sites. This excited me tremendously. So I made a few hats and put them up on eBay and they all sold two days after I listed them. I became hooked and that was how I got started making and selling my hats. Back then I operated under several differen’t names on eBay and even sported around a few websites but I could never settle on a name for my business that I liked. Well eventually I discovered twitter and made a name up for myself in reference to a mad hatter. You may know me on that account as @madhatter7zero. I also came up with a cool name for my hat shop. I call it The Hat Pit and my hats are getting more famous every day. The rest is just history.

Well I gotta get back to my hat making now. Hope you enjoyed my little story. Be sure and follow me on my official twitter account @hatpit for all of my new item updates and hat shop news.

Green Camo Stripes Urban Lumberjack Beanie

A brand new hat style now available in my hat shop. Get one here.

Item: #11251001
Description: Urban Lumberjack Beanie ULJ001 – Green Camo Stripes
Price: $24.00
Customizable: Yes

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Behind The Scenes Making New Hats

I may have mentioned in a previous post that I have been working on a new hat style to add to my hat shop. In this video you get a behind the scenes look at me working on these new hats. Nothing special and probably mostly boring but I’ve had a request for a new video showing me at work 🙂

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