Category Archives: Chit Chat

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.

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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.