Best vintage store to find hats that will probably appear in Broadway productions (2008)

O Mistress Mine

Stealing its name from a Shakespeare sonnet testifies to O Mistress Mine's theatrical ambitions. Showcasing frilly clothes from the turn of the century to shoulder-pad power dresses from the '80s, this vintage boutique has been displaying Costume History 101 in its small Seventh Avenue location since 1969. Besides the place's Bard-influenced moniker, the wide selection of hats available season after season lures uptown theater companies hungry to score authentic and mint-condition bonnets, boaters, chapeaus, fedoras, pillboxes, skullcaps, and other quirky designs from closets past. From the wide-rimmed Southern belle brims to the sophisticated city look of a fez, this retro gem is a sure spot to score a look that actually might pop up in next year's acclaimed Broadway hit. And with prices as reasonable as these, you might even still be able to afford an opening-night ticket!


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