One of the classic “comebacks” when someone is complaining about how much work it is to be a retail worker in an interview, is simply stating: “It’s not that bad, you just have to deal with the Wholesale hats.”. This funny and sarcastic line captures the truly sad reality of working in a wholesale hat shop — getting stuck wearing the same old boring hat every day at work.
Hats are so important, after all! But what happens when they’re just not looking good anymore? Are you stuck wearing them until there’s nothing left? No way! With this blog post, we discuss your options for finding a new job and finding yourself with some extra time to spare.
One of the most common questions we get is:
“What’s it like to work at a wholesale hat shop?”
This is a common question that gets asked when someone is thinking about getting a job at one of these places. The answer: It depends on your manager and co-workers. As most people know, most retail and service jobs like — you get out of it what you put in. This means that if you want to come in with a positive attitude and eagerness to learn, then you’re more likely to get out of it what you put in. If not, then prepare for the worst (rejection, hostility from management and/or co-workers).
With that in mind, it’s worth knowing what to expect. The below info is based on our experience working in retail and wholesale hat shops. The following information is based on our personal experiences working at hat shops — we hope to educate and seek awareness about the truth behind this industry and how it truly functions.
After all: “Life is just a hat.” — anonymous saying that seems to always come up when we’re talking about wholesale hats.
We focus this article on things coming from our personal experiences, so it’s worth doing research for other tips and opinions from people who have worked at different places or who have worked in similar fields such as antique shops, alterations shops, etc.
We as a whole know that there will be haters out there who will take offense to this article. Some hatters who read this blog may even feel attacked or insulted by this article. I can honestly say that you can judge a person by the company they keep — and the hatting community as a whole has proven to be anything but welcoming and cooperative… and we don’t expect much better from hatters.
“I want to work for a wholesale hat shop, do you have any recommendations?” — This is another common question we get asked, and we usually just laugh at the fact that we don’t see it coming. We’ll surely get people who read this article thinking that we’re recommending them to go work at wholesale hat shops. With this article, our intention is to inform and educate people about the hatting industry. We’re not here to help you find a job (but if you won’t work, you can always check out our jobs board).
We personally don’t recommend working at wholesale hat shops because it’s an industry made up of mostly dishonest people with dishonest intentions. The hatting industry in general is like an “old boys club” where old timers close ranks and network with each other.