I also stopped in my local hat store while I was shopping yesterday; I'm lucky enough to live in one of probably the small number of cities left with a real hat store.
I went in to get my first look at the new felts, but it turns out I was too early.
that brings me to what I did find among all of the straws that were
still out: a couple of boaters in my size for about $45 (I forget
exactly). I've always wanted one, but they're usually about $100-125 in
that store or online; I've never been able to justify dropping that kind
of cash for a hat that I would probably rarely wear. But at $45, it was
pretty darned tempting. Stay tuned . . .