Gladys Ball has a collection of 30,000 hats she sells out of her Hamburg home to clients ranging from apparel companies to walk-up customers.
Brian Gordon profiled Ball for Vice Sports:
"Known as 'the Hat Lady' to many, Ball accumulated her collection over a career buying hats from the New Era factory in nearby Derby and selling them at markets throughout Western New York. 'I just like hats,' the 82-year old says. 'Selling them keeps me thinking.' "
Ball's collection is on Big Tree Road in Hamburg, just off Route 5: