I always love how foreigners and tourists alike assume that if you live in Texas that you must wear a cowboy hat, boots, and tight Wrangler jeans on a daily basis. I’ve even been asked, a time or two, if I ride a horse to work and if I live on a ranch like Southfork?
Personally, I only own one cowboy hat that I only wear when I’m out on blog related roadtrips. Occasionally I will even throw on a pair of black cowboy boots that I picked up at a thrift store last year. But by no means do I wear either of those on a regular basis.
I can’t say I own a pair of Wranglers because they weren’t, in my opinion, meant for women with curves.
As for owning a horse, the only horses I have experience with have been under the hood of my Trippin’ Transit van (which isn’t much).
Whenever my penpals come to visit me here in Big D (Dallas) the first thing they want to do is go see Southfork Ranch.
I graciously entertain their request and do my best to answer questions from my best recollections of when I watched the show back in the 80s.
We all pack up our selfie sticks and hop into the Trippin’ Transit van out to Parker, Texas.
Once we’ve done the selfies “drive-by” tour, the second most popular request is to take my buddies to buy themselves a cowboy hat.
Now there are plenty of places around the Lone Star State where you can buy a nice cowboy hat or Western style clothing.
Like most major metropolitan cities in the United States, a massive retailer is just about on every corner and usually carry their own line of mock hats and boots.
On the other hand, there’s the traditional Cavender’s Boot City stores but if you don’t know the area, you can fork out way more money than you should for any of those types of items.
This is where my frugality, personal experiences, and connections come into play from a life of living in Texas.
As we leave Parker, Texas I take everyone on a 12-mile Scenic tour down to the Resistol Hat Outlet Store in Garland, Texas.
The original Resistol hat store opened in Dallas in 1927 but moved to the larger Garland facility in 1938 and has been there ever since.
What I love about this place is that they’ll give you a tour of their factory, pose for selfies, let you try on all kinds of hats and show you how they make them.
In addition, you can find cool belts, buckles, boots, clothing, and accessories all at 30-70% off compared to retail competitors.
In fact, the one cowboy hat that I do have I actually bought there for 13 bucks (US dollars).
I have seen similar hats all around the state for triple the price.
So if you ever find yourself looking for that special cowboy hat while you’re in North Texas save yourself some time and money and head on over to the Resistol Hat Outlet.
Their address is 721 Marion Drive, Garland, Texas 75042.
They are open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and if you are interested in a tour, you gotta call them at (972) 494-0337 first to set it up.