I love to brag about where I live, but one thing I don’t think I’ve ever divulged is that either way I choose to turn at the end of my little road, there is a Goodwill Store about 3 miles away. Sometimes I’ll be in the mood for a little thrift therapy and I’ll have to flip a coin to decide whether to turn right or to turn left.
Yesterday I turned left.
Anyone who thrift shops knows that much of the charm of the experience is that one never knows what will be found. I try to keep an open mind, but at the same time I’ve gotten very particular about what I buy. I’m trying to clear out stuff, not add more useless clutter. But when a treasure presents itself, I’m not afraid to make it mine.
Yesterday’s treasure materialized in the form of a cardboard milk crate which was filled with old crafting supplies. Most of it was pretty mundane, but I immediately spotted several rolls of vintage ribbon. I started pulling it out of the box, and quickly realized how special it was – made in England in great colors (blue!) with woven edges. I grabbed the box and headed to the counter where the worker apologized for the haphazard way the merchandise was presented. He admitted they had not wanted to price it all individually, so they just threw it all in a box and put a one-price-takes-all on it.
That suited me, as things like this so often never make it to the sales floor, but become bin-fodder for the big clearance center.
Now I’m the proud owner of thirteen rolls of lovely striped rayon ribbon, most of which were never used. The next question is “What do I do with it?” I could corner the market on preppy ribbon watch bands, if only the ribbons were pink and lime green.
So I’m looking for ideas. Please don’t be afraid to post your own thoughts, or a link to a pretty picture on Pinterest showing the perfect ribbon craft.
If you are an envious ribbon lover, and you’d like a bit of this for your own, drop me an email. I’ll be happy to sell some of it for a nominal cost.