Every so often I get a call from a nice saleswoman at Hyman Hendler Ribbon in NYC telling me that she has some "stuff" for me. I get a little tingle of excitement and plan a time to drop by. Today I was looking for something to keep me from working on my taxes, so the call came just in time! I made it to the store within the hour to get my goodies. Now don't get all excited. What I'm looking for may be garbage to some but to me is a treasure. New ribbon is wound on plastic or cardboard rolls but back in the day ribbon came on beautifully crafted wooden spools with typographic labels and paper wound between the layers. Whenever a vintage ribbon is exhausted, sold out, gone forever she is so kind to save me the spools and paper left behind. Look at how pretty they are!
Of course I can't help myself around vintage ribbons, especially if they're French, so I always come home at least $30 or $40 poorer but with a yard or two of beautiful trimmings. As Elegant Thrifter tells me, these ribbons can be found for pennies at garage sales in KC, but where's a garage sale on the island of Manhattan? There's no such thing as a garage let alone a garage sale here! I know what he means and when I get out of the city I score some wonderful finds. But sometimes you just have to fork over the big bucks for things you really want.
Photography by Robin Zachary for Prop Closet.