~ALICE BLUE RIBBON~
Last week I spent some
time hours rummaging around on eBay. Even though I don't spend a lot of time on the site anymore I still will occasionally peek in to see if any of the things I've been watching now for EONS and EONS actually gets listed!
~OLD RAYON and COTTON~
Sometimes I hit the jackpot and sometimes I don't. Yesterday I did manage to snag a Vintage Train Case (YIPEEEE!) and I'm always excited when I find the RIGHT KIND at a truly fabulous price!
I'm always hunting for the same-old same-old...
Old lace (be still my heart!).
1940's Cookbooks (for me and my girl)
Old Books and Sheet Music
Antique and Vintage Postcards
~CORSET ACCESSORIES COMPANY, INC.
Several years ago I bid on an auction for 7 or 8 rolls of vintage pink ribbon from the 1940's. My bid was sooo high that I was shaking. I was half hoping I'd win and half hoping I'd lose! When I won the lot for only a few bucks I was speechless (and that nevahhhhh happens!)...
~TWO SIZES of BLUE~
Even with as much as I've used I still have about five rolls of that ribbon left. Each of the new-old-stock rolls had 50 yards. Takes a long time to go through that much ribbon when you basically use it to tie small accent bows.
~ONE FULL ROLL of CREAM/50 Yards~
Anyway...back to eBay.
I somehow stumbled upon an eBay auction for some ribbon last week honestly thinking it was junk (not good junque but JUNK!). Sometimes descriptions are extremely vague and the photos are poor. Lots of times it's hard to tell WHAT someone is offering because quite frankly they don't know! I see it all the time. That little saying about 'one man's junk is another man's treasure' is very, very true when it comes to eBay (or any Tag Sale I suppose!)
~SATIN SIDE and FAILLE SIDE~
(that means grosgrain)
So I watched the auction for several days, eventually bid and ultimately ended up winning the listing for $12.50 (plus $8 or so shipping). Not really knowing WHAT I was going to get I figured I'd take a chance on the ribbons given the fact almost all the colors in the lot I would use...
I mean aside from selling online I must remind you my Miss K is EIGHT and loves to craft and glue and sew and paint and...and...and...
That means I must have good 'kid stuff' on hand for her to play and experiment with!
(Have I told you lately I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE being a Nana???? God's biggest blessing in my life!)...
OK...back to eBay again...
The ribbon came in the mail today and WHOAAAAA DOGGIES was I in for a real shocker!
~TWO ROLLS of ICY PINK~
I opened up the box to find seven almost full rolls (50 yards each) of fabulous ribbon from the 1940's.
~TWO WIDTHS of PINK RIBBON~
I actually wasn't sure of the made-date but it was fairly easy to whittle down when it was manufactured by the telephone number from Gramercy, NY. A little bit of searching on Google and I discovered a few old phone books from about 1944 when the same exchange name was being used. So, even though my guess on the age of the ribbons would have been the 1940's-1950's I'm glad to know for sure the approximate date the ribbons were actually made.
~TWO ROLLS DEEP ECRU RIBBON~
This ribbon is wonderful even though it does have a bit of a peachy cast to it. I'm going to do some experimenting and try my hand at custom dying a bit of it!
Now...want to know what really made me SMILE BIG about getting this ribbon (aside from the price I paid for it!)?
Can you guess?
~MADE IN THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA~
Yep! That's it! Made in the good old U. S. A!
Sweet find, huh?
Our old factories and mills made the best stuff!
I will be uploading my Christmas Category to my A Gathering Place website this evening sometimes (have no idea what time yet) and will be adding more to it every day until everything I have already made is photographed and descriptions are written. Then I'll be back to the grind until Christmas!
(Did I say that?)
Now...on Saturday I will start a brand new GIVEAWAY so I hope you'll come back to see what's new!
(Nope...I'm not sharing my ribbon...Sorreee! Feeling totally selfish lately!) :) :) :)
Love to you...