Boy visited Tinsel Trading to find some pretty ribbons to use in a centerpiece on a table that he was decorating for a large benefit being held in New York last week. While at the store he came across a sale bin of vintage grosgrain ribbons wrapped on spools of white paper, and he bought those that appear in the preceding photograph. He didn't have any specific purpose in mind for these ribbons when he bought them, other than to add them to the collection that we already have on hand at Darlington for wrapping gifts and other uses.
Only a week previously I had come across this worn, little plush toy dog when rummaging through a box at Darlington. When I examined it I noticed that it was missing whatever had once been around its neck, either a collar or a ribbon. So I asked Boy to tie one of the ribbons he bought around the little fellow's neck, as he is better at such tasks than I.
I think he looks quite spiffy, don't you?
I encourage you to keep your eyes out for attractive vintage and other ribbons when you are out and about, as they really do come in quite handy. You would be surprised how inexpensive vintage ribbons like those Boy found can be in group shops or at flea markets, and they can be found at tag sales, too. Don't settle for the pedestrian ribbons available today in gift stores or big box retailers.
If you find yourself in New York and have a mind for it, I suggest you consider a visit to Tinsel Trading, as it's really quite something to see.
Tinsel Trading Co.
1 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
All photos by Boy Fenwick