I visited shops in the town of Soquel - Center Street, Traders Emporium, the best little shop next to Traders I forget the name of (duh, I've been in there a lot and met one of the dealers named Marsha who I took to immediately. She is a wealth of information and talented too!). I next visited Soquel Village Antiques and saw a woman behind the counter going through a box of vintage ribbons. She was measuring the yardage and pricing them. It was a big box of millinery supplies from the 1940's. She had just begun rifling through the items and only had a few priced and displayed. I immediately purchased some ribbon rolls and then she brought out small boxes of shiny, beautiful embroidery floss. I was anxious to see more but she needed to go through it all in a timely manner so I said I would return in a few days. Here's what I purchased that day. These will be perfect to use in my upcycled clothing and accessories.
When I returned a few days later there were a few more items displayed and I was able to meet with her again and look at a few more items. I had to have a sweet ribbon of vintage flowers and some lovely metallic laced trims.
I may have overindulged but it's not often I find vintage items of this quality for reasonable prices.