Another day in NYC

Friday, April 1, 2011

So many places to visit...and so little time to do it in. Edie and I ran from place to place. We used the subway and walked miles and miles. I know we might have gone faster in a cab, but I felt more like a New Yorker navigating the jungle of subways.

Luckily, the hotel gave us a city map with subway stops. Do not count on NYC giving out a single subway map. Every station is out of them. Must be a best seller!

After visiting the American Folk Art Museum, I saw one of the reasons why. The gift shop had wallets for sale made from the subway maps. (In all fairness....maybe the company making the wallets print their own maps. No research on the map problem was done by me! I just pointed the wallets out to Edie and made a snide comment about where all the subway maps were going. I'm digressing here....time to move on to more fun in NYC.)

Are you looking for vintage trim or ribbons? Then Tinsel Trading Company is the store for you!

After purchasing French General's book Treasured Notions, all I could think about was seeing the shop for myself. Believe me, this place is the mother lode of trim, notions, ribbon, buttons, name it. I'm sure what ever you want is somewhere in this shop.

I had to purchase a couple of items.

I've been searching for vintage sequins. I saw them sewn onto the background of an antique sampler and wanted to experiment with the idea. know me. I love the idea of the vintage trims for props in photography.

The picture at the beginning of this post is from the quilt show Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts. The redwork birds are so sweet!

More shops to come!

Until later,



  1. Alma,

    I stood in the very same spot yesterday and looked longingly at the vintage silver and gold ribbons. So beautiful. Your pictures of the show are wonderful.


  2. Thank you so much for sharing your travels for those of us who could not go. Hugs

  3. I saw the vintage quilt at the Folk Art Museum that had beads and such and marveled at how bedazzling it was! I will have to check out the Tinsel Shop next time in the city. Looks like you had a busy but exciting visit.

  4. Love the pictures of the red and white quilts. I was in NY 3 years ago and went to the Tinsel Trading Comany. Wow. What an experience.


  5. Tinsel Trading Company certainly looks very interesting! Your story about the subway maps is very amusing.

    My favorite stitching blog is also a great source of interesting kitchen adventures as well as travel experiences. Thanks foy sharing your life adventures so well, and beautifully illustrated.


  6. I'd love to visit that shop! Looks like a proper Aladdin's cave... those buttons are lovely. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  7. What lovely pictures - thank you for sharing them x

  8. How cool is that! So how did you find out about all these neat stores? What a treasure trove that place is!

  9. Those redwork birds are so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Yuuuuuummmmmm!!! Lucky, lucky you. I think the Macca's breakfast bagel is about as close to NYC as I will probably get. Thanks so much for sharing your pics :)
    Liz (AUS)

  11. Wow what a splendid place, looks like heaven and would not leave too without some merchandise:))

  12. Thanks for sharing - looks like a fun shop to play in!

  13. Thank you for the great posts about NYC. I've lived in NY for many years, and I know these shops well. I always wonder how guests to our city can figure out our confusing subway system without maps! It's fun to see the city through somebody else's eyes.

  14. Thank you so much for sharing your photo's.I love all the vintage ribbons. Cheri

  15. Alma,

    What a dream store!! Maybe I can convince Meg to take a NYC trip.

    Glad you're having a wonderful time!

    Sharon C

  16. I think this is a wrap, looks cozy and warm :)

  17. Is a pattern available for the red work birds?


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