Monday, July 27, 2009

Third of Three - NYC Shops

My advice for seeing shop Number 3 is simple. First make a plan to visit Tinsel Trading. See the post below. Of course, if you have a spouse who is patient but not necessarily interested in trimmings but might be interested in a cup of coffee while he/she waits, my husband has already figured out a plan. Tell him/her on 38th Street, the next block up, there is a neat little coffee shop called Culture, as in Coffee Culture. It is a good place to wait, watch people go by and enjoy a little peace and quiet. Then when you are finished visiting Tinsel Trading, you walk out the door and take a right. Then at the intersection, you take another right. Your goal is to eventually rejoin your spouse at the coffee shop. But first you must pass a special shop that I enjoyed immensely. I didn’t figure this out all by my lonesome self. My husband discovered it on his way to Culture and actually told me about it. Is he something or what?!

If you like ribbons, trims, buttons and so forth and you haven’t spent all your money in Tinsel Trading, you should stop in here:

My teeth just about fell out of my mouth. Thankfully, there were a lot of people in the shop and all engaged in shopping, buying or measuring so they didn’t see me looking like an idiot that just dropped from the sky.

This place is massive in terms of selection. I know they don’t have everything in the way of ribbon, braid or whatever, but really, if you are looking for something special, you should be able to come really, really close to something you’ll be happy with. So close in fact that you’ll wonder if what you’ve found wasn’t what you were looking for all along and didn’t know it.

This stuff is all new, not vintage so the selection is quite different from Tinsel Trading. Talk about walls of ribbon - these walls are so high they have to have a step stool to reach the top shelves. Then there's braid and tassels and leather and cord. They have an amazing selection of trims - hence the name. They have these appliques.

They have flowers in many colors and styles . . .

and they have buttons. This was just one side of the button section.

If you plan to go, my advice is to get started early, eat before you leave, allow time for a mocha here and there, wear good shoes to shop in and pace yourself. There are several similar stores in the area and I didn’t even get to them all. I still have money left and that means there is something seriously askew. By the way, if you go, there was a ribbon I was looking at but didn’t buy. It’s on the third shelf on the right, about half way down, a bit of blue and a bit of lavender in the design. I could use about a yard and a half. I’ll pay you back. I promise.


  1. Love the shops Ginger, I'd be happy to get that bit of ribbon for you.

  2. Oh my goodness! I'm speachless. The only word that keeps coming to mind is "WOW." WOW!
    Thanks for sharing this treasure trove,

  3. okay Ginger,
    excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin! I have been to New York in the garment distict and didn't get to this shop,I am so sad, ahh well anyone else up for a road trip after reading these posts?!
    Thanks ginger:)

  4. Hi Ginger! I myself just went to "Tinsel Trading" but I didn't have the time to stop at MJ Trimmings (next time, I live in NJ so I'm not far at all)- I've been there a couple of times before its just devine...actually I worked at one time a couple of blocks down at 40th & Broadway in the garment - there are truly great stores for all the emblishments, notions, & fabrics...but I loveeeee Tinsel Trading the best...thanks for sharing...have a honey of a day! grace peace & joy 2 U Marlene

  5. If I you thought I was green with envy yesterday, I have now turned emerald!!!

    What a store and what havock I could wreak in there...oh I do love those buttons Ginger...seeing buttons in boxes really does it for me SIGH!!!

  6. oh tath store is heaven!!i want one like this in my town.


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