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Step right in to Tinsel in Berkeley! I frequently pass by this shop thinking I must go in someday. Someday was last Saturday, finally!

Tinsel is known for their vintage trim so I was expecting to see lots of ribbons, tassels, and fun things for decorating. I was correct, but oh, there was so much to look at and my brain went into overdrive as I started to think about all the projects I could make with everything in the store.

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What an amazing collection of things on spools – fabric ribbons, metal ribbons…

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They had bottle brush trees (I love these things!) for every occasion.

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This handy passementerie (art of making elaborate trimmings or edgings) guide needs to be an art print.

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A wall of passements… If I was a master seamstress I would be ALL OVER these trims. Everything looked so elaborate, detailed, well-made.

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There were bins of vintage appliques, beads, charms…

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Spools in all the sizes…

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My family’s cigar company ;)…plus golden scissors…

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These flower middles reminded me of my childhood and I would love to own all of these, but my practical brain told me I didn’t need any.

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Boxes and boxes of florals…

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More threads in all the colors…

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These decorative pieces. I can’t even understand how someone makes these. They are amazing.

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No, thank YOU, Tinsel.

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Everything in the shop is fancy and I feel like I’d need to have a very specific and very special project in mind to use any of the items in the shop. I would be scared of messing up and wasting such high-class materials. I did end up purchasing some filigree-like die-cut pieces. I’ll share what I end up making once I get brave enough to use them in a project.

Have you explored the world of Tinsel? Share your fancy finds below!

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