If it wasn't enough for me to collect old linens, I also glean old thread and sewing notions from thrift stores. Here is a lovely vintage card of rick rack, which manages to pack a lot of value into one 15 cent package.
On the back of the label it describes "Well Made Rick Rack":
Should have sharp, clean points -- not waves; the color should be clear -- not mottled. This is a fine all-purpose braid for trimming garments, curtains, tablecloths, etc. To apply -- stitch the Rick Rack through the center. Stitch wide Rick Rack at both edges.
The label goes on to ask "Does Your Child Sew?":
Send three labels and 10 cents to cover postage and handling for a generous package of clippings of Wright's products suitable for trimming doll's clothes.
Isn't that sweet?
Furthermore the Rick Rack is guaranteed to be perfect in workmanship. If it any flaw were found, the company would reimburse not just the cost of the braid, but also the reasonable cost of labor and materials for the article on which it was applied.
Take THAT, modern day customer service!!
Wm. E. Wright and Sons is still doing business today, still located in West Warren, Massachusetts. They have a fascinating list of products:
Satin, grosgrain & velvet ribbons. polyester thread, tapes, braids Stainless steel braid, Graphite thread, Nylon thread, Resin impregnated thread, Rubber or latex thread, Spandex thread, Asbestos thread, Cotton thread, Silk thread, Polyester thread, Polyamide thread, Bismalemide thread, Fiberglass thread, Decorative ribbons, Paper ribbons, Silk ribbons, Synthetic ribbons, Rigging tape
And they have a website. Amazing.