I packed it to take home (to finish something) the other day. When I unpacked my bag at home I noticed just how old it is... it's not just vintage haberdashery but a piece of MY sewing history! It's been in my stash since I was a child!
It was purchased from Fairleys department store in Shepparton (which was where we went for "big town" shopping trips when I was a kid). The price label reads 20cents for five metres of ric rac. I'm guessing that was a good while ago... at least pre-1980, which puts me in Primary School.
Just seeing that label brings back memories of the big treat that Fairleys cafe was for those shopping day lunches. I can smell the cappucinos (the height of regional Victorian sophistication in 1975) and the taste of wax-covered paper straws and chocolate milkshakes... I think of ham sandwiches and lamingtons. I think of special time spent with my mother when she was young and well. Precious times.
I won't be using the rest of the ric-rac. It'll go back in the stash so I'll find it again in a few years and enjoy the flood of memories all over again.