Today I went searching for ribbons. Two new typewriters have arrived last week and my ribbons stock is running low.
Instead of going to my usual seller, I've decided to explore some new options. And so I went downtown and started asking in every stationery stores for ribbons. Most people looked at me like I was an alien and just said that typewriter ribbons are no longer produced (they have ruined my mood). The ones that still have them are the usual red/black nylon ribbons and they were expensive. I was already thinking in giving up and going to my usual seller to buy the Kores red/blue cotton ribbons I always use. But I've decided to take a chance and go to one more store.
The stationery store was old. Really old. So was the man behind the counter... When I've asked him about ribbons he just laugh and said the silk ones are best (and suddenly I'm again in a good mood)! I've ended by having a small talk with the old man and I've found out that single color ribbons are almost impossible to find in Portugal in nowadays. He also told me that a few decades ago he used to have green, purple and orange ribbons. I would just love to have one of these! But now they are officially extinted over here. The only way to find them is ordering from abroad... (ebay here I go!)
He ended by finding this old treasure. A silk ribbon in a adorable case. He told me he bought them ages ago and he hadn't sell any in the last two decades. It's a silk red/black ribbon, and the best part... It's metal and not plastic!
The ribbon is really old and I'm afraid that has already dried out. But I dont have the courage to open and trying it. I believe I'll keep it as souvenir from past times. Perhaps I'll return to that store and I'll buy another one just like this. By 1,99€ it was a good catch (by Portuguese prices).
And by the way, the salesman is also a typewriter enthusiast. He still has a old Mercedes with decimal tabs that he uses for is accounting. I guess I'll definetly return to that store. With any luck the nice old man might have found some more treasures hidden behind his counter. And trust me, he was really happy in selling a typewriter ribbon!
Don't worry... I'm not going to start collecting old ribbons. I'm pretty happy in just collecting typewriters. But I believe it's best for me to order a big stack of them while they relatively easy to find online. And at an affordable price... And I have to start searching for green and sepia ribbons. I really want them :)