Do you remember when ribbon came on beautiful wooden spools?!
Ya, neither do I, but I found these great wooden spools at 'American Ribbon' in Stroudsburg, and decided to use them to store my ribbon, and simultaneously decorate our spare bedroom. I also geeked it up by arranging them in the order of the spectrum.
It is a good thing I have a Master's degree in Art...it comes in very useful these days.