I've wound up with small ribbon collection and up until now, it has lived in a box. Whenever I need to wrap something, I find myself digging around and promising myself that I'll organize at least my favorite ribbons at some point. Getting a counter-height craft table gave me the opportunity.
I originally envisioned finding smaller versions of the hardware used to hold a closet clothing rod in place, but a staff member at Lowes told me such pieces don't exist. My solution was to use a hook-and-eye set up.
This next part was a little scary...I made a small pilot hole and then put the hooks in place. After that, I cut the dowel to the right length, taking the "eye" hardware into consideration.
I think I might install a second dowel since this one is only long enough for some of my ribbon. I still have a bunch sitting in a box.