The Swedish Tinsel Mystery of 2006 is solved! No thanks to the readers of this blog, however!
But I happen to mirror a lot of original ShazzerSpeak content to a livejournal account (which is normally a pain-in-the-@$$ but this time it definitely paid off) and local folks from my "Friends List" were more than up to the task of advising me where I could lay my hands on some tinsel. It’s called "glitter" in Swedish, though that term is also used for garland…which in my mind is a completely different thing.
Turns out it can be purchased just about everywhere as long as you know what you’re looking for…and the packaging really threw me off. Instead of coming in a small flat box, the mylar strands of tinsel are just stapled to a cardboard card and hang free. This works fine when it’s being displayed on a peg rack in the store, but the minute you put it in a bag with a few other items…you’re dealing with a very shiney, sparkly rats nest.
The stuff I bought is also a bit thicker than what I’m used to…if I were to compare it to pasta, it’s like linguini verses vermicelli. But it’s doing the job so I’m a happy camper!