Thursday, September 1, 2011

Who's Got the Button?

Long ago and far away my grandmother would give me her button jar to play with - obviously I was an easily amused child.  I enjoyed everything about them, sorting and counting kept me busy, and the button jar allowed me the luxury of staying in the kitchen with 'the women.'  

Today one of my favorite collections is my button collection. It reminds me of my grandmother and now I can appreciate the art and durability of these amazing little workhorses. 

Many of these are glass and, except for the "JOY" button, I found them in Germany. 

When I first started collecting buttons they were just the extras from my clothes. I would pop them into a small jar that I kept on a shelf in my bedroom.  Then I started to really notice buttons - pearl, shell, plastic, wooden, metal, and glass.  For a while I was buying sewing kits at garage sales, keeping the buttons, and giving away the rest of the sewing items.

About a decade ago, I realized my collection was getting out of hand so I told myself I would use buttons on my sewing projects.  Of course, many of my pieces are baby quilts and table runners, not really suited for buttons.  My button collection continued to swell.  Eventually, I stopped buying buttons and, by and by, started to give some away.  Then (surprise) friends started to give me more buttons. Several months ago Patti showed up at my door with this box.

Gift Box

When I peeked inside I was thrilled.  Then I put the box on my 'button' shelf in my sewing room. 
Button Shelf

As you can see from the picture above it's not very glamorous.  Even worse, you can't see most of the buttons.  The Texas Star Jar was a Christmas present.  The other tall jar was a $1 garage sale find.  After that, I sort of got lost, I couldn't figure out how to store and display my collection, I used whatever I had on hand - old tins, candy and shoe boxes - even ugly plastic (ugh!). 

I think it's time to make a change.  I'm thinking that maybe if I really like my buttons I should give them a better place than on a shelf inside old boxes.

Here's a peek inside Patti's box, a few little boxes, a lot of buttons.

Notice I have poured them out on an old sheet because I don't want to scratch the table top... never know what you'll find in a box of old buttons.

One woman's trash, another woman's treasure.

I'm on the look out for a way to display my treasures. 
Any suggestions?

It's Thursday, so I'm taking my buttons over to Vintage Thingie Thursday with Colorado Lady.  Just use her button to join us. 


LV said...

W@hat a great button collction you have. One thing about buttons, they do not take up a lot a space.

bj said...

This is an amazing button collection. I don't know how to display them other than in pretty, clear jars.
xo bj

Jeanne said...

I love your button collection and the reason you started collecting them. Some people put them on cards with a special design and frame them.

Happy button collecting it is a fun hobby.
Hugs, Jeanne

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

That is a great collection you have there! I loved playing with buttons from my Mother's button collection as a child.

Mom Walds Place said...

It's so nice to meet you at VTT. Thanks for stopping over at my place. A whole table of buttons! It's like a bit of heaven. You know, you could have different ways to display them, and change them from time to time. It sounds like great therapy to me. Vintage sherbert dishes with different colors for the seasons, contrasting colored vintage glassware, tea cups. Oooh, strung as garland for your Christmas tree, Easter Tree, with your curtains.

Do you have any "Calico China Buttons"? They're my favorite.

Rebecca said...

My Grams used to have tins of buttons but mixed in were all these other treasures-like little things that had broken off stuff -it was super fun looking thru it!

YONKS said...

That's a large amount of buttons - cool!

Thanks for stopping by today, you kind words meant so much and made me finally have that blubb I needed :-)

It's all GOOD!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

My sister and I loved playing with our mom and our grandmo's...yes I said Grand-MO's buttons too...we played for hours!

Cindy said...

I've sorted my button collection by color and have them displayed in glass jars in our office/guest room!

patti.k said...

They make large, clear ginger-jar type lamps that you can fill with whatever. I think that would be a wonderful way to display buttons. Kind of like this.

patti.k said...

I was also thinking that a pillow covered with vintage buttons would be really cool. Perhaps in a guest bedroom or tucked in a rocking chair.

Madison said...

Wowser! That's a lot of buttons!

Madison xxx