Thrifted Buttons

Any button lovers out there? I promised in my last post that I would show you some of the buttons I’ve found in Charity shops. I’m not going to say much, the buttons speak for themselves. I will let you know though, that when I spot them on one of my thrifting adventures, they do make my heart beat a little faster.

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Probably my favourite vintage button find so far…

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Neatly stitched on buttons

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Beautiful glass buttons which sadly, I’ve only found four of.

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An assortment of little novelty buttons.

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Button bundles

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Lovely creamy buttons and old thread.

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I like to store my buttons in a large glass jar, which surprisingly, isn’t quite large enough to fit them all….


47 thoughts on “Thrifted Buttons

  1. I love buttons too! My collection wasn’t too big until I found small glass jars for sale at my local op (thrift) shop for a pittance and now my jar is bursting – I’m considering colour coordinating them now πŸ™‚

  2. Aah Jen we’ve talked of buttons before haven’t we πŸ˜‰
    Wonderful collection ! I’m thinking I need some space … would love to parcel some up and send over to a WinterOwls jar for any future projects home, Etsy or your work with young people …
    Let me know πŸ™‚ x

  3. When I was a little tacker…….. a very long time ago, I was allowed to play with my mum’s collection of buttons, which she also kept in a jar, but only when I was sick…….. it almost made it worthwhile being sick. When she dided I could not find this jar, only a small jar with a few buttons in it……. but they are still cool.

  4. I love vintage buttons, too. I have quite a collection that I’ve had to thin out already because I had way too many that were pretty plain and just taking up too much space in my studio. I must try to remember to photograph some of them for you (now I owe you bunny photos and button photos!) There is something so cool about old buttons. Today we often just toss a button that’s fallen off…but in the day people had to be very thrifty so each and every button was saved for possible later use. I’ve been fortunate enough to find some really lovely buttons. I always wonder about what piece of clothing they were attached to, who wore it, who tucked away this button to use later? Peace to your heart

    • I keep any odd buttons that have dropped off and have used a lot of them on my boys clothes, they always seem to lose the buttons from their school shorts! I like what you wrote, about wondering what piece of clothing they were attached to. I especially like self covered buttons for that reason or buttons that have a tiny piece of fabric attached to it.

  5. Hello Winter Owls I too have an addiction to buttons! A fellow blogger recommended your blog because she knows how much I love them :). I colour coordinate mine and I also have them in types, for instance baby, metal etc. I made a button bag for some too. I have it on my post about buttons :D. I love yours and covet the and covet those antique ones, and the ones on the card and oh well probably all of them lol. My niece has also caught the button bug, maybe it is in the genes. I can well remember my Mums tin of buttons. When she passed away I was pleased to inherit these. Some of them I remember having on clothes she made for me or my brothers. Thanks for your post and I like your little wool blanket animals with buttons too.

    • I’ve just popped over to your blog and looked at your collection and button bag. The button bag is very sweet and it looks like it could hold quite a few more! I like the way you’ve arranged them in jars, I too, find it fun to classify them in different types! When you mentioned the buttons your mum used on clothes for you and your brothers, I wondered if you had done anything special with them? My sister made me a message board with bits of ribbon that make diamond patterns, so you can hold photos, cards etc behind it. Where the diamonds meet, she has stitched a special button which holds the ribbon to the backing board which is covered in fabric. Sorry if I haven’t explained it very well, I just thought it could be a special place to display them. πŸ™‚

      • I’ve used some already – but I’m having a hard time with it. I feel so honored that my dad gave them to me. He wants me to use them and enjoy them. But I get really emotional over having them. So many memories and having her still alive, but gone through the dementia, ah just so many issues. Time.

  6. Yow!! That’s an incredible collection, and I know you’ve got a ton more at the warehouse(s)… : )

    Gotta say I loved that pincushion, too– those ghosts have obviously been drinkin’ too much Spook Juice!! : P

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