Button, Button, Who’s Got the BUTTON?!

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Before you read any further, you must make a promise: Nobody tell my mom!


Buttons in jars. It’s almost like candy!

Okay? All right. Here goes:

When my mother was here, she neatly organized my buttons. She would spend the day organizing my things here in my sewing room, and at night she would sit at the mayor’s house (aka Julie’s) and sort through my buttons that she took home with her, neatly arranging them into little ziplock baggies purchased just for that very purpose.

“Now, the ones there. Those are just for decoration, right?” she asked me when observing the buttons in my cabinet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANope! I use ’em! I also use the ones now neatly sorted in the little shoebox bin. And I have others stashed here and there, too. I am rich in buttons! HOWEVER. As anyone who sews or is a fabric hoarder (as am I) knows: You Can Never Have Enough Buttons and/or Fabric. Not only that, as much fabric or buttons as you have, sometimes you can search through your stash in all its nooks and crannies, and still not have quite the right thing you’re looking for.



So imagine my thrilleration when at an estate sale in a barn I stumbled upon a mid-size bin of sewing supplies, with mostly buttons! I snatched it up for a modest sum and happily carted it home.

A few hours later I was at the moving sale of a friend. We shall call her “Joni”, for that is her name, and guess what? She presented me with a box consisting entirely of buttons! Just because she knew I would enjoy them and get some use out of them!

I have such good friends.


Little Sunny ever-so-gently blackmailed me into putting her in these button photos. “It would be thuch a thame if your mom found out!” Of course, she said it with a smile, so I didn’t mind.

The following morning before heading off to work (I have a few odd jobs here and there), I allowed myself fifteen minutes to sort through the buttons from my friend. What treasures I found!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese metal flower buttons are my absolute favorites so far. They’re like works of art in themselves! Some lucky O.L.D. will get them on her frock or coat or hat. Sometime soon, I’m certain of it! As soon as the right little girl comes along:



Here are some other great finds:


I see choices for a nurse, a flapper, a nature lover…the possibilities are endless!

I will search through these little vintage treasures sort them and organize them and put them where I know exactly where they are.

My chances of finding just the right button have greatly increased. I can always use more! And it’ll be our little secret.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASunny Joy who is really quite sweet finally has her full complement of photos and her description. In it, I mention her flaws:

“She has a lisp, but she will probably outgrow it. Also, she’s short. Even Dot can look down on her, which she very much enjoyed!”

You can see her adoption page HERE.

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5 Commentsto Button, Button, Who’s Got the BUTTON?!

  1. Jane Agle says:

    I must admit. Those look like real treasures!

  2. Cindy says:

    Those are some beautiful buttons!

    • Ruth says:

      Cindy! Yes, they are. I can hardly wait to search some more! It’s all I can do to stop myself from plunking down into a chair and doing that very thing…

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