Of Buttons and Harlots

I read this post today, and shared this as a comment. I felt that my thoughts were ones I also wanted to share here (because really, are you going to search over 350 comments to find mine??!) so here goes.


The women of my family have always had button bins. My mom had one that I used to love to look through when I was younger. Then I went to college and didn’t do much sewing or crafting, and didn’t have a button bin. But I saved the extra buttons that would come with the clothes I would buy, or when a sweater was gifted and lost a button, I would cut off the rest to save and replace them. When I got into sewing and knitting, I would go to see my grandmother, who has a drawer in a file cabinet full of buttons. I love looking through buttons for many of the same reasons you do. I have started a button collection of my own, but it is still fairly small. I look at collections of buttons on ebay sometimes, dreaming of how they they feel or what treasures I would find in them. I have not purchased any because I would rather the buttons find me that I like over time, instead of pursuing them and be disappointed that the buttons I got were impostors somehow, not truly to be added to my button bin. (I have some reservations about buying in online auctions. It seems to cheapen the experience somehow.) Anyway, my dreams of a button box to match the collection your grandmothers have passed down will be fulfilled some day, I just know it!

0 thoughts on “Of Buttons and Harlots

  1. Stephanie is telling the truth. She spent hours going through those buttons. What I remember is going through and thinking you had the perfect buttons for a project. Usually it ended up though that after going through every last one in the bin you would always be one short and have to go buy one anyway.


  2. My mom had a button bin too! It was awesome!

    ps. There are 6 pages of that nylon stuff; the thicker kind is what I want, and it’s $6 for 195 yards, but still not bad at all. Fewer cool colors, but there are some fun ones.



  3. I remember my grandmother and mother having button bins, and as a kid I would look through them evey now and then and look at my favorites. I now have some of them in an old Sucrets box. I also have her steel crochet hooks in an old Alka-Seltzer bottle. Remember when Alka-Seltzer came in a bottle???


  4. My mom had a button box too 🙂 I loved that thing, spent hours and hours and hours playing in it, taking them all out and arranging them and putting them all back. I hope they’re still at the old house. Thanks for sharing that, it brought back really nice memories!


  5. My Maternal Grandmother had a button tin, she was a seamstress for many years and would often make my clothes and costumes when i was wee little. My Mom took the button tin when her Mom passed away.

    I have a button jar…it’s a small “Ball” jar…it’s only about halfway full. It’ll get there.


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