Someday I want to have one of these to use for button storage:
Until the time that I (a) find one and (b) can afford it, I will have to make do with this:
It's a jewelry cabinet I bought at an antique store last month; it's vintage, certainly not antique. I can't wait to change out the hardware, which I think is horribly ugly!
I have just finished filling it with some of my favorite buttons -- the ones I'd like to keep, vs. the supply I keep in jars to use in my crafts. Here's part of it:
In the top section, I keep the faux jewel and paste plastic buttons in an old watch box;
in the compartment on the right, my most bling-y buttons, and then some that aren't so blingy but are still my favorites.
This divided box holds my glass buttons;
besides these, I have a couple of large "trays" full of different colored and black glass buttons that I mounted for display.
I have a lot more glass buttons than I thought I did -- sorting through these was an eye-opening experience!
Just a few fun Bakelite and other vintage plastic buttons in this drawer (above).
Large wafers, and other, mostly-celluloid buttons
On the bottom left, some fancy buttons; on the right, woven and very old fabric buttons, including black velvet and some that might even be made from woven hair
This drawer has a variety of plastic and celluloid buttons, including some of my favorite "tight tops" on the bottom, and some composition buttons in those top sections.
Some of the buttons on the bottom right are called "extruded" for their pasta-like shapes;
there are also buttons made from mah jong game pieces, and some that are just really interesting plastic shapes.
And then there is this unsorted drawer full of metal buttons.
I need to whittle this portion of the collection down...but, how?
In an earlier post, I showed you some of my mother of pearl buttons that I keep in a separate, vintage jewelry box:
Next time, I'll photograph some of my button "trays" and vintage, carded buttons!
So, stay tuned for part 2!
Floozies, I'd love to see YOUR collection;
please do share!