Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Estate Sale Buttons

I stumbled on to a fun estate sale the other day, and was delighted to see a small box of buttons on display!
But, rather shocked to see the price on them: $10 each!  My advice is, don't ever be afraid to ask for a better deal when you're buying vintage anything; in this case, as a Button Floozie you probably know more about buttons and their worth than the average person does.  In my opinion, this lot of mostly plastic buttons (one is glass) were not only not real valuable, but some weren't even in the best of shape.  So, I politely asked the cashier to lower the price.  I told her that rather than $10 each, a fair estate sale price (on the 3rd and last day of a sale) was $5 total.  She agreed.  (I tried to leave behind the box -- but she insisted I take it, too.)
Aren't they fun?  I love the big black one, and the brown one with the scroll-y design on top best of all.  I love older buttons, and these made me real happy.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A One-of-a Kind Button

I really had to share this one 
with all you BUTTON FLOOZIES!
It is metal and clear lucite. In the photo it looks pearly, but it is actually clear. 
The face in the middle is very detailed. I don't have any information on this unique button. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Some Favorites

I have lots favorite buttons however my rhinestone vintage buttons always win top show at my house.

I am trying to select some buttons to pass on to others through my etsy shop and can't seem to get them together. I'm overwhelmed because I have so many I think is reason .
I always enjoy finding these buttons.

I refused to go to the last Button show because I knew I would get carried away .

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Four From The Button Tin

Here are four vintage buttons from my button collection. These were in with 100's of other buttons, in a large button tin. Check them out....

 A fabric covered button with a printed giraffe
 1 molded plastic red button, 
1 fabric covered red giraffe button, 
1 metal sculpted button, 1 glass etched floral button
A metal sculpted button

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Little bag of buttons

I had to rescue this little bag of buttons from the thrift store; I could kind of see there was nothing really special in it...
 but I still couldn't resist!
I'm glad I did; the black and white one on the upper right looks like a buffed celluloid -- but it's just plastic.  Still pretty though! 
Let's see your rescues!

Friday, May 5, 2017


I found these 2 buttons in a large jar of mixed vintage buttons. I found the jar in a thrift store. These buttons are made of a brown/black molded plastic. They are to look like wood.They are approximately 1.5 inches round. They look like they belong on a vintage jacket or coat. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roosters everwhere!!

I uploaded these pics a while ago and never did the post.  Found these buttons at an antique show New Years day in Glastonbury CT.   I am making a quilt using a damaged quilt top that I am recycling and was looking for buttons for it and found these.

I Love the blue baby face button, right above it the tennis player button, and the Victorian pressed glass buttons. 
Another dealer had a small box of rooster buttons in a variety of colors and sizes.  He wanted $25 for the lot.  I just wanted a couple and he said I could take a "couple for free"!  I had a real hard time deciding and finally said would you take $20 for the box ... he said yes!   Can't imagine where these buttons came from.  Some kind of a promotion maybe?
For some reason they tickled my fancy!  Had to have them.  They are being incorporated into my quilt which I have named aptly "Cock-a-doodle-doo".
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

One Fine Button

This was a vintage button that I found at a church yard sale. It was in a large jar of all kinds of buttons. It is worn, a little discolored, and imperfect...that is why I like it. This button has glass faceted accents, and they are set in a heavy plaster-like molded button. Check It Out...

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Here are 3 buttons from a jar with hundreds of vintage buttons. 
Check these out:

They have the look of little nests of fresh pasta. They are made of resin and plastic. They really stood out in the jar of buttons that I found at a church yard sale. I am not sure of the age, type, or origin. Do you have any information on this type of button?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Vintage Button Jewelry

I was at an indoor garage sale recently, and met a local woman who was selling necklaces she'd created from vintage buttons!  I asked her if I could photograph them for my button blog; here is that picture for your enjoyment:

Saturday, March 25, 2017

My favorite buttons - #7

I have a wide variety of black glass buttons -- and the unique shape of this one makes it a favorite! It's shaped like a boat, and then incised and accented with gold paint.
On the reverse, the cut-out button hole.

These buttons are sometimes mistakenly referred to as "jet" -- the actual jet ones are rarer, but from about the same era as the many small black glass varieties.

I hope you've enjoyed celebrating National Button Week as much as I've enjoyed showing off some of my favorite, beautiful buttons!

Friday, March 24, 2017

My favorite buttons # 6

This beautiful painted button just looks like it's made from metal; it's actually celluloid!
I adore the color combination!
Look at the detail on the bottom!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My favorite buttons - #5

This button is carved from wood.
The shape is so unusual!
The wood inside is just lovely, isn't it?
Happy National Button Week!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My favorite buttons - #4

This button just says, Japan to me.  I don't know where it's from, but it is a plastic button from the 1950s era I believe.
From this angle, you can see the unique shape of the pink ridges.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My favorite buttons - #3

I love the COLOR of this button like crazy.  Its chunkiness, and the rose motif, are extra added bonuses!
From the wavy back, you get an idea of how unique it is!
Show me your favorites for National Button Week!

Monday, March 20, 2017

My favorite buttons - #2

To celebrate National Button Week, I'm posting some of my favorite buttons and invite you to do the same!
Take a look at this beauty -- it's encrusted with bling and china beads.
Doesn't it look good enough to eat?!
As you can see from the reverse, its base is metal.  I would have loved to have seen the garment this button was created for!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

My favorite buttons for National Button Week - #1

As promised, I am going to celebrate National Button Week by sharing some of my favorite buttons with you.  This one is definitely in my top ten: it's a hand made artisan button.  The artist used an original fashion illustration and mounted it into a button, using composite to enhance the button's background.
Button collectors always want to see the back of the button -- so here is this one, with the artist's signature, date of the illustration used, and the date it was made -- 1967.

Show me your favorite buttons, too, this week!  Even if we've seen it before on the blog, it was probably long ago...I know I'd like another look!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Buttons in a Mustard Jar

I recently found this jar of buttons at a church yard sale. The little jar was filled to the top with a variety of buttons. I dumped them out on a plate to see what was inside. There were many different buttons.
You gotta love these yard sale finds! 

Thanks for Looking!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Metal Shell Buttons

I have had these buttons and few years now don't even remember where I purchased them, probably from a quilt show vendor

 I always like any button with a rhinestone on it, these are about 1 3/4 inches across and a heavy button

Sunday, March 12, 2017

National Button Week is coming

Next week, March 19-25, has been deemed National Button Week.  I'll be posting some of my favorite buttons from my collection each day, and invite you to do the same!
Our town just had its annual St. Patrick's Day parade yesterday, so, in honor of that, some of my fun plastic buttons that put me in the "wearing of the green" mood!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I haven't posted anything on here for quite a while, but have been spurred on by Laurie's message encouraging new posts, so when I saw this, I just had to present it. 

There is a business in my Ohio city that does estate auctions, one piece or an entire household or business. When they started they were only local, but they have greatly expanded to many cities in the US and will ship anywhere. I frequently browse here, but have never seen anything like this.

My intention is certainly not to market this company, but I was doing some browsing this morning and came across something I could not resist sharing with all you collectors.

Someone in Texas must've been a big-time collector and is offering their collection on this site. It is just amazing and so tempting, though I must mention that the shipping charges can be high, depending upon where you live. If you live close, you can pick it up, thereby increasing your ability to bid higher.

There are loose buttons, buttons in jars, on cards, in drawers, as well as books on, yes, buttons. Framed buttons may also be seen, and novelty ones, ones on display, and some in boxes.

So head on over and check it out, but only if you are strong enough to resist temptation!
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