I've mentioned before in previous posts that my favorite source for finding buttons for my sweaters and sewing projects is my grandmothers button tin. I love sifting through the little treasures. There's a comfort in letting them flow and fall through my fingers. I could spend hours looking at, sorting, and touching them (is that weird?). After years of sifting, the pickings are starting to get pretty slim. Don't get me wrong, there are still many treasures that I will one day find the perfect use for, but finding multiples (especially enough for sweaters) is getting harder and harder.
I've done a great job using what buttons I can from the bin for as many sweaters and projects as possible. The buttons in the center of my flower brooches are a great way to use up those fabulous single bottoms.
Lady Lee's Bath House Emporium. With over 20 vendors, there is something for everyone, the inventory is always changing and the prices are usually competitive. I had to put blinders on my eyes and just focus on buttons for fear of going WAY over my budget. Here are some of the treasures I found.
I was completely surprised at some of the prices on these. I darn near paid the original prices printed on the cards. I've never used these cover button kits because frankly they are just too darn expensive these days, practically a dollar a button. But I got all the ones in the bottom, left picture for $1.50, less than the original asking price. Now that's an awesome deal. I didn't get quite as good prices on these ones below. But I just had to have them. I simply couldn't leave them behind.
So, what's your favorite thing to hunt for when antiquing? Did your grandmother have a button bin? In my head, they all did.
Oh, in case you missed it. I recently wrote a guest post for Jessica at Chronically Vintage. She's out of town right now on a holiday. I mentioned it in a recent post. The article is Knitting Trends of the 1940's. I had such a great time researching and writing this article. I find it fascinating the history of knitting and how this craft is woven (literally) in to history and fashion. If you haven't checked it out yet, please go take a read. I hope you enjoy.