Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mystery Needle Case with buttons

This is a mystery hussif of sorts.  It has pins, needles, buttons and thread and is probably at least 100 years old.  I would love to know more of its history.  The buttons are so unusual that I'm hoping a button collector has seen them somewhere and knows their history.

At the top of the interior flap is "Kirby Beard & Co" which when I Googled it found that it was a general manufacturing company in England during the 1800s which did indeed make all kinds of sewing supplies...everything from pins and needles to sewing machines.  They also made many other things as well.

The pocket at the bottom has two spools of black and one white...  The buttons have 4 holes and are also black or white.  The wording on the buttons says "BEST RING EDGE."  Because the whole thing is so sturdy I suspect it may have been for a man....maybe military or explorer...just a guess.

It all rolls up into a tidy package secured by a leather strap.  The leather is in remarkably good shape considering how old it must be.

Has anyone seen anything like it?  I was hoping the unusual buttons might be a clue..

Monday, April 14, 2014


I find buttons in my travels to the antique malls, yard sales, and local thrift stores. I am a new contributor to the Button Floozies' Blog. 
My name is Sue, and I will share my BUTTON BLISS with all of the followers and visitors to this blog. Please take a look at these recent button finds....

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Estate Sale Buttons & Gone with the Wind Buttons

These photos are just a few of the buttons I recently purchased in estate sale buttons tins

 If you are interested in seeing more of my estate sale button finds and to read my article on
Gone with the Wind buttons, please click here to visit my Vintage Connections blog post.

Happy button hunting to you, Tami Hacker

Monday, March 17, 2014

Vintage Button Gift

A friend of my Mother's from High School, recently gave her a bag of buttons to give me.

Aren't these great!? I can't wait to start adding them to some of my projects : )

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Buttons on display

Don't you love finding buttons tucked away in antique markets?
Look how someone mounted colored buttons on Bingo cards -- just simple plastic buttons, but it makes a special display.
I really love this general-store type drawer unit (front, above)
And here's the back.
Lots of goodies tucked inside...
and on top!  I adore the look of clear glass jars full of white buttons!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Beautiful Buttons!

Last weekend I met an elderly gentleman at the flea market who has been collecting buttons for many years.  I feel in love with a tray of rhinestone buttons and was able  to negotiate a price that I felt was reasonable for both of us.  He thought that most of the ones I purchased were from the 40's.

If any one has suggestions for a good resource to learn more about my new collection or a way to display them, please comment.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Button Art Museum

Today I opened my email to find a Pinterest message that someone had re-pinned a picture from my Beautiful Buttons board. I checked out her board, which had a picture posted from a place called The Button Art Museum in Vancouver Canada. I couldn't quite figure out how the website worked, but finally realized that clicking on the little thumbprints under the first large picture brought up different art.

Then I noticed that the owners had their own Pinterest site, 

It's button heaven, so check it out. (But only if you have lots of time!)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Buckles & Buttons - Estate Sale Treasures

I recently found some wonderful buckles, buttons, vintage textiles and other small treasures.

To see and read more about them, please come visit me at 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentines on my mind

Mother of pearl buttons add such softness, don't they?
This is one of the tiny hearts I made to cheer myself while it snows, and blows, outside!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Vintage Button Booklet

One social media site I belong to is called The Vintage Village. It is a Ning community site, for those of you familiar with that. Many of the members have vintage or antique shops (hence the name), but others do not and are collectors or just interested in the subject. Members have their own "page" and can post photos and links to stuff they sell, whether on Etsy, Ruby Lane, Zibbet, or other websites.

Today this caught my eye, posted by an Etsy shop by the name of Quinsippi Mercantile, who specializes in paper ephemera.

It is a 1969 revised edition of the booklet published by the National Button Society.
Here is the link if you would like to see more photos and details about this treasure.

Monday, January 20, 2014

When the buttons go on it is almost done....

When I do crazy quilting there is a specific order...piecing, laces, trims, embroidery, beads and the final step are the buttons.. So when you see me adding the buttons you know it's almost done.  I've been collecting the buttons for my women's suffrage quilt for 3 years.  They are mostly vintage metal and black glass.

I have been doing buttons all week...hundreds of them.
To see the final stages go to

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Vintage Blue Buttons

Just wanted to share a cute little button I've stitched to the front of a camera bag.I'm not sure what era this one is from but I think it goes so nicely with the retro looking fabrics :)It's a sky blue plastic that looks somewhat like a knot.

more about the bag on my blog ;)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Thrift store button grab bags: hidden treasures

I love to buy those little grab bags of buttons at thrift stores.
You just never know what you'll get; these three ranged in price from 99 cents to $1.99 each.
They yielded lots of plain, pedestrian buttons.
And some non-button stuff, like these glass beads (or charms.)
And these stick pins, and stick pin bases.  Won't those bases look cute with buttons attached for simple pins?
Then these modern buttons, which remind me of cat eyes.
Some metal, and shell set in metal.
And then this assortment; I love the large, shiny grey shell buttons.
And wouldn't those penny buttons look cute on a President's Day themed tag?
I think that's where they're headed.
These two were my favorites!
All in all, it wasn't a bad haul for the money
And the few dollars I paid for the three bags was well worth the thrill of the hunt, to me.

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