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I don't remember where they've all come from. I've snipped them out of new clothes - extras that will never be used. I use them, from time to time, and there are some wonderful old ones in there too. Those are the ones that smell slightly mildewy. When did clothing companies become so obsessed with providing extra buttons? It is a coincidence that they provided extra buttons and, at the same time, buttons seemed to be carelessly sewn on new garments? I clearly remember, sometime during my teen years, buying a new coat, with my mother, and days later discovering that not a single button was sewn on properly.


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Wendy said…
Nothing makes me smile more than a large jar of buttons. The possibilities in there...
Jen on the Edge said…
I have a vintage 1960s cashmere coat and recently replaced all of the original buttons. Five out of the six still had their original thread attachments. One never sees that nowadays.
Paola said…
Red and blue buttons.
GASP!
Hilary said…
Love this.. it reminds me of when I was a little girl. My grandmother lived with us, and she had bags and jars of buttons - I dont think she ever threw one out. I used to make art projects with them. Now, I toss all my extra buttons... then curse myself when I lose one....
I have big plans for my button jar--it involves twine and a Christmas tree.
But yes, I often have to resew buttons. It makes me feel domestic when I do.
Laura Jane said…
I have two fabulous necklaces made of vintage buttons (I made them)and I still have an irresistible collection of More Buttons than I may ever use - but I wouldn't part with them.

I'll save them for my grandchildren to play with.
kmkat said…
Your jar is fabulous! I keep my button collection -- I inherited a big part of it from my MIL -- in a clear plastic box. Not as photogenic, but easier to paw through.

My mother used to annoy me by never letting me wear a new coat immediately. She insisted on sewing on all the buttons more securely before I was allowed to wear it out of the house. Now, of course, I understand her concern.
BCIslandMom said…
My husbands grandmother would explain their family tree using buttons. Deaths, divorces and scandal aplenty. I still never quite got it but loved seeing her button collection.
I live on the edge now, cutting off spare buttons AND throwing them out. I laugh in the face of a lost button.

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