I love buttons, I think I've mentioned that before. On my blog, I try to show only pictures of clean, pretty interesting buttons, but today, I'm going to share the arduous process of finding those buttons. It's kind of like panning for gold or mining for coal, except you really don't need any special equipment.
At the same auction that I bought the "Narrow Butts" , I bought these two olive jars filled with buttons. Normally, jars with small dark buttons don't interest me too much, but in the jar on the left, do you see the small kind of gold colored button? I like those buttons- the holes are larger and I'm not sure what they are made of, but it's not plastic.
So, spying that one button was enough to get me to pay $7 for the two jars. Did I get my moneys worth?
Step one: Pour the buttons into a box lid, plate or bowl- something that you don't mind getting dirty or scratched.
Start looking it over- oh my gosh- this button jar has been booby trapped with shards of glass! Maybe I should be using special equipment! In the upper left hand corner, there's the button that got me to buy the jars. So far, I'm not too excited.
I pull out all the white buttons, and all the colored or interesting buttons. That leaves me with this...flotsam and jetsam- which is just another way of saying crap.
The debris in button jars can be kind of icky- little threads, broken buttons, broken beads, pins, hooks & eyes, needles, GLASS- and then sometimes there's stuff you just can't identify- it all goes right in the trash.
So, when you finish with your first batch- you start over and do it again.
And in the end, what did I end up with?
Only TWO of those buttons with the big holes that I really like- a cool rectangular Bakelite button- and a button that says UTOPIA- hmmm?
A few nice colored buttons- the little orange one is glass and needs to be cleaned.
Some pretty flower buttons.
And all these white buttons.
So did I get my moneys worth? No, I don't think so- I think I let BUTTON GREED get the better of me.