Saturday, March 9, 2013

Passing Time With Button Love

A old jar of buttons from shirts, blouses, ect. may hold little or no value to a collector... The majority of buttons of collectors have some special qualities.. The clear depression glass buttons I have just carded I wouldn't use for crafting unless it was for someone very special or for a display project for my own use... I have a couple gallon jars of ordinary buttons I use for creating and altered art... Many collecting look for buttons that were manufactured differently up to 200 years ago or so... with different techniques... Clothing buttons were made from hand-cut glass, { of which I love... along with rhinestone and mother of pearl} some of molded clay, and hand decorated porcelain among some of the materials.
      VALUE ? In general, clothing buttons prices can range from a few cents to a few hundred dollars each,, Only rare examples in excellent condition bring high dollar values.. These buttons are very hard to come by these days...
      Many times buying a piece of antique or vintage clothing in poor condition at auction may not be a bad proposition if it contains a number of buttons and the piece can be scrapped and salvaged...

     PS.. the carded buttons in my pictures are just a few hours I have already spent finding and printing and cutting the images to place the cards on... { I also have a shared just a few of the cards I printed... More can be found on my Pinterest under altered art board} I have many more to card and also I have been placing description and approx. value on card back... This will help me and my poor daughter that will have to love to collect or rid of her mother's passions... I plan on displaying these lovely collections in a shabby white antique sewing machine drawer... Just another effort to place some new objects to enjoy in my home with what is already available to me in my home....
     I am interested in possibly purchasing more of the clear depression glass buttons if you would like to rid of or know if some one who would... Will share more as I slowly work on this little passion... I have rhinestone buttons to work on also and many little tiny ones and also pink buttons... I also have been busy trying to get my creating space in the back guest room which has now become a space for me to create... I also have more personal projects and have started a brown bag scrappy book for my favorite little athlete at Tinora High School that will be a gift to him... It also is a work in progress... Have much to keep me busy till the sounds and smells of spring arrive as it comes much closer....

1 comment:

Ira Huberts said...

Those old button cards are wonderful, aren't they? But I must say that sometimes the cards now attached to garments are also pretty, although they don't usually have that vintage feel. I can't discard of cards and/or buttons either, have a huge jar filled with them! Happy Sunday! Hugs, Ira
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