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I have just "inherited"; my mother's button tin

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SoupDragon Wed 03-Apr-13 14:57:46

[happy sigh]

I say "inherited" but she is alive and well grin

I am rummaging through it looking for the old favourites that were there when I was a child...

ouryve Wed 03-Apr-13 15:39:24

Wow. envy

(I love button tins!)

SoupDragon Wed 03-Apr-13 15:41:40

I bought the Emma Bridgewater diamond Jubilee tin for my collection because it was, effectively, dated. As it was commemorating a current event I thought it apt smile

Some Christmas biscuits come in tins. I have a lovely Jacob's Crackers one from this Christmas that has a vintagey look to it.

ThePigOfHappiness Wed 03-Apr-13 15:52:32

My mum has two button boxes. One is a small fabric covered box with lovely bright embroidery, the other is a plastic ball which we refer to as "the green apple". Whenever she took out her seeing machine the small one sat beside it and if needed we were sent for the green apple.
She still rings me to tell me she is taking out the seeing machine if we need anything done.
My buttons are all in a fridge compartment that fell off the door. I must get something nice to put them in, I'm suitably shamed smile
I love a good button tin.

On a desperate note, I can still remember my grandads first aid box, an old biscuit tin with sticky plaster in the shape of a cross on the top. He had it from his mother. I loved that. She was the local "white witch" and people used to cone to her for various poultices and lotions and potions.

dizzyhoneybee Wed 03-Apr-13 15:55:06

I have got my grandmother's button tin, it's an original tin from a chocolate factory, my Mum is now in her 80s and she can remember playing with it when she was a little girl.

dizzyhoneybee Wed 03-Apr-13 15:58:14

this is my button tin - though I'm not selling it, I just looked on ebay to find one for the picture.

PipkinsPal Wed 03-Apr-13 15:58:35

My Nana had a button box in the shape of a treasure chest. I loved it as a girl. Don't know what happened to it when she passed away when I was 13. I have a button jam jar and any clothes unusable for charity shops I snip off the buttons and put them in the jar. The funny thing is I never use any of the buttons but I do get them out from time to time to put them in order.

WhoKnowsWhereTheChocolateGoes Wed 03-Apr-13 15:59:12

I've got mine in a gingerbread man shaped tin from M&S a couple of Christmas's ago, my mum has donated some of hers and I root round charity shops for them. A local haberdashers has a box of single odd ones for 10p each.

montmartre Wed 03-Apr-13 16:05:22

oh, I still remember playing with the button box!
I remember the smell particularly, very plasticky (well, it was the 70s).

I am amassing a fine collection... but I know dd will be enamoured with it, as she loves that kind of thing.

harbinger Wed 03-Apr-13 17:35:00

I have the contents of my mother's 'overflow' tin. This dates back to the early 60s and onwards. She still has her tin, that, would have all her buttons from the 40s onwards and probably some from her mother. I know that nearly everyone made their own clothes during the war. When she started work, the first thing she saved up for was a sewing machine (which I now have).

WRT buttons, I got bored one day and sorted them into some naice jam jars that I had saved. I've got jars of metallic,pink,red,yellow,green,blue and clear plastic sitting on a shelf. All the suit/trouser buttons went back in the tin.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 07:53:42

I can't decide if buttons should be loose in a tin or sorted into sets, tied together with cotton, and all neat.

Part of me thinks the thrill of the hunt is part and parcel of looking for the right button.

dothraki Thu 04-Apr-13 08:22:56

What a lovely thread. Ihave my mum's button tin - well actually its 2 small tins, old sweet tins from the 50's and 60's. My gd now loves playing with it smile Soup I have the same dillema grin

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 04-Apr-13 08:23:48

noooooo. You can't have an organised button box. It's really important that it's just a hotchpotch of buttons.

Away with you with your sets and your cotton.


sassytheFIRST Thu 04-Apr-13 08:49:19

I noticed that my sister has my mums while I was staying at hers over the weekend. Am madly jealous.

It's a rather lovely Chocolate tin with beefeaters all over it, and just the right size.

sassytheFIRST Thu 04-Apr-13 08:52:17

Oh and hec is right. Unsorted, please.

KnottyLocks Thu 04-Apr-13 08:56:47

I am beyond jealous, Soupy. envy

fanoftheinvisibleman Thu 04-Apr-13 09:00:45

My 7 year old ds has just started a button jar smile

SavoyCabbage Thu 04-Apr-13 09:00:55

Button tin horror story....look away if you want. Or get a torch and shine it in your face "Blair Witch' style. For you will have nightmares.

My Mam's friend was having a conservatory built and somehow her button tin was upturned and they swept up her buttons and threw them away.

This was more than ten years ago and it is still regularly discussed.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 04-Apr-13 09:06:23

oh no. The people building the conservatory threw them away?

I assume they are now actually under said conservatory?

SavoyCabbage Thu 04-Apr-13 09:09:13

That would somehow be a comfort. But no. They were swept up and thrown in a skip.

FinnTheHuman Thu 04-Apr-13 09:13:14

Somebody's nan gifted her button tin to my preschool. The children love sorting the buttons, carrying the buttons, touching the buttons.

They love the buttons, as staff we have to force ourselves to put the buttons out as they end up in every nook and cranny.

But, the children love the buttons. I did growl though when a staff member got rid of the tin and put the lovely buttons in a plastic tub grr.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 09:15:29

That's my dilemma, Hec - some of the buttons in the inherited tin are strung together and always have been. Do I undo them or leave them in their historically correct form?

Obviously buttons on cards have to remain on the card.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 09:18:04

thrown into a skip shock [faints]

plastic tub shock [faints]

<<needs to get a life>>

I was also wandering round my favourite charity house clearance warehouse yesterday and looked into an old sewing box (big thing on legs). it had a bag of threads, little tins and buttons in it. I took the bag out and bought it, leaving the box behind.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 04-Apr-13 09:22:44

You misunderstood, Savoy.

I meant were the people who threw them away now under the conservatory.


Tricky one, soupy. If they were strung together by the original owner of the button box, then they should stay strung together, but don't try to make the rest match with that.

Do any of you actually use a button from the button box? I don't. It feels wrong grin

And I notice you all say tin and I say box, despite that my button box is actually a very old tin. grin It's just it was always called the button box.

Doingthedo Thu 04-Apr-13 09:24:11

oooh, I love buttons. I have my Grandma's, it's lovely pewter barrel with a handle, full of buttons, recently used two peachy coloured pearly ones to make new eyes for a teddy bear. Spreading the love to my DD too!

rockinhippy Thu 04-Apr-13 09:24:26

envy I covet a hand me down button tin, I've no idea what happened to my Nana's one, I loved playing with it as a kid & she taught me to sew/design/pattern cut & I'm the only GDC who followed her career path, so it should have been mine, I know she would have wanted that sad [bitter] - I did inherit her pin cushion & other bits though & have used them to make family wedding gowns - even my cousins who probably snaffled the button tinehmm

I do have a lovely large treasure chest shaped tin that I started way back when young though & I have all sorts in there, vintage too, so I can't complain - DD has a jar now too, I started her with a handful from my tin smile

I do love a bit of button porn smile

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