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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...

Doingthedo Thu 04-Apr-13 09:25:14

oh you CAN use them.... but sparingly!

SavoyCabbage Thu 04-Apr-13 09:28:02


Pancakeflipper Thu 04-Apr-13 09:29:26

Savoy - read that through my fingers with a fast beating heart. The poor woman - all brushed away?

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Thu 04-Apr-13 09:34:35

Oooh my mum had a button tin, also a quality street tin! I am going to ask her if she still has it!

I keep thinking of starting my own but have been suprised how expensivw buttons can be to buy, even charity shops seems to know they are a 'thing' and mark the price up accordingly.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 09:40:53

I agree that they can be used sparingly. And must be replaced in the tin if the garment is worn out or out grown grin

I think I use both button box and button tin.... hmm not sure now. Both sound right though. grin

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 09:43:14

I bought a job lot on Ebay once.
Possibly twice.
No more than three times. Definitely.

The house clearance place i go to often has tins in and I rattle them all to see if they are full of buttons. No luck yet but I have found some loot rummaging round in boxes of "old lady stuff"

dothraki Thu 04-Apr-13 09:44:11

Button porn grin
Tin it must be a tin - you can call it a box - but it must be a tin smile

dothraki Thu 04-Apr-13 09:46:19

Ha Soup - I too live near a charity house clearance warehouse - I'd never thought of looking for buttons there. This could get dangerous shock

rockinhippy Thu 04-Apr-13 10:09:33

I agree they are to be used, but always replaced - all buttons from worn out clothes go into my tin smile

I would LOVE some of THESE ancient ones though - sigh ...

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 04-Apr-13 10:18:29

oh no, I can't use any. Some of these are 60 years old! Their place is in the button box! grin

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 10:24:15

Dothraki, you aren't in a South London borough are you <<narrows eyes>>

dothraki Thu 04-Apr-13 10:27:05

What a relief - No Soup I'm in the frozen north grin

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 10:33:59

That's fine then - go rummage in that warehouse! grin

The south is pretty bloody frozen too. It is snowing lightly as I type. [sigh]

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 10:35:10

I must have looked like a loon the time I was rummaging in a just-brought-in-box pulling out little cards of buttons and lengths of lace trim whilst almost bouncing with excitement grin

dothraki Thu 04-Apr-13 10:49:31

Thanks Soup - but its too cold to leave the house grin but no snow. Might just rumage round the charity shops smile

WhoKnowsWhereTheChocolateGoes Thu 04-Apr-13 11:41:54

Ooh, there's a house clearance stuff shop near me. I do rummage round charity shops but never thought of that.

Snowing here too (Hampshire).

Molehillmountain Thu 04-Apr-13 12:44:11

Ooh-we so need a proper button tin. Haven't done anything with dcs grown out of clothes-would it be really bad to cut off the buttons for a tin starter rather than hand on the clothes? I would keep the fabric for a quilt that I am pretty sure I would never get around to making

dothraki Sat 06-Apr-13 08:57:35

Molehill - you are on the slippery slope grin

LatteLady Sat 06-Apr-13 09:16:44

Some of my buttons are in a Mackintosh toffee tin and an Ovaltine tin from the 50s, embroidery threads are in a smallish robin embossed octagonal biscuit tin which I squealed when I saw it in a Christmas feature in Country Living. Cottons are in various biscuit tins from Peak Freens and Huntley & Palmers, Patchwork forms are in a jubilee shortbread tin and pins are in a variety of little pretty tins but the collection originally started in my father's tobacco tin. Tapestry threads... I think you get the idea!

BTW, keep the buttons on the card, it keeps their history and them together.

Finally, did anyone else's mother snip the buttons off redundant shirts and then string them together?

Molehillmountain Sat 06-Apr-13 10:26:00

Dothraki - I am teetering on the brink grin. Maybe I'm creating a legacy? But I fear making clutter would be more accurate. Is it wrong to have a button box and then always buy buttons anyway? latte lady - my small collection of carded buttons has been wrecked by dd. I am just about over it!

I like to think of it as a legacy. Plus I have always liked collecting, but we have a small house and too much stuff already, buttons to add to a tin are about the most un-invasive (and inexpensive) form of collecting I can think of.

SoupDragon Sat 06-Apr-13 11:17:43

Finally, did anyone else's mother snip the buttons off redundant shirts and then string them together?

Oh yes. I do it too grin

It is most defintitely creating a legacy - imagine rummaging through the, by then, huge tin of buttons with your grand children and pointing out the ones that came from the baby clothes of mummy/daddy. it woud be a disgrace not to save them IMO.


Pancakeflipper Sat 06-Apr-13 12:06:59

Our buttons are only come from our own clothes.
My most treasured button is a ladybird button cut from my dressing gown when I was a little girl.

DollyTwat Sat 06-Apr-13 12:21:27

What a lovely thread

I have my late mum's button tin too, which also has my grandma's buttons. I remember them all from my childhood, I'd never realised how much of a memory they invoke. I also have a massive bag of zips

I used to love watching my mum cutting out a pattern on the floor, with pins in the corner of her mouth. She had 'special' scissors which we were not allowed to use (I wish they had been in her sewing box which I also have). There would always be a few stray pins left on the floor!

Then she'd magically transform it all into an outfit or cuddly you. I have her sewing machine too, just the smell of it reminds me of her

dothraki Sat 06-Apr-13 14:30:13

Soup - Button Hoarder Enabler - yes my mum cut off buttons. Like many of you I am sure - I have some lovely large 50's and 60's buttons. I put one on a primark cardigan attaching it with a ribbon - it looks lovely
<note to self - remove vintage button from cardi before taking it to charity shop>

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