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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...

My mum has a button tin - it is an oblong, cadburys tin, iirc - in fact, I saw a tin just like it on ebay recently, and was sooo tempted to buy it, but resisted, because I hope I will inherit mum's tin some day. Dh will be horrified, but I don't care!

I do have a button tin of my own, but I cheated - I bought it off ebay, and I bought some bags of second hand buttons, and sorted out the ones I liked, to go in my tin. << bows head in shame >>

SoupDragon Sat 06-Apr-13 14:40:43

SDTG, I also bulked out my own tin with an ebay purchase or two

And, as an aside, my parents took me out for lunch on my birthday last month and my mother wore her Wolef jacket. I told her she was a MN Wolef Quiche hero.

JulesJules Sat 06-Apr-13 15:11:24

I quite often browse the button collections on Amazon...

[[ Yes, I know it's sad...]

JulesJules Sat 06-Apr-13 15:11:52


Molehillmountain Sat 06-Apr-13 20:24:44

So here's my haberdashery legacy plan! Button tin-tin from the kind of chocolates which were the first thing I ate after each dc born (no toast for me wink. Buttons from all the baby clothes in it. And I thought I'd cut squares as big as poss from the buttonless items for the quilt that I'll never make and start a proper scrap bag with other useful ish bits. Hopefully I won't need an entire room to store it all.

SoupDragon Sat 06-Apr-13 20:27:40

My work here is done

mum47 Sat 06-Apr-13 20:29:18

My mum gave me her button tin, which used to be my granny's and I used to play with when I was little. It is a lovely turquoise colour with birds on it and full of some really vintage buttons. It is awesome!

NorbertDentressangle Sat 06-Apr-13 20:29:20

DD already covets my button tin even though its only about 30 buttons rattling around in a 12" diameter tin.

I'm going to have to put in a lot of effort in building the collection up before she inherits it.

I've only started mine recently, although I have had a few in my sewing box for years. It's really hard to resist the temptation to just buy loads on Ebay, but I feel it is somehow not in the spirit of collecting. I am enjoying going round charity shops in different towns now looking for them.

Molehillmountain Sat 06-Apr-13 20:54:41

Will ordinary plastic buttons be as exciting as you lucky mumsnetters with proper heirlooms? I fear my dc may feel button tin envy in the future.

mungojenny Sat 06-Apr-13 21:05:14

I was given my MIL's sewing box last week, a lovely wooden one that I have coveted for some time. When I opened it I found her button bag and some lovely old scissors that my DH remembers her using. It is nice to have this link to her as she died a number of years ago.
When my DM died last year I did keep the buttons from her favourite cardigans to add to my own button jar, seeing them sort of feel comforting if that makes sense.

ravenAK Sat 06-Apr-13 21:17:25

I have my grandma's button tin too.

Lots of them are strung together, but this is fine, as they are strung together on scraps of wool which I also recognise from the 70s, having had cardigans in most of them.

Soupa Sat 06-Apr-13 21:19:36

That is lovely mungo.

Our family tin is a well stuffed plastic tub with mostly plastic buttons but when it came my way after mum decided her sewing days were done I was delighted. My boys love it too. I do want to know what happened to the huge bobbly fake pearl super button of childhood.

mungojenny Sat 06-Apr-13 21:33:47

My new dilemma is whether I should combine the lovely buttons from MIL's sewing box which relate to DH's childhood with my buttons or should I 'create' a new jar of buttons, I don't think leaving them in a plastic bag is an option it just feels wrong. smile

dothraki Sat 06-Apr-13 22:01:28

mungo - mix them but it must be a tin !smile

Dingle Sat 06-Apr-13 22:14:27

Oh, I wonder what ever happened to my Great Grandmother's button tin. I don't think my mum has it! sad I can remember many a times sitting on her floor and looking through at all the pretty little buttons. My favs where little glass ones that made rainbows when you looked through them!

Happy rummaging Soupy!

SoupDragon Sat 06-Apr-13 22:15:52

All the glass ones I remember are missing!

dothraki Sun 07-Apr-13 14:36:31

Glass hmm that sounds quite posh - I have some clear plastic ones - will they do ?

SoupDragon Sun 07-Apr-13 14:59:32

TBH, they probably were plastic but were faceted like glass. Or diamonds. That's it, they were definitely diamond buttons grin

neverputasockinatoaster Sun 07-Apr-13 15:04:19

I loved my Nana's button tin! I used to spend hours just rootling through the buttons. I was given the buttons when she died but not the tin.

The remains of the collection are in a plastic box. DD was looking through it the other day to find some buttons for a project and found a leather look button from my Grandad's cardigan. Caught my throat to see it as it brought the memories of that lovely bear of a man flooding back. God but I miss him.

Must get a tin! Might have to peruse ebay as well for buttons to add to the collection!

SanctiMOMious Sun 07-Apr-13 15:08:31

oh lovely! can yoyu put up a photo? nobody ever does that on mn i know. put a photo of itin your profile will you? i have similar inheritances.

dothraki Sun 07-Apr-13 15:12:15

Soup - diamonds - really - well - you must have scored very high on the class chart last week grin
I thought the bakerlite ones sounded posh wink

SoupDragon Sun 07-Apr-13 15:26:52

I scored Elite even before the button tin grin

Which, TBH, shows what a load of nonsense it all was!

SoupDragon Sun 07-Apr-13 15:29:54

Button porn:

the tin Classic 1970s Quality Street I think. Once held 5lbs of chocolate.

Time to rummage


I need to get a life

NumTumDeDum Sun 07-Apr-13 17:33:00

Ooo er. I feel the need to rummage in my buttons now Soupdragon. Actually, better still I need to go visit my mum and rummage in hers, the contents look very similar!

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