Today was a dark and gloomy winter day. We were working hard to fill some recent big orders. At one point we spread out all our button baskets on the kitchen counter so we could scrabble through them more easily as we searched for the perfect button for each wallet. When we spread out the baskets it was as if the sun had come out. The rich colors of the buttons reminded us of spices in a marketplace; so we took this picture to show you some of our button collection as it lit up the studio on this cloudy day.
We get these buttons from all over. Many of them are donated to us by friends who have old button collections. We find others in flea markets and antique stores. Most fun of all is finding old pins and bits of jewelry and other odd things in among the old buttons. One of my favorite finds was a set of old shorthand and typing speed contest pins.