My new-found sewing hobby has opened up a whole new avenue of shopping opportunities. This week I was drooling in the haberdashery department in John Lewis looking for some buttons to go on the cushions I've been making. I know I'm probably boring you now, but I was so totally, gobsmackingly staggered at the price of buttons, that I just keep muttering about it.
I wanted large buttons (think raincoat sized buttons), and the ones on offer in that 'never knowingly undersold' store were £5 EACH!!! £5 for one button!!! Can you believe it?
Had they been carved from ancient elk horn or hand crafted by Tibetan Monks then maybe. But no, these were plain old plastic buttons - £5!!!
The good folk of Twitter came up with lost of useful tips on finding cheaper buttons and searching out vintage ones and I did find the exact ones I wanted on Ebay - £2.50 including postage for 6 buttons.
Lots of people suggested charity shops for sourcing, but after running one for years and volunteering in various others, we'd never had button boxes so I assumed others didn't either. I've also never seen buttons for sale in charity shops. But I asked at the counter and each time the assistant brought out a huge tin from out the back or under the desk.. There's something quite naughty about asking for things from under the counter (even if it is only buttons) and leaves me feeling quite special - like I'm in the inner circle or something!
I spent a really really happy hour in Save the Children chatting to the volunteer there, reminiscing about sorting my Nana's button box, while we happily sifted through piles and piles of treasure on the counter. She told me all about her grandshildren and we generally had a good old natter.
Some gorgeous buttons took my eye, and I can away beaming after buying them for 10p each.
Some unusual bakelite square ones.
Some tiny, intricate metal ones with either embroidery or stones - one is marked on the back AP couture, Paris - imagine the garment that came from!
This perfect beauty with shell and filigree design
These cute little china heart shaped ones
Then of course, as is the way, I started spotting them everywhere. I picked up two small bags full in another charity shop for 50p each
Then at a car boot sale yesterday I found the perfect tin for keeping my most special buttons in. I intend to colour sort most of them and have them in jars, but the really special ones will be kept safe here
It's an old toffee tin and I'm fairly sure these are baby magpies. Well, that's what I'm telling myself anyway. How perfect is this, and I haggled too and got it for 50p.
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