What do you use to store your buttons in?

@Modestah (11195)
United States
March 27, 2007 2:55am CST
My mother kept hers in old round tins, I used to enjoy so much as a child exploring through her button tins - the feel, the sound, the colors - it was a very pleasurable activity for me....is that lame? I keep mine in an antique fruit jar, Blue Glass with glass lid and bail wire clasp brackets. I think it makes an attractive display so it sits on a shelf on my hutch.
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• Singapore
27 Mar 07
What an interesting... hobby? :P I never keep buttons.. where would you find them anyway? They always come with the shirt and whatever happens to the shirt, the same goes for the buttons too.
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
27 Mar 07
some of them come from the sewing department at the store - for when sewing a new shirt or dress. But, most of them come off the shirts/coats/dresses when the clothing is worn out. Just a quick snip and the button is saved for a future project. Some antique buttons can bring in good money from collectors.
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@zena2121 (30)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I keep mine in a round tin. What is it with buttons that amuses us as a child? I remember going through my grandmothers tins. It kept me entertained for hours and I don't think it's lame. I also rmember getting out all her washclothes and hanging them on a line I strung in the house. Anyway, you've got me thinking about getting a jar to display my buttons. I save things like that for a rainy day but that day never comes.
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• Turkey
27 Mar 07
I keep my spare buttons in an old jam jar, I keep meaning to find a nicer pot to put them in! I remember going through my grandmothers botton box everytime we went round to see her, she had some lovely ones, which sadly have now disappeared.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I love buttons!! :) I keep some in antique jars that I found at the thrift store. Hmm... very similar to you. :) Mine is clear, cut, glass however. LOL! Some of the more recent buttons I have are in my sewing basket right now, until I find a better storage facility for them. We used to string buttons on strings for hours on end when I was a kid. My grandma kept hers in a gallon fruit jar. or the old tins that Schwann's ice cream came in. (remember those?) I wonder if my mom has those? There were some really pretty ones.
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I used to do something with a large button (or maybe it was two large buttons) and put a long piece of string through it/them, and knotting it. I then would wind the button and string up tight, by looping the string around my hands and twirling in a motion away from my body. Then by pulling my hands in and out it created a pumping action and the button would spin and make lovely designs. I wish I could remember exactly how to do it, so my children can have as much entertaining and innocent fun as I had.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
28 Mar 07
OH my goodness!! I did the same thing!!! It would keep us kids busy for hours!! I wish I could remember exactly how to do it. It would be a great thing to teach my kids. (I finally had to buy a book to teach them how to do "cat's cradle") LOL! Seems like my childhoods was centuries ago, instead of a couple of decades. :)
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@venshida (4839)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I have mines store in a empty baby food jar.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
28 Mar 07
:) not very many yet, huh? Baby food jars are excellent storage for small items - my father was so organized, and I have no clue where he got them all, but under his shelves in the shed he would have baby food jar lids either glued on or nailed (not sure which) and then the jars would just screw on for clear view storage, or easily screw off if he needed something out of them.
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
27 Mar 07
funny you should mention grandmothers.. I have my granmother's actual tin. She used to love those shortbread cookies in the blue tin. She kept all her buttons and sewing supplies, needles, different colored thread, thimbles... I have the container and all her supplies. I have never used them, I have my own in there too which I use. I keep all of her stuff as a momento of her !!
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
27 Mar 07
awww, that is so sweet. I also keep my threads in tins..weird since I have several sewing boxes, I like the look and feel of the tins. They are so reminiscent.
@maclinda (91)
• United States
28 Mar 07
Oh my goodness I remember this too! And if you're lame, so am I...;-) I've just started gathering some buttons again. I hadn't sewed in a long time, and recently began again. My granddaughter (4 years old) is just loving the dresses I make for her--I think we're at 7 dresses now. Our favorite pattern has 3 tucks on the front, and she loves picking out buttons to put at the end of the tuck. I was buying the cards of buttons at the fabric store for each dress and the buttons were landing up costing more than the fabric! Hubby found some plastic bags of buttons at Walmart in several colors. Now she and I feel rich lol because we have a bunch of buttons to select from. I need to find a container for all of them. I like looking at them in jars, but it does feel good to sift through them with your fingers.
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I have a little metal heart shaped box that someone gave me for Valentine's Day that I use. It will store a lot of buttons. And if I happen to leave it out it looks decorative.
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@hezoid (2150)
27 Mar 07
I don't really have tha many buttons, just the spare ones that you get with new clothes that i keep just in case! I just put them in my sweing basket with the rest of my sweing stuff.
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• United States
9 May 07
You can also start saving your mayonaise and pickle jars, decorating them and using them as button holders. These jars make great containers for different little sewing items and the good thing about them is you can eaisly see what you are storing in each one.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
9 May 07
very true, that is why I like to keep mine in the old fruit jar. It is decorative as well as nostalgic, and helps me to view at a glance what its contents are.
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
15 Jul 12
Good Evening Modestah, I am happy that I found this discussion. It reminds me of my buttons. They were kept in a black tin with flowers on the top. The flowers were worn from the years. I had so many different buttons in there. They were so cool and the kids loved looking at them. I think that I got them from my grandpa, but I am not certain. I no longer have the buttons, which is a bummer since I need them for the jewelry that I am making to end the clasp. I think that my hubby threw them out,.....:(
• United States
26 Oct 11
my mother and grandmother also used to store their buttons in old round tin cans some of the cans would be coke cans that the tops were cut off of i also used to love digging my hands deep down into the stash of buttons i too loved the sound that all of them made rattling against the tin cans and the rainbow of colors so no i do not think that it is lame haha i keep mine in a tackle box with all the different colors and sizes separated into different little sections
@cutepenguin (6458)
• Canada
28 Mar 07
I actually got rid of all of my buttons, I don't know why. I never used them, so they went out one year in spring cleaning. I kind of miss them and am tempted to go buy a bunch at a garage sale or a thrift store.