I absolutely LOVE buttons, especially vintage buttons. Especially lots and lots of colourful and interesting vintage buttons. Preferably sorted into the colour spectrum :) ...I know I'm not alone on this one.
Back in the days before I had children, I used to spend entire Saturday mornings treasure-hunting at an amazing Collectibles Fair in Glebe, Sydney. It was on one of those mornings, fossicking at the fair, that I came across a glass jar of old buttons hidden underneath a pile of linens and baskets full of ribbons. The jar held a beautiful assortment of colourful buttons, mostly plastic but also many of tortoiseshell, a few of glass or bakelite, and a handful covered in old fabrics.
The stallholder told me that she had come across the jar of buttons inside her late mother's sewing room, but since she was not into sewing herself, she'd put all the haberdashery items out on her table so they could find good homes with people who would use them.
One lady's trash is another's treasure, and happily the buttons came home with me that morning.
I spent a good deal of time sorting my newly acquired button collection, and feeling they were just too nice to hide away in my craft drawers, I decided to turn a number of them into brooches. I imagined them as pretty accessories to add to an outfit, bag, or scarf, I indeed kept lots of them to add to my own wardrobe! ;)
But I also made many more for selling on the Shelbyville market stall, and just recently I came across my big box of Shelbyville stock (packed away, not too surprisingly, during this intensive period of fulltime motherhood) and I decided to list them on my MadeIt and Etsy online stores.
These are the 10 packaged button brooches currently up for sale on MadeIt and Etsy...
^ My two favourites :)
And I also have a stack of extras not yet on a backing card, but also available for sale:
If any of these button brooches have caught your eye, you can find them in my online stores, for the teeny price of $6 each.
Shelbyville on MadeIt: www.madeit.com.au/Shelbyville
Shelbyville on Etsy: www.etsy.com/au/shop/Shelbyville
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Ok, now I'm off to browse Pinterest for lots of inspiring images of vintage buttons... ;)