Searching Through An Old Box of Buttons

Searching Through An Old Box of Buttons

Posted by Vivian Vassar on 1st Apr 2020

I recently pulled out an old wooden cigar box searching for a matching button for a repair I was working on.  Well, you can imagine how that went - 30 minutes later I have the buttons from all my boxes strewn about me in piles.  Should I sort by size, color, type?  Should I list these vintage buttons for sale or keep them all to myself? Each one is unique and there are so many button styles from plain shell to elaborate shaped buttons. 

In the end I decided to do the right thing.  Keep some (ok a lot) and sell some.  Since I can put batches together of metal buttons, or glass buttons, I figured those would be easier to list and sell.  The more random ones are the ones I am keeping.  And I'm thinking they should be sewn on to some of my hats so they don't languish packed away.

If you have an old button box or container I hope you enjoy going through them as much as I do.  

For more information about identifying vintage buttons check out the handy guide "Vintage Button Guide: Ways to Identify Antique Buttons" on on