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Thread: PLEASE!! Button Storage Suggestions-PLEASE!!

  1. #111
    Super Member DebbE's Avatar
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    May 2011
    Those small metal or plastic cabinets with oodles of little drawers would be good for buttons. I would do that myself, but I don't have the room for the cabinet (although it just occured to me I could mount it on a wall....hmmm...).

    I have multiples strung together, and are put in a plastic shoebox. Of course its a hassle looking for buttons as you have to paw through them....hmmm, that little drawer cabinet is sounding better and better....

  2. #112
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    Mar 2010
    I like this idea of stringing together like size and kind buttons. I use a spice rack and spice jars as mt holding containers.

  3. #113
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    Apr 2011
    Bosque County, Texas
    I have 3 shoe boxes that I have covered with beautiful wall paper. One is for very good buttons - antique or expensive, saved for very good garments; one for children's chothes; one for very plain buttons, men's shirt buttons, inexpensive buttons, etc. Inside, sets of buttons are in clear RX containers, loose buttons are loose. The boxes are big enough it is easy to sort through the buttons and find one to match a shirt that has lost a button, enough matching for a new blouse, etc. No need to dump the buttons out to find what I need.

  4. #114
    Senior Member Sauki1's Avatar
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    Jun 2012
    Ludowici, GA
    My boss at the LYS used to store them in long tubes with screw on tops. They were clear and one of the buttons was on the end of each tube. Worked very well and stored nicely.

    Quote Originally Posted by cny_sewer39 View Post
    Good Afternoon Every1,

    I hope that all is well with you & your families. I am doing good. I am making my 4 year old son pjs for Christmas. I had to buy buttons for the outfits. I have not been a "Big" Button Collector up to this point. So I need ideas on how to store them in my sewing room. Any help, suggestions, pics, & ideas are GREATLY APPRECIATED!! Please & Thank you so very much for your help.

    Have a blessed day.


  5. #115
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    Oct 2010
    Upstate NY
    I separate mine by size and color and store them in used glass jars with lids...mayonaisse, mustard, jams, jellies. They look pretty lined up on the hutch in my cave, and I can see at a glance what I have. Cheap, too!

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    Junior Member coffeebreak's Avatar
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    Apr 2012
    I used to use those sectional plastic boxes for embroidery threads...about 30 sections 1,1/2x1,1/2". Perfect for storing lots of small things!

  7. #117
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    Oct 2012
    Hernando, MS
    I use a glass goldfish bowl. I have an old one with a picture of Garfield looking over the edge!! It will hold more buttons than I will every want to look thru!!

  8. #118
    Super Member JudyTheSewer's Avatar
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    Aug 2011
    Sparks, NV
    Oooooooooooooooo - I loved seeing your collection. Made me happy! Thanks for sharing.
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingnonie View Post
    This is a large clear plastic sectioned container. On the bottom you turn the bottom piece to access one section at a time. My friend got it for me from QVC, I think, several years ago. They showed it filled with nuts, candies, different pastas, etc. But of course when I saw it, it immediately went into my sewing room. The top lid is filled with old silk thread on wooden spools.

    (My first time posting a pic on this new board - fingers crossed!)

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    Junior Member MsHeirloom's Avatar
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    May 2014
    Maumee, OH
    I have many of mine in glass jars. Some sorted, some not. My plan in my reorganized studio is to paint the lids all one color- maybe jadeite green. I think they will be so pretty. Someday I will sort them all by color! That will be a fun (several) rainy day(s) activity.

  10. #120
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    Oct 2009
    Maine-ly Florida
    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags View Post
    I recommend a button box. Our Shop came with a button box that dates back a little over 50 years, back to when the building was a “Variety Store” as they called general merchandise stores back then. The 48” by 30” by 16” deep (not counting the stand) “Button Box” has remained in the shop ever since. We’re the third owners of it. Originally, it was only 4” deep, but somebody put taller sideboards on it sometime along the way.

    We decided to relocate the box within the shop in 2006, and had to empty the buttons out to do so. We used 30-gal plastic barrels to offload the buttons into and wheel them to the new location. During the process, we did a rough estimation on the button count in the box (using gallons and cups, and counting several random cupfuls to arrive at an average), and concluded that there were roughly 250,000 buttons.

    I buy all of the buttons that I can at yardsales, Estate Sales, and Auctions, and add them to the box to keep it freshened up and help maintain the volume. Customers buy buttons for 5-cents each, the same price it’s always been. We think it’s still a fair price for a button, considering that you have to look through 249,999 other buttons to find it. We help hunt when we can. We call it “Button Boxing”, and it’s about the most strenuous Sporting Event that we indulge in at our shop.

    CD in Oklahoma
    Love your story and love your photo. Would love to button hunt there!

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