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

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    Super Member Rann's Avatar
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    I use the small jars ice cream toppings come in--like the walnuts or the caramel sauce, etc. I just wish the sides were straight. I really like them for safety pins, etc. I can just throw them in my bag.
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    I sort mine by colors and put them in plastic containers. For the 'speciality' buttons I put them in one of the hanging jewelry storage carriers (they're 2-sided and have a hook on the top to hang them.)

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    small tool kits, small fishing tackle boxes, old jewelry boxes. baby food jars......just think outside the box a bit. depends on how any buttons you keep around. The plastic boxes used for separating embroidery thread work too. Walk around the house and you'll come up with all kinds of ideas....smile...

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    I put mine in zip lock plastic bags. I sort them by color put them in bags.You can see through, plus you can move them around to see which button you want. Then you can squeeze it to the top to get it much easier. I keep them in one of my sewing drawers
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    Throw them all in big glass containers, like flower vases or candle holders, and display them in your sewing studio.
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    I store my in large glass pickle jars. They are very decorative in my sewing room

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    I never can throw away a button! If I toss old clothes, I must keep the buttons! I keep them in a clear pint canning jar and just enjoy looking at them! Pint size makes it easy to dump out and look through when I need certain buttons.

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    I like to use the divided boxes that I find either at a craft store or at a sporting goods store. They have up to 24 sections in a box and it is easy to see what is in the box without opening it. They are available in a variety of sizes.

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    I was lucky to inherit a spice rack tower set on a lazy susan from my mom. I can keep my buttons in the clear containers, and they nest in the tower which spins so I can see all the buttons sorted by color or type. If I like, I can remove the spice rack plastic cap or keep it on to keep little hands from using it.

    Sounds like there are lots of ideas out there. This is the great thing about this board....lots of help when you need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lfstamper View Post
    Mason jars from Big Lots holds lot of buttons.
    I use a large mason jar too. I like to see the pretty colors and shapes.

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    I have a big tin box that my grandma had that she stored her buttons in. I have buttons in it that were her moms and all the ones she had saved over the years. I can tell you one thing, the buttons made in the pass are a lot better than the ones made today.
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    Baby food jars. Just plain eye candy to look through.
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    never store metal and plastic buttons together. At least old ones. It will make them cromble

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    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.

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    I use spice jars

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    For garage and estate sale finds, I use a plastic shoe box. For the special ones that I actually purchase for a project, I keep in the organizers with little drawers.
    Sue In Bloomfield, NY

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    I store my buttons in "Spice Jars"...I have some that rotate and some that are on racks...they are colorful and very handy!!

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    I collect buttons as well as use buttons and they are in everything and everywhere.lol It is not good to put old plastics together in a tight container, this is bakelite and others, they will have a chemical reaction and get ruined.
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    I have a 12 or 16 drawer hardware organizer that I have used for button storage. It's small enough for a tabletop, it was designed to hold screws and nails and such.
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    Mine are in a pretty decorative round tin. They have some pretty ones out there.
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    Different jars by color is what I use. I pick them up in thrift stores or use empty jelly jars (homemade) For small amounts of a color I use the clear plastic stacking containers from Walmart that is used for beads. They fit nicely in a drawer and I can see what I have.

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    I use a storage box that has little drawers in it, presumably meant to hold nails or screws. I sort by colors, metallic, animals and other novelty styles. Look around at the various storage bins available at JoAnn's or Home Depot...something will catch your eye. It's also helpful to use a label maker to ID the contents of each drawer.
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    I use decorative tins for some. Most of my buttons that are quite similar (and I have lots of those) I use cleaned speghetti sauce jars that I have removed the labels from. They are see thru and I think they look pretty rustic with all the fabric and other crafty things. The buttons that I have alike, I string on to thread and then if I want that button I know what color, size, type and how many quickly without going thru all of them. I have several jars so I have a button for about any need.

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    I had mine in a beautiful antique mason jar. When my DGD dropped and broke it I switched to a wooden cigar box.
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    I took the labels off Starbucks little bottles. They look like mini milk bottles.
    I store my buttons by color so it's real easy to see what color to grab.
    They are in a drawer now but would be cute displayed on a sturdy shelf.
    Mary Jane Flikke

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