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

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    some ppl are just too organized !!! *hump*........ I hate organizing... I work best in my chaos.... smile

    I toss all mine in a BIG glass vase... If I ever need a button I'll worry about sorting them then....

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    I have mine in old Mason jars and old glass containers that have lids. They're to pretty to hide!...
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    I use empty "Classico" spaghetti sauce jars. They are really like canning jars. Beauty is I buy that kind of sauce and the jars are recycled. They are clear and I separate buttons by color.
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    That's what I'm talking about...........one place one container......yeehaw Bluteddi!


    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi View Post
    some ppl are just too organized !!! *hump*........ I hate organizing... I work best in my chaos.... smile

    I toss all mine in a BIG glass vase... If I ever need a button I'll worry about sorting them then....
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    My favorite "go-to" button is the shell button that looks like mother of pearl. Local stores are usually low on the size I need on the day I go shopping, so I think I'm going to pursue buying three sizes in bulk for shirts, blouses, and jackets. I believe that online tailoring supply stores carry them by the pound.

    I have a large basket of buttons on the cards, but I never use them, just add more when they're on sale.
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    According to me I store my all buttons with separate small basket. I have plenty of button so sometimes confusing to storage such kind of things. Tat is why I divide it like store warm color buttons in separate basket and cool colored buttons in separate basket.

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    I like the look of buttons in the old Mason jars with the glass lids... but I like ANYTHING older than I am!!
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    I use the tiny little craft ziplock bags. I sort just as they are when they are put on a button card. Then I file the bags by color. I repurpose buttons so I get quite a few and do not want to do the pour and sort everytime I need buttons. In the bags I know just how many I have and if they will work for my project at a glance. I store the bags in the plastic bins with drawers that the guys usually store nuts & bolts in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam View Post
    I like the look of buttons in the old Mason jars with the glass lids... but I like ANYTHING older than I am!!
    This is great idea that you suggest. Mason jars will be the nice option to store buttons, I didn't even notice about that Mason jars will be useful in this way. I saw many Mason jars will available in so many different colors and size.

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    This is a great way to store buttons!

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    I just store my buttons in an old metal can - the kind you can buy at Christmas time to put candy, etc in - I don't have that many so it serves my purpose.
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    I am putting my vintage buttons, some still on cards, in a glass container with lid so that I can see the beauties.

    My own button collection is sorted by individual style and color before being threaded together with a short piece of floral wire. I cut the wire long enough to be able to twist the ends closed like a twist tie. Extra buttons with accompanying info from purchased garments are kept together in a quart plastic freezer bag.

    My aunt used to collect buttons, which was her main hobby. She had rack after rack of buttons mounted on paper boards carefully placed in custom frames. Her husband made the frames, I suppose she used frames because her father had a decorating store where he sold paint, wallpaper, custom frames, replacement glass, etc. She and my mother certainly knew how to replace glass panes and putty the edges. It's interesting to me that how our past experiences influence our current actions.

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    i use double sided fishing tackle boxes.

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    Ikea has some great option

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    I have some very old hand blown chemical jars, found empty at an old gold mine, some still have the labels on them, I store my buttons by color and use cork plugs for tops.
    I purchased what was to be used for knife storage, a wide magnectic bar and some clear jars from ikea. I put my buttons by color into the jars and clung them to the bar. They come in many sizes. Works great. You can see what you have and is very inexpensive.
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    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.

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    button storage

    I did have them in old cookie cans still do have some to sort, but this is what I'm doing now.
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    I have a lot of buttons, I really do. Unless they are new and on the cards. I have them strung together like others, Then sorted by color into gallon size bags and all of those put into one of those big fabric bin drawers in my cubby shelf. Then if I need a set of buttons i can just get out the right color bag and look through them.

    I love the idea of mason jars. I already have a bunch of the old kind with the glass lids or with zinc lids that are full of all the old thread on wooden spools that I have. They look pretty great and are more for decoration then anything. The empty spools went in a gallon jar. I could do the same with buttons, but I am running out of room.

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    I use an old tin, like they had in the 50's and love it. When I need a button, I start digging--always fun. Can't believe how expensive the store bought buttons are. It takes 2 minutes to cut them off of old garments.

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    I have a workshop multi-drawer unit, it was for nails and screws. It hangs nicely on the wall out of the way, but easy to access and I sort by color.

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    i put mine in jars so i can see what i have.and lots of them

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    I like the idea of baby food jars and they stack so nice and u can store them on a desk so u can c them
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    I didn't really have a button collection until last fall. I was at a local festival, walking through the antique yard sale. I found and old round tin that was exactly like the one that my mother had when I was growing up. My MIL paid the whopping $1 that the vendor wanted for it and now I am constantly on the lookout for buttons at garage sales, flea markets ect. I recently went to a local sewing guilds bi-annual garage sale. They had a large jar with a mixture of vintage and newer buttons in it. The price was $1 a scoop and for every $10 you spent on other items, you got a free scoop. I got lots of nice fabric and a large ziplock bag full of buttons to help fill up my button tin.
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    When I was a child, I loved my mom's button collection probably recycled from the many garments she had sewn. I would line them up like a choir with the different sectiona. I ended up being a music director with a choir of young people rather than buttons . I keep my buttons on the top of a shelf in pint jars that I have put a round of fabric that coordinates with my sewing room under the lid. I take all of my buttons off of their cards and then semi coordinate them in the jars. I have a white jar, modern colors, red, yellow, browns , blues and greens, and two jars of vintage buttons that I have kept from my mom's button box. She passed away last week. I think I may sit down, dump them all out and organize my choir just for the fun of it.
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    Hi Debra...just as an idea, having received a huge container of about a zillion buttons from my grandmother when she passed - last year i made quilted Christmas stocking gifts - and used white, yellow, red, green, silver and gold buttons - overlapping the ones that had shanks on the buttons - stitched to the stockings in a wreath pattern. It used up so many - and family appreciated that the buttons had belonged to Gram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilted Dogs View Post
    I like the idea of baby food jars and they stack so nice and u can store them on a desk so u can c them
    Here u go, just got all this info on what to do with your buttons and sotring them in old peanut or candy vending machines:
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