Tread lightly when cleaning metal or any buttons! Do not immerse metal buttons in water or other liquids. When sorting metals for cleaning my approach is to separate the buttons by quality.
When I began collecting china buttons 15 or more years ago, I received a handout prepared by Denver Elliott, an avid china collector and a successful competitor in china button awards. The sheets listed Mr. I am certain that he would be pleased to share this information with newer china collectors.
As a scrapbook artist and greeting card designer, I use buttons in everyday craft work. It came as quite a surprise when I was searching online for another crafter's stash of buttons to buy second-hand and found buttons selling for hundreds of dollars, even thousands for just a single button. I had no idea buttons were so collectible or valuable!
We acquired bags of old brass military buttons when we opened our shop. I bet they are worth something. So, I recently started a little research. Each button contains its own story of where it was made and how it was used.
They are tiny, but they can speak loudly. Buttons are the punctuation of an outfit, bringing it life; think of, say, a black sweater with softly glowing pearl buttons, or a dress fastened at the neck with one jewel-like orb. An example from my own closet: Years ago, I bought a black wool coat on sale.
That's all it says, and that's all it needs to say because buttons are virtually all that is sold at the shoebox-size shop in Rockville Centre. Buttons as big as demitasse saucers. Buttons as bitty as ladybugs.
My wife and I have been here a couple of times looking for those hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind A wonderful little shop with an amazing selection of buttons. Who knew a new set of buttons could
A shipping container dislodged from its carrier plummets to the choppy sea below. The year is Children playing along the stony beach pillage the container, removing garments and occasionally fighting over their bounty. A slight girl with soft features eyes a luxurious gown untouched by her peers.
A New York institution, Tender Buttons remains the same today as it was when opened in on the ground floor shop of a townhouse. Founded in when Diana Epstein bought a large button collection, and joined shortly after by Millicent Safro, an antique restorer, the partners embarked on a journey learning everything there was to know about buttons and became experts in their field. Named after a work by Gertrude Stein, the walls of Tender Buttons are lined with boxes of everyday buttons carefully organized by color and type, above which are framed collections of rare and antique buttons.
Though we may complain about the chainification and suburbanization of New York, there are still a significant number of specialty stores around town whose unique and funky offerings stay true to this city's quirks, even with all the 7-Elevens and TD Banks that threaten to encroach. Here are our favorite niche stores; as always, leave yours in the comments. Specializing in antique buttons, the shop was founded in by the late Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia editor Diana Epstein it's named after an early 20th century collection of Gertrude Stein poems about everyday objects.