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Vintage Buttons

by greenrabbitdesigns

Hi everyone, hope you’re all well and getting up to more exciting things than me! I’m spring cleaning at the moment, not my favourite thing to do but it has to be done! When I decide to do it, I won’t rest until it’s finished. These days I’m either accompanied by a hoover, a duster, a bottle of bleach or all three!

One of the good things about spring cleaning though are the number of things that get turned up that haven’t been seen in a little while! One of those items is my mum’s button box!

I can remember playing with this tin of buttons when I was a little girl and I also remember that it was a fun thing to do!

These little metal buttons belonged to my dad, he worked in an engineering company when I was small and I remember watching him hooking them into his boiler suit to go to work. They would have been removed so the boiler suit could be cleaned and then had to be put back on again.

The small pink fabric covered button at the left side of the photo beside the large green button is from my mum’s wedding dress! My mum and dad were married during the second world war in 1944 and mum didn’t have a traditional wedding dress. Everything was rationed and hard to come by and as it would use up so many clothing coupons a practical dress had to be made, one that could be used afterwards. I still have the dress wrapped up in tissue and in a case in my attic, I must get it out some day and photograph it to let you see it.

I don’t know how long this tin has been around, I don’t know if my mum started it or if she got it from her mother. Some of the buttons are very old and I don’t remember seeing them on clothing so they go back before my time.

During spring cleaning many things get thrown out or recycled but not this tin, it just gets dusted and put back in it’s place until the next time, too many memories! 🙂

Just a little reminder that the 100th post giveaway is still open until midnight (GMT) Sunday 16th January if you would still like to take part.

Have a lovely weekend folks and I’ll see you next week! 🙂

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Rosy Nancarrow January 13, 2011 - 3:53 pm

I used to love playing with my mum’s button tin too. She still has it somewhere (I hope!) I remember it was an SMA baby milk tin with a clear rubbery top to it! What memories little things like that bring back. Rosy

Helen Philipps January 13, 2011 - 4:04 pm

I loved your pretty button tin and the peep at the buttons inside it. They are so evocative of the past, aren’t they, little bits of history tucked away in a tin. Enjoy your spring cleaning – I must start mine very soon! Helen x

Emma Angel January 13, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Gorgeous buttons and the tin is beautiful! After you have finished your house can come here and give me a hefty kick up the backside? I seriously need to do a spring clean but can’t get going.

nina - tabiboo January 13, 2011 - 4:17 pm

Buttons are so theraputic – I wonder if every household has a tin somewhere, even if hidden away.

N xxx

millie January 13, 2011 - 4:23 pm

hello again

i only found your previous post earlier today, it’s a lovely bonus to read two from you in one day. you have such an interesting collection of buttons there and a very pretty button tin too.

warmest wishes


jill January 13, 2011 - 5:39 pm

What a great tin – full of beautiful button and memories. My aunt used to have a jar full of old coins that I played with constantly as a child.
I too still have my mums wedding dress in its original box. Some things are just too hard to give away or sell.
Jill x
PS – that turquoise flower button in your last photo would be lovely made into a ring or pendant.

Jane January 13, 2011 - 5:53 pm

What a tin of memories you have there Vivienne. I love the one from you Mum’s wedding dress…how lovely. I will get round to some spring cleaning at some point but I am still rather in winter mode at the moment! Have a good weekend,
Jane x

Amanda January 13, 2011 - 6:56 pm

What wonderful memories 🙂 – my grandmother had a tin just like that – and I can remember putting my little hands into the buttons just like sand.

simone January 13, 2011 - 7:00 pm

I do love a button box/tin. Usually there are all other types of bits and bobs in there apart from buttons. My Nan kept old buckles in hers, Christmas cake decorations and novalties out of crackers! x

Jenny January 13, 2011 - 7:15 pm

Hi Vivienne,

Thanks for stopping by my blog just now and your kind comments – you have a lovely blog too, now following:) just love your button tin, it’s gorgeous… Isn’t it funny how things as small as buttons can hold so many memories! Jenny xx

Victoria January 13, 2011 - 8:07 pm

I used to love playing with the button tin when I was a little girl. I wonder if I’d find as many memories as you have if I went and had a rummage through it now?

Lola Nova January 13, 2011 - 8:52 pm

Who can resist the treasure of a button tin? Not me!

harmony and rosie January 13, 2011 - 9:58 pm

Oh there are button tins and then there are button tins. The memories inside that one are incredible, surely you didn’t get much work done once you’d opened that up. It would be lovely to see the wedding dress if it’s not too much work for you. x

Mia January 14, 2011 - 2:12 pm

What a lovely collection! I am always seeking for vintage buttons and drooled over my computer screen for these. Beautiful buttons and with memories attached even more precious.

Have a wonderful weekend, Viv, and happy organizing(it’s VERY WINTERY here so I am not even dreaming of a spring clean yet)!


Rubyred January 14, 2011 - 6:01 pm

Ahh, theres nothing like a good rummage through a button tin and yours holds such gorgeous treasures!
There’s a lady at the boot who sells old buttons and I spend ages at her stall, just quietly sorting through them!Reminds me of when I was a little girl!
Have a lovely weekend!
Rachel x

thelinencat January 15, 2011 - 9:03 am

Love this post. I have both my Gran’s and my Mum’s button tins and refuse to use the contents as they are too precious in memories (should say, my mother is very much alive and kicking, she just figured I’m make more use of it!). Have a great weekend 🙂

melanie January 15, 2011 - 3:06 pm

I love that box of buttons, so oldfashioned, I do love buttons 🙂
I am going to be doing some spring cleaning too soo, going to buy some Dri-Pak products and get cracking 🙂 xxx

val January 17, 2011 - 9:54 pm

Hi Vivienne, What a lovely post :0) I love buttons and especially old button tins. As you say, what memories they hold. It takes me back to winter evenings in our little prefab, sitting on the clippy rug in front of the fire. Simple things really ARE the best you know.
love to you
Val and Bella xx

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