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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Clearance sale

Thought I would have a Spring Clearance Sale at 25% to clear out some of my Merchandise.
Hope some of you will take advantage to get some great decorating items or materials like buttons and lace for a great spring project. Linens too are so refreshing in the spring with all of the pretty flowers and floral dishes. To get first pick before the best things are gone, come on in and take a look.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Buttons, buttons everywhere!

Below is an informative article on what else, Button Collecting! Enjoy!

Antique Button Collecting

Written by Web Master
Saturday, 12 June 2004

Did your Grandma have a button drawer?
Bet she had a ton of antique buttons and collectibles in there.
Antiques in general require a lifetime's study to master, but when you hone in on antique button collectibles, finding, valuing and selling antiques become a snap.
When it comes to collecting, nothing really beats antique buttons. Button lovers get crazy about their subject, and there are many online sites to wander through by searching such items as antique buttons, collectibles, antiques and Victorian buttons.
There are button clubs, button conventions and button fairs, not to mention the fact that some buttons are truly valuable treasures, for the savvy huntress of antique buttons, collectibles, antiques and thrift shops.
As you search, you will no doubt find yourself becoming more and more involved in the world of vintage memorabilia, unable to resist the antiques and collectibles as well as the antique buttons you started the search for in the first place.
Don't resist this urge, it's a healthy hobby, and good for your 'nostalgia button.'Collectors who seeks antique buttons, collectibles, antiques of every kind, and vintage or retro in particular, shall find these days, the internet provides more information than you can possibly assimilate on antique buttons, collectibles, antiques, and vintage accessories... you only have to open your mind and computer.
The wealth of information about any subject is unfathomable, in fact, being all but limitless. Antique buttons is no different.
It's generally agreed-upon that buttons have to be older than 1918 to be considered vintage buttons. But you can find collectible buttons after that date too. For example, many buttons crafted during the '60s were made of metal, and Czechoslovakia is still making fabulous glass buttons that are collectibles, along with your basic antique buttons.
How to find a value on antique buttons, collectibles, antiques in general? Once again, let's focus on antique buttons. There's actually a National Button Society that collects information on collectibles conventions and antique buttons shows, and disseminates data on collector's buttons. True antique buttons, collectible antiques without dispute, can be valued in the hundreds of dollars. But even some lovely modern collectible buttons can sell for seven to ten dollars each.
Button collectors usually find the hobby satisfying for the obvious reasons: collectible buttons are cheaper than most other collectible antiques, easy to handle, and they are up-and-coming in the field of antiques and collectibles. It's really fun to learn how the different little treasures were made, too. Once you get started collecting antique buttons you are unlikely to ever stop. From glass, to wood, to colorful composition to handmade buttons, button collection will hook you, and the search for antique buttons, collectibles, antique and vintage accessories may just become one of the most satisfying endeavors of your life.
So clear out a drawer and put some empty boxes and jars in it, then hit the antique stores, thrift shops, garage and estate sales.
Grandma would love it.
L~ filling in for B~ says, "Don't hesitate to post your questions here for Betty, she's a wealth of information!" And...stop by the shop to check out Betty's AMAZING collection of buttons!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sewing Expo Report

The Sewing and Stitchery Expo 2009 was a rousing success. Everything beautiful in the way of sewing ideas, projects and merchandise makes this show a delight. I love seeing the shoppers in such an excited and happy mood. They see old friends they have been meeting for years and there are reunions galore. They come from all over and some have never missed the show in 25 years. It is great to see three generations introducing the show to yet another generation. I love that a great many of the shoppers remembered my booth and told me what they bought in previous years and what they made with it. I sold buttons, a featherweight, a sewing bird along with many other antique sewing item, lace trims, books, pin cushions and all things sewing.
I want to thank everyone I will see you again next year.

Sewing Expo '09