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The hobby of collecting buttons which may have come from all manner of items of clothing.
Some collectors prefer to amass examples according to the material the button is made of, like jasperware or cut steel. Others buy a few of this and a few of that, basically whatever they find to be appealing. That is the appeal of collecting.
A side benefit of button collecting comes with being able to find them everywhere. From car boot sales to textile shows. Buttons wait for collectors to discover them and take them home as either a single item or even still attached to a garment.
Collectors can be of all ages and you are never too young or old to start a collection.
Button collecting can be great fun especially if its sifting through junk items to find the elusive treasure at a fair or a car boot sale, or rummaging through old clothes at a jumble sale. If it takes your eye why not add it to your collection.
Button collectors transform simple, utilitarian objects taken for granted by millions of people each day and group into delightful displays that make you stop and think. Some buttons, such as those from the uniforms of soldiers, police officers and other civil servants, remind us how much those individuals have impacted so many lives over the decades. When eyeing a button display, you might ponder the type of garment or type of person wore the garment when it was new.
Many collectors look for buttons reflecting different styles for historical purposes. The way buttons were manufactured 200 years ago certainly differs from today's techniques. Clothing buttons may have been made from hand cut glass, molded clay and hand-decorated porcelain in the past. This contrasts starkly with the machine molded plastic buttons we find on 21st century garments.
In general, button prices can range from a few pence each to maybe a few hundred pounds each. Only the most rare and pristine examples can command the high prices. Those types of buttons are very hard to come by these days, but are still worth seeking out for the dedicated collector.
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