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Jennifer

I did the same thing as you. I heard about this book, thought it sounded interesting, and then promptly forgot about it. I am glad you wrote about it because now I think I need a copy. I love social history and this sounds fascinating. Button boxes always make me think of the scene in the Little House books were Laura and Mary make a button necklace for Carrie from the buttons in Ma's button box.

cathy

I love buttons! Have not heard of this book, but will be looking for it. BTW, I found a fabulous button store in Portland, OR. Too bad its on the other side of the country from me. Or...maybe that's a good thing for my budget. lol!

Danielle

I love the Little House books and I remember that scene now that you mention it. The paperback is a very nice, compact edition and I am thoroughly enjoying it--so glad it crossed my path again. If you have any good suggestions for similar social history titles, do share! :)

Danielle

I like buttons, too--I love the idea of this book--to talk about the world from something as small and seemingly unimportant as a button! She had a great idea and the book, so far, is very interesting. I bet I could start a jar of my own buttons as I have lots of lonely singles all over--in drawers and boxes! It is nice when you find cool stores like that, but I agree--better not to visit them too often!

Penny

I will be looking for this.
Though I don't sew, I love buttons and have a collection of antique buttons. There was a very small store in downtown Chicago, just off of the Magnificent Mile, called Tender Buttons. It wasn't much bigger than a walk-in closet. I loved that store, in part for the floor to ceiling boxes of buttons of every size and color and for the clientele that would come in; designers, seamstresses, theater folks.
I turned one of the buttons into a lapel pin and wear it often.

Danielle

What a wonderful little store. I love those types of places that every nook and cranny is filled--they have serious personality--much more preferable over cookie cutter type places. And you know the people who run them are the most knowledgeable, too. I am getting inspired to start my own little button jar or box now! I only sew the most basic little things when I finish a needlework piece (and it has been ages since I have done that of late). I take it the little store is gone now? And how cool that you transformed a button into a pin--those are always the nicest pieces of jewelry--that have a story attached to them!

Penny

Sadly, the button store is no longer in Chicago. I do think there is one, the original one, in New York City. It is fun to have a button collection; whether in a jar or box, whatever. Enjoy.

Smithereens

It's funny because my mother owned a Quality street tin full of buttons too. I have a tin box (but not Quality street) and my boys tried their hand at tying up buttons in a sort of mismatched garland. They were very proud.

Buried In Print

The tone of this one is so inviting; I can imagine either sitting down with it to read straight through or, on the opposite end of the scale, keeping it next to a comfy chair and reading a chapter whenever one thinks of button boxes (or tins or jars), or just whenever. Glad you are enjoying it so much!

Danielle

Those 'mom and pop' stores are always the best and sadly there seem to be fewer of them. I have a jar that would work perfectly--I people who save all the short ends of threads from needlework projects, but as I am not stitching much these days--I guess I could re-purpose the jar I had for that....sigh.

Danielle

I think I need to look up those Quality tins--is the company still around? I had a jewelry box that had loads of cheap imitation jewelry that I would play with--set them all out and pretend I was a shop keeper--I think I must have spent hours with that box. Aren't these things cool, though, for children and so nice to see them using their creativity and imagination with playing with them! Your sons should be very proud indeed!

Danielle

I love the way the chapters read like different little essays and they are all different--this book is such a great find. I am glad you reminded me about it. I have been reading the chapters slowly (no surprise there), but the book is really perfect for dipping into thankfully. Did you explore the long bibliography at the end by any chance?

cathy

This book is wonderful; I read about it on dovegreyreaderscribbles and was lucky enough to find a copy in my local library (Toronto) but have purchased two copies to give as gifts. Happy reading and memories!

Danielle

Toronto has a fantastic public library system from what I have heard. I think if I had found this at the library I, too, would end up having purchased it. I am happy to have it so I can take my time reading the chapters. Yay for bloggers who write about these little gems!

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