I was paid a visit this afternoon, by my lovely big sister (well shorter, but older – you get my drift!) She has been promising me a visit for a while to bring some ‘stuff’ we have inherited from Auntie Betty (actually her MIL not an auntie at all – but family relations are always a bit odd!) So along with with a sewing machine, the remains of the Christmas cake – still tastes awesome, a cake tin, a cat shaped tea cosy and a vintage 1950’s dress – more on that later in the year!, she brought us 2 button tins full of goodies!
I love button tins – always full of wonderful little treasures, and hours of entertainment for sad people like me. I’m always fascinated by the variety of things inside, old military buttons, huge bakerlite overcoat buttons, tiny little mother of pearl ones and everything in between. I try and imagine the garment that once held the button, and where it was worn and by who. My mothers button tin is like diving into my childhood. I can recognise the buttons which were on my favourite party dress, the brown woollen coat with a velvet collar my mum wore when I was little. Buttons from my Dad’s RAF uniform, the navy blue coat my mum wore when she got married and so it goes on!
But what to do with them all? Whilst I have put aside buttons that are of particular sentimental value, I intend to use the others for jewellery, decoration etc. I want everyone to enjoy them (well if thats your thing anyway!)
But to my question – is there a rule that all vintage buttons are handed on to younger family members in Quality Street tins or is this just coincidence?