Your Old Clothing Buttons May Be a Collector’s Windfall

Your Old Clothing Buttons

Before you throw out all those old clothes stored up in your attic you might want to consider their collectible value. Old clothes themselves can eventually become collectibles if they are unique enough and in good condition, but you should also take a look at the buttons that adorn them. Unique and custom crafted buttons that have some history behind them can be an appealing find for a collector.

Mass produced buttons with no detail should probably go into your spare button jar or rubbish bin though. The clothing buttons you are looking for need to have some sort of memorable quality to them. Most newer plastic and pressed metal buttons won’t excite a collector.

Ideally the buttons you save for their collection value should have some sort of story to tell or should flow with other stories that a collector may want to integrate them with. And they should convey their part in that story via the detain on them, their hand-crafting, or the materials they are made from.

Button collectors generally don’t just want a collection of individual clothing buttons. They want to add each button to a collection that has some cohesiveness to it, and which they can tell a story about. If you have detailed buttons from an old uniform then they may want to add those buttons to a collection that shows how the buttons on that uniform have changed throughout the history of the organization that uniform belonged to, for example.SBS button factory

Buttons from sports and military uniforms can be a contender for collectible status. Buttons with some unique hand crafting can also be appealing. Buttons made from historic materials that are no longer in use can tell a story about the distant past, and how things were manufactured back then. Buttons from exotic foreign countries that convey some of the character of their country or region can provide some interesting insights into the people and history of that area. You can also find buttons from events throughout history, such as political buttons and buttons promoting a revolutionary cause.

In the past buttons were made from a variety of interesting materials that hold a lot of history today. Celluloid, Bakelite, and Lucite were almost the first plastics used for buttons. Vegetable Ivory buttons were made from the Corozo nut found on the Tague tree, which is a type of palm. Copper and brass buttons have been used throughout history. Bone buttons have been used for even longer and some found in museums may date to before the start of the metal age. Various carved and forged stone buttons have also been used over the thousands of years of human history.

Buttons have often been made and adorned in creative ways that interest collectors. Cloth covered buttons are fairly common but can have some interesting detail. You can find customized buttons that featured beautiful hand-painted portraits and other artwork. Glass buttons may be sculpted into artful shapes and many of the older ones are hand-crafted. They may also be tinted in unique ways that give them some interesting color.

Once your clothes have reached the end of their useful lives there’s no real reason to keep them around and no point in wasting the space that storing them would take up. The buttons on them take up virtually no space though, and you don’t lose much by saving them if they have some collectible value. So put those old and unique clothing buttons in a jar and maybe one day they will become interesting collectibles.

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