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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Just before we left on vacation I was the lucky winner of three button auctions on eBay. The photos were very poor but I could spot enough interesting buttons that I was able to recognize it was a "real" button box that had been separated into three different tins to make it more saleable. I contacted the seller and asked if they would omit the tins and combine shipping then I bid ruthlessly to win them. I shouldn't give away my strategy but I have had good luck bidding on these lots where the seller clearly isn't a button person. Sorry about the garish red background but this is post-cleaning and I lay them out on a towel to dry.
A few of the carved MOP buttons I pulled from the pile. You can click the pictures bigger.
Clear glass, leather and some china buttons up at the top.
Wooden buttons, bone underwear buttons and some metal. I still haven't really figured out why underwear buttons have those big holes. I know it has something to do with twill tape but don't really understand how they were used.
Dyed MOP buttons.
Colorful plastic buckles.
Interesting plastic buttons.
Even MORE interesting plastic buttons.
Uniform buttons and other metals.
Glass buttons and a sweet little orange china. The button in the lower right looks like cloth but it is glass.
Vegetable ivory and the two in the lower left corner are a couple of the best Tight Tops I have found. I probably paid a little much since easily half of them will go into my personal collection and not be resold on Etsy but somebody has to rescue them and appreciate them - right??