Monday, May 4, 2009

Buttons, buttons everywhere (and only elastic-waist pants in sight)

So remember way back when I mentioned my Grandmother and her thrifting ju-ju? She is as fascinated by thrift stores as I am-- we are both unwilling to pay large sums of money for any one thing (but large sums of money for many small and probably not-so-useful things-- that I am on board with.) And we both love the fact that you have absolutely no idea what turns your life may take after a trip to the thrift store. I've seriously changed course completely after finding something totally inspiring, like those vintage sheets. I went through a long, long phase where I obsessively paced my thrift store route several times a week looking for cool new sheets. And so it was a very happy day when my Mom unpacked this giant (and I do mean giant-- I owe her a serious check for the baggage fee on that thing) suitcase full of all kinds of goodies. First up, a large sack of vintage buttons. But not just any buttons-- primo, top quality, really old SETS of buttons. There's a little bakelite, a little composite plastic, but at least 50% of these are natural materials-- shell, horn, I'm kind of sure that one is even bone. It's truly amazing. Grady and I sorted them this afternoon-- the whites are by far my favorite. He likes to put them on his head and pretend that he is the peddler from Caps for Sale. I swear you would have no idea what he is talking about if you don't know what he's reading at any given moment. Goofball.
I'm feeling like this may be a thrift-store kind of week around here. I have SO many cool finds of my own to share, and there are some other totally-weird-yet-cool-and-definitely-unique things still floating around in that suitcase...

3 comments:

Joy said...

How cool are those?! (although I admit the notion of buttoning up bone everyday kind of skeeves out the veg in me.) Grady's already into Caps for Sale? Finn is totally still in board book territory. Although with the number of books he takes into his crib each night, I'm not entirely unhappy with that. Do you have Circus Caps for Sale too? Elizabeth really enjoyed that one for quite a while.

brown robin said...

wow.... can't wait to see more!

nicola said...

oh, envy on the suitcase of goodies. and i am in thrifted sheet mode now. and i don't have nearly enough buttons! ;)
nicola
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