About two years ago, I was part of a small group who started the Hernando County Button Collectors Group in Florida. I am a member of the Manatee Button Club in Ocala, FL, the Buckeye State Button Society in Ohio, the Florida State Button Society and the National Button Society. I am the Publicity Chair for the FSBS and am working with the NBS to promote the National Convention, which will be held in Florida in August 2018.
I created this website after I published my "The History of Buttons: Why We Collect the Little Masterpieces of Art" program. I use the program to recruit new button club members, as well as entertainment for other groups. Many people don't know the amazing story of buttons throughout history and the influence these common little items had on fashion and industry! My illustrated presentation provides them an entertaining lesson that often surprises them! I have presented the program locally to the general public, for quilt clubs and to residents of senior living communities. So many older residents still have their button tins and jars and they love talking about buttons. I also have presented a version tailored to young people — it's never to early to interest our youngest generation in button collecting.
I am a button collector and enthusiast — with an emphasis on enthusiast. I first got interested in button collecting many years ago, but put it on hold until I retired recently. The item pictured to the right is what first got me interested in collecting. I purchased it from an elderly lady at a house sale. In my mind, it is a double work of art...the creation she fabricated to hold the buttons and the buttons themselves.
Look for the Hernando County Button Collectors Group on Facebook!