... I believe the 2019 Florida State Button Society Meeting, Show & Sale can help change that image and your mind. (Click the image to the left for an idea of what I am talking about!)
Spend a few hours at “Escape from the Zoo” Jan. 17-20, 2019, and gaze upon approximately 1 million buttons from centuries ago to modern that will be on display and sale. It's going to be held at the Sheraton Tampa Brandon, 10221 Princess Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33610.
Showroom entrance fee for adults is just $5.
Buttons of all prices, materials and ages will be offered for sale by approximately 25 button vendors. The show is attended by hundreds of button collectors and enthusiasts from Florida and other states. Members of the FSBS compete for prizes with cards full of specifically-themed buttons. The Bay Area Button Club is hosting the state show.
For more information, visit
Florida State Button Society on Facebook.
I don't think I have ever heard the word "basque" in reference to what Wikipedia defines as in Victorian fashion, "a closely-fitted bodice or jacket extending past the waistline over the hips."
But, because I have recently published a book of poems: Haiku for Button Lovers on Amazon, when I came across the poem, "My Grandmother's Basque," in the 1952 book Return Engagement of BLACK Glass Buttons by Caroline Smith and Edith E. Fuoss, I was totally charmed!
The poem was written by Myrtle Eve Stadon and I present it below as it was seen on page 11 of the book.
Vanity buttons are also sometimes called signature buttons or designer buttons. They are patterned with a name, initial or logo, which belongs to an individual, company, event, personality or store.
Vanity buttons started in the 1970s. At first they were used on expensive men's clothing, but before too long were being used on women's and children's clothes.
Collections of vanity buttons can be sorted into six categories, according to Pat Olsen in her NBS Bulletin article:
Vanity buttons may become scarce in the future! One reason is because clothing is so often just thrown away. In addition, fashion's star designers are aging and dying.
Hunting for these buttons made for a fun Scavenger Hunt for several members of the Hernando County Button Collectors Group in Florida recently. A Goodwill Super Store was our hunting ground!
I had a wonderful time at the 2018 National Button Society Convention last week. My presentation, "The History of Buttons: Why We Collect the Little Works of Art," attracted almost three dozen people! Afterwards, I sold 10 copies of my presentation in the narrated format. This makes me really happy because it tells me that the buyers will use it as a recruitment tool or at their local meetings. I attended most of the educational presentations and was, once again, overwhelmed by the huge-ness of the vendor showroom and the competition trays display. Whew! But here are photos of most of the buttons I got at the convention. To see photos from the Convention, look on Facebook under Florida State Button Society or the National Button Society.
I'm all ready for my trip to Jacksonville, FL for the National Button Society Convention. I'll arrive on Wednesday. My presentation, "The History of Buttons: Why We Collect the Little Works of Art," is on Thursday at 9 a.m. I am looking forward to it very much! My main purpose is to help get more people interested in the hobby of button collecting. If you'd like to see more about the education and fun programs planned for the week, go to https://youtu.be/R__KDC-xUro
Along with thousands of others all over the world,
I LOVE BUTTONS! Buttons, for me, are miniature works of art. Examining their designs, colors and materials gives me great pleasure. "Haiku for Button Lovers" is full of “insider information” -- the details about buttons. So, the more one knows about buttons, the more he or she will enjoy the poetry. It's short and sweet and is written with a clever turn of phrase.
You can find it on Amazon: www.amazon.com/-/e/B07GDNQJF5
I hope reading my "Haiku for Button Lovers" will delight button collectors and intrigue others to learn more about buttons and button collecting.
What fun! Current Company, Inc., has made it easy for me to buy holiday cards with a button theme! And, as usual, the quality is great and they're not expensive. You can get matching address labels and seals, too. They also have some really cute gift bags with a removable button-decorated felt Christmas tree.
Use this link to see more on my Holey Buttons website: Button Fun!, or go directly to the Current Catalog by using this link: currentcatalog.7eer.net/c/1267713/297104/4634
Sylvia Liszka Durell, Author
Owner of HoleyButtons.com and a founding member of the Hernando County Button Collectors Group in Florida.