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:
- Designer buttons
- Clothing manufacturers
- Well-known personalities
- Clothing brands
- Stores selling clothing with their own identification
- Stores selling clothing not of their own brand
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!