Thursday, January 21, 2010

OK Buttons!

You all know what a button lover I am. Well, when my friend Jenni moved away (sniffle) to Oklahoma this past August, she soon sent me this page from her local electrical coop magazine:

If you click on the photo to make it big, you'll see that the third paragraph down is an ad by a woman who said she was looking for people to participate in a button exchange. I'd never done a button exchange before, so I decided to give it a try.

Thus began a small shower of fat envelopes in my mailbox, each containing four buttons from mostly Oklahoma ladies! We've managed to exchange anywhere from one to three months now, depending on the person, so I have a bit of variety already. It's fun to choose button treasures to send based upon each participants likes or dislikes -- though most have said they had no preference at all! Along the way we send a newsy little letter, so it feels like when I was a kid and had pen pals!

I thought you might like to see some of what I've received so far:

This lady (above) told me her button stash comes from her husband's grandmother.

These (above) came from a woman who decided not to participate, after all, but wanted to send along a couple of old buttons anyway with her note saying so.

These (above) came from a lady in her 80's who called me one morning out of the blue, to chat.

These (above) came from the lady who wrote the ad.

These (above) are from a lady who belongs to her local chapter of the National Button Society.

These (above) came from a lady who always sends her buttons with a hand made card.

It's been fun, and also a real learning experience. I've learned to be sure to make my desires clear, to help guide my fellow exchangers in their choice of what to send me. I've learned about the extra cost for mailing something that must be hand-stamped, and the necessity of reinforcing the envelopes with tape. And I've learned the importance of record keeping, what with all these buttons going back and forth, the memory fails much more quickly than you'd think!

Maybe some of my blog regulars and I could set up a button exchange one of these days? If interested, leave a comment and I'll try to put one together for this Spring!

10 comments :

Malisa said...

The buttons are neat but I am in love with that crumb tray! I have been looking for one just like that for my son who has a crumb obsession! :) Where in the world did you find that?

Linda Sue said...

I am so button addicted! i will buy a dress just because i like the buttons! Buttons are like gems to me- we are sisters, I just know it!

Devonay@LumpkinAndMe said...

Wow! How cool is that? I love buttons too!!! Yes! Let's do a button exchange!

Natalia said...

Love the buttons posted. I love them as well and would definitely be up to do a button exchange.

Ann Flowers said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Ann Flowers said...

Wow what a variety. I have to say my favorites are the ones from "a lady who belongs to her local chapter of the National Button Society." The sixth picture. The first one on the card is so unique looking. Those are fascinating buttons. I am glad your having fun! Thanks for sharing your adventure:)

Ann Flowers

Jingle said...

Oh, my LOU, these are simply fantastic! I need to go get some new vintage buttons. I haven't bought vintage ones in awhile and I just need more. LOL!

Angela said...

Wow, what treasures! They are all so beautiful!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

I have tons of vintage buttons and would love to participate in an exchange but I'd rather wait until after OWOH as that really keeps me busy (having fun)! Let's do it!

julietk said...

What a lovely idea, and fab buttons.