I Found My Vintage Buttons!Posted by Ali on October 22 at 08:41 pm
I have always enjoyed using offbeat parts in my jewelry — found objects, costume jewelry from my grandma, sparkly vintage buttons, or “hippie beads” from my Aunt Jackie. I feel like using these kinds of pieces in my jewelry adds a special touch to the already cool combinations of stones.
In my college days, I could be found selling my jewelry each summer at the Ann Arbor art fair. I always tried to have a variety of pieces available from low to high prices and from simple to super fancy Some of my most interesting pieces contained vintage buttons or other random things that I came across as a thrifty college student. These were always my favorite pieces, but they didn’t seem to sell very well. It may have something to do with the fact that I priced them really high — maybe I wanted to keep them for myself
I recently found my box of vintage buttons and I was so happy. We moved last year and for the life of me, I couldn’t find them. I started to get inspired immediately!
Then I got to thinking — maybe Lima Beads should carry a full line of buttons! Green Girl has some pretty cool pewter buttons that I think would be great to use in a necklace or bracelet or as part of the clasp. We already love Green Girl Beads, so it seems like carrying their buttons is a natural choice. I’ve also seen some interesting buttons coming out of the factories and other artisan buttons at some of the shows we attend.
I ran this idea past Kevin and he just laughed. It seems like every week I come up with something new that I want to offer at Lima Beads and I think it drives him crazy! If you think buttons would be cool, help me convince him and the rest of the Lima team!