Button buys

It was a whirlwind weekend with lots of action that made it fly by.  On Saturday I had an orientation so that I can start volunteering officially at Dalnavert Museum later on in the month.  After that I went to a gathering for my nephews who have started a heavy metal band and were wanting to play in front of people.  Though it sounded like noise to me, I did appreciate the skill required and could see how people who like that crap music would like it.  Then there was supper at an out door café.  It was too hot for me (36 Celsius  98 Fahrenheit) and I couldn’t eat.  All I could do was pray it would be over soon.  Sunday was church, lunch at my sister-in-laws and then the kids and their significant others joined us for dinner and a games night.  Whew! busy!

It all started off on Friday night when my costuming buds and I met at the costume museum’s button sale.  As a volunteer, I was able to pre shop and I came home with quite the haul!  Shirley, Lottie and I went for coffee afterwards and ooo’d and awed over each others scores.  This is what I got…

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Three large brass buttons

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6 smaller matching buttons

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8 metal buttons

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1 Blurry close up.

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16 matching metal buttons

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Less blurry close up

A jar of bone buttons.

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A tea cup full of buttons. In this case, I was more interested in the tea cup than the buttons.

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Ooooo!

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Meh.

For the find of the day….

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A box of jet buttons.

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Very few match.

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But there is a few pairs.

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And some are close enough that from far away, they’d be fine.

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Some weren’t jet but I still liked them anyway!

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Button, Button. Who’s got the button?

This past Tuesday, the volunteer session at the Costume Museum of Canada was prep work for the Trunk and Button sale that will be taking place early next month.

Some people were working selecting buttons for the scoop bins.  (Pay the price and scoop out a bunch of buttons.)  Others were sorting buttons that matched for sale as sets.  I was working assembling random pretty buttons on cards for collectors.

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This is one of mine. The card is a photo of hat pins in the museum’s collection. I sewed some pretty buttons over top of a few for a “3D” look.

One of the perks of volunteering is some pre shopping I can do.  My selection has been set aside for me to be priced and then paid for on sale day.

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My little potential hoard.  I may have to “throw some back” if the price ends up being higher than I thought.  I hope not….

If the little darlings become mine, I will share photos of my loot!

Bringing home a treasure!

This past Tuesday, I was able to get back to volunteering at the Costume Museum after nearly 2 years of not being available because of my work schedule.

This session was not hands on as the group was planning the display coming up next month.  It will be a display of things bought at the now defunct Eaton’s store.  Alas, there will be no Victorian items but there will be a few Edwardian things.

During the meeting I did score something for my home…a display piece that was being chucked because of wobbly legs.  I have a few handy fellows in my family so I saved it from the garbage bin.

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I think it may have originally been a desk.  It is tall enough.  I fell in love with the handle!  It is solid wood…not veneer and particle board. I may get it refinished but honestly, I don’t mind the scratches.  The chip in one leg is easily hidden if moved to the back.  It just needs some glue and a few bolts tightened!

 

2 dollars!

I went thrifting this weekend and finally found a pair of leather gloves that fit my big hands. They need to be stretched out a bit so at some point I need to soak them and wear them till they dry. The best part is they were only $2! Yeah me! They will look so good with my costumes!

Flea Market’s best find!

I was walking along, picking this up, turning that around, when I spotted something that made me think “Dr. Who Tardis”.

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I picked it up and turned it over and found a clasp.IMG_20180203_163034607

A lovely clasp!

When I opened that clasp I really noticed the embossed edge.

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That embossing is on 3 sides.

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I’m still pretty clueless about what it is other than some sort of book.  It wasn’t until I opened it up that I realized it was a photo album.

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What threw me was its small size.  It is an album that displays one carte de visit per page.  And of course, I will share with you.

 

Flea Market Gem

The hubby and I launched our vacation with a trip to a flea market.  I scored BIG!  My first purchase was a whopping $3 and worth that and more!

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I couldn’t tell you how old it is (they were around from late 1800’s to the 1920’s) but the closure strings remind me of one I saw at the Costume Museum of Canada and that one was dated 1870’s.  It was also crocheted.

It took awhile to figure out how to get into it but once I did I though “ingenious!”

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There is a little tab on the front (look closely at the top photograph.  If you pull on it, it pulls the two sides apart and pulls the strings out.

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To fish something out, you poke your fingers past the strings.

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Then to close it, you pull on the ring.

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I am getting a lot of bang for my buck with this item.  I can study it and figure out how it was made and make more.  And I can use it with my next costume because the color is a near perfect match!

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Tomorrow I will share another treasure with you.