ROSEMARY HARRIS: I'm pretty sure I've already come clean about my -uh, extensive china collection and possibly the cookie cutters, vintage linens and bakelite radios (if not I'll get to them soon) but this post is about the humble button.
What can I say...every once in a while I go a little button crazy. I like to change the buttons on things. I scour flea markets and tag sales for old buttons - even if I don't have anything to put them on. If they're beautifdul, I want them. And they don't take up nearly as much room as the radios do.
This particular episode was prompted by a tuxedo jacket that was on sale and I just had to buy - even though it had no buttons. I didn't notice until I got it home and by then I was already imagining what I'd wear the jacket with so there was no going back.
I considered going to M&J Trimming, the button capital of New York, and maybe the world. www.mjtrim.com Every size, shape, color, silk, plastic, bone, ribbon, rhinestone...you name it. And appliques, boas, silk roses..it's heaven. But I was busy, the day got away from me. Tender Buttons was closer, but they're kind of pricey and sell buttons that come with a provenance and a certificate of authenticity - Winston Churchill wore these buttons! www.tenderbuttons-nyc.com
I had no alternative. I went on ebay.
The tuxedo buttons were just the tip of the iceberg. By the end of my two-day binge I had spent close to $100 on - buttons. Czech glass, vintage octogonal enamel, beads and stones. You'd have thought I was ordering fine jewels.
One sweater has already been transformed. My husband was effusive - "nice, honey."
I don't know if anyone else would notice and I suppose I don't really care but dang they make a difference to me!