When I visit my local thrift stores I always have a list in my purse of things that I’m specifically trying to find for projects that I have in mind.
Sometimes it can take months or even years, like with my decoupaged vintage knobs project, to find exactly what I picture in my head when I envision a finished project.
But I’m patient, and I can wait for the right thing to come along…. and if it doesn’t? Well, I have so many project ideas on my lists that there’s always something creative to keep me busy
I don’t worry about what I’m not finding, and I concentrate on what I am.
And sometimes, like this week, I’m just dumb lucky to be in the right thrift store on just the right day at just the right time.
I popped into the thrift store on my lunch break on Tuesday and found absolutely nothing.
But when it comes to thrifting one day is seldom like the next, and when I went back on Wednesday I found 12 pounds of thrifted buttons gloriousness.
It was actually the vintage rose canister that caught my eye. I thought it would look nice in my aqua and red kitchen and when I took a closer look on the crowded shelf I realized it was surrounded by three large jars of buttons.
And when I opened it… it was full of buttons too!
How wonderful I thought.
Well, I couldn’t carry all of them from the back of the store to the front because I already had a few other things in my hands, and I didn’t see a volunteer close by.
There was no way I was leaving them there to go get a basket. I just knew they would be gone by the time I got back. That has happened to me before with other things and it was not happening this time.
So, I decided to do what any self respecting thrifter would do… I put all four $1 jars on the floor so there was absolutely no mistaking the fact that these were all temporarily mine as I opened each one to take a peek.
In my world temporary possession such as this is definitely nine-tenths of thirfting law.
I told myself that I had to love at least one button when I opened up each jar for that jar to come home with me. Searching for one in the depths of each container was not allowed… no… I had to see it right away.
I was hoping that making this deal with myself would help me to narrow down my options. Who was I kidding? Myself I guess. lol.
So, container number 1 was the pretty vintage rose canister… and when I pulled off the lid what did I see? The sweetest little pink and white daisy button with a lovely cream cabbage rose button right beside it.
Well, what could I do? I had to be honest and admit that I’m a flower loving girl… and roses and daisies especially.
This first container of buttons had to come home with me.
So, onto the second container.
The first buttons I saw when I opened it were the sweet little gold bear, and the large metal star that kinda looks like a starfish.
Well, what could I do? I had to be honest and admit that I’m a starfish and little bear loving kinda girl.
Darn it all!
The second container of buttons had to come home with me.
The third container had these two fabulously large in your face pink buttons.
I have no idea what these buttons would be used on, but they are super cool and super pink.
Well, once again… what could I do? I had to be honest and admit that I’m a pink loving kinda girl.
The third container of buttons had to come home with me.
And the fourth container?
Well I was kinda hoping it would be a huge disappointment… but unfortunately it wasn’t. (wink wink)
Look at all that glorious color! It was like looking into a rainbow.
Yellow, pink, red, green, blue, orange, purple.
Well, you know that there was absolutely nothing I could do. I had to be honest and admit that I’m a color loving girl.
Shoot! Darn it! Drats!
The fourth container of buttons had to come home with me.
So I grabbed all four containers of 12 pounds of thrifted buttons, with the other things I had already picked up, and managed to carry them to the counter to pay and then to my car.
I guess it just goes to show that when there’s a will there’s always a little extra strength to find the way.
But the real moral of this thrifting story is that there will always be at least one button to love in every container of buttons. So you might as well just cut to the chase and buy them all without even looking. lol.
It’s very cool when you find an instant stash, but in this case it’s even cooler that my instant stash only cost me $4.
Can you believe I’ve never done a repurposed button project? I know right? I can’t believe it either! I already have an idea list as long as my arm.
But now you’ve probably guessed that there will be button projects for years and years. lol.
And years. 🙂
How would you store these buttons? By color, size, type?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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