I am very thankful I inherited my husband's grandma's button collection but I am a little overwhelmed. It was probably started in the '30's but it's not exactly a "collection," there is no organization to it. It is in a 12"x18"x10" tin box. Would you go to the (huge) effort of sorting it? There are buttons of every shape, size and material including some that are probably pretty valuable. I think it would be best if I did because otherwise I wouldn't be able to find anything when I need it but how do you store something like that? Some are on cards, some matching sets are tied with string but the majority are loose.
Button Collection sorting and storing
My dd and I organized mine yesterday. We sorted by color using old muffin tins. Any that were on cards, in envelopes, on string, or that I knew had mates went into a baggie. I'll get to them later. Etsy has a ton of vintage buttons for sale, if you are thinking something may be of value you might try checking or selling there.