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#1 of 3 Old 03-13-2011, 01:47 PM - Thread Starter
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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.

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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.

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Tackle boxes!!

Go to a place where you can buy fishing gear.  Wal-mart and K-mart carry them.  I got several plastic boxes that have separators.  I separated mine by color, size, type and they have handles so that I can carry them from room to room, if I want to.








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