October 27, 2006

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

That Wooly Yarn Girl Rebecca showed some vintage buttons on her blog a few days ago. They were unusual, and cool, and I know that I've seen other Seattle Knitters Guild members with similar cards of vintage buttons, so I asked her about them. Rebecca brought a whole big bag of cards of vintage buttons to our Feral Knitting meeting last week so that I could look at them. And Rebecca's been enabling kind enough to e-mail me all kinds of information about the shop in Seattle that sells the vintage buttons. (Big sale upcoming on November 3 and 4! She even gave me advice about where to get a latte before getting in line before the doors open for the sale!)

It's probably silly of me, but out of the whole big bag, the ones I most coveted were a set of 8 Girl Scout buttons -- green, sew-through buttons with the little Scout shield emblem on them. Took me back to my elementary school days. I'm sure I had buttons just like that on my Scout uniform in the 5th grade.

So when I got home from Feral Knitting that night, to placate my Inner Child who was on the verge of having a tantrum about needing some Girl Scout buttons, too, I sat down to the computer, logged on to eBay, and searched for vintage Girl Scout buttons. Sure enough, I "won" a set (or two, by the time of this writing.) And that led me to broaden my search for other vintage buttons. I was surprised at the selection -- and usually they are listed for just a few dollars. I've been high bidder on a few buttons, here and there. (The button stash is growing -- Rebecca, see what you've started?!) And I've been outbid a few times, too.

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The bidding was at $685 when I stumbled upon this one by Lalique. Interesting and unusual as it is, I wasn't tempted to bid on it -- and, at that price, it would be too precious to use on a coat or sweater. Bidding closed at $2,276 and some change. Takes my breath away.

Posted by Karen at October 27, 2006 11:42 AM
Comments

amazing isn't it what people will bid on eh? it is a beautiful button, although I agree with you that it would be too expensive to wear for fear of losing it.

Posted by: marti at October 27, 2006 03:25 PM

:cough cough: Two grand for a button? Just think of all the yarn you could buy for $2k!

Now I have to go search on E-bay for vintage buttons. Thanks, Karen!

Posted by: Jewel at October 27, 2006 03:36 PM

oops. sorry. ok, not so much sorry as wishing I wasn't going to be out of town for that sale, DOH! Bring your new buttons to Ferals next time so we can drool over them, 'k?

Posted by: Rebecca at October 27, 2006 08:15 PM

Well, that is a beautiful button, to be sure. I would be afraid to sew that valuable an object on a garment, though! Crazy.

Posted by: Anne at October 29, 2006 09:49 PM

i am not going to look for buttons on ebay,
i am not going to look for buttons on ebay,
i am not going to look for buttons on ebay...

love the book signing post also.

Posted by: vanessa at October 30, 2006 08:07 AM

I can't see spending six hundred dollars on a button, let alone twenty-two hundred . . . for that price, it should be 14k gold.

Posted by: Karen at October 31, 2006 12:09 PM

The trouble with getting older is you start realizing all the stuff you threw out years ago is now "vintage" and could finance a real nice stash.....

Posted by: Suz at November 1, 2006 02:35 AM

I must not go back to buying buttons on ebay--that was my first ebay binge, quite a few years ago, when I didn't even have my own computer! I now have a lovely collection of buttons that I need to sift through and organize some day. Hey, maybe I can sell some on ebay... Yeah, and the Pea Pod sweater I knitted for my grandson a couple of months ago still doesn't have buttons. Irony anyone?

Posted by: Marie at November 14, 2006 10:36 PM