Yesterday, I was shopping at the fleamarket in Englishtown, NJ. This market has changed so much. I first remember going there over twenty years ago. It was great! Table after table of unique items. Even two years ago, it still had a good amount of different stuff. This past weekend, I would say it was 90% new items – tube socks, makeup, soaps, cell phone chargers. It made me sad to see how this market has changed so much. However, I still got very lucky!
I have always envied friends who find button stashes at thrift stores or get them handed down from relatives. Especially after Susan Beal’s Button it Up! book of button projects came out. But I am no longer a button pauper! My father found for me two ziplocs just packed with buttons. The vendor also had a stash of large buttons that he claimed were from WWII. The cost for the two bags plus ten of the large buttons? $3. On the baby sweater I just finished, the buttons were nearly one dollar each, so if I can use even just a few of the hundreds that I now have, I will be in good shape. I immediately used two on a knit baby jacket that I had finished sewing up in the car.
The buttons are plastic, wood, shell, and soapstone. I love how many of them are bright colors, medium to large sizes, and unique shapes. There are so many matching buttons – I should have no problem finding enough for cardigans and big projects.
Onto the question of the day. Here are two photos of the WWII buttons. They are engraved with an anchor and 13 stars. They are clearly made up of two layers of material, as shown in the last picture. The back definitely does not feel like plastic, though I can’t tell what it is made of. Any ideas, either on the material or if they really are WWII buttons?