Beautiful celluloid buttons…

I just love these buttons. They’re made of celluloid and are called wafer buttons. They have the most beautiful geometric designs incorporated into their subtle, natural colours. Most are really big – over 3 cm, and all are originals from the 1920s. Don’t you think they’re works of art?

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Published in: on June 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Flea Market Finds…

Last Sunday was the annual 50s fair at Rose Seidler House in Sydney. It’s always a fun day with lots of people getting into the spirit of the 50s by dressing up, arriving in some souped up cars and generally having a great time. This year I met up with my blogging friend Marian who travelled up from Victoria with her partner to experience some 50s magic, and of course to take a few tidbits home (well didn’t we all!).. I was so glad to meet Marian, who really got me started with blogging. We’ve been corresponding for a couple of years so it was high time we met!  That’s us sitting on the rock enjoying a coffee.

We exchanged some lovely gifts – funny that we gave each other a load of vintage goodies! The lovely spotted apron with the crinoline ladies, and the 50s tablecloth are just a couple of the lovely gifts I received.

There were lots of fab 50s things to buy at the fair. I couldn’t go past the lazy susan  – and doesn’t it match perfectly with the tablecloth Marian gave me? I also picked up the pink and black shopping bag and the orange, yellow, green and white shopping basket, which I love and have been using all week. I saw so many things there that took me straight back to my childhood, growing up in Beecroft, a leafy suburb of Sydney.


A few other finds this week: buttons – you can never have too many of them!, and this cute little hand-made cosy for a ‘fan’ pack of stocking darning thread. I also found the fab vintage sheet which it’s sitting on. I don’t have many in blue or purple so it’s a welcome addition to my collection.

Well I hope you had a great week. Pop over to Sophie’s for more great flea market finds!

Published in: on September 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm  Comments (7)  
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Vintage cards of hand-painted children’s buttons…

I know I’ve posted some of these buttons before – but I just can’t resist them! My friend just came back from England and  brought a whole lot of these home with her.  1930’s – 40’s vintage.

Hand painted cowbells…

Mice rowing in a bathtub…

Rabbits bearing gifts…

Baby birds birds cheeping for their dinner…

Big hats, little hats…

Sailors making music….

And my favourites – these beautiful bold hand-painted ducks.

How I love old button cards!

Vintage Novelty Buttons….

Aren’t these the cutest novelty buttons? I’m guessing they’re from the 1930s or 40s, though the cards look a bit Deco-ish. Each button is handpainted. Too sweet!

Published in: on May 5, 2010 at 7:26 am  Comments (16)  
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Vintage Button Lovelies….(and Vintage Thingies Thursday)

I stumbled across these the other day…..

Gorgeous vintage buttons from the 1940s and 50s….

Look at those gorgeous colours and superb designs…..

even the cards are beautiful, with an embossed paving stone design…..

These transparent ones look like boiled lollies….

How could I resist?

I bought 80 cards…..

More pics next week…..

Pop over to Suzanne’s blog for more VTT fun….

Published in: on December 8, 2009 at 8:44 pm  Comments (28)  
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I fell off the Blogtoberfest wagon!

Trying to take on Blogtoberfest this year was probably not a good idea! I’m still recovering from illness earlier in the year, and then my 85 year old mum had a stroke a couple of weeks back, so , well, things just kind of fell apart.

I did manage to get to the Vintage clothing, jewellery and textiles show. Here’s some pics of our stand and the wares we were selling. It was lovely to meet some blogging friends and Etsy team members in person. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello.




We stayed in Sydney for the two nights of the show.  Our entertainment on Friday night – the Schlocky Horror Show on TVS, Killers from Space:


We P’d ourselves laughing at the aliens with ping pong balls in their eyes. They kept bumping into the furniture! A very young Peter Graves (Mission: Impossible), the pink guy in the photo,  looking suitably astonished – maybe it was their eyebrows that put the wind up him!

Published in: on October 27, 2009 at 1:48 pm  Comments (4)  
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Blogtoberfest Day 3 … What does one do with all those buttons?

One makes these:

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Published in: on October 3, 2009 at 8:21 pm  Comments (3)  

Blogtoberfest Day 2…I love the Oppy…

I love my local Op shop! Just about every week they have a few jars of these:


Being a button lover, I’m they’re best customer. They call me the Button Lady.


Here’s just a few from my latest visit – these are BIG!

And some blingy ones too:


I always have a quick scout around for other interesting tidbits. Imagine my luck finding this great little red anodised teapot:


And the best part – it only cost:



Published in: on October 2, 2009 at 8:25 pm  Comments (3)  

Blogtoberfest Day 1, I’m starting it off with a giveaway!

Well hasn’t October rolled around quickly this year. I think I’m still getting over last October, blogging every day for a month! Anyhoo, I thought I’d kick start the festival with a giveaway. Some of you may know that I own a vintage button business,  The Button Bower,

I’ll be selling vintage buttons at the upcoming Sydney Vintage Clothing, Jewellery and Textiles show happening from 16-18th October at Canterbury Racecourse in Sydney. If you love vintage, this is THE place to go. There’s around 60 stalls of fab vintage stuff for sale. Check out the show’s website for more info:

I have a couple of  free tickets to give away, so if you live in Sydney, or you’ll be up this way please leave a comment on this post.  I’m going to draw the winners next Monday, 5th October, after 6pm, so please be sure to leave a comment by then.  There will be two winners, each will receive one free ticket.

Here’s a glimpse of the kind of things we’ll be selling:

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Belt buckles and clasps, bakelite dress clips.

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More lovely buckles – we have heaps of vintage buckles!!

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Bakelite, vintage carded buttons…

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Mmmmm more bakelite…

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and more…..


Lots of vintage button sets that we sew on to cards and display on boards.


Beautiful post depression buttons from the 1930s, lots of Czech glass….

Come and say hi! We’d love to meet you!

I’ll be having a vintage button giveaway later in the month, so stay tuned!

Published in: on October 1, 2009 at 2:12 pm  Comments (9)  
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Vintage Thingies Thursday – vintage pearl button cards

Hi, and welcome to another Vintage Thingies Thursday, hosted by Colorodolady.

Continuing on the theme of my last two VTT posts,  I ‘d like to share some of my pearl button cards.

These lovelies date back to around 1920’s – 30’s.

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Beautiful cards of dyed shell buttons. I think these would lovely framed and hung together as a set:

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The graphics are so elegant!

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The lovely lady series, including a Hawaiian theme!

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Babies and children:

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Some dyed emerald green buttons for your man’s shirt??

And some uniform buttons. Does that doctor look suspiciously like Clark Kent?

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Thanks for dropping by!

Pop over to  Colorodolady for more VTT fun!