Sunday, May 15, 2016

Buttons and Zippers



When Hubby and I were at estate sales last weekend I found these. I almost passed them up because I thought it was going to be another case of leftover prices from whoever the person selling them now bought them from a decade ago.  Fifty cents for a bag full of obviously old buttons seemed too good to be true.

But it wasn't. The lady wanted things gone and she sold me all four bags for a dollar. Aren't they pretty?


I might have enough zippers already, but that didn't stop me from looking. New zippers at the store are expensive and thrift store zippers aren't much better.  One of the estate sales had a shoe box of them, divided into baggies for a dollar each. The ones still in packages were a quarter.


I can't remember if they charged me a dollar or two dollars for the entire box and that's driving me nuts. Either way, it was a great deal for sixty zippers. There are lots of different styles here, everything from newer plastic coils to heavy metal teeth intended for jackets.

I'm loving my growing zipper stash. I probably have enough to last me forever at this point, but if I find another box for a dollar I doubt I'll leave it behind.

Many of my new-to-me zippers, including the ones I've used, were obviously salvaged from something else. The needle holes and bits of thread are proof of that. I've been thinking that I'd never have the patience to remove old zippers.

Now I've got these and I'll have to decide if I've got the patience or not...



Weekly Stash Report

Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date: 4 3/4 yards
Fabric added this week:  0 yards
Fabric added year  to date: 11 yards (+2 sheets)
Net used for 2016: 6 1/4 yards

Yarn used this Week: 0  yards
Yarn used year to Date: 2750 yards
Yarn added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn added Year to Date: 150 yards
Net used for 2016: 2600 yards

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5 comments:

Libby in TN said...

What is it about buttons? It's kinda comforting to run your fingers through a box of buttons, in search of that one unique button, or one that reminds you of Grandma, or one from your childhood. You did good!

Joy D said...

I agree with Libby...there is something relaxing about a box of buttons. As for the zippers, congrats! You are so right that zippers have gotten expensive. I would probably only go through the labor of picking out the stitches in the zippers if I had a project I needed them for. Otherwise, I would just leave them as is, and let the extra bits of fabric hang out! Have a blessed week!

Kate said...

You make out pretty well on both sewing staples. I like buttons, there was just something about being able to play with great bunches of them.

Rhonda said...

Great find on both the zippers and buttons. You will have fun with both of them!

desertskyquilts said...

Love the buttons! I'll bet if you are sitting watching TV or just don't feel like doing something else, you will have no trouble taking out those zippers. =)

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