<div dir="auto">Ha ha ... me too, I have a tin with buttons that my mom had. I&#39;m sure it has buttons from her mom, and from her Aunt Alys. I always loved rummaging through those buttons ... still do every once in awhile. I gave some to a hippy friend of mine who made great earrings out of them. Hmmm, guess I will have to pull them out for granddaughter Maya next time she is here. 😊💕 Debbie E</div><br><div class="gmail_quote"><div dir="ltr" class="gmail_attr">On Thu, Aug 22, 2019, 7:37 PM Jane M. Hill via oxford63 &lt;<a href="mailto:oxford63@mailman.cyber-community.com">oxford63@mailman.cyber-community.com</a>&gt; wrote:<br></div><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0 0 0 .8ex;border-left:1px #ccc solid;padding-left:1ex">
  
    
  
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    <font face="Calibri">When I got to Athens for my freshman year of
      college, there was just barely the introduction of ready-made
      clothes. Until then, everyone sewed their own or went to a
      seamstress or tailor. The only such store I found back</font><font face="Calibri"> then</font><font face="Calibri"><font face="Calibri"><font face="Calibri"> (very near the Syntagma
          Square)</font></font> had a couple racks of skirts - all one
      size. The idea was that you picked the skirt, and then the store
      would size it for you by re-sewing! Of course, Greece quickly
      became very chichi, but in 1963 it was still recovering from WWII
      and the Civil War thereafter.<br>
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      Which brings me to buttons... Not far from that clothing store, on
      one of the streets that ran into Syntagma Square, there was a
      block of small stores that <i>only</i> sold buttons - or at least
      that&#39;s all that was ever displayed in the modest windows. Hard to
      imagine how they made a go of it! Today, the shops have been
      replaced with souvenir stores and the like.<br>
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      I too have a small, lidded bowl from my grandmother with buttons.
      Are we pack rats? Should we purge them?<br>
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        <div dir="ltr">We actually had an
          interesting conversation with the museum security guard about
          a tiny store in NYC that sold only buttons of every imaginable
          kind.  I don&#39;t know if it&#39;s still there--he thought near
          Lexington Ave.  <br>
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        <div dir="ltr">When we spent a year in
          Albany, NY while I was in grad school, we came across a store
          in the city of Albany that sold hand-made aprons, $4 each!  I
          still have one, but I doubt the store still exists. <br>
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        <div dir="ltr">It&#39;s fun to think about all
          these by-gone, cherished items and how they may still be
          useful in new ways.  Hurray for button jars!<br>
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        <div dir="ltr">Alana<br>
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          <div> On Thursday, August 22, 2019, 4:09:03 PM EDT, Barbara
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                  <div>Thank you ever<font size="2">yone who saw the
                      exhibit and the nice comments. I have my mother&#39;s
                      and my mother-in-law&#39;s buttons. As I do use them
                      in my work, they are now separated into colors.
                      Not as much fun as going through the button jar
                      but a lot easier.I  also have my mother&#39;s and
                      grandmother&#39;s linens and my mother-in-law&#39;s
                      aprons. The younger generation take their clothes
                      to the cleaners or alterations to get a button
                      replaced. Really! I did send my boys off to
                      college knowing how to sew buttons and iron a
                      shirt. Not so sure that my grandkids in college
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                  <div style="clear:both">Barbara Rucket<br clear="none">
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                    From: Judy Powers via oxford63
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                    To: HARALD BORDEWIECK <a class="m_2444193431967546787moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:hbordewieck@snet.net" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">&lt;hbordewieck@snet.net&gt;</a>;
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                    Sent: Thu, Aug 22, 2019 3:36 pm<br clear="none">
                    Subject: Re: [Oxford63] quilt exhibit<br clear="none">
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                            <div class="m_2444193431967546787yiv2465655587gmail_default" style="font-size:small">What a memory jog
                              you&#39;ve given me, Alana and
                              Barbara-via-Alana.   Same for me with the
                              &quot;button box&quot; or &quot;button jar&quot; collections. 
                              Mother would sometimes let us string
                              buttons to wear as necklaces -- she had
                              her mother&#39;s collection and was adding to
                              it of course.   We would rummage for the
                              larger, brighter or shinier ones 😊, and
                              sometimes could remember or would be told
                              their origins.   Buttons seemed endless
                              and eternal.   I now find I save those
                              &quot;special&quot; ones that come in small
                              envelopes with a special piece of
                              clothing.   And just last week was
                              explaining to youngest granddaughter (7)
                              why her blouse had two extra buttons sewn
                              on the inside, bottom, of the placket. 
                               She was thinking they were irritating or
                              messy and was going to snip them off --
                              well, ok, but don&#39;t snip the blouse,
                              please.   And we can put them in the
                              button box!</div>
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                              and all the generations.</div>
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                                    <div dir="ltr">Barbara!</div>
                                    <div dir="ltr"> We just came back
                                      from the exhibit at the Mandell
                                      JCC.  It was wonderful so varied
                                      in design, color, origin and
                                      information.   I noticed in
                                      several pieces, including yours,
                                      the use of buttons.  In helping to
                                      clean out many of my family&#39;s
                                      homes, I always found a jar of
                                      buttons--what stories they might
                                      tell from the waste not want not
                                      generation.</div>
                                    <div dir="ltr">Thank you for sharing
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                                      <div>Alana  </div>
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