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I don't think I've yet shared with you my obsession with buttons. Yes, I am a button collector. I got into button collecting rather recently, when I realized for the first time that old buttons are really so much cooler than new ones. When I was younger I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to collect buttons; today I am happy to admit that I am that person.
Anyway, today I attended a button show. And it made me so happy!
When I discovered that the Texas State Button Society Show was this weekend and not too far away, I just knew that I had to attend. I've been babbling on and on to my husband about it for weeks. The first thing he said was... "You know everyone there is going to be about 40 years older than you, don't you?" My reply: "Now honestly, would that stop you from attending an antique scooter convention, or an antique advertising show, or an antique tin collector's meeting?" "Well, no." Case closed.
So, this morning the two of us headed up to the button show. As we turned into the parking lot of the hotel that hosted the show, the first thing we saw was a cute little old lady in a wheelchair, clutching her copy of a "Button Price Guide". Hubby just looked over at me and said "I told you so!" I just laughed.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take photos. Maybe I could have, but even though I brought my camera, it just didn't seem right. Imagine a hotel ballroom filled with tables... each table filled with card after card of the most beautiful buttons imaginable... all for sale. Yes, it was heaven.
I came with a list of specific buttons I was searching for to complete a couple sets I have started. And I'm excited to tell you that I did complete one set... and started a whole bunch more. The funniest thing was that hubby really got into it. He probably wouldn't admit it now, but he was pawing through those buttons like the best of them... I even had to spend some of my button budget on buttons for him (car and transportation-related buttons, no less). But it was totally worth it... it made me smile from ear to ear to see him in there... getting excited about buttons... along with me and all the little old ladies*.
Sometime, maybe I'll show you some of the buttons I bought. :)
*disclosure: Not everyone at the show was a little old lady (and I certainly have nothing against little old ladies... in fact, I love them!), but we were the youngest people there by a long shot.