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Vintage Buttons in Bulk

Updated on September 6, 2013

Vintage Buttons in Bulk

Do you love vintage buttons and want to buy bakelite, mother of pearl, celluloid, glass, or assorted vintage buttons in bulk? Don't feel like going to estate auctions? Have had no luck finding vintage buttons at yard sales? Can't afford to pay high retail vintage buttons prices at antiques stores? No worries, there is an easier way to shop for vintage buttons and get excellent deals on your craft supplies. This article is all about the different types of vintage buttons used for arts and crafts and the best place to buy vintage buttons in bulk at a fraction of retail pricing.

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Vintage Buttons in Bulk

Mother of Pearl and Bakelite vintage buttons

Vintage Mother of pearl buttons and bakelite vintage buttons are my personal favorites. I love the natural feel of the pearl shell buttons. They are perfect for jewelry making and craft decorating. As for bakelite buttons, they are so unique! The transparent look and the great variety of shapes make bakelite buttons a true find for artists and crafters. Bakelite buttons were made out of synthetic resin formulated by L.H.Baekeland. How do you know if the buttons are really bakelite? Bakelite buttons have a distinctive smell (formaldehyde). You may also use 409 Cleaner to test bakelite buttons - deep Q-tip in clear 409 and rub it on the back of a button - bakelite buttons will turn Q-tip yellow. Another way to test bakelite buttons is to use Simichrome polish - pink polish will turn yellow if you rub it on a bakelite button.

Vintage Buttons in Bulk - Assorted Vintage Buttons

I love buying vintage buttons in bulk. It's like searching for treasures - you never know what you will find in the assortments. Some buttons assortments sold on Ebay have been picked through. Ebay sellers purchase big estate lots, pick out the most valuable buttons (some may sell for hundreds of dollars per button), and resell the rest on Ebay. Other Ebay sellers don't know much about the value of the buttons they sell, but still make money by buying big estate vintage buttons lots and reselling smaller vintage buttons lots with a markup. Finally, you will find some sellers that never worked with vintage buttons but know they have some value. They sell the buttons inherited from a Grandma or a relative, or maybe buttons they found at a garage sale. I usually try to avoid the assortments that obviously have been picked through or Ebay listings that have blurry photos. Also, I don't buy from sellers that sell by the pound with generic photos that don't show the actual buttons you are buying, and the word "unsearched" is usually a red flag for me - it's usually the complete opposite. Also, be sure to read item description carefully to avoid buying a mix of vintage and modern buttons, unless that's what you are after. Check out some of the auctions below. I really like the brightly colored assortments, especially when a seller takes time to sort the buttons out by color.

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Vintage buttons Assortments - Vintage Buttons Gallery

Mother of pearl, celluloid, metal, bakelite vintage buttons
Mother of pearl, celluloid, metal, bakelite vintage buttons

New Vintage STYLE Buttons in Bulk - from Amazon

New buttons with vintage look.

Wholesale Vintage Buttons Poll

What type of vintage buttons do you use in your craft projects?

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Books about Vintage buttons

Interested in learning more about different types of vintage buttons and their value? Or may be you are looking for art and craft projects to make using vintage buttons?

Glass Vintage Buttons in Bulk

I absolutely adore vintage glass buttons, especially Czech glass buttons - so many beautiful designs, vibrant colors, and they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. A sure way to spark your creativity! Did you know that you can buy Czech buttons online and have them shipped to you from Czech Republic? Ebay is the place to go :)

Vintage Buttons in Bulk - Do you have a vintage buttons collection? Do you use vintage buttons in your crafts? Please do let us know you stopped by :)

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      baileyvisuals 4 years ago

      Great lens, I use vintage buttons in most of my designs, thank you for the great pointers to find new buttons to purchase.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @belinhafernandes: Lucky you!!! I wish a had a mother with that kind of collection. If you want to get rid of it... let me know... ;)

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      It's really disturbing when the things people refer to as "vintage" are the things you bought and still use.

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      poutine 4 years ago

      My mom used to have a great collection of vintage buttons. I wonder where it went?????

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I love to find vintage buttons at flea markets and garage sale, Thanks for sharing you have some lovely photos of vintage buttons.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Is there a big market for vintage buttons? Great lens!

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      belinhafernandes 4 years ago

      Gorgeous buttons! I got a lot of buttons from my mother because she used to be a fashion maker. Many were lost because I and my sister used to play with the bigger ones. Some are really big!Congrats on this lens! I Liked it!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I love vintage (pretty much anything vintage).

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      NoobWriter LM 5 years ago

      A new and unique topic. Nice lens :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love vintage buttons! Didn't know that about testing with 409 to see if they are genuine. Will definitely keep that in mind. :)

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      Allison Whitehead 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens - very useful and informative. Blessed :)

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      thegreenninja 5 years ago

      There are two things I am drawn to in vintage shops: bowls of vintage buttons and bowls of vintage watch parts. What an awesome lens!

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Great collection of vintage buttons. I have something to show you all, just wait. Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a gorgeous lens. Thanks for the 'eye candy'!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I have a button jar that was started by my late mother....I have not used any of them for crafting (isn't my thing I guess), but just having that button jar and seeing all those different shapes, sizes and colors brings her back to me. I really like this lens. Blessed by a squidAngel.

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      NibsyNell 5 years ago

      I love collecting buttons. I'll use them for anything and everything!

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      gamecheathub 5 years ago

      Looking at these buttons makes me think what life might have been like during those times. Interesting niche and really cool buttons!

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Returning to refresh the blessing on this fun page to find vintage buttons. I love sorting through buttons and enjoy looking at your delightful pictures here.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      Cool lens! I can't help but click over to squidoo when searching for something and I see that one of my results in a lens.

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      What a neat idea! I've seen some craft projects using buttons but haven't tried them myself.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      I starting to think I have a problem, I seem to collect or have so many things that people collect...the many buttons are from years ago and clothing that I wore and did not have the heart to throw out beautiful buttons. Funny when I was young I had an aversion to buttons in a jar, I have no idea why, but have gotten over it. I have used buttons in making jewelry.

      Nice collection of buttons here, and a nicely done lens.

      ~d-artist Squid Angel blessing~

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I love vintage buttons with deep, intricate carvings - I make molds of them to use with polymer clay and metal clay. Great lens!

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I do have a vintage button collection, though, it only consists of about 20 buttons. I love the rhinestone buttons best. Thanks for providing a great resource to buy vintage buttons. Blessings**

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      These vintage buttons are amazing - I did not know that ebay had so many vintage button auctions! Thankyou for the advice about identifying bakelite buttons, I didn't know there were (simple) tests for bakelite and it's great to know there are. Thanks for sharing.

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      Totus Mundus 5 years ago

      Very nice lens.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very cool - I love vintage items! :)

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I adore vintage buttons!

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That's what I call passion for vintage buttons!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I loved this Lens. I collect any and all kinds of buttons. to show how much I collect them, anything no longer wearable from this house is button-less!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Actually, I do have a couple of sewing kits with buttons that I've collected over the years. Usually I check my collection first when I need a button -- and sometimes I find I replace the buttons with something that has to be vintage. Love the vintage button crafts.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopping by to enjoy your vintage button collections once again, its like finding treasures in grandma's attic!

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      I love vintage buttons. There used to be a buttons shop at The Rocks in Sydney, Australia. I could never figure out how a shop selling nothing but buttons could pay the highest retail rent in Australia.

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      My grandma collected buttons all her life and I inherited them. They are amazing. I love crafting with them.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 6 years ago from Texas

      Such pretty buttons. I have a bunch from my grandmother. They are still boxed up from her estate, but I remember going through them before.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Wow, I've never really thought about antique buttons that much so this is a new adventure. Thumbs up and angel blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've actually got a five gallon water bottle that is full of buttons that my family has saved over the years, but I have no idea what they might be worth.

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      wolfie10 6 years ago

      i never knew that you can use buttons in so many different ways. thanks

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      Paula7928 6 years ago

      great lens!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I don't use vintage buttons in my crafting, but always enjoyed my grandmother's 'button box' and have a bunch myself (probably not vintage -- just old, assorted, buttons) :-). Good advice here for vintage button collectors.

      PS: My brother in law inherited HIS grandmother's button collection, which IS quite valuable (he says). I've never seen it, so I don't have any information on what makes it valuable.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I do a couple of crafty things with vintage buttons but I'm not sure what my overall attraction is to them. Perhaps it's because grandma always had jars of buttons or perhaps it's because they are so arty, but I have a real fascination with them.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i like different buttons on my hat

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Like you, I inherited my grandma's vintage button collection. I remember playing with the buttons when I was little - sorting them by size, color, and shape was so much fun...

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I inherited my grandmother's vintage button collection. Hopefully one day I'll have time to incorporate them in a craft project.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Such a pretty page! The vintage buttons pictures are very attractive. i love your craft ideas :)

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My Grandma from Belgium was a seamstress and had a big tin box full of buttons. I would love to go in there as a little kid and it seemed that the button collection grew over time...I liked the ones that looked like was a fun way to spend a day when it was raining.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't use buttons for projects but your vintage buttons may give me some new ideas, I understand they are gaining in popularity due to their uniqueness. I enjoyed your vintage button gallery and watched for 3 rotations and saw some that seemed familiar from when I was little. Another great idea Katie!

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Nice lens! These vintage buttons are really cute.

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      jakenewman 6 years ago

      Some of them are really good, I personally like the button that looks like an Oreo.

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      wayne_luvinlife 6 years ago

      My wife uses vintage buttons in several of her craft projects. Nice lens!