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I found this cute Esprit top in the Op Shop (not sure what an Op Shop is? Its an Aussie term, see this post) and I liked that it had two types of buttons but one was broken and the top buttons looked a little cheap anyway so I decided to get the button box out and customise it a little. It made me think of a lovely soft Saba cardigan I also found at an Op Shop (totally could not have afforded either new). The buttons had become damaged after a few trips to the washing machine, so I got that one out too, the old buttons came off and I played around with my pretty button collection.

The old buttons: a bit boring, a bit broken.

The old buttons: a bit boring, a bit broken.

Old buttons were chipped.

Old buttons were chipped.

A while ago I found a shop on Ebay that had vintage Czech glass buttons quite cheap. The seller is not there any more, which is probably a good thing, because I fell in love with glass buttons and I’d have a small mountain of pretty buttons in my house by now!

I’ve found they wash well, but I turn things inside out before they go into the wash so they don’t get bumped around too much.

Etsy and Ebay are great places to pick up new or vintage buttons, op shops are also awesome for this. People who sew often stockpile buttons so don’t forget you can ask friends or family who sew if you can raid their button jar.

This is a quick and easy way to restyle or revamp items from the closet or secondhand stuff that needs a little lift.