By Cathy Buresch
Vintage buttons and antique buttons have many things in common. They both were used as closures for clothing, some were sew on and some have some sort of shank in order to attach the button to the clothing, to name a few. But notable differences include the following:
Antique buttons must be approximately 100 years old or older and the button must retain at least half of the original character, which means that if the button is fully restored it has lost its antique status.
Vintage buttons are between 50 and 100 years old but also apply to a specific era or year.
The NC State Button Society regrets that there will not be a state button show this year.
Due to increasing expenses of a 3-day show and waning membership, a proposal for a slimmed-down, one-day state show was floated to the membership. NCSBS President Cathy Buresch sent a message to all 79 members asking for feedback and potential attendance and received 18 responses. Of the 18, only 6 people indicated they would have an interest in a one-day state show.
Putting together a state show takes the participation and effort of many volunteers to:
- Publicize the show
- Coordinate the button dealers
- Put together the silent auction
- Work with the hotel on meeting rooms and sleeping rooms
- Recruit members for registration and programs
- And so much more
We welcome your comments on the lack of a show this year, and your suggestions for future options. What would make you want to attend and what would make it feasible for you to volunteer to help? Don’t worry, we won’t draft you if you comment!
Let’s keep our state club alive.