Save the Date: NC State Show will be held in Burlington, NC on May 13-14, 2016

You are cordially invited to the North Carolina State Button Society’s 22nd Annual Show to be held on Friday, May 13th, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 14th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 


The Theme for the 2016 show is “Plastics”


Location: The Ramada Burlington,2703 Ramada Rd, Burlington, NC 27215.


Mention “North Carolina State Button Society” to receive the special show rate of $80/per night. Reservations can be made by calling (336) 227-5541. $3.00 donation at the door each  day. Our Button dealers will have thousands of buttons for sale! This show is for antique and vintage and modern button aficionados and those who are interested in the artwork and history of these items including their manufacture, design and material makeup. Costume designers, vintage clothing collectors, quilters, sewers, antique and history buffs, re-enactors, beaders, and crafters will also find this show educational, informative and fun!

Dealers at the show will include:

  • Sharon Braund, New York

  • Kevin Kinne, Tennessee

  • Pat Howard, North Carolina

  • June Chapman, North Carolina

The show will include:

  • Friday Night Program “Plastics” By June Chapman

  • Educational Display of an assortment of plastic buttons

  • Wonderful Silent Auction Items and Special Raffle Baskets to bid on

  • Buttons to purchase throughout the show

  • Button Competition (Download Tray Entry and Tray Slip Form here)


The North Carolina State Button Society (NCSBS) welcomes new members.

Regional clubs are the Eastern, Central and Western chapters. The NCSBS was formed to encourage and promote interest in collecting buttons and related items for educational and historical purposes and for personal enjoyment. Our goal is to preserve for future generations all that is beautiful, artistic and historical in buttons, in cooperation with the National Button Society.


For more information, contact Show Chairperson Cathy Buresch by email at or call her at 704-794-8634 and leave a message.

Button Collecting: The Whole World in Miniature (Discover Vintage America)

A delightful antique button - steel cup with cut steels and pearl background

Leigh Elmore from “Discover Vintage America” visited the National Button Society Convention in Springfield, Missouri last month and came away convinced that button collecting is a spectacular hobby.

From her article:

When someone offers up the statement “I’m a button collector,” the image emerges of plastic shirt buttons typically used in the apparel industry. But buttons are so much more – cultural bellwethers of trends, art styles and societal perceptions. Name a material, any material, and it has been used in button production. How about political statements, organizational affiliation, employer identification, cosmic links, religious overtures? How about flowers, plants, animal life, hobbies, Eros, classical renditions? These subjects and nearly everything imaginable have been represented on clothing buttons.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Who gets attracted to button collecting? People who sew, quilt and knit. People who enjoy research and learning. People who enjoy the hunt for that special button to complete a tray and who can afford a button, which can cost as little as $1.00 on eBay, at a button show, or in your local fabric store. In the article, Millicent Safro, owner of Tender Buttons, perhaps the most famous button store in the world,  is quoted as saying:

At first it was an interesting odd thing to do,” she said. “But as I dug into the history I wanted to learn about the things that we had. Collectors seek out everything about a button from the maker, and the materials which are endless. It’s a constant act of scholarship,” she said.

For the complete story on the writer’s national convention experience and some great pictures of buttons and button people, click here.

Speaking of conventions, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the next North Carolina State Button Society Show – our own mini-convention. It’s right around the corner in May 2015. For more information, click here.