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Do you cut the buttons off old clothes and save them for later, for repairs, to replace missing buttons or for new clothes you have made?

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My grandmother and my mother always saved the buttons from old clothes to be used again. Nan did many frugal things like this. She had a bag hanging in the pantry with string she had saved. (Of course back then parcels were tied with string not stuck with sticky tape.) To this day I still save buttons. It's come in handy time and again to replace missing shirt buttons. I once lost a fairly decorative button from a blazer I'd had for years. It couldn't be matched but luckily I had saved a set from an old one before sending it to the rag bag.
I never have, but that's a very good idea.
Heavens no LOL As much as I'd love to say I do, I most definitely don't. I can't sew (other than sewing buttons on and basic repairs) so I don't same them.
Always save buttons from old clothes
I am a button collector however I do not collect buttons like the one in the picture.

I collect really old ones, and have ones that cost US$100 each from many years ago!

I have the most beautiful collection, however it would be sacriledge to actually use them as I put them all onto boards and frame them.

The buttons made nowadays are just awful compared ot these old ones.
by Finy
Yes, being in my 70s and have been a sewer I have bottles of buttons but when I go to get 4 I can only find 3 and so on.
Used to. But last bottle full gave to nice lady at local mending store. She could probably get use out of them!
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