I can't believe it's taken me so many years to visit Tender Buttons in New York City. Tender Buttons is the only store in America exclusively dedicated to the sale of buttons (I found this out via their website).
Because I'm planning to write my next picture book about some very avid button collectors (the book's working title is 'Zoe's Button Club') - I thought a visit to this store could be written off as important research.
You can't get any more direct than this sign outside. No words needed!
The window display features antique buttons and assorted vintage pieces showcasing men's fashion.
I was a little nervous snapping photos inside, because I always had the impression that this store would be very pretentious. I know it's a favorite of Martha Stewart's - and I always get a little intimidated shopping on the Upper East Side. I can tell you - it wasn't. The owners were very sweet and patient as I tried to decide which novelty pieces I couldn't live without. I was pleasantly surprised by just about everything concerning this store. It's a must see for any creative passing through NYC.
Here are the buttons I chose. I absolutely love the egg cups and the little dressed rabbit! My bill came to a little over $12.00 - which I think was fair for five rare and adorable keepsakes.
Have you ever been to a button store? Or something like it? Let me know in the comments!
xox Lady Lucas
PS - Here's the future star of 'Zoe's Button Club'. This design will soon be available as a limited edition brooch. *note the little heart buttons*