who's got the buttons?

You may have noticed a new link in my sidebar; it's for my second Etsy shop, opened in January and selling only buttons. That (maybe?) sounds too specialized but buttons were some of the biggest sellers in my original Etsy shop and I wanted to do a major destash of that section on my website, so it makes all kinds of sense.

Primrose Buttons on Etsy
I have mostly vintage buttons from the 1940s to 1970s, a lot of plastic, some metal, glass, and pearl. A few newer buttons. All are perfect for sewing (of course), crafting (have you seen some of the gorgeous jewelry people are making from buttons?), and even collecting for some of the very old and valuable ones.

Streamline Cream Square Buttons
Streamline cream-colored squares with wavy carving, $3.50

I started out buying buttons for my own work and use them on just about all my products—pillows, hanky sachets, mini wallets, and tissue cozies. And I love the brightly-colored plastic ones from the 1940s and 50s, especially the flower-shaped and pinwheel styles.

Cherry Red Chunky Buttons
Le Bouton vintage French layered green and black buttons, $14

I find them at local flea markets, yard sales, and antique malls and also on Ebay. But the best and least-expensive way for me to buy them is in box lots. And the problem with that is I end up with too many and with ones that aren't quite right for my work. That's why I started selling them. And that's why I can offer them to you at great prices.

Layered Black and Green Buttons
La Mode chunky red dots, $4

With every order you'll get a bonus vintage plastic button sewn to this cute business card.

Primrose Buttons

So check it out when you have a few minutes to spend browsing. I try to keep about a hundred listings active and add new buttons as the current listings sell. And, if you're looking for something in particular (a size, a color, or a style), convo me and I'll see if I can help. I have, literally, hundreds of buttons on hand and I might have just what you're looking for.


on a mission

"Our mission is to create natural and simple products for the home and body."—Ashley Paschke, The Post Home and Body

the post home and body
The soap offerings chalkboard, winter version.

Since late December I've been selling some of my products at a relatively new shop in downtown Scranton; I think it opened in November. Located in the 300 block of Adams Avenue, next to Eden Vegan Cafe and nearby Revival Letterpress and Loyalty Barber Shop & Shave Parlor, The Post Home & Body features owner Ashley Paschke's own line of bath and beauty products. Things like bar soaps in amazing scent combinations, bath fizzes, dry shampoo, deodorant, and lip butter.

Eucalyptus Bath Fizzies
Eucalyptus bath fizzes, please don't eat.

Home goods include Ashley's own soy candles in repurposed vintage containers made under the brand Reclaimed: A Candle Company and the work of local crafters who share her mission of creating products using natural and simple ingredients or that recycle/repurpose vintage finds. You'll find things like gourmet dog treats from Wilbur's Barkery and local raw honey from Newkirk Honey. Aprons and tote bags by Bachestinks, Tillie nail polish, letterpress signs by All Hands On, paper goods by ShantyTown, and animal framed pictures and stuffed animals by ReDo.

the post home and body
Stuffies and framed pictures from ReDo, love that fox!

You'll find Primrose Design lavender sachets sewn from vintage fabrics and handkerchiefs, tea towels embellished with vintage fabrics and rick rack, and patchwork pot holders that use vintage fabrics and bits of recycled vintage linens.

Primrose Design patchwork pot holders
Primrose Design patchwork pot holders made from vintage fabrics

If you're interested in learning how to make some of these products yourself, Ashley shares her knowledge in DIY classes she calls Maker's Sessions. Upcoming ones include candle making, soap making, and lip butter creation.

Like their Facebook page for updates on new products and events.

The Post Home and Body, 344 Adams Avenue, Unit 2, Scranton, PA 18503, (570) 955-3135. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday 11-5 and Thursdays-Fridays 11-6. Closed Sunday and Monday.


a shop update

In case you haven't visited my website lately, I've been making some of my lavender-filled sachets in smaller sizes. The vintage handkerchief sachets are now available in an extra-small size of just under 5" square for $8.00.

Small Hanky Sachet

And I'm doing sachet stacks with two sachets in addition to the original three. The Double Stacks have sachets that are both the same size and made from the same vintage fabric, and they're tied with a slightly narrower grosgrain ribbon. Selling for $12.00. The original stacks of three are now called Triple Stacks.

Double Stacks

My sachets are big sellers for Mother's Day and I think the new sizes will be a nice addition to the product line. I'll be stocking up in both categories over the coming weeks in plenty of time for the holiday.

I haven't been very active here on Blogger this past year or so. Please join me on Pinterest, particularly the Primrose Design Products board, for advance notice of new designs.