More than 100,000 antique collectible buttons will be on display during the Texas State Button Society’s fall workshop and button sale Saturday at the Adams Street Community Center.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven expert dealers will be on hand to present antique clothing and uniform buttons — some as far dated at the 17th century — inside the center’s showroom (511 E. Adams St.), said Jerry DeHay, assistant director of publicity for media relations for the National Button Society.
The public is invited to bring any collections of buttons they may have for assistance in identifying what they are and if they have collectible value.
‘Fine pieces of art’
So what’s so special about buttons?
“There are a couple of factors,” DeHay said.
“There are buttons out there that are so diverse. They’re like miniature fine pieces of art. Some are one of a kind and are incredibly made, which heightens their rarity,” he continued, “and the quality of them is what can make them really expensive.”
DeHay said there will be buttons for sale Saturday that can range anywhere between “5 cents to $5,000.”
“I’ve actually seen some go for as much as $20,000,” he said.
A collector himself, DeHay owns a pair of buttons worn by dignitaries during the inauguration of former president George Washington, historical items he purchased for an undisclosed amount years back at an auction in Philadelphia. DeHay said his two buttons will be up for display but not for sale.
DeHay said he has shown local high school students the buttons.
“I let them know that they touched history,” he said.
The Texas State Button Society holds two showings a year in addition to its monthly programs: the fall workshop and the spring show, which was recently held in Frisco. TSBS president Shirley Thomas said next spring’s convention will be in San Antonio. TSBS rotates cities each year.
The following is a schedule posted on the TSBS website for Saturday’s occasion:
▪ 8 a.m. — Dealers set up in Adams Street Community Center
▪ 9 a.m. — Shop, visit, enjoy refreshments
▪ 11 a.m. — Workshop
▪ Noon — Lunch
▪ 1:30 p.m. — Workshop
▪ 4 p.m. — Show closes