a word from my sister:
I have always saved the buttons that are attached to new garments. I thought it would be pretty to display them someday, but I never really had enough. I was at an estate sale awhile back & found a huge zip lock bag of vintage button for $1. you could tell they were all really old by the color & shape. so I snatched them up & now i keep them in this little glass with my hatpins.
I had never seen a hatpin before until recently; I was fascinated. back in the day, they were used to pin the hat down to a woman’s head by her hair. I love that over time, they became more & more ornate & were used as decoration, kind of like today's headband.