The Baggie of Hope and Despair

A friend of mine posted on Echo about helping clear out a relatives apartment.  She mentioned finding a bunch of those envelopes of buttons.  I have a baggie full of those envelopes containing buttons. During one of my spring cleanings I gathered them all up and put them in a baggie.  I was kind of proud of that, getting them all into one place instead of scattered in the drawer. Whenever I lose a button, I’ll know right where to find the replacement!  Easily! 

But I’m sure I no longer own most of the clothes that went with these buttons that I hold onto so proudly.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “The Baggie of Hope and Despair

  1. My grandma had a button box that I loved to play in as a kid. Some buttons looked like exotic coins. Some were just plain white shirt buttons and I’d try to match up as many as I could. I still feel like button collections are magical, even though I seldom sew one on clothes.

  2. You know, you’re right about button collections, they do have a magical feel. That must be why we save them even though practically speaking, we’ll rarely use them.

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