Welcome

The goal of our Club is to provide opportunities to study buttons that are worth collecting, and share that knowledge as we come to appreciate their beauty and history. Collectable buttons include all buttons - antique and vintage, uniform and military.

Meetings are held at 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (except January) in the Fellowship Room of the Burwood Heights Uniting Church (A-frame) on the corner of Burwood Highway and Blackburn Road, Burwood East.  (Melways Ref. 61 K7)

History

The idea of a button collecting club was conceived in 1995. The Victorian Button Collectors Club became a reality in 1996 when, through word of mouth and personal contacts, we held our first meeting at a private home. As individual button collectors, we had been aware of established button clubs in America and the United Kingdom. In Melbourne at that time, there was very little public information about buttons available, button collecting was not a hobby most people had heard of,and it was difficult to find collectable buttons even in antique shops. The Victorian Button Collectors Club was established to encourage the collecting, preservation and appreciation of buttons, antique and modern, and research into the history relating to their origins and uses. Most of all, the club provides an opportunity to meet like-minded people.  If you are a member you can Find out more . . .

Virtual Activities

30 day Button Challenge:

Starts May 1st.  Add a button everyday to your 30 day Button Challenge Card which will be in your Journal. The plan is to keep  this Challenge going for each month until meetings start again.

Click on the image to enlarge the button.

Day 25.   Theme  -  Edible.     

This little hand painted sheep button came on a card with five buttons, each with a different sheep image, the five making a whimsical hillside scene.  They were made by a French jewellery maker, Marie-Christine Pavone. The buttons are made of galalith  (Greek:  “gala” for milk, “ lithos” for stone). It has a self-shank and back marked U.P.F. and Creation Pavone. 

I bought the card of buttons at the Club for just a few dollars in the early 2000's. If I had not let the sheep wander off the card it would now be worth well over $ 200. Do you still have yours?

 


Stop Press: Button Banter is now up and running for members only. It has its own heading at the top of the Home page which you can see once you log in.  Click on this heading to view contributions.  If you want to add an item use 'Add Button Banter'  under the Member Menu on the right of that screen or the Home page.  

Next Meetings - Cancelled

The Committee has decided it is in the best interest of our members if we cancel our May 12th and June 9th Button Club meetings due to the spread of the Coronavirus. We don't want our members to be at any risk and feel this is the best option for now. 

As things evolve we will keep you up to date with any further cancellations that may happen. We hope you stay safe and well. The August Journal will be sent out to all members. Our Journals will continue to be produced.