How to Find Buttons to Sell on eBay

By Prev Info - January 19, 2023

Buttons are a hot selling item on eBay. Why? Because people love to collect buttons! Some collect old buttons. Some collect new buttons. Some collect novelty buttons. Some collect ALL buttons! A search on eBay for buttons in the collectible section should pull up over 15,000 auctions. You can sell buttons too. Now you just need to get your hands on lots of buttons!

How to Find Buttons to Sell on eBay


1 -  FIND BUTTONS AT HOME -- Everyone has a bag or two of buttons tucked away somewhere. Ask your friends and family too. Older relatives may have the best buttons so be sure to ask grandma!

2 - PUT WANTED ADS ONLINE -- You can also put ads online in the wanted section of free classifieds like craigslist. You may have to pay shipping to get the buttons to you but you can get your hands on some nice buttons this way! You'd be surprised how many people out there have bags and jars of odd buttons.

3 - GO TO THRIFT SHOPS -- Another great place to look for buttons is at the thrift store. Sometimes they sell lots of buttons. But also look at the clothing! If you can hit a sale like "fill a bag for a buck" you can fill your bag with items that have interesting buttons. Take the clothing home and cut the buttons off. Now you have a bunch of buttons to sell!  

4 - SHOP ON EBAY -- One of the best places to find buttons to sell on eBay is... well... is on eBay! Search for lots of buttons and buy them up! You can sometimes get a big bag of buttons very cheap. Then you can sort through them and resell them on eBay in smaller lots for a nice profit!

Collect Buttons

tins of modern buttons are commonly found at garage sales and flea markets, and in Aunt Agnes' attic. All of the buttons you find in this manner may not have the value, or the fine materials of the vintage and antique buttons, but all old buttons show a multitude of interesting materials, and an endless variation of designs.  Buttons which are interesting,but not quite collectible can be well-used for crafts, for instance, or for a collection based on various materials.

Older buttons can ALSO still be found at garage sales, flea markets.estatae sales, although buttons are going through the transformation that vintage and antique dolls have gone through in the last 10 years--as more and more people become aware of button collecting and the value of old buttons, it becomes harder and harder to find them.  Prices for fine collector buttons have skyrocketed; prices for such buttons in 'The Big Book Of Buttons" (aka, the button collectors' bible) have more than TRIPLED in many instances since its last printing in 1991.

Collectors have varied opinions of what constitutes a vintage button.  The National Button Society considers all buttons made after 1918 to be modern.  Does that mean that all after-1918 buttons are not collectible?  NO.   Personally, I find much of interest in ANY pre-1970 group of buttons. 

In the 1960s, many buttons were all-metal (as opposed to the plastic-covered metal which is prevalent today) and there were numerous, absolutely beautiful glass buttons still being produced in Czechlosvakia.  Also, the plastics from the first half of the 1900s--bakelites, lucites, etc. are marvelous.  I predict that prices for these types of buttons, in mint condition, will begin to rise if the prices of the antique buttons continue to go out of sight.





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