Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: August 11 to August 16, 2014

 

What's So Special About a Button?

 

The show theme is “Get Your Button Kicks on Route 66,” incorporating Springfield’s history as birthplace of the Route 66 historical highway.

 

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Springfield, MO, July 28, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - What if one button made in the 18th century is worth thousands of dollars? What if another one was worn by dignitaries attending the inauguration of George Washington as the first President of the United States in 1789? Or, what if it is only a simple white mother-of-pearl button, but it was worn on your great grandmother’s wedding dress over 150 years ago?

 

There will be thousands of special buttons on display and for sale at the National Button Society’s National Convention and Show in Springfield, Missouri, the week of August 11th-16th, 2014, at the University Plaza and Hotel Convention Center. The show theme is “Get Your Button Kicks on Route 66,” incorporating Springfield’s history as birthplace of the Route 66 historical highway.


This six day occasion will offer educational programs and competition featuring antique, vintage and modern clothing buttons. The main attraction for attendees is the showroom concourse where fifty-three dealers, from around the United States and abroad, will be offering buttons for sale plus incredible displays of buttons that most people have never seen and numerous workshops and special events featuring informative and entertaining presentations of various types of buttons, their history, usage and sometimes odd characteristics.

 

 

Why are buttons such an appealing collectible? Why would anyone want to collect plain old buttons? For the uninitiated, when someone offers up the statement ‘I’m a button collector,’ the image emerges of plastic shirt buttons typically used in the apparel industry. But buttons are so much more; cultural bellwethers of trends, art styles and societal perceptions. Name a material, any material, and it has been used in button production. Subject matter is also varied and inclusive, including political statements, organizational affiliation, employer identification, cosmic links, religious overtures. Or, how about flowers, plants, animal life, hobbies, Eros, and classical renditions? These subjects and nearly everything imaginable have been represented on clothing buttons. The national society, organized in 1938, is structured around the study and dissemination of information about these fascinating and never ending items.

 

Buttons as a collectible are generally available and remain affordable. The basis of a collection can be started and developed on any budget. For example, individual prices at the national show will range from fifty cents to several thousand dollars, depending on age, quality of workmanship and scarcity. During the recent recession, values have remained relatively firm, especially in the upper end of the market. However, room remains for everyone at the button collecting table, with veterans welcoming and encouraging neophytes with pleasure.

 

More information about the depth and breadth of button collecting can be found on the National Button Society website at www.nationalbuttonsociety.org. Tidbits of button history, photos, connections to nearby clubs, and show schedules are provided there.

 

It is estimated that there will be 500,000 buttons available for public viewing when the showroom opens to the public at 10:00a.m. on Thursday, August 14. This is an inclusive show attracting not only button collectors but also jewelry makers, crafters, quilters and other creative specialists who find great beauty, history and utility in these miniature works of art. Showroom hours are 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14th and Friday, August 15th. Hours on Saturday, August 16th, will be 10:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Admission is $7.00 per day.

 

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Media Contact: Jerry DeHay

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Phone: 325-646-0643 or 325-668-0076

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Missouri, Springfield, Event Date: August 11 to August 16, 2014

What's So Special About a Button?

What if one button made in the 18th century is worth thousands of dollars? What if another one was worn by dignitaries attending the inauguration of George Washington as the first President of the United States in 1789? Or, what if it is only a simple white mother-of-pearl button, but it was worn on your great grandmother’s wedding dress over 150 years ago? “Get Your Button Kicks on Route 66” is the theme of the 2014 National Button Society’s National Convention and Show in Springfield, Missouri from August 11 through August 16 at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center. The show will offer access to over 50 dealers, workshops and other activities. It is estimated that nearly 500,000 buttons will be available for public viewing when the showroom is open from 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. beginning on Thursday, August 14 through Saturday, August 16. Admission is $7.00 per day. Additional detailed information about the show and the National Button Society is available at www.nationalbuttonsociety.org

 

 

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