It is easy to find button collections. Thrift shops, eBay, yard sales, and your own relatives will all have buttons. If possible hearing the stories behind the buttons is a wonderful way to connect with people. It will surprise you how inexpensive a valuable an interesting collection can be. Here's a selection from my various collections, if you'd like to see more visit my Picasa gallery.
I keep my collections together as I found them. Mixing all the buttons would ruin the value I find in the collection. To me the collection is the personality of the collector, their energy is still here for me to explore.
What does this collection say about it's owner?
I want to eat this shiny green one!
An trouser button collection!
Trouser buttons are usually made from metal and show great wear on the paint.
Shell buttons are my first choice for a shirt.
An elegant black button for a jacket?