I’ve been in New York visiting my sister and her girlfriend. I haven’t visited any beads stores (can you imagine?) but one fun thing I wanted to do this trip other than visit family was go to Mood. If you are a fan of the show Project Runway, you’ll know what I’m talking about. During a recent episode, my mother, who also makes jewelry and frequently uses buttons as clasps, said dreamily, “Wouldn’t you love to see that button wall?” When we realized I would be able to in a month or so, it was pretty exciting. I put that on my New York agenda.
Noel, from the button counter, was very nice and helpful. I was organized; I pulled out my pad, cast my eagle eye over the three large button areas and made a list of everything I wanted to see. My sister was the box holder/carrier and took them to the button counter. Then Noel opened them all for me to see and choose. Great service! I was shopping for my mom and dad too. It’s so stressful to shop for others. I don’ t think I bought them enough, but I tried.
Beautiful painted coconut buttons.
Metal frame type buttons, bone, and I couldn’t resist this Keep Calm and Carry On.
These Mother of Pearl buttons were difficult to photograph. The one thing I wish I would have looked at more were the MOP. I noticed a few boxes I hadn’t seen when my order was being tallied. I have a limited shopping (in public) attention span, so I just had to keep moving.
A few nice enamel buttons.
A couple of colorful plastic buttons. My sister had originally pointed out some mosaic buttons that I think might have been a different material. They were the only ones I couldn’t find on second pass (unless these were it.)
Wood buttons. I love the toggles.
Fancy Swarovski buttons. It was hard to get a good picture of these.
Colorful plastic shank beads.
I’ve also been seeing a lot of these pins in use lately, so I got a few.
Another thing I asked my sister for is some foreign coins. She travels and often has left over coins after a trip. I love Niky Sayers‘ work with coins, so despite my lack of skill in this area, I have big dreams. She let me comb through her jar, and I got some lovely specimens.
Swatch (who wasn’t on site at Mood, so I took a photo of his portrait) and I say thanks for visiting!