A question that I am often asked, especially at craft shows, is "Where do you find these?" And to be honest , it's not the easiest question to answer. I hunt for the buttons, and get them from all over the world. Antique shops, button collectors, estate sales, and quilt shows; there isn't a day that goes by where I'm not looking for buttons somewhere.
I called this group of buttons, "The Mother Lode." Sometimes I purchase a single button, other times, I'll buy them in large lots. Consisting of over 300 buttons, this was one of the largest groups of buttons I'd purchased together from an antiques dealer. This group had almost everything; perfume, picture, twinkle, mother-of-pearl, cut steel, and pierced buttons.
This is the "after" photo. After dozens of hours and lots of elbow grease had been put into cleaning them up. I have used many of these, and sold most of the larger buttons after keeping one of each style. Selling the extras covered what I paid initially for this huge lot. I list extra buttons frequently at http://www.OldeTymeNotions.Etsy.com
Not nearly as shiny or colorful, this is one of the "before" photos of this group of buttons.