Finding treasures at the Long Beach Antique Swap Meet has been a decades-long hobby of mine. I'm never disappointed. There are vendors that carry indigo fabrics, second-hand clothing, antique jewelry, and vintage furniture and tableware.
More recently I have turned my treasure hunts towards buttons, laces, and textiles that I can feature on my on-line store. Items like Bakelite buttons and buckles have gone up in value making it difficult to find them at a reasonable price. This past weekend I was fortunate enough to find a vendor who wanted to get out of the heat, so she gave me a discount that I passed directly on to my customers. The black and metal button pictured is one of these items. A new plastic version of this button would cost about the same if you could even find one like this.
Please share with us any photos of your Bakelite projects by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post your image here and on Instagram!
A curated selection of Vintage Global Textiles.Casual, natural fiber fabrics available to designers, DIY creatives, and quilters.Also available on Etsy at morrisseyfabric.etsy.com