I finally made the journey to Exclusive Buttons in
this weekend. And it was a magical
experience! I have heard rumors of this
treasure for years, and finally decided it was time to see what all the fuss is about. And I can promise you that it
lives up to all of the hype . . . El Cerrito, CA
This tiny shop is filled to the brim with millions of buttons, in more colors and styles than I ever dreamed possible.
Along with a complete rainbow of basic buttons, there are incredible mini works of art that beg to have an entire outfit built around them! Bakelite, Czech glass, horn, shell, wood, celluloid, crystal, rhinestone – if you need something specific, chances are good that the owner, Mary Sortile, has what you are looking for.
And this lady knows her stock. When I showed her a swatch of my fabric and beads, she pulled out two options, one of which was what I ended up purchasing, along with some other "essentials." How is that for customer service?!
Walls are lined with racks and racks of buttons that hinge open to reveal another layer of buttons. And when you think you have seen everything, there is another cabinet with drawers filled to the brim!
I would suggest having a specific project in mind, or the experience might be overwhelming. I spent quite a bit of time because I wanted to see everything and hear everything that Mary had to say!
One customer who came in looking to match a clear faceted button missing on a white shirt (which, of course, she found) put it very succinctly: “candy without the calories.” Exactly!
If you are in the Bay Area, you really must stop by. I promise it will be worth the trip!
Exclusive Buttons (Open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)