This funny little brick building in Manhattan is Tender Buttons, my favorite button shop. I used to buy buttons for my hand-knit sweaters there when I lived close by.
The walls of the long, narrow shop are packed with boxes full of buttons of every kind: silver, brass, plastic, bone, horn, antler, glass, wood, ceramic, enamel, and more. Some of the buttons are very old and very special.
There is a museum-like quality to the shop, which has collections of mysterious little artifacts in glass cases. Some of the buttons are also behind glass, like these bird alphabet buttons,
and these vegetable buttons.
Look at this beautiful little antler button.
If my camera hadn't run out of battery, I would have taken many more pictures to show you. I hope you'll have a chance to visit this beautiful spot some day.