I love buttons, I collect them in a big jar on my dresser and look at them. Occasionally I tip them out and go through them looking at my favourites.
I love the colours
I love the shapes
I love the combination of different colours mixing and matching.
I collect them from all over Carboot sales, charity shops, vintage markets, friends and relatives. Occasionally little Man likes to play with some to put in his tipper trucks. He isn't given the good ones though in case he loses them.
My sister was given an old lady's button collection recently, sadly she had died and her daughter was looking for a home for a tin of buttons and a box full of old zips and various old haberdashery bits and pieces. So I took them in and marvelled at the collection obviously collected over many years. There are small random containers full of little buttons.
Although i love buttons I rarely use them, they are only for special items like the baby's cardigan or Christmas stockings.