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National Button Week - Third Week in March


The third week in March is National Button Week. The week is intended to raise awareness of the usefulness of buttons. It also publicizes the fun of button collecting and recognizes the study and display of antique and collectible buttons.

The oldest button ever found was in the Indus Valley Civilization which is now Pakistan. The button is made of a curved shell and dates back 5,000 years. Ornamental buttons have been found in archaeological sites dating back to 2800–2600 b.c.

In 1918 the U.S. Government made an extensive survey of the international button market, which listed buttons made of vegetable ivory, metal, glass, Galalith, silk, linen, cotton-covered crochet, lead, snap fasteners, glass, enamel, rubber, buckhorn, wood, horn, bone, leather, paper, pressed cardboard, mother-of-pearl, celluloid, porcelain, composition, tin, zinc, xylonite, stone, cloth-covered wooden forms, and paper-mâché .

Button collecting was recognized as an organized hobby through the founding of the National Button Society in 1938.

Did you know? Koumpounophobia is the fear of buttons and is surprisingly common.


Share your button collection or crafts made with button collections. Consider how different life would be without buttons. Join the National Button Society. Visit the site Button Floozies. Use #NationalButtonWeek to share on social media.


National Button Week started in 1989 by the National Button Society and occurs in the third week of March.

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