Busy Beaver Button Co.

Busy Beaver Button Co. Your source for custom buttons since 1995! Also check out our selection of magnets, bottle openers, pocket mirrors & custom packaging. Busy Beaver Button Co.
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began as a one-woman operation out of a college apartment in 1995 and has grown into a company with more than fifteen employees shipping orders all over the world. Over the past two decades, the Busy Beaver crew has overseen over 80,000 designs and produced millions upon millions of buttons for bands, non-profits, artists, marketing companies, politicians, and more!

began as a one-woman operation out of a college apartment in 1995 and has grown into a company with more than fifteen employees shipping orders all over the world. Over the past two decades, the Busy Beaver crew has overseen over 80,000 designs and produced millions upon millions of buttons for bands, non-profits, artists, marketing companies, politicians, and more!

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Listen, we know you don't call your mom enough and we aren't mad, we're just......here to say that Mother's Day is a lit...
05/01/2021

Listen, we know you don't call your mom enough and we aren't mad, we're just...

...here to say that Mother's Day is a little over a week away and a box full of colorful, handwritten postcards from their offspring would make any Mom feel special! Head to this link to order a Button Box and get to work on this great gift idea for any special Mom in your life: https://buff.ly/2Yz4jq8
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#mothersday #mothersday2021 #momsrule #momsarethebest #happymothersday #happymothersday2021 #creative #creativity #creativityfound #stationery #letters #letterwriting #letterlove #giftideas #makersmovement #pins #pinbackbuttons #pinbacks #pinbackbutton #custombuttons #customprinting #supportlocal #shopsmall #shoplocal #supportsmall

Listen, we know you don't call your mom enough and we aren't mad, we're just...

...here to say that Mother's Day is a little over a week away and a box full of colorful, handwritten postcards from their offspring would make any Mom feel special! Head to this link to order a Button Box and get to work on this great gift idea for any special Mom in your life: https://buff.ly/2Yz4jq8
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#mothersday #mothersday2021 #momsrule #momsarethebest #happymothersday #happymothersday2021 #creative #creativity #creativityfound #stationery #letters #letterwriting #letterlove #giftideas #makersmovement #pins #pinbackbuttons #pinbacks #pinbackbutton #custombuttons #customprinting #supportlocal #shopsmall #shoplocal #supportsmall

Marge Simpson - possibly one of our favorite pop culture matriarchs of all time💙 Who are some of your favorite famous mo...
04/30/2021

Marge Simpson - possibly one of our favorite pop culture matriarchs of all time💙 Who are some of your favorite famous moms? Tell us in the comments!
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#mattgroening #thesimpsons #homersimpson #margesimpson #bartsimpson #lisasimpson #maggiesimpson #nedflanders #simpsonsfan #cartoons #cartoon #cartoonfan #moms #famousmoms #matriachs #matriach #popculturemoms #popculturematriach #mothersday #mothersday2021 #buttons #pins #pinbacks #pinbackbuttons

Marge Simpson - possibly one of our favorite pop culture matriarchs of all time💙 Who are some of your favorite famous moms? Tell us in the comments!
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#mattgroening #thesimpsons #homersimpson #margesimpson #bartsimpson #lisasimpson #maggiesimpson #nedflanders #simpsonsfan #cartoons #cartoon #cartoonfan #moms #famousmoms #matriachs #matriach #popculturemoms #popculturematriach #mothersday #mothersday2021 #buttons #pins #pinbacks #pinbackbuttons

Are you a vintage font FANATIC?! Us too! Which font above do you like the most? ✍*Buttons are a great way to showcase be...
04/29/2021
Best Vintage Fonts for Buttons

Are you a vintage font FANATIC?! Us too! Which font above do you like the most? ✍
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Buttons are a great way to showcase beautiful and unique font designs. It really is its own art form. We put together a blog with our top picks for free fonts you can use to emulate an iconic, vintage aesthetic. They're perfect for making a bold impression on buttons or whatever you're creating! Head to this link to check them out: https://buff.ly/3ehc7VI.
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#artist #illustration #type #typography #font #illustrator #drawing #graphicdesign #creative #artofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #graphicdesigner #graphicdesigndaily #graphicdesigncentral #graphicdesigncommunity #artistic #creative #creatives #creativeentreprenuer #creativecollective #creativeexpression #creativeagency #creativeminds#creativegalgang #artistssupportartists #creativityfound #creativitymatters #makersmovement #buttons #pins #pinbacks

For a button to be successful sometimes all you need is a bold font and a strong message. The right typeface can really make your design last throughout history. Inspired by some of our favorite 60s and 70s text based button designs from the Button Museum's collection, we've put together our to...

Have you heard of the Chicago-based nonprofit, People's Action If not, don't miss this week's installment of our "Coming...
04/28/2021

Have you heard of the Chicago-based nonprofit, People's Action If not, don't miss this week's installment of our "Coming Out Of The Pandemic" blog series! Click here for the full story: https://buff.ly/3u54BE6
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We were grateful to speak with Marlene Paez Dukes, the Marketing & Events Manager of @pplsaction! They are a national organization based in Chicago that stands for racial, economic, and gender justice. Marlene was kind enough to share some amazing insights on how they adapted their community engagement due to the pandemic as well as some amazing projects they have coming up!
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#peoplesaction #togetherwecan #grassroots #grassrootspolitics #racialinjustice #fightracism #racialequality #intersectional #intersectionality #healthcareforall #voting #votersrights #freehealthcare #nonprofit #nonprofitorganizations #nonprofitlife #blog #blogseries #chicago #chicagononprofit #supportlocal #buttons #pinbacks #pinbackbuttons

Have you heard of the Chicago-based nonprofit, People's Action If not, don't miss this week's installment of our "Coming Out Of The Pandemic" blog series! Click here for the full story: https://buff.ly/3u54BE6
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We were grateful to speak with Marlene Paez Dukes, the Marketing & Events Manager of @pplsaction! They are a national organization based in Chicago that stands for racial, economic, and gender justice. Marlene was kind enough to share some amazing insights on how they adapted their community engagement due to the pandemic as well as some amazing projects they have coming up!
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#peoplesaction #togetherwecan #grassroots #grassrootspolitics #racialinjustice #fightracism #racialequality #intersectional #intersectionality #healthcareforall #voting #votersrights #freehealthcare #nonprofit #nonprofitorganizations #nonprofitlife #blog #blogseries #chicago #chicagononprofit #supportlocal #buttons #pinbacks #pinbackbuttons

In case no one's told you today, you are KNEADED! 💕*Enjoy this button cutie, designed by artist @JessixaBagley for our 2...
04/27/2021

In case no one's told you today, you are KNEADED! 💕
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Enjoy this button cutie, designed by artist @JessixaBagley for our 2018 Button-O-Matic Series: Paws and Pin-backs benefitting our friends at One Tail at a Time!
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#cats #catlife #catsforlife #catlover #mustlovecats #crazycatlady #youareloved #youareneeded #mantra #goodvibes #artist #illustration #illustrator #graphicdesign #graphicdesigndaily #creativeminds#creativegalgang #artistssupportartists #creativityfound #creativitymatters #makersmovement #pins #pinbackbuttons #pinbacks #pinbackbutton #custombuttons #customprinting #supportlocal

In case no one's told you today, you are KNEADED! 💕
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Enjoy this button cutie, designed by artist @JessixaBagley for our 2018 Button-O-Matic Series: Paws and Pin-backs benefitting our friends at One Tail at a Time!
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#cats #catlife #catsforlife #catlover #mustlovecats #crazycatlady #youareloved #youareneeded #mantra #goodvibes #artist #illustration #illustrator #graphicdesign #graphicdesigndaily #creativeminds#creativegalgang #artistssupportartists #creativityfound #creativitymatters #makersmovement #pins #pinbackbuttons #pinbacks #pinbackbutton #custombuttons #customprinting #supportlocal

Whether you're next door or across the globe,  you'll be treated as a friend here at Busy Beaver Buttons! That means fas...
04/26/2021

Whether you're next door or across the globe, you'll be treated as a friend here at Busy Beaver Buttons! That means fast, personal, and reliable service from start to finish. What can we help you make today? 😊
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#happymonday #mondaymantra #helloneighbor #hellofriend #friends #friendlyservice #printing #customprinting #printingservice #printingservices #printingshop #custom #customproduct #customproducts #custombuttons #customstickers #custommagnets #customsticker #ecommerce #womanowned #femaleowned #supportsmall #shopsmall #supportlocal #shoplocal

Whether you're next door or across the globe, you'll be treated as a friend here at Busy Beaver Buttons! That means fast, personal, and reliable service from start to finish. What can we help you make today? 😊
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#happymonday #mondaymantra #helloneighbor #hellofriend #friends #friendlyservice #printing #customprinting #printingservice #printingservices #printingshop #custom #customproduct #customproducts #custombuttons #customstickers #custommagnets #customsticker #ecommerce #womanowned #femaleowned #supportsmall #shopsmall #supportlocal #shoplocal

Well, hey there Shelby and her feline friend, Keekz 👋*Shelby has been with Busy Beaver Buttons for a little over a year ...
04/25/2021

Well, hey there Shelby and her feline friend, Keekz 👋
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Shelby has been with Busy Beaver Buttons for a little over a year as the full-time Sales & Marketing Manager, starting literally on the first day of the lockdown. And oh, what a wild year it's been! From social media efforts to sales outreach, she is one of the main faces on the front line of Busy Beaver! The only thing bigger than her enthusiasm is her smile and she will make any interaction you have with us fun, positive, and memorable.
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Let’s take a look at Shelby’s 3 statements and see if YOU can guess which is the lie! Be sure to leave a comment with your guess 🔎⠀⠀⠀
▪ 1) Her first concert was Aerosmith at age 9
▪ 2) Owns 10+ pairs of cowboy boots
▪ 3) Spontaneously moved to Alaska for a year
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#introduction #becausewecare #whoarewe #team #womanowned #femaleowned #femaleownedbusiness #womanownedbusiness #womanownedsmallbusiness #smallbusiness #smallbusinesses #smallbusinessife #smallbusinessrocks #smallbusinesslove #smallbusinesssupport #smallbusinessmatters #localbusiness #shopsmall #shoplocal #supportsmall #supportlocal #localbrand #localproducts #buysmall #buysmallbusiness #buylocal #chicagobusiness #chicagobusinessowner #customprinting #printshop

Well, hey there Shelby and her feline friend, Keekz 👋
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Shelby has been with Busy Beaver Buttons for a little over a year as the full-time Sales & Marketing Manager, starting literally on the first day of the lockdown. And oh, what a wild year it's been! From social media efforts to sales outreach, she is one of the main faces on the front line of Busy Beaver! The only thing bigger than her enthusiasm is her smile and she will make any interaction you have with us fun, positive, and memorable.
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Let’s take a look at Shelby’s 3 statements and see if YOU can guess which is the lie! Be sure to leave a comment with your guess 🔎⠀⠀⠀
▪ 1) Her first concert was Aerosmith at age 9
▪ 2) Owns 10+ pairs of cowboy boots
▪ 3) Spontaneously moved to Alaska for a year
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#introduction #becausewecare #whoarewe #team #womanowned #femaleowned #femaleownedbusiness #womanownedbusiness #womanownedsmallbusiness #smallbusiness #smallbusinesses #smallbusinessife #smallbusinessrocks #smallbusinesslove #smallbusinesssupport #smallbusinessmatters #localbusiness #shopsmall #shoplocal #supportsmall #supportlocal #localbrand #localproducts #buysmall #buysmallbusiness #buylocal #chicagobusiness #chicagobusinessowner #customprinting #printshop

Happy Independent Bookstore Day! 📚Photo cred: Aashu*When we launched Button Power last year, the uncertainty was really ...
04/24/2021

Happy Independent Bookstore Day! 📚
Photo cred: Aashu
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When we launched Button Power last year, the uncertainty was really scary. But, the indie bookstore community welcomed us and our book with open arms. Your support truly helped make Button Power a success and we're so thankful you exist. Tag your favorite indie bookstore in the comments and give them some extra love today ❤️️📚
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If you'd like to buy a copy of Button Power AND support an independent bookstore, here are a few you should check out:
Quimby's Bookstore - comes with a free Button Power button
Atomic Books
Women & Children First Bookstore
Bobzbay
Pilsen Community Books
Greenlight Bookstore
McNally Jackson Books
Vroman's Bookstore
@changinghands
AND MANY MORE!!!!!!!
#independentbookstoreday #indiebookstores #indiebookstoreday #buttonpower #book #books #bookstagram #coffeetablebooks #readingrules #read #readmore #booksmakegreatgifts #booksmakemehappy #bookshelf #bookstack #bookstagrammer #booksbooksbooks #booksofinstagram #booksofig #shopsmall #shoplocal #supportsmall #supportlocal #pins #pinbackbuttons #pinbacks #pinbackbutton #button

It's the freakin weekend which means all play and no work...at least we hope so, haha!*This got us thinking about nostal...
04/23/2021

It's the freakin weekend which means all play and no work...at least we hope so, haha!
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This got us thinking about nostalgic toys and we're curious: what toy(s) do you remember most from your childhood? Comment your answers below!
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#weekend #freakinweeend #fbf #friday #friyay #nostalgia #nostialgic #childhoodtoys #vintagetoys #trolls #trolldolls #cabbagepatchkids #matchboxcars #beaniebabies #collections #collector #toysfromourchildhood #toys #buttons #button #pinback #pinbacks #buttonbadges

It's the freakin weekend which means all play and no work...at least we hope so, haha!
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This got us thinking about nostalgic toys and we're curious: what toy(s) do you remember most from your childhood? Comment your answers below!
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#weekend #freakinweeend #fbf #friday #friyay #nostalgia #nostialgic #childhoodtoys #vintagetoys #trolls #trolldolls #cabbagepatchkids #matchboxcars #beaniebabies #collections #collector #toysfromourchildhood #toys #buttons #button #pinback #pinbacks #buttonbadges

Happy Earth Day! 🌎🌱🌳🌞*In case you need a reminder: we've only got ONE Earth and it's our home so let's be kind to it. Yo...
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day! 🌎🌱🌳🌞
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In case you need a reminder: we've only got ONE Earth and it's our home so let's be kind to it. You might not think what you do (or don't do) matters...but it does! Every single little bit helps which is why Busy Beaver Buttons will continue to put eco-consciousness at the forefront of our business. Moving forward, what will you do to #protectourplanet? Tell us in the comments!
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#earthday #earthday2021 #mothernature #motherearth #earth #environment #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyproducts #ecofriendlyproduct #ecoconscious #earthfriendly #earthfriendlyproducts #protectourplanet #recycle #climate #climatechange #climatecrisis #fightclimatechange #environmentallyfriendly #environmentfriendly #protecttheenvironment #customprinting #printingservice #buttons #pins #custombuttons #customproducts #supportlocal #supportsmall

Happy Earth Day! 🌎🌱🌳🌞
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In case you need a reminder: we've only got ONE Earth and it's our home so let's be kind to it. You might not think what you do (or don't do) matters...but it does! Every single little bit helps which is why Busy Beaver Buttons will continue to put eco-consciousness at the forefront of our business. Moving forward, what will you do to #protectourplanet? Tell us in the comments!
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#earthday #earthday2021 #mothernature #motherearth #earth #environment #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyproducts #ecofriendlyproduct #ecoconscious #earthfriendly #earthfriendlyproducts #protectourplanet #recycle #climate #climatechange #climatecrisis #fightclimatechange #environmentallyfriendly #environmentfriendly #protecttheenvironment #customprinting #printingservice #buttons #pins #custombuttons #customproducts #supportlocal #supportsmall

YO, FELLOW CHICAGOANS: This one's for you! The latest post for our "Coming Out of the Pandemic" blog series just went li...
04/21/2021

YO, FELLOW CHICAGOANS: This one's for you! The latest post for our "Coming Out of the Pandemic" blog series just went live⚡️
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This week we spoke with Bunny Rafanello, the District Sales Manager for CH Distillery and the local legend that is Jeppson's Malort. Click here to read the full story:https://buff.ly/3v7blBe!
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#chicago #chicagobeer #chicagobreweries #chicagodistillery #chicagodistilleries #malort #supportlocalbreweries #supportlocaldistilleries #alcohol #vodka #chicago #chicagobusiness #chicagosmallbusiness #supportlocal #shoplocal #supportsmall #shopsmall #pandemic #covid #covid19 #survivingthepandemic #custombuttons #customprinting

YO, FELLOW CHICAGOANS: This one's for you! The latest post for our "Coming Out of the Pandemic" blog series just went live⚡️
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This week we spoke with Bunny Rafanello, the District Sales Manager for CH Distillery and the local legend that is Jeppson's Malort. Click here to read the full story:https://buff.ly/3v7blBe!
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#chicago #chicagobeer #chicagobreweries #chicagodistillery #chicagodistilleries #malort #supportlocalbreweries #supportlocaldistilleries #alcohol #vodka #chicago #chicagobusiness #chicagosmallbusiness #supportlocal #shoplocal #supportsmall #shopsmall #pandemic #covid #covid19 #survivingthepandemic #custombuttons #customprinting

ICYMI - Our friends at Block Club Chicago did an amazing article on our 'I Got Vaccinated' Button Packs. Find it here: h...
04/21/2021

ICYMI - Our friends at Block Club Chicago did an amazing article on our 'I Got Vaccinated' Button Packs. Find it here: https://buff.ly/3tkLzcs
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The huge response we got from this story was overwhelming. The orders poured in almost faster than we could keep up...and they still keep coming! This means so much to us because not only can we donate more money to My Block, My Hood, My City with every sale but it shows just how much you all care about each other and our city. We ❤️️ you all! Order an 'I Got Vaccinated' Button Pack here: https://buff.ly/3m9MCZY
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Be sure to stay tuned for some more exciting press on the vaccine packs...coming soon 👀 #covid #covid19 #vaccine #vaccination #covid19vaccine #covidvaccine #covidvaccination #stopthespread #helpeachother #pins #pinbackbuttons #pinbacks #pinbackbutton #button #buttons #buttonbadges #chicago #chicagobusinesses #supportlocal #supportsmall #spreadthemessage #spreadawareness #custombuttons #custompins #buynow #ordernow

ICYMI - Our friends at Block Club Chicago did an amazing article on our 'I Got Vaccinated' Button Packs. Find it here: https://buff.ly/3tkLzcs
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The huge response we got from this story was overwhelming. The orders poured in almost faster than we could keep up...and they still keep coming! This means so much to us because not only can we donate more money to My Block, My Hood, My City with every sale but it shows just how much you all care about each other and our city. We ❤️️ you all! Order an 'I Got Vaccinated' Button Pack here: https://buff.ly/3m9MCZY
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Be sure to stay tuned for some more exciting press on the vaccine packs...coming soon 👀 #covid #covid19 #vaccine #vaccination #covid19vaccine #covidvaccine #covidvaccination #stopthespread #helpeachother #pins #pinbackbuttons #pinbacks #pinbackbutton #button #buttons #buttonbadges #chicago #chicagobusinesses #supportlocal #supportsmall #spreadthemessage #spreadawareness #custombuttons #custompins #buynow #ordernow

Address

3407 W. Armitage
Chicago, IL
60647

Armitage Bus or California/Logan Square Stop on Blue Line

Telephone

+17736453359

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Custom pinback buttons and more, made especially for you with loving care!

Busy Beaver takes green manufacturing seriously. Nearly all of our suppliers are located within an 100 mile radius of our Chicago location-- our metal parts are made with recycled steel from Gary, Indiana and tin plated on Chicago's south side. We print on 100% recycled paper, and create your buttons, magnets, bottle openers and mirrors on solar powered machinery.

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Since pinback buttons were patented in 1896, people have found many ways to express their life events through buttons. We created the Button Museum to show how people commemorated noteworthy times in their lives by creating and collecting these wearable mementos. The words, artwork, printing style, color, and size were the final result of a vision they wanted to communicate or be a part of. Buttons tell a peoples' history like anything else!The physical museum is located in Busy Beaver Button Co.'s office.

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Just got them!!! Thanks Busy Beaver Button Co.!!
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Rockford Political Items Collectors Show The first ever Rockford Political Items Collectors show will be held at the LT Robert C.A. Carlson American Legion Post #1207 on Saturday, March 23rd from 11 AM to 4 PM. Tables for vendors are available for $10 each. Call 779-537-4006 or email [email protected]. The Legion Post is at 1011 S. Alpine Road in Rockford. Featured at the show will be political buttons, posters, decals and other memorabilia, some for display and some for sale. If you have political items to sell and would like a table or two or more, there are some still available. Admission is free and the Legion will be offering up beverages and food for sale that day. American Political Items Collectors Stanley Campbell and Steve Jones live in the area and are hosting this show. The American Political Items Collectors is a non-profit membership organization, dedicated to promoting the collection, preservation and study of materials relating to political campaigns and the presidency. Founded in 1945, the APIC serves a growing hobby. Our membership includes collectors and enthusiasts from all walks of life and every occupation such as educators, students, archivists, historians, elected officials including members of Congress, political junkies, political animals, campaign staffers, journalists from print, broadcast and cable, museum curators and even a couple of past Presidents! Campbell and Jones are hoping to spur interest in the hobby in the Rockford area with the show. Both of them have been collecting for many years and will have items to display along with a presentation on the hobby and campaign buttons. The show is family friendly and educational- they hope to see you there!
Have any of these in the museum?
My fellow #AlphabetResistance activists in Seattle are delighted with their buttons. They are beautiful. We have been out on various I-5 overpasses since Inauguration morning with many varying messages of resistance. I love the persistence and quest for justice of these folks and it was so fun to start handing out buttons. Here's my collaborator showing hers off:
So I made a bunch of buttons with you guys and turned the words on the buttons backward so you can read them in the mirror. All went well... except one got flipped. What? What happened? A
Thank you for such a great event. Can't wait to wear our buttons on Saturday!
121 candles! #happybirthdaybutton