AZ State Button Show 2019 Must See Buttons

This years button show in Avondale did not disappoint. It was hosted by the Phoenix Button Hooks with the theme Wild West Roundup and there was something for everyone. You can find button groups locally in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Prescott and Tucson. Members meet each month to talk button history, materials and the latest finds. Membership in the AZ State Button Society is $10. If you’d like information on button collecting you can contact Janis Wood  at or Nancy Craig at

I like to start my visit with a look at the competition trays. There were over 40 categories and competitions work very hard to collect a variety of buttons in their category. I was lucky enough to meet Jan Roxburg who won a first and second and had traveled in from Des Moines, Iowa where she is president of the Iowa chapter. She’s been active in buttons for 18 years.

My friend Nancy & I seek different buttons and we enjoy going together each year.

The 15 dealers traveled from across the United States and they were all friendly & helpful. We already look forward to going back next year.


My friend Nancy & I. Buttons are on cards & you flip thru them.


Jan Roxburg & her award winning collections.

asbs-showroom-buttons.jpgCompetition trays


So many great button collection submissions.



on left my pics from dealer Joni Goldbarg


Beautiful gem & rhinestone/paste buttons from dealer Claudia Bibber


Gorgeous metal picture buttons from Gary Brockman & Jon Jacobson. Vals crochet button bracelet


Delightful small metal picture buttons from Ann Olson of Perennial Buttons.


More from Ann Olson. My haul is on the right. My boys are into Viking lore & the axe reminds me of them.


These are horse bridle rosettes from Claudia Bibber. I bought these to go in my Scott & Leah initials collection.


More of my favorites that I bought for myself or friends.

To compare to last years button show, click here. To learn more about buttons from the National Button Society, click here

About Ruby Mae Jewelry

I'm Leah Williams and I adore fabulous buttons and brooches, chains and charms. I find it exciting to look into old tin cans passed down through the generations. They hold buttons and hardware removed from all types of garments. I reuse old buttons and it connects me to men and women that I'll never get to meet. I leave the original thread on a button. I'm inspired to create something new from something that was forgotten. I love, love, love it.