|Something to keep in mind when the the thrift stores have their special colored tag and $1 sales -- check those dress, blouse and suit racks for buttons. Even the skirts-I found a denim button front skirt with 20 buttons for $1. I now have tons of mother-of-pearl buttons, too. My latest find was a quarter-sized button with an abalone outer ring and an intricate marcasite-like silver design in the center. A double feature: You can find some great buttons *and* support your local charitable organization!