It amazes me that Melbourne can support a business that specialises in buttons. But then again I think out of all the cities in Australia, Melbourne is the home of the artisan, the handmade and the unique, hole-in-the-wall shop.

Not generally being the crafty type I’ve never had reason to visit Buttonmania until now. Their website states that ‘Buttonmania is an amalgamation of over 8 separate button and belt businesses and private collections which have been combined to form one of the world’s most definitive button, buttonhole, belt and belt buckle retailers and manufacturers.’

This week from Monday 21 June (9-5pm) to Saturday 26 June (10-3pm), Buttonmania is having sale across the hallway from its cute premises in the Nicholas Building. Two rooms have been filled with buttons galore as well as random tubs of fabric scraps, wool, Simplicity patterns and leather strips.

Prices for most of the buttons are at $6/kg, with some special buttons being $1 or $2 each. When you think that most buttons, from say Lincraft or Spotlight, start around $1, and I got 40 buttons for $5, that is quite a bargain. Even if you’re not a button freak I think they make really good gift-wrapping ornaments (check out this idea, or this one, or this one), and in fact I may go back again later in the week for another rummage when I’m feeling inspired.

  • Buttonmania, Level 2, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne +61 3 9650 3627