Claire’s Rare Button Collection

Seeing some objects from the past often brings nostalgic feelings. We are often brought back in time by the sight of these objects. Some objects inspire our artistic side and get our creativity flowing. The vintage buttons in Claire's Rare Button Collection, which she collected over the decades, are capable of invoking both within us. Today these rare buttons can be considered vintage and would be very hard to find anywhere else.

 

Claire


Claire Grunstein is the 91-year-old owner of Fabrics that go. She came to Tucson with her husband Herman in the late ’70s with the intention of retiring. She retired from her family’s textile business in New Jersey. Retirement did not sit well with the hardworking couple though, and they decided to open a tiny hobby shop a few months after retiring. The tiny hobby shop grew into what is now Fabrics That Go.

Now 74 years and at 91 years old, Claire is one of the oldest hands-on proprietors in the country. Although the day-to-day operations of the business are handled by her son Robert, she still works up to 30 hours a week and you can usually see her if you drop by the store.

The Button Collection


One of Claire’s passions is collecting buttons, and she currently has an incredibly large rare button collection. These pieces were accumulated over time. There are thousands of buttons in the collection and all of them are for sale depending on the rarity and availability. They can range from a lot in stock to only a few buttons left. Most of these rare buttons are of antique quality and made with superb craftsmanship.

The Materials


The materials used to make these buttons are equally rare and exotic. There are those made from Czechoslovakia glass, Indian metals, silver, and bakelite. There are also those made of organic materials like Mother of Pearl, bone, horn and tree nut.

You’ll even find pieces that are works of art in themselves, like the beaded buttons and the fabric covered ones.

What They Are Used For


These rare buttons are normally used on clothing but they can also be used to decorate pillows and upholstery. Quilters enjoy using these buttons on their pieces because of their great variety. Due to the artistic qualities of these rare buttons, they are even used for jewelry like children’s charms and as decorations and clasps on purses. They have even been embedded on coffee tables. The possibilities are endless!

All designers, artists, and DIYers are welcome to check out Claire’s rare button collection. You might be inspired to use them in your future creative projects. Your imagination is the limit with what you can do with these buttons. Come by as soon as you can, since some of these buttons have very limited stock left. Just drop by Fabrics That Go and ask to see Claire’s rare buttons, you will be guided back to explore the amazing pieces, and to choose which buttons you’d like to purchase.

Fabrics That Go is home to rare fabric, buttons, and more! Our staff is also skilled in custom drapery, and upholstery, and will work according to your needs. Drop by the shop to see our vast collection.

Do You Want to Learn How to Sew Custom Bedding, Drapery, & More?

If there is enough interest, Fabrics That Go is considering an adult sewing class where you can sew custom bed spreads, drapery, & more.

Please provide your information if you are interested in Adult Sewing Classes at Fabrics That Go.

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Empty Nest? Retired? Now is Your Chance to Update Your Arizona Home Style

Have your kids recently moved out? Perhaps you are planning on retiring or you just retired recently and you have more time to yourself. Now you have time to focus on redesigning your home as you have always desired. What used to be “functional” for your home, may not be aesthetically pleasing to your new found style and updating is due.

 

Choosing a New Style


When choosing a new style, try going for designs and colors that make you relax. A popular choice among empty nesters is to use new lively fabrics on highlights and accent pieces. You don’t have to change everything in a room to update its style. A simple change in the throw pillows or the valances or cornices can change the whole atmosphere of a room.

The retro vintage style is reminiscent of the late 70s and 80s design where simple elegance your room is highlighted with splashes of color.

The color splashes used to break the flat colors of the room comes from pieces that display floral designs on a background that is similar to the color scheme of the rest of the room.

The minimalist style pairs well with homes inspired by modern architecture.

For this style, you can use monochromatic fabrics that match your walls. You can use drapes that closely match your upholstery. The usual color scheme is white, light gray, or any muted earth color. You can break the monotony by adding a vibrant accent piece.

Fabrics That Go has thousands of bolts of home fabric! We do everything from fabric supply, professional consultation, measurements, labor, to installation and delivery.

The southwestern style aims to make the interior an extension of the desert environment outside.

For accent, it utilizes mostly traditional patterns to incorporate the local culture. You can simply accent a room with these fabrics as upholstery on chairs, table runners, and placemats, or even bedding.

Popular Fabrics


Some of the most popular fabrics used to update house styles are of Claire’s own designs. Claire is the 91-year-old owner of Fabrics that go and is highly experienced in the fabrics business.

Her designs are so popular because they are a blend of contemporary and postmodern that it appeals to customers looking for bright southwest colors without leaving them with only ethnic contrasts.

 

If you drop by the store, there is a big chance you could find her there and get her expert advice.

What You Can Do


You actually don’t need to spend a fortune to update your home’s interior. You don’t have to make major changes either to change the feel and atmosphere of your home.

Your change could be as small and simple as reupholstering your kitchen chairs, or even just get matching runners and placemats in the design you want to have can do. Changing the drapes, valances and cornices in a room is often enough to update the feel of that room.

 

Get help from experts


If you can’t decide what style to update to, don’t worry. We have experts who are ready to help you choose a design for your home. With thousands of fabrics to choose from, we are bound to help you find one that is perfect for you.

There is no need for you to replace your furniture either. You can simply have your existing furniture brought back to life here at Fabrics That Go, We can reupholster in the patterns that enhance your new updated style and replace the foam and springs with new high quality ones. We also build custom furniture to fit your home. So don’t worry about how to update your home, we got you covered.

 

Fabrics That Go is a one stop shop for all your upholstery needs, from indoor to outdoor furniture! Our staff is skilled in custom upholstery and will work according to your needs and specifications!

Submit your project details and get a FREE Quote!

Fabrics That Go provides all the materials and services for your custom drapery, upholstery, valances, and more! We're Tucson's one-stop shop for home fabric projects. Feel free to contact us for any questions!

Fabrics That Go
3105 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719

Open Monday – Saturday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Sunday’s

(520) 881-4444

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