It seems olde canning/mason jars are making a HUGE comeback and not only in the world of "country" !! Of course some of us never saw them leave!! Having the store I see some trends "come and go" - however, olde jars and bottles seem to be a staple. My "vast" collection of "buttons" came from collecting olde jars - whenever, I found a jar that I "had" to have, it was usually filled with buttons! A commitment to "waste not want not" - I find myself taking the buttons off of worn out shirts (mostly Tony's) that are going to the rag bin just like my great-grandmother always did. (I wish I had her button jars)!
Tony has been busy busy busy - cleaning jars - mostly quarts and 2 quarts as the pints are getting harder to find here lately. He works very hard cleaning the zinc lids of all the minerals from years of water baths - so that you can use them without fear of "yuck" !! I go in "binges" where all my jars are on my kitchen counters and on my Hoosier - and then I put them all away in the cupboards. I store everything from food, nails, coins and of course buttons in them.