Discover the world of buttons, load up on plants at the Green Thumb Festival and join the Fashion Revolution

Enamel buttons are desired collectibles that can be found at the Tampa Bay Button Club's Swap and Shop.[Photo by Susan Smith]
Enamel buttons are desired collectibles that can be found at the Tampa Bay Button Club's Swap and Shop.[Photo by Susan Smith]
Published April 26 2018

Buttons are a fascinating way to explore history, so much so that buttons are in collections of museums including the Smithsonian. Not only do they reflect changing fashions and innovations in materials, like the use of plastic, but it was very customary for historical events to be commemorated as tiny paintings on buttons. You can discover the hobby of collecting buttons at the Tampa Bay Button Club's Swap and Shop on Saturday. Here you'll find a range, with some buttons going for as much as $300 to $500 each, and then some for as little as 10 cents. How neat it would be to learn the history behind the antique ones? The free event runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. (727) 742-5584.

Did all the Earth Day festivities last week leave you inspired to grow more plants? You’re in luck. The Green Thumb Festival returns to Walter Fuller Park this Saturday-Sunday. Not only will you find every plant imaginable, but there are also great deals, including thousands of trees for $5, free mulch and free butterfly plants (500 per day). Seminars inform you on how to landscape effectively, while plant, soil and water diagnostic clinics let you know what you’re working with in your garden. Kids will enjoy activities and may get the gardening bug from the Children’s Plant Show. Creatively bedizened wagons compete for cash prizes in the Garden Wagon Parade. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at 7891 26th Ave. N.

The Disco Dolls Studio's  latest collection.  [Marsha Kemp Photography]
The Disco Dolls Studio’s latest collection.
[Marsha Kemp Photography]
We’re in the midst of Fashion Revolution Week, an initiative to make fashion more sustainable and campaigns for more transparency in the fashion industry. Four eco-minded shops in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood are bringing these issues into focus with events this week.

Valhalla Resale, 6112 N Central Ave.: They had a clothing swap on Sunday, but still check them out while visiting the others for tips on recycling your wardrobe.

The Disco Dolls Studio, 4632 N Florida Ave.: Meet the fashion studio's designer from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today and discover the art of Shibori dyeing from 5-7 p.m. RSVP for the workshop at [email protected]

Frolic Exchange, 4626 N Florida Ave.: Bring in one item from noon-8 p.m. Friday and get the full retail price to use on any item in the shop of equal or lesser value.

Spool Studios, 4628 N Florida Ave.: Get a lesson on how to extend the life of your clothes in their Love Your Clothes Longer workshop from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

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