2017 Call for Donations and Volunteers


    An enthusiastic team is working to assemble goodie bags for attendees. If you have a donation you would like included in the goodie bags, please contact Barbara Hoffman at bhoffman071@aol.com for instructions.  Supplies, buttons, and other items are most welcome! Dealers: here is a chance to include a business card with your donation and capture a new customer!

    If you would like to financially support the goodie bag project, the team could use financial support to complete their fun plans for the enjoyment of all attendees. Financial donations can be made to the NBS Treasurer, marked for the 2017 Goodie Bag Project. 

   This photo shows Barbara Hoffman’s button club cutting button wire for the goodie bags.


   If you are technically savvy and willing to be responsible for AV support at a one or more of the presentations at NBS this year in Appleton, please contact Joy Journeay, the show coordinator. By email to JoyJourneay@gmail.com or call 907 223-1040.  We will meet for an orientation and training at a convenient time ahead of the presentations with the speakers.


If you can spare an hour or two to support the on-site registration table, your volunteer time would be most appreciated. Send an email to Barbara Hoffman at bhoffman071@aol.com and she will get your name on the schedule.


”Going Once…Going Twice…Sold!”

Annual Auction!


NBS is looking for donations of button and button related items for the 2017 National Button Show’s live auction fundraiser to be held following the Thursday evening August 10th dinner. 

If you are planning to attend the show you can bring the item(s) with you or you may send ahead of time to:

  Lisa Schulz, National Button Society, 1317 Lynndale Rd, Madison, WI 53711-3370

 If possible, and whether you bring the item(s) to the Show or mail them ahead of time, a photograph or scan of your donation would be greatly appreciated.  Please send images by August 1st (or earlier) to the Auction item coordinator Renée Comeau at: comeaur@pacbell.net for inclusion in the auction catalogue.

We hope you will attend and help support this important NBS fundraiser by attending the auction, raising your paddle and keeping our auctioneer, Bruce Beck, busy!  

Many thanks to everyone for your generous support!

For questions, please call Renée Comeau at home (858) 454-8331, cell (858) 245-7683 or

e-mail: comeaur@pacbell.net  If you are a studio button artist or dealer, we will post your business card or contact information with your donation.

TWO Pokes:  Crafts and Collectibles

We are happy to announce that the Wisconsin State Button Society will offer attendees TWO HUGE pokes! We welcome your donations and help on site. The poke will not be open during judging or when the showroom is open, but will be available at other times to enhance your convention experience.

 Start sorting through your buttons and gather donations for the poke boxes. One poke will feature CRAFT buttons, and a second poke will hold COLLECTIBLE buttons which will be sold for $1 per button. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated.

Bring your POKE DONATIONS to the NBS show, sorted as craft and/or collectible, or mail them ahead of time, to arrive prior to July 18th, to David Meicher, 1402 Dayton Dr., Janesville, Wi., 53546-1472.  

If you are willing to serve at the poke table to help with sales or assist the shoppers, you can sign up by contacting Judy Winder by email winderj@sbcglobal.net or call 815-633-8122.  

The enthusiasm at the Poke is invigorating! Poke shoppers certainly make new friends while enjoying the treasure hunt!

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