I've loved buttons ever since I was a small child. My mother, as well as both my grandmothers, had button tins that I would spend hours sorting through. I'd match up similar sizes and colors all the while meticulously pulling out the wayward threads. My favorites were those with rhinestones and my least was the leather knot (also known as braided) shank.
I now of course boast my own collection of buttons. Admittedly they aren't nearly as vintage or quite as impressive as the ones I lovingly poured over as a child but I'm working on it!