Collecter of the Year Awards 2019: meet last year’s Kent Collector

PUBLISHED: 09:49 05 June 2019

Angela Clark at home with a fraction of her button collection (photo: Manu Palomeque)

Angela Clark at home with a fraction of her button collection (photo: Manu Palomeque)

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Wondering whether to enter this year’s competition to find Kent’s Best collectors? Take inspiration from 2018 winner Angela Clark

Tonbridge resident Angela Clark's fascination with buttons - the extensive collection that won her the title 'Kent Collector of the Year 2018' - began when she was a small child and was allowed to play with the contents of her grandmother's button box.

"I used to empty the whole lot out onto the floor and sort them into colours or different sizes or types. She gave me the ones she didn't want and I'd put them on a card or sew them onto a cushion.

"People started giving me brightly coloured or sparkly buttons and later on when I became a teenager, if saw them in jumble sales or on a garment I'd buy it and cut off the buttons - so

Part of Angela Clark's extensive collection (photo: Manu Palomeque)Part of Angela Clark's extensive collection (photo: Manu Palomeque)

I started my collection that way."

The interest grew to a passion when Angela was working in London and discovered The British Button Society, which she joined in 1980, four years after it was founded. Now its President, members meet near Kings Cross or in Birmingham and produce a magazine three times a year called Button Lines.

Angela went out to the New Hampshire, USA Button Society convention a couple of years ago, where collectors bought and sold from their hotel rooms. To her amazement she made so much money from the buttons she'd taken with her that it paid for her hotel for a week. "The Americans just hoovered them up!"

The handsome trophy presented to Angela Clark as our 2018 winner (photo: Manu Palomeque)The handsome trophy presented to Angela Clark as our 2018 winner (photo: Manu Palomeque)

Husband Colin, who worked in forestry at Squerryes in Westerham and now hand carves walking sticks, makes the display cards and cabinets for his wife's collection, so it's a real team effort.

Still amazed that she won, Angela would say to anyone thinking of entering the 2019 competition: "Whatever you collect it is of interest to somebody. Winning was a real boon to me, and going to Canterbury for the awards was very special indeed."


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