Renaissance man Joel C. is the Busy Beaver Production Manager and an avid button collector. His enormous Chicago loft hosts collections of vintage musical equipment, mid-century furniture, beer cans, Y2K memorabilia, and of course, buttons. Here’s what Joel has to say about his amazing display of badge/button/pin-love:
Busy Beaver: When did you start collecting buttons?
Joel: I probably had a small collection as a young kid, but I started collecting more seriously about 7 years ago.
B: How many buttons are in your collection?
J: I probably have over 1,000 buttons.
B: Where do you store and display your buttons?
J: The main button display is in my kitchen. The whole wall is tiled with cork and almost completely covered. I probably have 700 on that wall alone (see photos).
B: What is your favorite button?
J: It’s hard pick a single favorite, but some I really like are a Mitch Hedberg button we made years back. I also collect Soap Box Derby buttons we’ve made over the years. Some older ones I have are some humorous Jimmy Carter peanut farmer buttons, Howard Stern ’94 run for NY governor buttons, I also had a random “naughty” button collection that were unceremonious removed when my wife moved into my apartment with me. I like many kinds of buttons. If it’s a cool design, funny or weird, count me in!