143 E. 62nd St., New York, NY, 10065
at Lexington Ave.
By cjdawe on 7/30/2010
My daughter and I just visited this past Wednesday. It was a great experience. We were so blown away by the inventory that we actually left, got a bite to eat and made a list of what we wanted to look at and then went back and shopped. The owner and sales associate were friendly but not pushy. They took my check graciously and packed up our dozens of buttons in cute little boxes with tissue paper. The prices were reasonable when you think of the quality of each button. It's a great place to visit even if you don't buy anything but I'd be hard pressed to find someone one who couldn't find one button they just had to have! The presentations on the walls are wonderful too: Alice in Wonderland buttons, seed buttons, signs. Just a wonderful place.
By exeter on 6/27/2010
I had heard of this store and went for the first time last week. The selection and staff were both excellent. I'm surprised at the other negative reviews re: customer service. My experience was wonderful. 95 degree weather outside and the gentleman happily went to the basement to find me another $3. button. Would definitely go again on my next trip to NYC.
By melodyw on 3/6/2010
Special trip from PA to NYC to visit this lovely shop. Good information provided regarding merchandise, history of shop, lunch in the area. The selection was truly unique; the salespeople pleasantly helpful, and the atmosphere relaxed, unhurried, delightful.
By ueslove on 3/25/2009
Tender Buttons is one of those special little places that is nearly extinct these days--everything from the vast selection of fantastic buttons to the ambiance in the shop. It's organized like a library and begs for quiet study.. it's not the place you should be going if you need something right.this.minute. The staff is not rude. This is just not the kind of place you go to ask for someone to hold your hand and help you decide what you want. The buttons are extremely well-organized by type (leather, wood, horn, metal, plastic, fabric-covered, etc.) and it's simply a delight to see and touch them all. And NOT expensive.. a lot of buttons start at $1.00!! It is what you make of it. I enjoy it.
By Sophiaa on 2/15/2009
Came to New York with the address of this shop in hand, hoping to find tiny buttons to embellish needlepoint. Was not disappointed! The shop itself is a little gem, and the staff were friendly, pleasant, and helpful. I found just what I wanted, and more. The buttons are not inexpensive, but they are made from beautiful, durable material, with many special touches. I'll enjoy working stitching my purchases onto projects, and look forward to collecting more on my next visit to this wonderful shop in this fantastic city!
By Parisnight on 1/6/2009
Known of this store for years, haven't been there in over 20. Took my two little girls in this weekend and we were all treated extremely well. What a great place!!!!
By mscorlett on 4/27/2008
One of the most lovely experiences that I had while visiting NYC was the part of an hour spent in this cubby hole of beauty nestled in just a few blocks east of Central Park. Our trip would not have been complete without our moments spent among the buttons. Our entire family highly recommends visiting Tender Buttons.
By joyradish on 12/17/2007
Perfect in every way - beautiful buttons curated as in a museum, boxes and tables and picture frames full of buttons, buckles, large, small, antique, unique, foreign, adorable . . . Anyone who loves buttons, sewing, art, costume, history, New York City, Lexington Avenue, life, adventure, experience, and all that - will worship Tender Buttons! If you don't love it, you don't know.
By nynostalgic on 10/22/2011
I started going to TB in the 1970's. I have shopped for buttons all over the country and part of the world and the quality and selection here cannot be matched. It even attracts business men and celebrities (saw Johnny Carson there once looking at special balzer buttons). At one time they also had buttons from designers - I found Robert Morris buttons that had been used by Donna Karan and Morris-like buttons that had been used by Luis DelOlio for Anne Klein (saw the blouse in Bloomingdales for several hundred dollars). Expensive but great quality. I place these buttons on purchased garments and remove them when I no longer use the garment. I purchased lapis and malachite buttons and some Robert Morris buttons at least 25 years ago that survived dry-cleaning (cover with foil). I can understand why the staff can be surly. They get a lot of tourists and lookie lous. I have been in the shop when customers left about 20 boxes out and did not purchase and when a customer took inordinate amount of their time and made a very small purchase.
By stellathecat on 12/31/2009
I had heard of Tender Buttons but did not have time to look for it on my visit to NYC. So what a surprise,one day while looking for a restaurant, to find ourselves standing in front of this magical little store. We were thoroughly enchanted by this tiny button museum and enjoyed searching for the perfect buttons for my daughter's sweater. I found the button boxes well-organized and easy to search through and the staff was polite and personable enough when I had a question. I found the selection here much better than the standard buttons available on 38th St. if you are looking for something truly special. The prices were pretty reasonable too.