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Help needed to shift 30-tonne button mountain

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The company specialises in plastic, metal, glass, pearl, and olive-wood buttons, as well as wooden toggles
A family-run business is calling for help to get rid of 30 tonnes of buttons.A Brown & Co Buttons, based in Croydon, south London, was forced to shut down because of a slump in sales.Owner Stuart Brown feared "hundreds of thousands" of unsold buttons in the warehouse would have to be thrown away.But he has been able to sell off or give away most of the stock since an appeal on Twitter garnered interest from button-lovers across the globe.Mr Brown's great-uncle set up the company more than 100 years ago.
But he said in recent years large clients such as M&S and Next stopped manufacturing clothes in the UK, meaning sales have dwindled.
The leftover buttons would have fetched up to "It has not been economically viable for a long time," she added."We thought, we want to sell as much of it as possible but if we have to we will just skip it if not."Mr Brown said he would have fetched up to ?1.5m if he had been able to sell all of the buttons he had stored in the warehouse at full price.However, when their appeal for help to rehome the buttons was posted on Twitter it was retweeted more than 4,000 times.Several people who saw the Twitter appeal asked for buttons to be shipped to other countries including the US and China.
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You don’t understand. I love buttons. Is there any way someone in the US can get some?— Jennifer Lavoie (@WriterJenLavoie) March 8, 2019
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Wonder how much would it cost to send a kilo or two to Finland. Trying to figure how much I'd have to also pay for postage. ?— Rangi Csiszar (@RangiCsi) March 8, 2019
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I saw this on their page and the bear button is adorable! Darned shame I'm on the wrong side of the pond. I'd drive there with buckets! pic.twitter.com/vFSjjM75P5— Elyse (@wraithfodder) March 8, 2019
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Many other people enjoyed the chance to imagine the possible ways so many buttons could be used.
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30 Tons. That's an epic art project waiting to happen.— Packet Wrench (@packetwrench) March 9, 2019
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I think 30 tonnes would be a lifetime supply of sorting. No idea how they are currently stored, but I'm imagining 30 of those bulk builders' bags of mixed up buttons. Oh! What a dream!— Sue Archer (@SueArcher6) March 8, 2019
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@JoWheeler4 might you be able to use some buttons for Guides/Brownies etc crafts? Not 30 tonnes obviously but apparently they're selling off a kilo for ?2 (see another tweet in this thread)— Emily Wheeler (@heliotropia) March 8, 2019
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On Saturday, Mrs Brown's sister Sarah Janalli whose email address was included in the appeal, tweeted to say that the responses had been "overwhelming"."No buttons will go to landfill," she added.
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Hi Tess, I'm Sarah of A Brown & Co Buttons - my brother in law's company. Thank you so much - the response has been overwhelming and we can't cope with any more enquiries but SUCCESS! No buttons will go to landfill. I'm so sorry we couldn't respond to everyone but thank you! xx— Sarah Janalli (@JanalliS) March 9, 2019
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