Ramblings of all things crafty!
Those pins are great for holding a wrap cardigan or knit in place. I absolutely love the one in the centre front of the picture with the leave. The buttons would look great on a black jacket. I recently bought buttons on ebay. Maybe you could sell them and put the $ to notions that you might use.
Garage sale? I'm lucky...I had a daughter go through my jewelry box and remove most of that stuff and a few of my cheaper pearl necklaces too.
I use my pins (over 50) on a pillow. You can also make a picture to put them on using cork or styrofoam for the backing. I also saw a christmas tree picture made with buttons and old jewelry pieces that I really wanted to try someday (you know when I find the time...lol) Like I need another craft to do ;)
i'd hang on to those pins and button covers. They would make pretty pendants and earrings, etc..... You look great by the way. I am behind on my commenting, but from looking at your previous post I saw how much weight you've lost. Just make new pants, don't alter! I hate to alter too.