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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Button thief hits West Nashville thrift shop

The This ’N That Thrift Shop in West Nashville has $6 end tables in perfect condition, iPhone cases in their original packaging and valuable books, but what one repeat thief covets is buttons.

“Maybe they’re a seamstress and don’t want to pay for the fancy buttons or [they] sell them on eBay,” said Susan Hiles, a volunteer who has worked a few times a month at the clean, tidy thrift store for seven years.

Valuable buttons with pearls and rhinestones have been cut from clothing such as cocktail dresses and dinner suits for several years. Hiles said instead of clipping the thread holding the button, the thief cuts a hole in the item itself to then pocket the button.  Full Article

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