Kale the Buttoneer

My son Kale makes buttons.

He has levelled up and now offers buttons in two sizes:

  • 1 1/4″ round pinback buttons (we can also remove the pins and make magnets – magnets are an additional fee)
  • 2″ X 3″ rectangular buttons which can also be made into magnets, pocket mirrors, and fancy magnet nametag thingies.

We can also bring in parts for keychains, ponytail holders, and zipper pulls for the 1 1/4″ round buttons, but don’t stock these normally so we need time to order from the supplier.

Capacity:

For the 1 1/4″ buttons, he makes them by hand and can produce about 100 buttons per day (watch the video, below!). Minimum order number is 10. Maximum order is 300. They come on sheets of 25 if that helps you decide on an amount. Turnaround is usually within 48 hours, but it depends what other orders are in the queue.

Design services are often included depending upon what you already have – got a logo? We can put that on a button. Need a logo? Hire a graphic designer and get back to us. Between him and I we can usually make a button design using your graphic elements, but we can also give you a template that you can use to make the design yourself.

Please note, Kale will not make buttons that promote hate speech or discriminatory behaviour but he is a giant fan of puns.

Pricing:

For the 1 1/4″ buttons, Kale charges $0.75 per button, with free delivery to anywhere in New Westminster. This price includes the parts and also allows for the true cost of labour. For orders over 100 buttons he offers a 5% discount. Kale the Buttoneer is not the cheapest provider of buttons locally however he is probably the coolest. If you need high volume, lower prices, and maybe faster turnaround, may we suggest Six Cent Press? They are great for that and we have used them and like them very much.

For the rectangular buttons (is it really a “button” if it is a rectangle?) they are roughly $3.75 each, but it really depends on what kind of back you want – magnets are more expensive than pins, mirrors are harder to make and are pricier than magnets. So, for these we ask that you contact us for a custom quote. Sometimes Kale will have some of his own designs for sale as one-offs, and I’ll share them online. I have started an Instagram account where you can see what he is making (oh god, this is getting serious).He doesn’t have a minimum on the rectangular ones, but if it helps, 6 fit on the sheet.

Payment:

We can accept credit cards, cash, and e-transfers. We invoice through Square.

I’m trying to instill some “forward thinking” skills in Kale, so we have the following rules around his revenue:

  • 1/3 he saves. He is saving for a laptop.
  • 1/3 he may spend however he wishes. He is better at saving than spending, to be honest, so often this third ends up in the saving budget anyway.
  • 1/3 he donates. He may choose where it goes although I encourage him to choose non-faith based organizations that support vulnerable local people or animals.

Kale also brings his button machine to school and runs the Buttoneers, which is an inclusive elementary school club that meets weekly to hand draw and make buttons. Some of his revenue goes to subsidizing the cost of the supplies that the club uses.

Contact:

To get in touch with Kale about ordering buttons, please email kalethebuttoneer@gmail.com and I’ll check in with him. I do a lot of the backend stuff like scheduling, invoicing, and ensuring your project design is what you’re thinking of, and I help cut but this is Kale-led. We hang out and listen to music while he buttons, and it’s a really fun activity we are doing together. Thank you for supporting him. He is very blown away by the support he is getting.

Testimonials!

We have some satisfied customers who have said nice things about Kale’s work.

Dear Kale and Jen,

I’m so glad I found out about Kale the Buttoneer. The buttons I ordered are amazing! The design consultation, scheduling, and delivery service were all impeccable. I will be a customer for life!

Cheers,
Anita Ansari