Enamel lapel pins are so hot right now. Am I using that right? Do people actually say that? I’ve added some great pieces to my own mostly vintage pin collection (which I should definitely write an updated post about), but there are so many awesome pins available right now. Here are twenty of my personal favorites, with links. I’ve tried to limit pop culture (movie/tv/video game) derivative works, but there are some I couldn’t resist. #pingame
It’s a little Monday afternoon snow storm window shopping. Enjoy.
- Urn from Inner Decay
- Decline & Fall from Inner Decay
- Slower Black Wheat from Explorer’s Press
- Poppy from Explorer’s Press
- Witch Hat from Sara Lyons
- Sad Ghost from Sara Lyons
- Hung to Dry from Rambling Hands
- Momento Mori set from Cat Coven
- I Believe from Last Craft
- All Hope is Not Lost from Frolik Studio
- Black Lodge Coop from Bunny Miele
- Coffin from Yesterdays
- Sailor Moon Crisis Heart from Creepy Gals
- Cry Baby from Penelope Gazin
- Dovahkiin from Jess Hrycyk
- Ugh from Night Cheese Lifestyle
- D20 from These are Things
- Trust No One from Cry Wolf
- Retro Record Player by Abby Galloway from Valley Cruise Press
- Ouija Board from Punky Pins
I’ve added a few new pins to my collection in the last year.
The wooden Twin Peaks pin was made by Kate Rowland. She has an etsy shop here with a great selection of pins and other wooden jewelry. The Twin Peaks stuff is my favorite!
The other two pins are vintage, purchased from my local Goodwill. The state of New Hampshire one is pretty special; The Old Man of the Mountain sadly collapsed in 2003. Likewise, I’m guessing the Winnipesaukee button is no longer available for purchase.
I’ve gotten fairly choosy about adding to this collection. The Twin Peaks brooch is actually the only new pin I have. As far as vintage goes, I’m sticking with tourist trinkets and state park paraphernalia. I had originally set out to continue collecting vintage flower pins (I added one to the collection this year), but the demand is high, making prices skyrocket. It’s a little bit of a downer, but the one I still have of my mum’s is very special to me, with or without a garden of other daisies to accompany it.
I’m hoping to eventually come up with some kind of genius way to display these. If you have any suggestions, leave me a comment! How do you display your favorite collections?
I am bad at lifestyle blogging. That’s what this is, right? I am still not 100% sure. I think pinterest is stupid, I don’t have any hip recipes to share, and I’ve never really warmed up to the idea of taking daily photos of myself to show off my “style.” My current line of work doesn’t really allow for nice outfits, anyway. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that working at Goodwill isn’t dirty. It is dirty.
Perhaps now that my graduate school application is submitted, I’ll have more time to devote to this. I’d like that.
Over the last few years, I’ve built up a little collection of vintage brooches. It wasn’t intentional, although I did used to collect anime pins in my teen years (I still have some of those). I thought it would be nice to share a few; a couple didn’t photograph very well, so I left them out.
I apologize for the dust, as well as the blur. I took these with my cell phone. Or perhaps you have noticed that I am not a photographer.
The yellow daisy belonged to my mother; the leaf broke off somewhere along the line, which really saddens me. I have thought about taking off the stem completely, but it will involve a bit of work, and I am hesitant. The white flower was thrifted.
These are both thrifted (I bought them yesterday). I am in love with the New Hampshire one. I’m only about 75% sure that the NH pin is vintage. The WV one, more like 60%. Does anyone know how to tell with cloisonne pins? They fit the part, though, so I’m happy. Finding little gems like these in my store makes my day, especially because I don’t browse the jewelry section regularly (like I do with the books and housewares). I don’t know how they weren’t snatched up sooner.
This is another thirft store find. I had to adjust the colors a bit in Photoshop, so you could see the contrast, but it’s still not spot on. This is a big pin, about three inches long. I am guessing that there were originally gems in the eyes. I’m not sure if I want to try to replace them. I have a reindeer pin (not shown) that’s missing some rhinestones that are about the same size. It would be nice to work on them both at once.
My other mouse pin, which you can see in the first photo, didn’t photograph well in solo. That’s another one that belonged to my mother.
So, collection sharing? I think this gives me enough content for a handful of posts, and I won’t have to be in any of the photographs. I call that a win.
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