lapel pin collection - updated - The Dainty Squid

lapel pin collection - updated

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Back in October of last year I shared photos of my lapel pin collection which has only continued to grow since then. Even if you don't remember that post, you've probably noticed in my what I wore posts that I kind of have a thing for accessories. Fun necklaces, rings, brooches, lapel pins, etc. I love them all. I 100% do not abide by the quote "before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory." I basically do the opposite. Before leaving the house I usually look in the mirror to make sure I have at least a few eye catching things on.

Lapel pins are super hip right now. I'm ashamed to admit that I'm usually kind of sour when things I love become super popular but there are so many independent companies out there making them and you can find one for just about any interest you may have. Seriously, I have one about beach combing! I've welcomed this boom with open arms. I love finding new brands with lapel pins. They're small, and usually cost less then $10 a piece so they're easy to collect. They're also a really awesome way to support creative folks and their businesses (...at least that's how I justify having so many!)

A few weeks back I upgraded the bulletin board I display my pins on. The old one, a three dollar score from the Target dollar spot, finally ran out of room. I was able to find something with a little bit more space in the same place, the dollar section at Target! You just can't beat it for three bucks! My new one holds a bunch more, and displays them beautifully.


It would be crazy hard to link to where each of the pins are from so instead I'll link to some of the folks I own pins from and then you can blame me when you blow all your money on pins!
Valley Cruise Press
Explorer's Press
Asilda Store 

These Are Things 
Kodiak Milly 
Bunny Dee
Studio Coup  
No Fun Press 
Fair Goods 
Finest Imaginary 
Gloomology
Titina
Two Ghouls Press
Pintrill
I like cats
ShellyMarz
Hooptedoodle
Spellcaster
Thora Ford Jewelry

If you see a pin in my collection that you can't seem to find in the links above, just ask!  

Do you collect lapel pins? I would love to see your collection!
xoxo


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  1. Awesome post! Your pins are gorgeous, and I can't wait to check out all the shop links. This is a silly question, but what do you do with the backs? Or does the pin go all the way through the board? I have some cool smaller cork boards that I also got on sale at Target (LOL), but I'm hesitant to store pins on them because I don't want to lose them/the backs.

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    1. I store all the backs in that little turtle shown in the photo. I even left it open in one of the photos so you could see them. There are so many cute little containers out there if you don't happen to have a turtle laying around. :P

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  2. I love that you have them organized by color!

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    1. Everything is better organized by color! :)

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  3. I just started collecting lapel pins and OMG it's so addictive! I love them for adding some subtle geekery to more staid outfits. They're great conversation starters.

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  4. First of all, that Uncle Fester pin, in particular, is amazing. I love the way you've displayed all of these. Like art! Secondly, ARE THERE LOCKERS IN YOUR APARTMENT? Tell me more.

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    1. Heck yes I have lockers in my apartment!
      http://www.thedaintysquid.com/2015/03/its-little-things.html

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    2. Oh yay!! Uncle fester is by Two Ghouls Press! Thanks!

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  5. ahh I love the way you organize your collection. So pretty! I don't collect lapel pins but I wannnnna.

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  6. Thanks so much for featuring Two Ghouls Press along with all these other brands! I keep telling myself I'll organize them by color like you have because it looks so pretty, but I can't stop picking up new ones. Haha 👻👻

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    1. Hahah! Yeah, I have to reorganize all the time! I try to only move a few around when I add a new one but always end up taking everything off and starting fresh. It's definitely a process (that I not so secretly really enjoy!)

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  7. Do you know these? https://witandwhistle.com/product-category/pins/
    The "lady power" one makes me chuckle :)

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  8. LOVE YOUR COLLECTION! Sometimes I feel like mine is getting out of hand and then I see someone else's! Ha! ;)
    Totally right about them being cheap and easy to collect. I think my fave is the open mouth I have by CouCouSuzette. I like to tip all my food pins toward it! I also recently acquired a set of 2 sharks, hammerhead and a great white, dressed like they are from Grease! They crack me up!

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    1. Excuuuuuse me, are you saying mine is out of hand?!

      :P

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    2. GASP! NEVER! Besides, I've seen WAY worse. And by worse, I mean AWESOMMMMME

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  9. Where do you keep the backs to the pins? That's what has been keeping me from using a board like yours.

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    1. I store all the backs in that little turtle shown in the photo. I even left it open in one of the photos so you could see them.

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  10. Your collection is gorgeous Kaylah. I really like your teeth. The new board is pretty neat! I would guess I own probably around 80 pins and brooches (quite possibly more but I have never counted) . I do a weekly feature called 5brooches where I share 5pins or brooches I've worn that week. My current post is that so if you fancy a look, feel free to click my name to come to my url, it would be lovely to receive a visit.

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    1. Awesome! I'll have to check that out.
      :)

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  11. Looking so pretty! I have a badge collection which I started age thirteen and is mainly MCR and other teen emo stuff and I'm thinking of swapping it to start something like this <3

    The Quirky Queer

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  12. I love your pins, its not really a think in the UK and I can't face paying the postage charges for a pin or two!

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    1. Yeeeah, shipping is definitely a deterrent from time to time with these. Such a bummer!

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  13. I bloody love enamel pins, your collection is total goals! <3
    www.britishmermaid.com

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  14. I am not allowing myself to click on these links because I will want all of the pins! I just let myself google the Uncle Fester pin because it's INCREDIBLE

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    1. If you didn't find it yet;
      http://twoghoulspress.bigcartel.com/product/fester-glow-in-the-dark-lapel-pin

      :)

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  15. i have a tiny collection of 6 pins, but i love them dearly. i love your black kitty ones (the please adopt is in my wishlist), teeth ones, handbook for the recently deceased (i need), and the 99c one. they're all cool, but these ones i adore from the bottom of my heart.

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