By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
When I was a young girl, I couldn't wait for everyone to start wearing their Christmas pins. I always liked the traditional silver and gold metal pins covered in rhinestones. They sparkled elegantly when turned in the light. There were Christmas candles, bells, churches, reindeer, wreaths, holly boughs, ornaments and Santa pins. Each one brought a favorite Christmas carol to mind.
There were also amusing Christmas pins that lit up or played a seasonal jingle. They were pretty cool. Any kid who had one of these battery operated wonders got special treatment during the entire school day. And remember the Avon jewelry catalog? Each year Avon would come out with a new plastic Christmas pin for kids. They were always so cheerful and colorful. They featured adorable Christmas characters like gingerbread men or mice with big bow-tied presents. Often, these delightful Avon plastic pins had a secret solid perfume compartment, as well.
As I have always been a huge animal lover, Christmas puppy and kitty pins were always a big hit with me. I still adore them to this day, especially those depicting cozy pets curled up by fireplaces with Christmas stockings strung from the mantle.
Looking back, it doesn't surprise me that my first acquisition for my vintage pin collection as an adult was a rendition of Jolly Old St. Nicholas from the 1930s. (No, he is not for sale!) I picked him up for $18 in 2007 during an antiquing trip through Pennsylvania. Here's a photo of him:
It's fun to collect and wear vintage Christmas pins for so many reasons. First, they always bring a smile to those around you. (That's a priceless gift in my book.) For me, they also remind me of fond Christmas memories from my childhood. Christmas pins are also popular costume jewelry collectibles. Unlike other collectibles, they always seem to be in demand year after year.
No matter why you start collecting vintage Christmas pins, you'll always be able to start a conversation with someone else with the same passion! And unlike many collectibles, vintage Christmas pins can still be found for $10 or less. Yes, it's true that some signed pieces can go for a few hundred dollars. There is a price for everyone's budget. Enjoy your hunt!
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Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems, jewelry and fashion. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques. Current projects include ghostwriting jewelry and fashion blogs for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her significant other. Would you like to hire her to write for you? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms and more information.
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