Passion for Pins

Reading the title of this post some might think I am referring to Pinterest. If you are not familiar with Pinterest, it is a virtual pinboard. You can collect images of things you love to help decorate your home or plan your wedding for example. The best way to describe it is to have you look at our pins here and yes I am passionate about pinning, like so many of our readers. Having said all of that, this post is about “actual pins” that you can wear, vintage Christmas pins that I have been collecting with my daughter’s Cathy and Lena for years.

Collecting these pins has been such an adventure for us, hunting through antique stores and estate sales but the real joy is getting to wear, share and display them. These pins have a rich past and our Friday Find this week is this fabulous vintage pin designed by Swarovski.  This tree is from the Swarovski Rockefeller Center collection made in 2006. Visiting the tree at Rockefeller Center and ice skating beneath it is a yearly tradition for us so this pin was a must have. If you are visiting the city during this time stop by this magical place, don’t be intimidated by the crowds we are always able to get on the ice.


These pins are part of the whimsical side of costume jewelry and adored by collectors. Whether sparkling on a wool coat, acting as a decorative clasp on a fabulous sweater or displayed in your home, these little treasures truly add to the bling of Christmas. Other designers that are highly collectible right now are Albert Weiss (Cathy from AYP’s personal favorite pictured here), the ever fabulous Miriam Haskell and the shimmer of the Eisenberg Ice collection below. I use the book, Christmas Tree Pins O Christmas Tree often, it is an excellent resource and the perfect gift with a vintage Christmas pin. Below, is a collection of Eisenberg Ice pins found on Ebay, a good place to find just the right pin if you don’t have the time to search the antique stores.

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  • Connie

    These pins are beautiful, makes me want to start collecting.

    • Ingrid from Vintage Victoria

      I have a small antique shop and sell out of all my tree pins this time of year, Great post.

      • Cathy from Adore Your Place

        Thank you Ingrid, nice to meet you.

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      It really is a fun hobby Connie.

  • Claire

    I was just going to sell a few of these pins but now Iam thinking I may need to just buy a pretty pillow.

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Claire I have sold a few but have to say I regret it. Keep them or give them to special people as gifts.

  • Lena

    Clever way to display the pins on a throw pillow and easy to take one off and wear it.

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Thanks Lena, it is a fun way to see them and wear them.