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Tips on Starting a Pin Collection

You may have seen people sporting pins on their backpacks, shirts, purses, in their offices, etc., and thought how cute they were. They all seem to have their own personalities! And, maybe you’ve thought about starting your own pin collection, but aren’t really sure where to start. If that sounds familiar, keep reading! We have some pointers to become a pin aficionado! 

Tip #1: Think about what you love

Have a hobby, passion, or are obsessed with something? Pins are a way to express yourself. Think about what’s truly important to you! Do you love horses? Self care? Mental health? What do you stand for? Think of pins as an extension of yourself. When people see your pin collection (if you choose to share it with the world), they’ll learn a lot about you just from those tiny little pins. 

On the other hand, if you choose to start a private collection for yourself, think of things that will inspire you, serve as daily reminders, or otherwise make you happy! You want to see these pins and be inspired.


arts and crafts enamel pins by the gray muse

Tip #2: Select your pin type

Now that you know what you love and what types of pins you want to focus on collecting, decide what kinds of pins you want to collect. Believe it or not, there ARE different types. There are soft enamel pins, hard enamel pins, and even interactive pins that have moving parts! Decide if you want one specific type, or multiple types! They’re all great in their own ways.

Tip #3: Start shopping

There are many options to choose from when shopping for pins! Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, check out different pin shops and pin makers! You’ll most likely be drawn to shops that have a similar style to what you’re looking for, or make pins that fall under the “theme” you’re going for.

(pssst: check out The Gray Muse pin collections!)

Once you dial in on a few shops that you connect with, keep an eye on what they offer, releases, limited editions, etc. 

floral enamel pins by the gray muse

Tip #4: Display your pins

There are so many different ways you can display your pins (for a full list, click here). If you're looking to use your pins as conversation starters, or wish to share them with friends and family, display them for the world to see! Pins can be added to backpacks, purses, sweaters, shirts,’s completely up to you! However you choose to display them will be an extension of you and your personality.

If you’re working from home or in an office space, another popular way to display pins is on a pinboard! You can choose to adorn your board with only pins, or weave in photographs of things and/or people that are important to you.

Regardless of how you choose to display your pins, just know they will serve as little accessories to brighten up any outfit or space!

Tip #5: Start small

Once you start collecting pins, it can be easy to go overboard. While it’s fun to grow your collection over time, it’s not something that needs to be done overnight! The pin collectors who are most proud of their pins are those who have carefully chosen and thought out the pins that will mean the most to them. Each little pin is special and means something different in their own way. So why rush a curated collection? Wait for the pins that speak to you. Then, hit the buy button!


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I’m a growing artist and I love the color wheel and paint brushes,pencils etc. I also love the inspirational quotes. I’ve also studied astrology since the 70’s. I am also on my spiritual growth journey. I am a Sagittarius, Cancer, Leo rising with my venus in Gemini. I was a neuro nurse for 30 years. Married 40 years ,very happily. We still laugh together everyday. 3 grown children. 6 grand children and 3 greatgrandchildren. Interested in many things that keep me busy and my mind active. 😎♐️♋️♌️♊️

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