Like Australian Marmite? There are lapel pins for that.

So I ask you, which is better: to be mainstream trendy or hipster/indie cool? Personally I think it’s great to be either, and to just appreciate whoever it is that embraces you. I’ve seen a shift in custom lapel pins towards the quirky, the proud, and the unique, on social media and on websites like Etsy and Ebay. Individuals are coming to me to make lapel pins that speak for them, instead of waiting for someone else to do it for them. There was even an article recently discussing this, and I think it’s spot on.

It’s just another way the internet is liberating small businesses, because whereas an entrepreneur in Colorado wanting to sell political slogan lapel pins might not find a large 1369_1kenough customer base using a brick and mortar store, now has a flood of fans and paying customers because they shared their “Feminist with a to-do list” custom pins on Instagram. They were able to reach millions of viewers instead of the few dozen who might pass by their store out in Bolder.

Another thing I love about it is it makes niche interests and beliefs accessible. Fans of obscure bands (The Records, anyone? Or Fever Marlene?) can now easily display their obsession on their jacket, backpack, or anywhere else thanks to another fan somewhere else in the world who came to a pin company like us and got 100 custom lapel pins cranked out. Fans of obscure movie quotes, cat lovers, retro ads and slogans, topical memes… and really, just a LOT of cats. There is literally a lapel pin for everything and everyone now. Honestly, there’s probably a few dozen pins out there for everyone on every topic.

And so I raise my glass to you, internet entrepreneurs, and to your 100-200 custom lapel pin orders. You might be a small business, but you’re single-handedly bringing the world together, one bowtie-wearing-Scottish-Fold-cat lapel pin at a time.

 

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Jedi Mind Trick? Nope, just your run of the mill glucose-sniffing dog!

I read an amazing article today about a little boy and his dog. Sounds like your typical idyllic childhood, doesn’t it? Unfortunately it isn’t quite that simple. This little boy’s dog is not only his best friend, but he’s also been trained to help monitor his blood glucose. Luke, the little boy, has type 1 diabetes and has since he was about 2 years old. His blood glucose levels fluctuate so wildly that he’s often woken up at regular intervals in the night to take glucose tablets. And then there’s Jedi, his trusty canine companion and living, breathing glucose monitor.

The story goes that one night Luke’s mom had checked his glucose and then fallen asleep. Five minutes later Jedi had come in and woken her up, signaling that Luke’s glucose was low. Luke’s mom checked a digital readout that was broadcast into her bedroom from Luke’s, saw that it showed a safe number, and promptly went back to sleep, ignoring Jedi. Awareness ribbonsBut Jedi was not deterred and continued to nudge her until she humored him by going to Luke, taking a blood sample, and to her surprise his glucose levels were dangerously low. The digital readout was wrong! But Jedi wasn’t, and he was also, thankfully, stubborn! Luke was given what he needed to stabilize him and it was an all around happy ending.

Being a dog lover, I couldn’t help but be impressed and amazed at this dog’s ability to sniff out an unacceptable blood glucose level in a little boy. And considering March 22nd is National Diabetes Alert Day, I thought the article was very apropos.

It also brings to light the struggle that those with Diabetes have to deal with on a daily basis, of monitoring their levels and having what they need on hand all the time to combat a spike or drop in glucose. They need our support, and so for anyone who can’t sniff out glucose levels (so… everyone) that means donating to diabetes charities, being there for the diabetics in your life, and wearing awareness ribbons lapel pins to let them know we’re fighting for them.

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Red Carpet Season

Apparently Business Insider, a site with, you guessed it, insight into domestic and world business markets, also has a “lifestyle” division! And with award season in full swing, they took aim at the fashions that are making their way down the red carpet at events such as the Emmys, Grammys, and Oscars. In a less typical move, they concentrated on men’s fashion, specifically: lapel pins and brooches.  I must say I was surprised at what they said.

The article was more of a rant than anything else, lasering in on rapper and TV personality LL Cool J. He hosted the Grammys a couple of weeks back, and for the event wore a fairly basic tuxedo, with matching bowtie and his ever present newsboy cap. On his lapel was a 191Red_1kbrooch in silver and diamonds, a cursive “LL”. And the Business Insider thought it was a train wreck. To contrast, they pointed out another celebrity who had been sporting a lapel pin, Rami Malek. His equally unremarkable but well-cut tuxedo was adorned with a black flower stick pin. They claimed that it did not draw the eye away from the rest of his outfit, and therefore served its purpose.

I gotta say, I couldn’t disagree more! Maybe it’s because I’m witness to every color, size, style and shape of lapel pin known to man on a daily basis, but LL’s pin didn’t come off as any more ostentatious than any other statement piece that celebrities wear for a special event. A diamond necklace, bejeweled earrings, a massive canary diamond ring. When you’re going to the Grammys, or the Oscars, it’s not time to keep things conservative, it’s time to pull out the big guns. And LL’s elegant, if perhaps slightly narcissistic, pin, was definitely not the eyesore that the Business Insider is making it out to be. To go one step further, Malek’s black flower on a black lapel display seemed almost a waste of time. If you’re going to wear a lapel pin, it might as well be seen, not camouflaged. A pop of color would have definitely made all the difference.

So with the Oscars this weekend, we’re sure to see more examples of over the top, and completely outrageous fashions. I’m personally hoping people take risks, whether that’s with gaudy brooches and lapel pins or feathers and flounces. What can I say: I’m a lady who loves a risk taker.

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Votes For Women!

I’ve been thinking a lot about politics recently, for obvious reasons. You can’t turn on the TV or open a news website without being inundated with coverage of the primaries and the candidates running for president. So as I’ve always done since I became old enough to vote, I’ve been thinking about my options and boning up on the platforms of the candidates. And today I was reminded that Susan B. Anthony day is coming up on the 15th, which to further tie things together, is also Presidents Day. Needless to say, politics is in the air.

Despite the crazy way some presidential candidates act, and the circus that our political 272_1k1system sometimes seems to be, voting and taking part in the political system is perhaps one of the most important things we as Americans can do. It’s right up there with serving your country in the military and donating blood to the Red Cross. And then let me remind you that half the voting block in this country has only had this right for the past 96 years. As a part of that voting block, I couldn’t be more eager to vote, and to pay homage to amazing women like Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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These women went out into the world, without the legal rights we have today, or the autonomy, and stood up for what they believed in. They rallied, waved banners, wore gold political pins, all proclaiming “votes for women”. This led to ostracization from family and friends not supportive of their cause, police brutality and sometimes imprisonment. That’s a lot to ask from a culture of women who could not own their own property, who still wore corsets and couldn’t dare even show an ankle for fear of being called a loose woman.

Today when you see exhibitions of the women’s suffrage movement it is boiled down to grainy black and white images, moth-eaten gold and purple sashes proclaiming “Votes for Women!” and small, circular gold lapel pins that to our 21st century eyes look downright demur. But back in 1916 being caught in public with one of these political pins was enough to get you arrested. It’s amazing that something as a small as a pin could be that subversive. Come to think of it, it’s amazing that voting rights for women could be considered subversive.

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Embroidered Patches Are the New Black

I don’t think it’s self-deprecating to say that I’m not the most fashion forward person I know. And I’m OK with that. But it turns out that PinMart, if not me, is actually very trendy! Recent articles in fashion magazines are filled with men-and women-wearing understated or outlandish pins on their lapels, and just recently someone pointed out an article about Tommy Hilfiger, a name even I’m familiar with.

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Embroidered patches

It appears the American clothing designer is teaming up with a creative, entrepreneurial model to create a new line of clothing for the brand. And one of the first components leaked to social media? A bunch of really collegiate and military-style embroidered patches! The model, Gigi Hadid, shared the patches on her Instagram account and I was surprised and thrilled at how similar they looked to many things we have right up on our website. That’s called being “on fleek”, right?

So while many people will rush out when the line is released in order to get in on the latest trend, there will be just as many creative individuals who go out and make their own versions of these styles, putting their own spin on them with customized embroidered patches or by using our stock patches in tried and true ways.

I’m hoping that as this trend follows through and people get creative, they’ll share their designs with us at PinMart. We’d love to share your unique brand of fashion, using any of our products, on our Instagram or Pinterest accounts. And if you’re already rocking our pins, patches, lanyards or bracelets, by all means show us! Get in touch on our website, or any of our social media outlets.

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Resolve: Donate Blood

Ah, New Year’s resolutions. The time when we’re all dedicated to losing 10 pounds, increasing our savings, and finally taking up the Hawaiian electric pedal steel guitar (or maybe that’s just me?). Whatever you set your mind to do to improve yourself, I wish you the best of luck! And if you’re still looking for something to add to your list of resolutions, may I suggest making a habit of donating blood?

January happens to be National Blood Donation Month, and I think that the timing couldn’t be better, because while the idea of giving blood can scare some, so does the idea of brewing coffee at home every morning instead of dropping $5.00 on a venti caramel macchiato. And resolutions are all about facing down fears, and dedicating yourself to things that are good for you even if they may not be easy. Though to be fair, giving blood IS pretty easy.

The entire process of giving blood takes roughly 15 minutes, with only about 12-13 of thoseRed Cross Lapel Pin minutes being devoted to actual blood donation. It’s safe, you get to relax in a reclining chair the entire time, and best of all? You get cookies, juice, and sometimes even  a red cross lapel pin afterwards! And just one pint of blood, which is all you donate, can save up to three people!

So however you decide to celebrate the new year, consider resolving to donate blood whenever you can (and you can every 56 days!), and don’t hesitate to brag about it afterwards. Because donating blood doesn’t tend to make people jealous as much as when you brag about your amazing weight loss.

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Be Merry and Bright with Holiday Lapel Pins

Happy holidays from PinMart! As Hanukkah has just concluded, and with Christmas a mere 10 days away, I thought it high time to wish everyone a very happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, or even Festivus! I’m sure I’ve left some folks out and for that I’m sorry, but I wish everyone happiness and cheer this winter time regardless.

It was great walking around the city and seeing increasingly bright menorahs, some colorful and others more traditional, some silver and still others gold. And with the holiday lapel pinsculmination of Hanukkah yesterday, let me speak on behalf of PinMart when I say I hope it was a great holiday for everyone.

And now, as I said, Christmas is practically right around the corner. I can say with some relief that I’ve got the majority of my gifts bought, but I still have to get the rest of my stocking stuffers. I’ve come to learn though that that is the easiest part, thanks to PinMart! Whether the recipient celebrates Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or just enjoys the snowy weather, I can help them share that with holiday lapel pins. And beyond that, for pins that can be worn year round, there are hundreds of pieces dedicated to hobbies, state, country and military pride, and even beautiful flower stick pins for the fashionista in your group.

It’s great to know that when I give things like pins I’m insuring that my friends will have Holiday lapel pinsmore than just “fluff” to stuff their stockings, and that it will help them express themselves during special occasions, or just every day.

So again, whatever you celebrate this winter season, we at PinMart hope it’s warm and bright. Season’s Greetings!

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Infographic: Donating to Charity over the Holidays

The holiday season is a popular time to donate to charity. View our infographic to learn more about donating to charity over the holidays. While you’re in the holiday spirit, also check out our holiday pins at PinMart.

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Ho, ho, ho-me Depot!

How do you celebrate the holidays? Tinsel everything in sight? Bake and eat delicious holiday recipes? Singing songs, wrapping gifts, spending time with family? Those are all ideal as far as I’m concerned, but what about when you’re at work? Especially when you don’t have a cube to decorate or you can’t wear your famed ugly Christmas sweater? Well, if you’re looking for suggestions, keep an eye out for this holiday season’s Home Depot commercials: you’ll see a number of our great holiday lapel pins, looking quite at home on the front of those iconic orange work aprons.

Home Depot teamed up with us this year to help celebrate the holidays by decorating their Holiday lapel pinsaprons, and sharing their holiday spirit in their English and Spanish language commercials. These will be airing everywhere throughout December.

Personally I don’t  want to see anyone decking halls or anything else until AFTER we’ve gotten our fill of turkey and cranberry sauce, but I can’t help but beam every time I see one of our pins on TV, and I couldn’t wait to share it with everyone here on the blog! Thanks to Home Depot for letting us be a part of their holiday traditions, since they’re a part of so many other people’s holiday traditions. It’s quite an honor.

So if while you’re baking cookies, wrapping gifts or even trimming the tree this year, you catch one of our pins during a Home Depot commercial: let us know! And also let us know how you celebrate the holidays. We’d love to hear from you!

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Customizable Lanyards Make Great Goody Bag Gifts

When you’re throwing an office party for Halloween, you don’t just want to buy a couple of bags of candy as favors; a lot of your workers will see nothing but candy for a few weeks, what with the leftovers from their kids and whatever the trick or treaters don’t take. Besides, individually-wrapped Snickers bars and Hershey’s Kisses aren’t exactly imaginative. If you’re looking for something unique to offer your workers, here are some suggestions from us at PinMart for things that will be useful and/or enjoyable:

Customized Lanyards

Not all of your favors have to be seasonally-themed (though you can obviously choose them with that in mind). One nice way to show your appreciation for your employees is to get customizable lanyards for them. These could be personally customized with their names or interests on them, or they could simply be company-specific. Either way, they’ll be useful. A great way to get into the seasonal spirit and still highlight your company is to opt for Halloween colors like orange, purple and black, or yellow and black, and include your logo on it. There’s still time to get these for your Halloween party, but you need to order now – like, right now!

Halloween Pins

Pins are always a great small gift for office parties – they can be used in so many ways! For instance, they can be attached to your messenger bag at work to give it some flair or to your Halloween costume to really play up the theme. People can use also place them on customizable lanyardsregular outfits, purses, and hats to give them some extra personality and express their enthusiasm for the holiday. Pin them to the lanyards when you’re filling the gift bags; for one thing, they can be worn that way and for another, they won’t accidentally fall out of the bag.

Interesting Snacks

There are plenty of inventive Halloween snacks out there that blow standard candy out of the water. Just take a look at Pinterest and the various cooking, craft, teacher and parent blogs for the loads of inspiration and thousands (probably more, in reality) of unique designs and recipes that they offer. From splattered blood cookies and white chocolate ghost strawberries to cake or cookie pops of lots of different varieties, there’s always something creative to bring in lieu of the normal fare. And those are just the things you’re putting in the goody bags. Don’t forget to use some of the more perishable ideas you find for the party itself!

Pumpkin Beverages

These days, fall may as well just be called “pumpkin time,” and what better way to get into the spirit of the season than to offer your employees a pumpkin-flavored beverage? The best way to do this is to stop by your local grocery store or head online and purchase sample-sized pumpkin spice coffee and a couple of pumpkin teabags for each person’scakepop goody bag. These are simple, inexpensive items to get that will please all but the most picky or curmudgeonly people.

Syringe Pens

Pens or pencils are one of the standards of any goody bag, whether for children or adults. So the best workaround you’ll have to keep this addition from being boring is to get something fun and themed. For instance, there are plenty of stores online that sell syringe pens that look as though they are filled with blood. Gross! But it will inject some life (pun intended) into your employees’ daily routine of filling out reports, taking notes, outlining business plans, etc.

Halloween parties are supposed to be fun, so don’t forget to include some games and prizes, and add anything else to those goody bags that you think workers might like!

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