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Old 03-30-2017, 02:46 PM
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I have several beautiful pins, some antique. The wearing of pins seems to have fallen by the wayside because dressing is so casual - tee shirts being the norm. They don't hold the weight of a good pin so well. If you work in a career that calls for dressier clothing, you can always put a pin on a suit jacket and leave it there until it goes to the dry cleaner. Or you could pick a pin that you really love, and wear it on absolutely everything - what they mean when they say "signature piece."

Ask your kids to look over the pieces, select something they might like to have and give it to them. Then talk to someone at your local consignment shop and see if it would be beneficial to sell there. If they are truly "good" pieces, how about you talk to a jeweler? Sometimes they are willing to buy but they should ballpark what the items are worth.
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Old 03-30-2017, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Ruth4Truth View Post
Or you could sell them to precious metal dealers. Some antique or 2nd-hand fine jewelry stores function as precious metal buyers, as well, so if they say your items aren't saleable "as is", they'll still give you decent money for them, for the value of the metal.
You have to be very careful about that. Some metal dealers give no credit for the stones. I think the OP would do better by finding someone with a taste for vintage jewelry.

I don't ordinarily wear pins or brooches on a dress, like my mother sometimes did, but I occasionally wear one on a coat, especially if it is sort of cape-ish, or to fasten a scarf.
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Old 03-31-2017, 07:16 AM
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I love vintage rhinestone brooches. I have a Miche purse with the changeable cover and I love to put a black cover on, wrap a pretty scarf around that and pin a sparkly brooch onto it.
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Old 04-01-2017, 08:04 PM
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Yes, people wear pins.
I collect antique/estate jewelry & buy many pieces from sellers on Etsy. I would set up a shop & sell them there.
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Old 04-01-2017, 10:16 PM
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I like to see them in the stores, and especially vintage pins, but there are not a lot of pins out there these days. I try to remember to wear a few throughout the year for special occasions and holidays. They are a lot of fun. Madeline Albright has a very beautiful and extensive collection of pins and brooches. She used to wear them to meetings with foreign leaders and they were always a way for her to communicate her feelings.
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by BrassTacksGal View Post
Every blazer I have has a pin on the lapel. I see many women wearing pins and brooches.
That's how I wear mine, too.

If OP doesn't want to keep them, I have seen lots of them on Ebay, sold according to theme (floral, animal, rhinestone, etc.) They seem to do well.
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:00 PM
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I recently got this brooch in the UK. I use it to fasten a woolen shawl/cape.
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:03 PM
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My mother does.
Of course, she's 69.
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:47 PM
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If you have a Facebook account they have "buy, sell, trade" pages for pretty much every city. Search yours and post them there and I'm sure someone will purchase them.
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Old 04-05-2017, 05:00 AM
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I used to wear pins and have some I love. Seeing this question now tells me that they have been out for quite some time- which just means that in a short while they will be fresh and new and an updated must have to be on trend. (give it another year maximum).
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