As an avid consumer and guilty pack rat, I’ve always loved collecting things. The pressed pennies and charm bracelets of my youth soon gave way to innumerable lipsticks and piles of used books.
However, the one collection that I’ve been amassing since I was in elementary school—and still faithfully add to now—is my pin collection. Family vacations, trips to the thrift store, and garage sales were all opportunities to find quirky pins that I hoarded in my jewelry box or pinned to my jackets and jumpers. Whether it was a cameo brooch, an election button, or a vintage Girl Scouts bluebird pin, I always felt that pins generally had more personality, than say, a pair of earrings—they always represented specific moments in time.
Fast forward to the present. Pins are having a resurgence now that would have made my 10-year-old heart jump out of my chest. Lapel pins in particular are trending hard, and what’s even better are the witty pop culture takes that have catapulted this humble accessory to the front lines of fashion. Eggplant and pizza emojis, Drake memes, and salty sentiments can now adorn your denim jacket or winter coat, thanks to this season’s crop of pins. The best part? You can usually cop a pin (or two or three) for the same amount that you’d spend on your morning latte.
Here, 20 insanely cool pins that are less than $20. I guarantee that you’ll want them all.