Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #28: My Geeky Pin Collection

Let's be frank. I really think there is an inner geek inside all of us.

And what makes me a total geek is my advertising pin collection.

Yep. I love to collect these little pins and stick them to this "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" denim jacket.

It was given to me by the NBC Network when I was the Promotion Director at a small NBC TV station in the early 1990's...when Johnny Carson was stepping down and Jay was taking over the reins. It was incentive for us to promote the network as much as possible during our own local air-time.

So after awhile, I started putting some pins on it. Not sure now why I did... I've probably ruined the jacket with all of the little holes!

I guess my career in television is what started the whole pin collection in the first place. Advertising pins and the promotion job kind of went hand in hand.

Now everywhere I go, I try to find a souvenir pin to add to the jacket. Some pins are on the jacket for nostalgic reasons. Like the "Swatch pin" near the top of this photo. I was a teenager in the mid eighties
and these watches were the "it" thing to have back then.  

I obviously went to a lot of Hard Rock cafe's!
The Nascar race car pin is not because I like Nascar racing... it is a combined promotion with
M & M's. Chocolate, not car racing. See? Quirky. 

When I was in TV I was also responsible for the Public Service Announcements so I received
 a lot of promotional stuff from organizations
hoping to get some free air-time.
Sometimes if I have a double of one of my pins,
 I will trade with people for one of theirs.
(It was easier to find people who had them when I
worked in television!) 
Gosh... it was a fun time in my life and I have
my geeky little jacket filled with many memories!
And I must confess, this is not my
only collection. Yes, I am a serial collector.
More on that for another day though!
Now let's get to this week's
LTV features:
Diana of Adirondack Girl at Heart showed
us how to do a graphic transfer...
with a twist.

and Jacqueline of Cabin and Cottage
shared her gorgeous picnic 
set up using vintage goodies. 
She's inspired me to plan one, very soon!

and Brocante Treasures took us to a
champagne tasting in France, oh yes!

and Joy at a Vintage Green shared
with us how she revived
this awesome display cabinet!
Now it's your turn, Let's Talk Vintage!
What do you collect? Go ahead and
share it with us or anything else
vintage you have this week.



Rita C at Panoply said...

Your pin collection is fun! There's a lady who works in our local Sam's Club, and she has so many pins on her work vest, it must weigh 20lbs, I swear! Thanks for the party - love coming here,even if I don't link every week.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for the party and for your visits!!


Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Jillian,
What a fun collection of pins! Thanks so much for hosting and have a wonderful week!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting Jill!

Unknown said...

I really like the guitar pins! Looking forward to seeing your other collections. Thanks for hosting this week!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Jillian, your jacket is one of a kind. Loved seeing your pin collection and reading a bit of the jacket history. Thank you for the feature today, a lovely surprise. Thank you too for Lets Talk Vintage 28. Have a great week.

Victoria said...

Your pin collection is not geeky!!! You're just showing your "flair"...that's a reference to the movie "Office Space", if you haven't seen it:)

I didn't know you had worked in the t.v. industry, how cool! How did you move from that into antiquing? That's quite a change!

I put a blog post up today but didn't share my dollhouse. I'll put that one up later in the week, it looks so darn cute! I have all the pics ready to go so no excuses!!! Hope you're having a lovely week:)

Diana said...

I love your pins, Jill! Thanks so much for the lovely feature and for hosting your weekly party :) Hope you have a great week--

Unknown said...

Thanks for hosting again and a feature. I love the pin collection and all the memories it brings back.

Susan Freeman said...

What a terrific collection. I can honestly say this is the first collection of pins I have ever seen. By the way ~ I am a total geek :-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

My thrift store addiction said...

Hi Jillian, thanks for hosting another fun party!

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

I too am a serial collector and have a pin collection. When the Olympics were in Atlanta in 1996 I went a little nuts with the pins. I always intended to frame the Olympic pins but never did but I still have them along with all the others I've collected over the years in my travels.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thanks so much for featuring my blog Jillian! My blogging week is off to a slow start!

Deanies Stash said...

What a fun jacket and the pins are so cute on it! Thank you for the party.

Deanies Stash said...

What a fun jacket and the pins are so cute on it! Thank you for the party.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a fun story behind your jacket and your pin collection; not geeky at all! Thanks for sharing your pins at Vintage Inspiration Party.