Great Items for Collectors from Pinsource

VT City Marathon Pins

 

There are collectors for just about everything you can think of these days. At Pinsource, we create several items in particular that have become very common as collector items, which adds some extra value to the items that we create. While most of the people who order from us are placing their orders for business, organizational or marketing purposes, having that added benefit of collectability certainly is nice!

Here are some types of items we design and create that are commonly collected. Consider handing these out at your next trade show or event:

  • Coins. Coins have been a collectable item for hundreds of years. Today, people collect a wide variety of coins, including specialty coins, foreign coins and coins that are no longer in circulation. We create coins for corporate, military and other purposes, and can create them in standard or custom shapes depending on the type of design you want. Collectors are certain to appreciate the variety we provide
  • PVC coasters. Coasters are a particularly popular collectible with people who have bars in their home. We create PVC coasters with unique designs for your company or organization that are colorful, resistant and appealing. These are great promotional items that collectors are certain to want to grab!
  • Magnets. Just about everyone knows at least one person who has a refrigerator or filing cabinet covered in magnets. That speaks to how effective magnets are as a marketing tool; people want to take them home and collect them. We make magnets in aluminum, acrylic or metal in a variety of shapes and designs to fit your needs.
  • Ornaments. Ornaments are a particularly popular giveaway during the holiday season, and people are always looking for new ornaments to add to their Christmas tree. You can have custom ornaments made using our etched process or from cast, and can customize the look of the ornament with company colors, logos or unique shapes.

If you run a company or organization, take advantage of the natural tendency people have to become collectors with these particularly collectible items. Contact us today for more information or to place your order; we look forward to working with you!

How to Take Photos of Pins …also known as What is the Flower Icon On My Camera?

Invariably there comes a time where you need or want to take a photo of your pin, coin, lanyard, patch. Anything that may have a lot of detail but be pretty small in size.
The most common solution is to grab your camera and snap off a few pictures.
But wait…It’s all blurry. What happened?
Maybe you’ll just back up and send that photo.
Or crop it.
Hmm. Not very sharp.
What to do… What to do… Macrophotography! Here’s my “Twitter” explanation: Normal camera function has a focal length of about a foot. Macro enables the camera to focus on extremely (like 1/2″) close subjects.
• PS – that fits as a tweet!
• Double PS – The link regarding focal length WILL put you to sleep. Use with caution!
For this blog I’m using a 2008 Sony (DSC-H3) point and shoot. It has the macro button (the ubiquitous flower symbol) on the back.

Without the macro feature engaged the photo is a blur unless I hold the camera about a foot away. But… if I engage the macro it will focus even with the lens almost touching the pin!

 

Wow! That is SHARP!
And not just pins, it works for everything – here’s a coin photo without the macro…
and with the macro.
You can pick up every detail – even that the coin has soft enamel giving the coin an embossed colored look!
And patches, too; you can even see the detail of the stitching.
Two quick points to note:
1. NO ZOOMING! See that W and T. Make sure you are as wide (that’s the W) as possible on the shot.
2. NO FLASH! See this icon?
Push it till you get this icon!
Just make sure you are in a well lit area, and it helps to have a white background for pins (I used our office stationary but even copy paper will do).
But don’t just use it for pins and patches and coins! Macrophotography is great for nature photos, kids, and muchmuch more! Have fun out there friends!!
*Recognize the pin? Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Champagne. Custom pin, custom packaged in a custom box. Fitting for the Number 1 Champagne in the world!!