A Weekend of Pin-Related Events
Free this weekend? Check out these four pin-related happenings in four different cities. All featured events include at least one pin vendor.
New Haven, Connecticut
About: Pin, buttons and patch market ‘n meetup. Shop unique and collectible artist items. specializes in featuring pins, patches, and buttons—but also items ranging from keychains to t-shirts to zines. These inexpensive items make unique gifts and style statements for friends, loved ones, and yourself while also supporting independent artists + designers.
When: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Where: Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut 06515
Details: Features more than 10 independent artists and designers selling affordable, unique items for your wardrobe and home.
Pin a d patch culture has reached cult-like status, and the organizers are proud to organize an event that bring fans and makers together. Many visitors use it as way to share, collect, trade, and meet-up with some of their favorite makers and fellow fans in the community.
Event is open to the public and free.
Lyric Hall is just 2 miles from downtown New Haven, Connecticut and a short drive from other major cities. (Providence, RI- 1.5 Hours, Boston, MA- 2.5 Hours, New York City- 1.5 Hours.) New Haven is the last stop on the Metro North commuter rail out of Grand Central
Known Enamel Pin Vendors: Strangeways, A Fink and Ink, Cat Party Design Studio, GAYPIN’, Krystan Saint Cat, KWT Designs, Alana Ladson Art, Pinscript, Pins By Dean, The Pulp Girls, The Tiny Hobo, Wild Tiger Pins, Yellow Stripe Co.
Patches and Pins Expo: New York City
About: Patches and Pins Expo is the nations largest flair event. The event includes pins, patches, art, fashion and toys.
When: Noon- 7:30 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan West, 639 w 46th st, New York, NY 10036
Details: Tickets are approximately $10. Free pin to the first 400 attendees. Event organizers expect approximately 3,000 attendees at the event.
Pin Pal Palooza
About: A humble convention for all things enamel/lapel pin-related designed by your favorite artists and more.
When: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Where: Gallery Nucleus, 210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
Details: Costumes are encouraged. Free admission, no RSVP required. First 100 people in line will receive a free gift pin–Limited to 1 pin per person. The event will include a raffle.
Known Enamel Pin Vendors: BB-Cre.8, Midnight Dogs, I Loot Paperie, Pink Owlet, Little Shop Of Pins, Nellie Le and Hey it’s Meu, Doggie Drawings by Lili Chen, Rather Keen, Thom Foolery, VUDUBERI, Nagive Gold Clothing, Birdstonshire, Blue Ruin Co./Pin Museum, Robot Dance Battle, Tiny Deer Studio, Baer and Lamb, Pixlotl, The Fantasmical World of Rhode Montijo, DKNG, No Man’s Press, Lost Lust Supply, SohSilly, OchuuSummer, Odds and Sods, Victoria Orolfo Art, Genevieve Tsai, and Alex Ahad
Midwest Flair Festival
About: Flair Vendors from around the world selling
Pins, Patches and Wearable Art.
When: Noon- 4 p.m.
Where: Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St., Chicago, IL
Details: Free, all ages.
Known Enamel Pin Vendors: 1606 Supply Company, Amar Riley, Anatomical Element, Anna Lisa Illustration, Bianca Xunise, Bright Bat Design, Creepy Company, Cunning Linguist Co., Dreaming of Johnny, Enerjax, Flair Chicago, The Found, Furious Flair, Girl Fawkes Pins, Isabella Rotman, Last Craft Designs, Lil Boat Boutique, Negamidas, Nobody Wants To See Your Dick, NYXTURNA, Outrider Design, Pincheloca, Pop Rocket Creations, Reppin Pins, Rosalarian, Salad Days, Sara M Lyons, Shiny Apple Studio, Sidewinder Goods, Unexpected, VICHCRAFT, Wit and Co and Wildhunt Illustration and Design.