Vintage school badges became a bit of an obsession for me a few years ago when I picked up a battered piano satchel at a flea market and rattling around in the bottom was a well-loved 'Librarian' badge in green. It was an accidental love affair at first sight and I was smitten, it gave me that autumnal back-to-school feeling in spades as well as being pretty apt for a book lover like me. That autumn/winter there were shiny new mass produced versions popping up in Accessorize and Topshop for six or seven pounds apiece; I wasn't even tempted. They didn't ignite my imagination or have me conjuring histories for previous owners the way old ones I had found did, simply because they had no story to tell. Then came misspelled prefect badges emblazoned with 'Perfect' and I wasn't surprised when they were heavily discounted in my neck of the woods, I'm not sure I know anyone with an ego large enough to sport one of those - unless ironically! My librarian badge and I were fairly inseparable until a slightly messy night watching Maximo Park/Arctic Monkeys/We Are Scientists/Mystery Jets at Rock City, I got back to my halls of residence (conveniently just around the corner!) noticed it had disappeared and was gutted.
To this day I haven't found another librarian badge in green but you can bet I'm keeping my eyes peeled! The Beautiful Clutter Etsy Shop now has a section purely for vintage school badges and it has felt like Christmas letting my inner magpie run riot collecting them all - I say all - there are six listed at the moment with more waiting in my desk drawer to be photographed, which I'll probably get onto later today. I thoroughly enjoyed channeling Jessica Fletcher typing up record cards for each one on Ethel my Silver Reed typewriter, the only thing missing was the soundtrack and questionable characters with dodgy Irish accents!