follower follow up ~
I saw a couple of days ago, a woman asking about fraternity and sorority badges for sale. I just wanted to share that some organizations have specialized groups to bring the badges back into the organization.
My sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, has an alumnae association called Keeper of the Keys, which is dedicated to redeeming and preserving Kappa Kappa Gamma badges and historic memorabilia. With the hope of keeping the keys in the hands of sisters and the Fraternity. Members can adopt vintage keys and chapter guards through the association, rather than bidding on eBay, in fact, they prefer members do that rather than bidding against them.
The keeper of the keys also work on the history behind each key connecting the jewelry to it’s original owner. If anyone is interested in more information or adopting a key there website is: https://associations.kappakappagamma.org/goldenkey/pages/keepers-of-the-key.php . Other organizations may have similar groups too!
submitted by: Allison
Brand new badges are usually in the $100-$200 price range for the average model. They can cost lots more depending on the amount of diamonds or pearls added to the design. The choice between silver or gold also determines the price. So a gold badge lined with diamonds and pearls would be the most expensive.
Members may choose to buy the streamline model with no jewels, or go all out with ultra fancy design. Legacy members are sometimes gifted with their mother’s or grandmother’s pin. It’s a real honor to wear a badge from a close relative. And it saves money too! A guard and dangles cost extra. xoxo ;)
Hi! So I was recently on eBay and Etsy, and I noticed that A LOT of sorority and fraternity pins were up for sale. This bothered me quite a lot because my sorority's policy is that after the member either passes away or gives up their member status, the pin must be returned to headquarters. I don't know if this is the same policy throughout Panhellenic, but I found it to be kind of disrespectful that something so meaningful was being sold online. What do you recommend?
I don’t think there is much to be done about badge resales! Sometimes headquarters will buy pins back, but there are more pieces on the market than any HQ can purchase. Many of the pins probably come from estates after a member passes away. They are seen as jewelry by the resellers. Some badges are antique and quite beautiful as works of art. If a person is not misusing the pin, I guess it’s not the worst thing that can happen.
Purchasers may not be “all” bad. A collector may highly value the pins and keep then in a display case. Maybe a XYZ sister collects vintage variations of her own sorority badge to create a beautiful collection. Possibly a panhellenic minded person buys a badge from all 26 NPC chapters as a keepsake. A new member may purchase a pin on eBay at a lower price for her own legitimate initiation. There are many uses for used badges that are not disrespectful!
Even though it’s not the nicest practice, reselling things online is a fact of life. In a free market resales are legal. Hopefully the people buying them are respectful and will treasure the badges they acquire. Most are pretty expensive, so only serious collectors and sorority members should be willing to spend the money. xoxo ;)
sorority flower fact~ The ΠΒΦ flower is the wine carnation! "As it is the rich, wine color that makes the flower attractive, it, too, is the warm fervent loyalty of its members making Pi Beta Phi beautiful in the eyes of everyone." ✿
did you know? The ΠΒΦ badge is the golden arrow with twelve links in the chain, each for one of the lovely founders. The ΠΒΦ Crest is a lozenge blazoned with the Brownlee family crest. It bears an eagle with a blazing sun, written inside is the word LUX, meaning light. ➹