To pick up a hobby, you can list a lot of reasons to find one and it won’t matter as well what kind of hobby you’d choose, as long as you will enjoy doing it. Collecting special items can become a big hobby, and some would start buying and collecting trading pins.
With collecting pins, you will expect to start buying, selling, and trading them together with your fellow collectors. You’ll also see that some collectors would follow a certain theme. A few collectors would start collecting pins that are themed after amusement parks. Disneyland is such a park that has collectible pins that you can buy and trade with other collectors. They would also hold an annual trading event where collectors would gather so they can interact and trade with others.
Trading your pins with other collectors is one quick way to get the pins that you want. Before being able to trade, though, you and your fellow collector must agree to some conditions that you or he might ask for. If you are far away and cannot go to special events, that won’t be an issue; some collectors would post their pins online so that a lot of people can see their pins and more people can get interested in settling a trade.
There are also special pins available. These trading pins are only made during special occasions and will not be reprinted afterwards. Other pins of this kind would include those that were made by major sponsors during special events and promos. Coca-Cola is one such sponsor that has special pins made.
Trading pins are usually made with copper and are then molded and cut into shapes. They are then electro-plated before the colors are added. Some pins are small which will be at around 1.5 inches in size, while some would be bigger at 2.5 inches. To hold them in place, military clasps are commonly used with these pins.
For collecting pins, there is no age limit to when you can start collecting; likewise, you don’t need to stop collecting when you reach a certain age. During special trading events, kids will sometimes ask for their parents’ help in attending these so they can trade with other collectors. The older people that have been collecting pins to support their favourite sports teams are a common sight in such events. These collectors would sometimes have vintage and hard-to-find pins. Some collectors would also go all-out and spend a lot of money on online auctions to get the pins that they want.
Collecting trading pins will be a challenge from the start but once you get the hang of how it works, you’ll know that it’s a fun hobby to get into. For beginners, there are a lot of collectors that will be willing to give a helping hand to them.
When you are to meet a fellow collector and start a trade for the first time, there are a few things to keep in mind:
•Keep you pins presentable and clean. No collector will take a pin that is all bent and dirty.
•Politely call the attention of a fellow collector if you see him wearing a pin that you’re interested in and you want to trade with him.
•Make sure that when you’re looking at his pin, do not touch it. You can instead ask for permission to bring it closer to you so you can get a better view of it.
•Properly show the pin that you’re willing to give in exchange for the pin that you want to see if the collector will be interested as well.
•To close the deal, say, “Thank you,” and a handshake with your fellow collector will do.