To get away from an everyday routine and to become stress-free, most people would get into a hobby. The quicker way to start a hobby is to collect special items. Some would even go as far as spending money for it and even save up money just for the sake of maintaining their collection. Rare coins and hard-to-find stamps are what some would collect, while other would go for finding and collecting trading pins.
These kinds of pins would have different themes and you can get them from different places. Amusement parks like Disneyland have their own special pins available from their souvenir shops, while some would only be available during a special trading event. This kind of event would have traders gather in the park where they can trade with other collectors or even with the Disney cast themselves.
When it comes to sports, there are also pins that will be available. Some sports teams and clubs would have their own pins made to remember certain events. Some pins are also made yearly and will have an updated design each time. These trading pins will have the name of the team and then, it’s either they put the team’s logo or the face of their mascot on it. Certain sports-themed pins are only made rarely and these are what long-time collectors would be looking for.
For trading pins, they use metal as the base and copper is usually the type of metal that they use for it. When adding the design, the material used is enamel powder and then clear epoxy is used to protect the design. The size of the pins would go to around 1.75 inches to 2 inches. A pin would usually have a prong at its back and will be held in place by military clasps.
Collecting pins can appeal to people of different ages. Kids would most likely start collecting the pins that are available from amusement parks since the designs are all lively and will remind them of their trip to the park. Some would go for collecting trading pins that are themed after sports (like baseball), where they would show off their pins that are themed after their favorite team. Some collectors would just simply collect and keep certain themes running among their collections, while others would try to go as far as spending a lot of money just to complete theirs.
If the pins that you want are not sold anymore, you can then go with the option of trading with others. It is suggested to do a bit of research to get the details and history of the pin that you want. Most of the time, the information will be available online or you can also ask for the information from other collectors. To keep the integrity of collectors that offer their pins for trade, they make sure the information that they give out is accurate.
If you want to have a great chance of finding the pins that you want, you can try attending events that other collectors will attend as well. You can easily tell if a person is a custom pin collector; he usually wears the pins that are for trade on his clothes like his scarf, vest, shirt, and even his hat. Just call their attention so they’ll know that you want to start a trade with them. When looking at their pins, you must not touch it but instead ask them to bring it closer. Show the pin that you want in exchange for his pin and wait for the collector to agree. A handshake and a simple, “Thank you,” at the end will properly close the trade.