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Pin traders - tell us about your collection!

Discussion in 'Hobbies and Collectibles' started by MKJo, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. MKJo

    MKJo Moderator

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    Any Disney pin-traders here?

    Tell us all about your collection!

    How long have you been collecting?
    How many pins do you have?
    Do you trade at the parks or just collect for yourself?
    Do you collect any pins or just a certain theme?
     
  2. Debi

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    I started pin trading & collecting in 1999 . At the time, I did not realize how addicting it would become .
    How It Started :
    I cut out a coupon on the back of a Kelloggs cereal box for a free : My First Disney Pin ... Mickey holding ballons .
    I didn't trade at first, just purchased the pins I liked .
    This was before digital cameras and I had run out of film .
    I went in to Main Street Expo, a CM told me if I bought the 3 roll pack, I got a free Disney pin from Kodak.
    That sold me :lol:
    My second pin was Huey, Dewey & Louie holding a book . On the cover is Tink with pixiedust .
    I now had a Kelloggs & Kodak sponsored Disney pin .
    I still have them .
    As years have gone by , I learned more and more about pin trading .
    I've been to the 3 day pin events at WDW the last 5 years .
    I have 6 huge books crammed full of pins .
    I collect mainly Tinkerbells, some with PeterPan ,but also the Cast Member Hidden Mickey pins .
    Also collect what I like from the events .
    I've also recently started to collect Figment pins . :afraid:

    Jim recently spray painted a huge corkboard that is framed . I intend to put all my Tinkerbell pins on it to display .
     
  3. DisneyHayley

    DisneyHayley New Member

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    Between DH and I, I think we have around 60-70 pins, and around 10 traders. It started before our first visit to WDW in 2007 when I read up on it and purchased a few on ebay before we left. DH wasn't interested at first but then he overtook me in pin numbers in Florida!

    If we trade, we usually just trade with CMs - but that isn't very often: only when I have a pin that's a duplicate, or one I don't particularly like (or if we spot a rare one). DH trades more than me. I just collect the pins I like: I buy a pin at every resort I've stayed at (inc DCL and DLRP) and I collect Jack Skellington ones. I also like the mystery pin boxes and collect the "Where dreams come true" collection pins.

    I think my favourite is of Roquefort, and it's an LE1000.

    DH goes for the rarer CM and LE pins, but also collects Donald Duck pins.
     
  4. Pinoke76

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    I believe I started on the 2006 trip, and gradually built up a collection of around 100.
    I then started trading them, offloading any non-Pinocchio ones for the ones I needed in my collection.
    When I filled my first book with Pinocchio ones I started a 1in/1out policy, it sort of works (but some of the smaller pins have to share a square in the book :wink:)


    I did once use one of the less rare pins to complete a framed art set. Frame one has a 14x11 picture with a matching pin in one frame, and 6 first day Stamp prints in another frame. The theme was based on "The Art of Friendship" from June 2004. It may not be the best, but I know it is unique to me :bounce:

    I then got a Jiminy framed pin set on eBay and a B&tB framed pin set from WDW on my next trip.
     

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  5. Debbie

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    I have been collecting since 2000, our first trip. We were given some pins and lanyard when we checked in and it started from there. I have about 5 lanyards full, four of which are keepers as they represent years we went, resorts we stay in and WDW special events. The other one we trade and DS wears this one. He has a few special ones from our Debi on here when we met last year - especially his Peter Pan which is now a 'keeper' :)
     
  6. Mister E

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    I was introduced to pin trading by SportsMickey on our first trip. She already had a bulletin board full of pins. At first I thought it was silly. Then, after a while, I thought was interesting is that its like getting pins for free! I have a bunch of pins I don't like or don't want, and I can get ones I do want.

    I typically only trade at the parks and only with cast members. I don't like trading with random other guests because I fear they are looking to rip me off. Even though I don't collect for value, I don't like when others take advantage of less-knowledgeable people. I'm just there to collect what I like.

    I have been collecting a lot of Chip and Dale pins, and I don't typically trade away "collectors" unless I have doubles. I typically buy ones from special events like Food and Wine or Labor Day or MNSSHP, or whatever the event happens to be when I'm there. I also like to collect the cast lanyard sets - its like a big scavenger hunt. I usually pick a set before each trip and try to get them all before I leave. I managed to collect the three hitch-hiking ghosts from Haunted Mansion, the pirate ones from Pirates of the Caribbean, but I'm still looking for the Chip and Dale turkey leg and Mickey bar ones from their first "food" series.

    Anyway, all told, I probably have like 50-60 pins on my bulletin board of my own now, and I still trade at the parks. It adds a fun side-mission to occupy non-ride-waiting-in-line time.
     
  7. Steamboat Willie

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    I have a pin from each year I've been to WDW but never thought of collecting until I observed a few people doing it on my last visit and had a CM give me a good 15 minute talk about it while DGF was shopping. Never realised how diverse it was, and I've started collecting historical pins. I hope to do some trading next time I go back.
     
  8. leslie1983

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    Debi got me started when we went in August/September of last year. My favorites to collect are the cat characters (Figaro, Cheshire, and especially the Siamese cats).
     
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    We have a few DS loves them but he is to lazy to take his pins to DL so we don't trade much. DS likes to Star Wars pins but I love my US flag Mickey head pin.
     
  10. SportsMickey

    SportsMickey A walking SportsCenter

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    I started collecting in 2001ish.

    My collection has gotten quite large, I've graduated cork boards twice :) Most of the pins I collect are Mickey and Tink with favorites from other movies thrown in. I also have a lot of hidden mickey as well as event pins (Like Mister E, I try to get a pin for each special event I'm at Disney for)

    Now added in are Cast Exclusives, of which I'm gaining a few.
     
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    My DD bought a flag pin for every country at Epcot.Then got a lanyard with flags on it. Looks kind of cool. We collect just for our personal fun. We don't trade. I buy a pin for every resort we stayed in. Even got one that says Dixie Landings. Have a few of our favorite rides...and this last trip...got the entire collection from Toy Story 3. Don't know why...it was just one of those things. If my DD is with me...we usually have a budget for pins...usually around $100. That's not really alot.
     
  12. Steamboat Willie

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    I think it's a great idea buying pins from when and where you stayed. I noticed quite a lot of people would wear these on their Lanyards last time I was there often found myself getting into conversations with people about their trips.
     
  13. Damfino

    Damfino Obsession, by Walt Disney

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    I started in 2004, got quite a few now:whistle: On the last trip we started collecting the Mouse Ears family, thought we had all of them and were extremely happy when I got chatting to a lovely CM in Disney Hollywood Studios theme park at WDW who had the Princess one, she told us it was brand new that day and only CMs had it, so we traded that one straight away. Earlier that same day we had a lady approach us who saw the Halloween Mickey pin from DLRP, she was over the moon as she had the Minnie one (I believe she may have got that from a CM we had traded with a couple of days before) and couldn't believe she had found the Mickey one and we ended up having a lovely conversation about Paris as she'd never been there.
    One thing I didn't know was that CMs with green pin holders can only trade with kids as one CM rather stuffily told me in the Emporium.
     
  14. tweenie123

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    I don't class us as pin traders as it's not something that we've really done although DS has about five lanyards which are full. He bought a lanyard on our second or third trip and bought pins that he liked, in no particular order. He carried on with this for a few more trips until he got fed up. We've got a few really nice pins from both the Wonder and Magic too.
     
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    I've always bought pins as souvenirs, but I didn't really start collecting until 2009. I have a lot of miscellaneous pins. I only really collect pins from the Disney Dream collection. I love those pins.
     
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    You are better off going to pinpics and look under tiggermiickey collection!LOL!
     
  17. Debi

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    Due to Mr Binx , I had to sell alot of my pins, but still have plenty . I collect TinkerBell and recently Raounzel and Beauty and The Beast . I got two of the new Designer Princess pins , Belle & Jasmine, they are LE 150 .
    The new Designer Princess Dolls to match were a nigtmare as were these pins . I got Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine & Rapunzel . Mulan is for my girlfriend for Christmas and sorry Paula, but I had to sell Ariel on the Bay to pay some hard core bills . I'm now making a Beauty And The Beast pin board to go with my gorgeous Belle doll . :)
     
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    I know this is a Shock, but I sold most of my TinkerBell pins . I only kept the ones Paula bought me . Love the one that says Tinker , my birthstone Tinker, my DSF CA. Tinker in Teacups , Flower & Garden Tinker and a few misc, Tink pins that are sentimental to me . I now only collect Beauty and The Beast, Lady and The Tramp and Bambi .
    I really got a huge BATB collection already . Some rare Disney Auction LE 100 . As soon as I get every pin I want , I'm doing a 16 x 20 shadow box . I saw one I love from Hobby Lobby .
    And I collect Tangled pins for Kierstyn .
     
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    I have lots of pins. We started collecting on our first trip in 1999, and for a while there I was really hooked. Never really had one theme, although I love the pins with Walt on them. I used to buy pin sets, have a classic Christmas collection, and the Fairies of Disney, that I just love. One of my favorite sets is one of the conceptual art of Peter Pan, I adore Mary Blair and will buy practically anything that she did.

    My husband's nickname is Tigger, so he started collecting the Tigger pins during our trips. He has a nice collection, he will wear his lanyard at the parks, and little kids always want to trade with him. I feel bad for the kids when he says no, but of course those pins would be really hard to find now.

    Our Disney Store was closed years ago, which was so sad for us, but I did end up getting tons of pins for a very low price during their last days. Some were ones I wanted to keep, but I bought many knowing I could use them to trade at the parks.

    Oh, and on one trip I was really into the cutie pins-those are still some of my favorites. I told my daughter to make sure she holds on to some of these when she inherits them, and not just toss them. I don't think she will, she loves Disney as much as I do.
     
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    Now William has been trading for every Pluto he can fine as he loves him. :) We also got his best friend into trading the last time we were at DLR.
     

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