Trading pins are collectible items since they come in endless varieties. Pins contain more than designs but the idea behind them. These pins are used for diverse purposes such as commemoration, advertisement, celebration, identification, and more. All these reasons add to the value of the pins.
Benefits of Collecting Pins
Pin collection is entertaining and beneficial because it involves the following:
• Searching far and wide for interesting pins
• Coming across unique pins in unlikely places
• Finding ways to get them such as by buying, trading, replicating, etc.
• Viewing pins to rekindle sentiments
• Sharing pins with others to build friendship and stimulate discussions
• Have a lot of pins to choose from to wear for any occasion
Where to Find Trading pins
Trading pins may be hard to find unless you know where to look for them:
• Accessory shops. Although they’re not as common as bracelets and the likes, you can sometimes find decorative pins in shops that sell accessories. Novelty shops may also have them.
• Garage sales. Some pin owners sell their items. Ask pin collectors if they’re doing a garage sale.
• Events. Sport events, concerts, and the likes may have booths that sell pins for the occasion. Sometimes they are given away as mementos.
• Theme parks. Amusement parks have souvenir shops that may have character and logo pins. Some offer places where you can trade pins with other visitors.
• Pin manufacturers. You can find various pins from those who make them. You can also have them create a pin of your own design.
Keeping Trading pins
Maintain your pins by cleaning them and storing them properly. Like any other collectible item, pins can sustain damage if you’re not careful. They can also corrode and their colors wash off especially if the metals and paints have no protective covering on them. Here are other tips to help you with your collection.
• Sorting. Although this is not essential, you can keep track of your pins better if you arrange them. Group similar pins together or stack them according to dates. It will be easier for you to get the pin you want if you organize them.
• Labeling. You might forget crucial information about your pins especially if you have tons of them. You can put them on a container with labels or record descriptions in a notebook. You can also make a checklist to see if there are missing pins, and a log of those who borrowed them.
• Cleaning. When you don’t take care of your pins, they might become rusted or worn out. This decreases their attractiveness and value. Ask the manufacturer or seller about how to clean their pins. If instructions were not given, wiping them with a soft cloth is usually enough. Do not use strong chemicals in removing stains unless you’re sure that it’s okay to do so.
• Storing. Put your pins in a container that keeps way dust, liquids, heat, and other elements away. There are boxes and storage cases that are especially designed for pins. These have cushions in them, and some come with a lock and key. There are pin bags that you can take with you wherever you go.
Trading Your Pins
Know how much pins are worth so you will get a fair exchange. You may have to do some research for this or go to a pawnshop or jeweler to assess their value. Things that dictate their price are the following: rarity, historical background, detail, complexity, artistry, and materials used. There are times that you alone assign how much a pin is worth, especially if there is sentimental value attached to them.