Pin Collecting: A Friendly Obsession
By Rose Hillbrand

Pins are a hot collectible that offer an added advantage over
other collections - they are small and do not take up much room.
Pins are available in many motifs and themes. Some of the most
collectible themes are Disney characters, sports teams, and Hard
Rock Cafe. The first rule of pin collecting is to specialize. If
you like the San Diego Padres baseball team, for instance, you
can start pin collecting with souvenir pins that celebrate this
team. And just because these themes are popular doesn't mean you
have to collect them. Be original and collect what you like.

Many pins are centered around modern entertainments, but many
pin collecting enthusiasts collect campaign pins from election
campaigns. Buttons are a similar item and are collected by many
of the same people who do pin collecting. Pins created to
advertise businesses and services are also very collectible.

To display pins you have several options. When you wear a
jacket with lapels, you can wear a few of your favorite small
pins. The same goes for wearing a cowboy hat or a vest. Many pin
collectors wear a few on the front of a cowboy hat. Tote bags,
purses, and fanny packs are another place where some pins can be

Of course, as you get into pin collecting, you will soon find
that you have too many to wear the entire collection at one
time. A bulletin board, perhaps covered with a plain piece of
fabric, like dark blue velvet, makes a nice backdrop for a pin
collection. The pins can either be pinned into the cork of the
bulletin board through the velvet or attached to the velvet

Another way to display and store pins is in a notebook. This
method works well if you wish to take some of your pins to an
event where you can do some trading with other pin collectors.
To make the notebook, purchase sheets of hard felt or craft
foam. Either punch holes in the side so they fit into a
loose-leaf binder, or slip the pages into page protectors after
attaching the pins to the pages. The type of loose-leaf binder
that zips closed is the best to use for pin collecting.

Sometimes pins get scratched, especially if they are stored in
a notebook arrangement such that they hit each other. The
scratches can be smoothed over with a tiny bit of liquid car
wax. Future scratching can be avoided by using page protectors
in notebook collections.

Pin collecting is a very popular hobby. You can find groups of
likeminded people with which to trade pins, making pin
collecting a hobby that helps people make friends.

About the Author: Rose Hillbrand has been a successful internet
entrepreneur since 2001. She owns and maintains several
websites, and has experience in affiliate marketing in numerous
areas. To learn more about arts & crafts and collectibles,
please visit Rose's website, Arts & Crafts For the Whole Family


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