Wear This Friendly Obsession?
Pins or badges 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. Many pins
and badges 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 and badges created to advertise businesses and services are also very collectible.
|Well-known business franchises often create attractive pins or badges, designed
to promote their
Popular Pin Collecting
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.
How to Wear Your Pins
To display pins you have several options. When you wear a jacket with lapels, you
can wear a few of your favorite small pins or badges. 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 displayed.
|If you are a collector who likes collecting small pins and badges, you will
find car badges diverse and coloutful items to
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 first.
Display Pins in Notebook
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 looseleaf
binder, or slip the pages into page protectors after attaching the pins to the pages. The type of looseleaf binder
that zips closed is the best to use for pin collecting.
|People who collect pins and badges often collect buttons, which are easy to
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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.
For a different type of collecting hobby, consider sports collecting.