There have been a few posts on this blog about Pin Trading - a fun souvenir and way for visitors and Cast Members to interact at Disney. We didn't start pin trading until June 2010, over a decade since pin trading was introduced at Walt Disney World.
Our go-to plan has been to buy a set - 5 or 6 pins of a similar theme together for around $25 - for each trip. We have both enjoyed trading and them taking them home as a souvenir. Our first trip's pins are in a shadow box, but I still haven't figured out the best way to store them. Suggestions welcome!
|Adam wearing his lanyard for the first time - June 2010|
Anyways, sometimes we'll find a goal pin to search for - my trip, I searched for Thumper. Turned out to be fruitless, so Adam bought me a stuffed Thumper instead :) Another trip, we let Noah pick his favorite and I looked for a great Mickey Mouse pin for him. That trip, a cast member gave us a Mickey pin for Noah trade free!
|I pin traded with my medal lanyard last January!|
For this trip, we're trying something different. After hearing this trip several times, I looked on ebay and found a deal that seemed too good to be true. Someone else mentioned they had received fakes which worried me, but I paid about $25-30 for maybe 40 pins (numbers escape me!) and they all look great!
Some of them may have to stay in my final collection! They all have the collection number and counts on the back, several of them are obviously from different sets. And now, we can both have 10 pins to trade freely, no attachments!
Are you a pin trader? I'd love to know your style of trading or collecting!