My collection of Disney cloisonné pins
currently numbers over 4,350. When I began collecting in October
2001 I had no idea that I would acquire this many pins, nor that I would
meet so many interesting people in the process.
My collecting began in earnest in October
2001 at the Disney Store in Limeridge Mall, Hamilton, Ontario. I
had read about the "100 Years of Dreams" pin series being sold
at Disney Stores from September 15th to December 15, 2001, so I dropped
by our local store at Limeridge Mall on Saturday October 6, 2001 only to
be told, "Our pins are sold out. You must be here and line up
at least a half hour before the store opens at 9:30 if you want to buy
pins." Imagine my surprise that the pins were so popular!
the following Saturday, October 13 I arrived at 9:00 a.m. to find about
30 people already lined up. I took my place and enjoyed chatting
with those in front and behind me. When the doors opened we filed
in in order and were allowed to buy two of each of the pins released
that day. There were generally 7 or 8 pins released each Saturday.
I did not arrive in time to get each pin that first day, so the
following week I arrived at 8:30, a full hour before opening. I
got all the pins that week, but the series just kept getting more and
more popular and more people were lining up each week. By the
middle of November we were only allowed to buy one of each newly
released pin, so I had to conscript Gary who came each morning to make
sure I was able to buy a supply of "traders". By
December we were arriving at 7:30, a full 2 hours before the store
was able to purchase about 60 of the 100 pins in the series at he Disney
Store in Hamilton, but Gary and I made a few trips to stores in nearby
Mississauga and Toronto as well to buy pins. During some of these
trips we heard stories of hysteria and even fist fights over pins in
some stores. We were thankful that things were so orderly in our
"home" store. By the end of 2001 I was able to pick up
all the pins I missed in the first four weeks of sales by visiting other
stores and buying others on EBay.
I was pleased to pick
up the entire series, and on our next trip to Walt Disney World I bought
a lanyard and began trading with Cast Members and other guests.
The hook was now set!
Then the "Magical
Musical Moments" and "12 Months of Magic" series came
along in rapid succession. By the time I completed my set of the
"Magical Musical Moments" series, I had decide to become a
little more discerning in buying pins. I only bought a few pins in
the "12 Months of Magic" series. I now limit my
purchases and trades to Limited Edition pins, and even of these, I only
buy pins which have some special significance or particular appeal to
me. Gary and I are WDW Annual Passholders and I have an extensive
collection of pins which are exclusively available to passholders.
I also try to find all Daisy Duck pins, all Pluto pins, all Haunted
Mansion pins and all Fort Wilderness pins and all Nightmare Before Christmas pins.
I have traded pins in Hamilton, at the home of one of the "Saturday
Morning" regulars from the autumn of 2001, and at many pin trading
meets in the Toronto area, most of my trades have been made at Disney parks in
Florida and California. I prefer to trade with Cast Members and
with amateur collectors like myself, rather than the professionals or
"sharks" who make a living dealing in pins.
highlight of my pin trading experiences was our trip to "The
Happiest Pin Celebration on Earth" held at EPCOT in September
2005. I enjoyed it so much that it has become an annual
event for me. Plans are well underway for my 12th EPCOT Pin Event
in September 2016.
travel to New Jersey once or twice a year for the Central Jersey Disney Pin
Traders weekend meets. I have made some good friends through pin
trading and I enjoy getting together with them at pin events.
I keep a close eye on
various Facebook pin trading pages to stay abreast of new pin releases and most of my
friends and family normally take a list of selected new releases which
they try to pick up for me. This, combined with our several Disney
trips each year, give me my needed "pin fix".
If you want to read a bit more about pin trading
check out these links:
Pin Trading Blog for AllEars - 2008
Pin Trading Tips Blog for AllEars - 2008
Pin Trading Blog for AllEars - 2009
Pin Trading Blog for AllEars - 2010
Pin Trading Blog for AllEars - 2012
Pin Trading in New Jersey Blog for AllEars - 2012
Vinylmation Blog for AllEars
Celebration Blog for AllEars - 2013 Part 1
Celebration Blog for AllEars - 2013 Part 2
Trade Celebration Blog for AllEars - 2014
Pin Trading Blog for AllEars - 2015
Pin Trading Blog for AllEars - 2016