Pin Collecting - Whether you've been an avid pin collector for years of have only just noticed these little pieces of metal, pin collecting is extremely addictive and entertaining. You can customise you collect to reflect your personal interests, e.g. olympic games, aviation, collie dogs, cartoons, flowers, Australiana and the list goes on.
Three things you should know about Pin Collecting:
1. Each Official Licensed Pin will feature a code on the back to identify the pin and also how many of this particular pin has been made. Some pins also have a DNA sticker to prove the pin's authenticity.
2. Having a hard to find pin in your collection is a great feeling. However it is more important to value a pin for it's uniqueness, where you obtained it or who gave it to you. This is the true "value" of every pin in your collection.
3. Apart from the huge number of pin clubs overseas, there are many pin collectors in Australia who enjoy pin websites (aussiepinshop.com.au), magazines and swap meets. Pin swap meets are held regularly in Sydney and you can trade your duplicate pins for new and different pin. It's easy to get actively involved and you'll find that the friends you meet along the way are more valuable than your pin collection.