Windy City Pin trading group is AWESOME

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  1. MommaIvy

    MommaIvy Well-Known Member

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    I just wanted to say it was great to meet everyone today at the pin meet in Downers Grove. I was blown away by everyone’s trading collection!!! Omg I still can’t even wrap my mind around how many gorgeous pins I saw.

    I also apologize but I have fibromyalgia so it’s hard for me to remember names. Thanks to everyone who taught me a lot, love my new pins, hope to see you next month.

    If you are kinda new on here and hesitant to go to a trading event, just do it. This one was FANTASTIC.


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  2. GorillasInTheIrishMist

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    I live about 45 minutes away from this group and have been thinking of trying to get to one of their gatherings! I met some people from it at the Animation Celebration event. I don't have a lot of traders but baby steps are required in pin trading I guess! :D
     
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  3. MommaIvy

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    Lol it’s true. I showed up with my 8 trader pins and even though I felt silly when some people had thousands (not even exaggerating). Everyone said they too started small and they were really encouraging.


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  4. pins4twin

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    Thanks so much for attending the pin meet today Ivy. Glad you had such an awesome time.
     
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  5. Hiddenmickey2018

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    Glad to have met you. Don’t worry about feeling silly, no one thought that. Pin trading can be more about netorking with people than it is about what you have or don’t have. Sometimes I find it better to get to know people as that can be rewarding or even more than trading. You never know what that personal connection will lead to. Sometimes it may even result in a pin that they see that think you might like.


    Other words of advice:
    #1 advice figure out what you like and try to stick to that. Or your cc bill I’ll scare you. Develop a connection to what you want to collect. I collect this because it reminds me of... I think this character/movie because...
    If it’s too good to be true. It is. Be very weary of high pressure sales type traders. Ask yourself why do they want this trade so bad.
    Follow your gut. Ask questions.
    Very rarely does that fancy pin you want go away forever.
    If the pin looks odd trust your gut or do your reasearch.

    Don’t Buy every shiny thing in sight. Take it slow.
    Be careful when buying online. Some are great some are frauds. Some don’t know what they have.

    Some people or places online charge a lot more for a pin or park pickup than others.



    Have fun
     
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  6. Stewbaws

    Stewbaws Newbie collector

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    I'm from the UK but I'm in Chicago working in October and I'm pretty sure I can get across (just need to work out how to get there from where I'll be staying).

    Would be awesome to get to a pin event :)





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  7. MommaIvy

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    Are you going to be in downtown Chicago or a suburb? There are some public transit options. If you want I can send some links on the buses and Metra (our commuter rail).


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  8. Stewbaws

    Stewbaws Newbie collector

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    I'll be staying in Pullman. I'm familiar with getting into the city (Metra into Millennium from 115th which is my closest station) but further than that I could do with some help from the experts ;)

    The meet is further west is it?

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  9. MommaIvy

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    Sending a PM with info on Union Station to Downers Grove, IL


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  10. Stewbaws

    Stewbaws Newbie collector

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    Amazing thanks!

    I've got some pin deliveries coming to me in Chicago as well when I arrive so I'll be able to bring them along. My collection is small I'm sure in comparison to others but I'm just getting started :)

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  11. MommaIvy

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    My collection is really small too but you’ve got to start somewhere!


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  12. theparkhopprincess

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    September was my first time going to WCPT too! It was a really fun group. I can't make this month's meet, but excited to go back in Nov!
     
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  13. Stewbaws

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    Such a fun afternoon! I'm only sad I can't come back until next year now :(

    If you're near or in Chicago you should make a visit!

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  14. cadien

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    Is it every month? I live far away but I’ll be in Chicago in April for other reasons.
     
  15. Stewbaws

    Stewbaws Newbie collector

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    Their website currently only lists up to December 2018 but it is usually every month by the looks of it :)

    windycitypintraders.com



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  16. pins4twin

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    The awesome Windy City pin traders will be meeting this Saturday at the Fuddruckers in Downers Grove. The meet starts at 11 am. All are welcome to stop in, see what pin trading is about, and maybe get some lunch.
     
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    Windy City Pin Traders will be meeting again this month at the Fuddruckers in Downers Grove, IL. The date is February 16th and the time is 11 am. Some people missed last month because of the cold and being on cruises, so we expect a good turnout this month. Hope the weather holds out.
     
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  18. Stewbaws

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    Go Go Go if you're able. It's a great day. I'm looking forward to hopefully coming again in October

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    There will be pin trading this Saturday with the Windy City Pin Traders at the Fuddruckers in Downers Grove. Things usually start at 11 am and finish up at 3 or 4. All are welcome to come. You don’t have to trade, just come out to see what pin trading is about. Many of us have been to WDW since last month, so we have lots of new pins.
     
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  20. Pengy

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    Can't believe I still haven't made one of these :3
     
  21. MommaIvy

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    I’m going to try and make it this month but it will depend on how quickly my daughter can sell her Girl Scout cookies at her booth today.


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