Hello! My name is Andrew. I'm 20 years old and I've been collecting for like 13 years. I'm used to being able to say curse words online, so apologies in advance if any slip through my proofreading on this site. I was so tempted to take the username Tinkerbell when I made my account, because I searched the member list and no one had taken the username yet, but I decided on Tinkerbro instead because I like the informal vibes that come with making my username a corny pun. Anyhoo, I have 59 pins. 31 are Tinkerbell. My favorite kind of pins are the ones that are outdated, if that makes sense? AKA, pins representing an aspect of the parks that isn't there anymore, like old rides and fastpasses. I also love pins that reference old WDW slogans, like year of a million dreams and that sort of thing. Does anyone know if there are toon-town pins? When I was a kid, toon-town was my very favorite area in Disney World. I remember being pretty sad when they took it out even though I was too old for it by that point. Now I'm getting nostalgic about the old animation/drawing class thing that used to be in Hollywood Studios I was never that into Star Wars, so I'm a little put out that they replaced it with that. And the Great Movie Ride! D: I discovered that two matching Tink pins I'd had for years were part of a 4-pin set on that ride when I traded with a cast member for a third piece of the set. I still haven't found the 4th, but I'm working on it I've found it for sale online, but I feel like that's cheating in a way... I don't usually buy pins to keep, I just prioritise quantity for low prices in the shops and then trade away all the stuff I don't love on the massive pinboards they have around WDW. When I can, I check all the boards near where I'm staying three times a day, since the most interesting things on those boards are usually what other people have traded. I'm honestly pretty easy to please, I think, and I just love the way it feels to make a trade for a pin that I think looks cool. I have hoarder tendencies, so pin trading lets me indulge in my dragon-like instincts to Collect All The Shinies without accumulating too much clutter. Unfortunately I live smack in the center of the USA (in good old Misery), so I can't get to the parks every day like I want to. That's probably why I'm so obsessed with pin trading whenever I do go to Disney World. When I think about Disney, pins are the first thing that comes to mind; not the rides, not the Dole whips, not the fireworks. Just pins. I don't think my mom knew what she was getting into when she bought me my first lanyard and a set of 4 bootleg High School Musical pins to trade, or she probably wouldn't have done it. (She didn't know that there was any difference between the official Disney pins and any old pins back then, but we've learned. She even has her own lanyard now, but she didn't as recently as five years ago; I guess she decided to join me in my obsession, since she couldn't beat me! XD) To be honest, I've never bought, sold, or traded a single pin online. I'm mostly here because I really really miss driving my family crazy by stopping to pin trade every few feet in the parks ;P and I want to talk about my pins again! My lanyards have just been sitting on a hook collecting dust :/ it's shameful. I get the impression this forum is mostly used by active traders and collectors, but I'd just describe myself as a very enthusiastic guy who can't decide if he wants all his pins to be Tinkerbell, or if he wants to keep some traders in the collection too... The most bittersweet feeling in the world is when you take your last trader off your lanyard because you really want some other pin, and then none of your pins are traders anymore (and you're out of birthday money to spend on more pins). But at the same time I want to build up my collection of Tinkerbells endlessly into infinity. Like, I want all of my pins to be Tink! I don't think I can trade on here, by the way. The vast majority of my traders have been exchanged through the parks, and I got them off pin boards or Cast Members and I basically have no way to verify whether they're authentic. I do have a few pins I got from a Mystery Pin thingy at the end of my last visit hoping for Tink (yes, I got her) but again, I have no way to prove they're not fake. I'm okay with that, honestly, since my favourite thing about trading is doing it in person. I've realised I'm sort of writing an essay, so I'm just going to attempt to summarise what kinds of pins I like (and don't like), and then I'll check one last time for bad words and then post this! I reference specific pins a couple times, and I'd embed images, but I'm not allowed to put in links until I've made more posts. Maybe later I'll come back and edit photos in. I love any and all Tink pins where she's still a fairy; I'm totally uninterested in pins that have her as a shoe or a lock or a donut or what-have-you. The way I see it, those aren't Tink pins, but Tink-themed pins. Just personal preference. I also don't really care for birthstone or birth month pins (except for the 2012 Hidden Mickey Zodiac Collection. I think those are kick-cuss, particularly 88663) Donald Duck is my second fave character and I love pins with him on them (120713 is a huge fave!) Pretty pins! I like pastel colours, sparkles, gold, and all shades of blue and purple. Also, dainty pins like 11635. Conversely, I don't like pins with the American flag on them because they usually aren't pretty. It's basically impossible to make most characters match red white & blue, especially Tinkerbell. For instance, I have pin 61635. She's absolutely adorable on it, and I love everything about the way she's drawn, plus the silhouette of the pin as a whole, a circle with her wings poking outside? Incredible, amazing, wonderful! But the light green of her dress next to the red stripes... it's just ugly. I love everything else about the pin, but I keep it on my trader lanyard because in the end I just don't like it. I can't stand Tsum-Tsum pins. They creep me out. I have a pronounced weakness for the ugliest imaginable shades of orange (99860) I don't like the Mickey-shaped rainbow pride pins that I started seeing for sale in the parks a few years ago because there are cheaper, more discreet ways to show my pride in the parks if I so desire (and I don't). Most of them get the flag wrong anyway, and they're also not good traders. (115075, 116460, etc) I hate the pins that are like empty, colorless versions of regular pins because I have bad eyesight and I just can't tell what any of them are. Looking at them hurts my eyes. (88724) Scar from the Lion King. Now that you've scrolled past my opinions, I have some questions for you all! Feel free to answer as many or as few as you feel inclined to. What was your most memorable trade? What made it memorable? What pin are you the most upset about not having at the moment? If you started collecting as a child, how has your collection evolved since then? Did you keep your old favourites, or trade them away? Are there characters you used to collect, but don't anymore? What's the first pin you bought yourself? Do you use a lanyard, or do you keep all your pins some other way? Off-topic but a few years ago I met someone in the parks who had an oversized knee-length vest completely covered in pins, and even though it looked uncomfortable and sort of tacky I can't stop thinking about doing that someday. How often do you rearrange or reorganise your collection? When new pins come out, how do you decide which ones you want? Are there any pins that aren't sold anymore that you wish you bought back when you could get them? What's the greatest number of pins you've bought/traded in one day? woah i can do a poll? cool!