Tips and Strategies to Collect Travel and Souvenir Pins

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Like many people, as you travel, you like to gather an item or two to serve as remembrances of a trip. One type of easy to collect travel or souvenir memorabilia that is easy to find while traveling are pins of different types. Through this article, you are presented some ideas and suggestions about collecting souvenir and similar types of pins while traveling


Souvenir Pins from Major Family Resorts


When it comes to collecting pin associated with travel and vacations, those that come from major family resort destinations consistently top the list as the most favored. Nearly all major family resorts, like Disney and Universal Studios properties, offer a considerable array of different types of collectable and souvenir pins.


The spectrum of collectible Disney pins will be used to illustrate the breadth of what can be done in regard to pins while traveling. The inventory of Disney collectable pins is amazing. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different types of collectable pins available at any given time at the various Disney resort properties.


In addition to being brilliant ways to commemorate a marvelous family trip to a Disney resort, these pins are also sound collectables. By this it is meant that developing a collection of Disney pins can result in something that grows in value over time. This includes not only monetary value but sentimental value as well.


A significant trend in the past decade is the ever increasing number of young people that trade Disney pins. Collecting pins while at a Disney resort is an easy way through which a young person can garner his or her own “inventory” of  Disney pins for lively trading.


A tip to bear in mind when at a Disney property: characters who walk about at Disney resorts will nearly always bestow a collectable pin on a young guest who asks. This can not only result in a guest of the resort gaining a truly unique pin but also having a truly memorable moment that will be long cherished.


Commemorative Pins from Special Events and Celebrations


If your travels will include attendance at some type of special event or celebration, you likely will find yourself involved in a function in which commemorative pins of some type will be available.


These types of commemorative pins oftentimes become items that are treasured into the future. They provide a wonderful way of memorializing what may have been a wonderful experience at a unique event.


Depending on the event there is also a chance that commemorative pins become collectables that increase in value over time. If you are like a surprising number of people of different ages and walks of life, collecting pins from specific events and celebrations can prove to be a fairly sure means of establishing a collection that increases in value into the future.


Tips on Creating a Pin Collection


As you, or your kids, begin to amass pins from your vacation travels, you and yours may develop an interest in pin collecting. You or your kids may want to start a pin collection. If this proves to be the case, there are some important tips you will want to ponder when it comes to creating a pin collection.


A key pointer to bear in mind when you determine you want to start a pin collection is to narrow your focus. By this it is meant that you will have the best luck and most enjoyment by focusing your collecting efforts on one type or category of pin.


You might be surprised as to how narrow you really should make your focus. For example, if think that collecting Disney pins is a narrow focus, you would be a bit off course. A fairly narrow focus would be collecting Disney princess pins. A truly narrow focus would be collecting Disney pins associated with one of the princesses.


Another way you can narrow the focus of your pin collecting efforts is to select a particular category and era. For example, you might want to begin building a collection of pins in a particular category that were created in the 1980s or another decade.


A pin collection property started and managed can result in something that proves to be valuable in the future. As was mentioned earlier in regard to pin collecting, this value comes in the form of monetary and sentimental. A pin collection can end up a matter of pride, a result that occurs for adults and children alike.




Jessica Kane is a writer for The Monterey Company, who have been manufacturing custom lapel pins for over 25 years.


5 Practical Tips to Create the Ideal Man Cave


If you are contemplating creating a man cave in your home, you need not expend a tremendous amount of time and money to build your space. There are some rather simple and definitely practical tips you can utilize to create the perfect man cave in your home.


Rustic Look with Brick


If you have exposed brick in the space in which you want to put your man cave, you already are ahead of the game. Exposed brick conveys a comfortable look and feel. It almost gives you the impression of being in a rustic log cabin or some other type of retreat — which is precisely a primary objective of your man cave.


If the space intended for your man cave doesn’t already have exposed brick, you can add some to the space to achieve the comfortable, rustic effect mentioned a moment ago. For example, you can go so far as to add brick to an entire wall. In the alternative, you can take even a simpler course and create a brick entranceway into your man cave for the rustic effect.


Style and Comfort


Balancing style and comfort in a man cave can prove to be a challenging task. Indeed, more than a few interior designers have remarked that they have found it challenging to balance style and comfort when it comes to their very own man caves.


The arcade themed man cave underscores why and how harmonizing style and comfort can be a challenge. Truly developing an arcade themed man cave results in a room with a truly interesting style and look.


However, an arcade isn’t known for being a particularly comfortable destination where you can sit around, watch a movie, and enjoy a brew. Thus, there needs to be some style accommodations in order to make the man cave comfortable. The arcade theme is not the only one that requires this type of weighing, balancing, and modification to ensure that style and comfort come together in an appropriate manner.


The Iconic Arcade


Many a man cave garners inspiration from different areas of a man’s life. This is a primary reason why sport’s themed man caves are so popular. It is also why arcade themed man caves are gaining in popularity as well.


As mentioned a moment ago, developing an iconic arcade themed man cave does require some effort to ensure that the final result is also highly comfortable. With that said, otherwise outfitting an arcade themed man cave can be a relatively easy and enjoyable endeavor.


You can outfit an iconic man cave by placing a vintage pinball machine, a pool table, and a dart board. When it comes to vintage pinball machines, there are innumerable options available to you. For example, there are different types of era-specific pinball machines from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s that make perfect additions to a man cave.


You can fill out an arcade themed man cave with a solid entertainment center. In addition, you can enhance the comfort level with inviting couches and other chairs. The space can be rounded out with a bar, a wet bar being even more compelling.


Using Existing Architecture to Create a Unique Space


You need not undertake an architectural face life to create a unique man cave. Rather, you absolutely can work with what you have already in place in this regard.


A discussion of taking advantage of existing exposed brick is an example of taking advantage of existing architectural attributes to uniquely design your man cave. You can do the same with other attributes. An existing skylight provides a solid example.


You can decorate the ceiling in your man cave in such a manner that the skylight provides a unique centerpiece. By coordinating other design elements around an existing skylight, you truly will create a unique, compelling man cave.


Man Cave as Sports Bar


Yet another trek you can take in designing and developing your man cave is to create something a sports bar. The sports bar theme can prove to be a bit more expensive than some other options. However, you will end up with a man cave that will be the talk of your buddies.


The starting point in a sports bar themed man cave is nearly always the installation of a wet bar. You will also want to add such things as a solid entertainment center. Adding arcade items like a pinball machine and pool table represent another step you will want to take to more fully flesh out the sports bar theme.




Jessica Kane is a writer for The Pinball Company, the best online source for new, used, and refurbished pinball machines, arcade cabinets, and more!