I have been collecting pins since I was very small. My parent's saw this as a good alternative to the teeshirt; teeshirts were pricy and not long-lasting.
Unfortunately, I lost my original collection to fire. I had Disney pin, Silver Dollar City pins, Universal City pins, Six Flags pins. Pins from Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago, St. Louis, Orlando, Barcelona. Harley Davidson pins from almost every place we'd ridden.
I also had a nice collection of Olympic pins from the 1980 boycotted Moscow Olympics to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. I had mascot pins, event pins, country pins. Summer games pins and winter games pins. Sponsor pins, like Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Kellogg's, and Nike.
Restaurant pins, city pins, special event pins; you name the pin type, and I probably had it from one of my travels.
Its been six years since the fire and I am starting to rebuild my collection. Friends and family have been helping; they bring me pins from places they visit they know I've been before. And, of coarse, I am adding new pins from new places I roam.
I've got enough pins again that I'm now looking for a pin collector's book. I am starting to be excited to play with my pins again.