we are still in disney and again i am in bed, blogging after a marathon day. i had to share a funny thing about pin trading. heard of it? if you have visited disney in the last decade, that's probably a yes.
pin trading (i discovered) has been around for years. on our first trip, my kids caught a mild case of the pin trading bug. we bought the starter kit and added a few pins here and there. they hung them up in their bedroom and i compared the collection to a charm bracelet. fill it with pins you love! and this trip my girls continued to add to their humble collection. mary claire lost a tooth on the ride down and the tooth fairy left her a tinkerbell pin under her pilow (and covered her in fairy dust) a sentimental pin to remember she lost a tooth at disney!
so then we meet the professional pin traders. my heavens sakes alive! pin sharks! seriously - i never knew these people even existed. there are conventions - just for pins. long lines that can last for days... just to get a limited edition pin? die hards! and did you know epcot (and other parks) have tables in front of pin trading pavilions just for professional pinners and their ginormous pin books-crates-and-caddies. while i'll admit the older pins were neat to look at - be warned, do-not-get-too-close! some pin sharks were nice and some bite small children.
|nice pin lady|
fast forward to today, right after the american idol experience at hollywood studios. two guests audition for a spot to again audition for a spot to audition for the judges ... it was really neat. our two contestants were competitive and a bit emotional. one lady almost crying when she lost.
leaving the show mary claire (seriously) commented, "that woman was more serious than a pin collector." we laughed so hard. so now we are replacing the phrase, "i'm serious as a heart attack."
"i'm as serious as a pin trader."
just one question for the epcot pros who wheel in their collections daily:
"how many of you still live in your mother's basement?"
and for the pro with the lady and the tramp pin...
we landed a lady and the tramp limited edition!
no line, eight dollars, we found it at the hotel gift shop and there's only 9,250,000 left... and we're not trading it.