Thrifty Thursday: Making Pin Trading Affordable

You’ve seen all those pins and have probably heard about pin trading…..and you’ve probably also wondered: Is pin trading expensive? Well so glad you asked! 🙂

First a quick explanation. Pin trading involves lapel pins that are traded by Disney guests with cast members or other guests. Each guest can trade a maximum of two pins per cast member per day. To be acceptable to trade, the pins must have the copyright symbol as well as the word Disney on the back. Many guests purchase a lanyard to display their trading pins while at the parks.

When you think of pin trading you might think of the expense that can be associated with it. Pin trading can get very expensive. I have a few tips to make it more affordable.

You can buy pins off the rack at Disney ranging in price from $6.95-$14.95. When it comes to these pins I suggest you purchase pins of your favorite characters and don’t intend on trading them. That is my suggestion because there are less expensive options for you.

There are pin sets available, often called starter or booster packs. These pins are sold usually in sets of four for about $23 and sets of seven for around $30. That brings the single pin cost down significantly over the rack pin price.

Often times if you visit the outlet stores you can find single pins or pin sets on clearance. They may not be ones you are really interested in but it doesn’t really matter if you are just planning on trading them. In the Orlando area there are many flea markets where pins and other Disney merchandise is plentiful. However, be sure your pins are authentic before trading at the park

Disney pins are also available online. There are many businesses selling large lots of pins, single pins and sets of pins on Amazon or E-Bay. Before purchasing pins online I would read the product reviews as well as the seller’s reviews to be sure they are authentic. When it comes to buying pins online, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Happy trading!

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Denise has loved Disney as far back as she can remember. She has two teenage girls who were raised with Disney. Their rooms were decorated, and their closets were filled with Disney articles. Denise’s house now has Disney on every wall. Her wardrobe is made up mostly of Disney clothes. She feels that being surrounded by Disney keeps the memories and magic alive! Her friends affectionately call her “the crazy Disney lady”. Denise was born and raised in Oregon. Currently she lives in both Oregon and Florida splitting her time between both parts of the country. She lives with her youngest daughter (15) and her roommate. Her daughter goes to high school In Oregon. Denise and her roommate sneak away to Florida several times a year, as often as possible. Her daughter tags along when she can, without missing too much school. Her oldest daughter (20) doesn’t make it to Florida much anymore, but hopes to again very soon. Denise’s first trip to Walt Disney World was for her birthday in 2009. She fell more in love with the magic of Disney that day! Ever since then, Denise and her kids have been annual passholders. Last spring she upgraded to a premier pass to include Disneyland. Over spring break her youngest daughter had the pleasure of her first visit to Disneyland. With Denise helping them plan, her brother and his family enjoyed their first family trip to Disneyland at that same time. Denise is looking forward to helping you with money saving tips as well as sharing the excitement and magic of Disney!

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