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Buttons have a large collectors base and many are produced to fill the marketplace.
Ive bought many items on e-Bay and I regularly trade on the PinPics.com trade engine and the DizPins.com board - and I have gotten some great deals and added some great pieces to my collection - but, for all out fun I go shopping - real Disney-type shopping - at the NFFCs Strictly Disneyana Show & Sale. On-line shopping is convenient - but - I like to see some items before I buy them. Often my idea of "mint"` and someone elses can be vastly different. Its also fun to see the scope and variety of the collectables marketplace - and nothing says excess like 200 tables piled high with every imaginable assortment of Disneyana. Just about everything you could imagine - old stuff - new stuff - cool stuff - stuff that was cool in the past and stuff that might be cool in the future.
More mini-bean-bag plush than you even imagined can be found at the Show & Sale.
For the collector its a shop fest - for the seller its an opportunity to make some money - for the student of the Disneyana marketplace its a place to gage the health of that marketplace, to see whats selling, whats peaked, whats past its collectability, what may be the new "hot" item, what may be a trend in the making or what may be a fad on the way out. Its fun to track the value of an item from show to show - and from dealer to dealer. You can also determine how much influence edition size or availability - or any other of the hallmarks of collectability - have on an item. Its also a good place to find a relative value for your own collection - most art dealers know what a piece is worth, as a figurine dealer knows what a particular piece sells for. A show is also a good place to network with others who collect the same things you do.
NFFC buttons can also be found for sale at the NFFC Show & Sale.
There is a camaraderie amongst collectors and enthusiasts that exists at a show & sale that doesnt exist on-line - not that it isnt as much about making money - its just not as cut-throat about it. Its more fun to shop face to face than type away and hope your bid doesnt get sniped with 15 seconds left in the auction. The fun is in the hunt - in finding your prey - holding it in your hand and then worrying about what it might cost. The fun is in walking into a room and having $1.00 to spend or $10,000 to send and walking out with something to make you happy. I cant remember what I paid for the first item I bought on e-bay, who I bought item from, or what it was, but the NFFC Show & Sale dealer who sold me my first pin still sells at the show - and we both still remember the pin and the price.
The Disney Company knows a "hot" collectable when it sees it - and pins are still "hot".
So, on January 20, 2002 - you know where to find me.
-- Kim Petersen
Kim's Corner is posted the fourth Monday of each month.
The opinions expressed by our Kim Petersen, and all of our columnists, do not necessarily represent the feelings of LaughingPlace.com or any of its employees or advertisers. All speculation and rumors about the future plans of the Walt Disney Company are just that - speculation and rumors - and should be treated as such.
-- Posted December 31, 2001
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