I have laid out some of the pins I collected while at the Olympics and I am very pleased with my haul. I have pins from countries that I haven’t had much involvement before as most of the pins I have collected come from the Commonwealth Games. I already have an extensive collection and these are welcomed additions.
On this occasion I have pins from USA, France, Finland, South Korea, Greece, Lithuania, Lebanon, Latvia, Ukraine, Germany, Ireland, Brazil, China and Mongolia. I also have pins from Olympic sponsors.
I have two favourites: one pin randomly given to me in Whistler by a girl who was from one of the Four Host First Nations.
I was walking along the Village Stroll when she approached me from nowhere and reached out to give me her pin. She explained that she was from the Four Host First Nations but I never found out which one.
Before we parted I gave her a Scottish pin and she was kind of taken aback as I don’t think she had been given a pin in return for her’s. A huge smile came across her face and off she went back into the crowds. A few days later, maybe even a week, I was sitting on the bus going from Whistler to Creekside when I was aware that someone was looking at me. I glanced across and this recognisable smile came back at me. It was the girl again with the Scottish pin on her jacket.
The second one was from a wee boy outside the figure skating venue in Vancouver. He was about 6/7 and he came up to me, looked at my pins on my accreditation lanyard and said “you have lot of cool pins”. His mum shouted on him and he ran away to be her and others. A short time later, while walking to the bus, this voice goes “you reaaaaaaaaalllllllllllyyyy have a lot of cool pins and do you want to trade one?” I turned round and it was the wee lad again. I said “sure, I’ll trade with you, what have you got?” He produced a CBC badge and gave it to me. In return and gave him, and his brother, Scottish pins and they were so excited and they ran to tell their parents. The next thing I know the dad comes over to me and thanks me for making his sons’ day because they were the first pins they had ever been given. I only hope they were the first of many they collect during the Games.
I like looking at other collections and my collection is not as big as some I have seen. But I think I have a quality collection, meaning they are not all sponsor pins, which are mass-produced. I am not one for just asking for a pin without trading. I took a lot of Scottish pins with me to trade and happily gave them to kids and other worthy people. I do admit that I got fed up with adults just walking up to me and pulling at my accreditation lanyard and asking me, almost demanding me, to give them a pin. They were too aggressive and I resisted the request. I am happy to give but depending on the situation.
I would like to thank everyone who traded or gave me pins, they are all very much appreciated.
My next opportunity to trade pins could be at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.