I think it's running in the blood. My family love to collect things. I start my collection with a stamps collection. My mom teaches us about collecting stamps. I don't collect much of stamps anymore but I still like it when I got something that I don't have yet.
I have a new collecting item. It's called National Token. The web says "heritage on a coin". This unique coins have a design of castle, people or anything else that connect to the place. I started to collect this last year when I went to Checkpoint Charlie. I saw a coin machine that has a picture of Checkpoint Charlie in one side. This coin is different from the pressed coin that used a copper coin to be pressed into souvenir coins. It cost € 2. Since then I start to collect National Token when it possible. I usually buy a 1 coin for each place I visited. Every time I saw the machine, my guts telling me to buy it. Sometimes it tell to buy all collections, which is not healthy for my wallet :)
Today I find out even this coins have its website and you can join in collecting club. If you serious collector, you can join this club. You can also check out the coin that can be found around the world. Nice... I love it more now :)
Well...I have other things to buy besides buying pins from places.
First time I decided to collect pin was back in August 1993. I bought my first pin in San Francisco during the trip on Open Door orientation. After that, I always bought at least 1 pin to add to my collection for each place I go. Besides places I also collect pins from some occasions. In 10 months my exchange program, I have plenty of them. My collection adds up every time somebody when abroad. Yes...I always ask for pins as souvenirs until now. It's been a while since I counted the pins. Maybe more than 150 pins.
During my exchange program, I put my pins on a cap. When I back to Indonesia, I put it on small 'tampah' (it's a rounded woven bamboo container) and hang it on the wall. After a few years the tampah is worn out and I just put it in a bag. Never had a change to find something to put it again.
For maintenance, I used to clean my pins once in a while. And I put a transparent nail polish in the back of the pin to prevent it from rusting.
And a few years back, I start to collect pins from Hard Rock Cafe. I only collect from the place I visited. So far I had San Francisco, Ho Chi Min City, Hamburg, Berlin, Bangkok, and Prague. And I just found out that we can exchange HRC pins collection if you bring your collection to the store. One thing I have to buy is an HRC Jakarta pin. Unfortunately, I forgot to buy the one from HRC Bali.
Besides pins, I also collect pin-back buttons. I've got plenty of them too.