Illinois pin trading meetup!

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  1. Sarah_scarne

    Sarah_scarne Member

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    Is anybody interested in have a pin trading event in IL? I'm willing to book a place as long as we get enough people. Comment if you would partake in this event!
     
  2. coblj003

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    It sounds interesting, though just where in Illinois? I unfortunately live just about as far south from Chicago as it can get...
     
  3. CCofRR13

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    Depends on where. I'm near Cleveland, OH. Chicago is a 6-7 hr drive for me. My in-laws live outside of Chicago and we are planning on going out to see them this summer. I might be able to do this
     
  4. meteorologist1

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    Hi! I'm interested! I just started pin trading last December while visiting Disney World in Florida and would love to find others who trade pins in the Chicago area or the Midwest. I live in the Chicago suburbs.
     
  5. Sarah_scarne

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    I live in the Chicago suburbs. I'm about 45 minutes from the city. Depends on how many people are interested we can try to do a meetup in the middle for everyone!
     
  6. rj1980

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    Anywhere near Aurora?
     
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  8. PlebianPirate15

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    Yes, the group is still active. They had a pin meetup yesterday.
     
  9. Ghst_hst_1

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    I might. It kind of depends on my medical health. I definitely would be very interested. I would want to go. Its just I have a hard time planning or committing ahead. I have medical issues that are unpredictable. I livee in southern WI.
     
  10. pins4twin

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    I belong to the Windy City pin traders and we meet the third Saturday of every month at the Fuddruckers in Downers Grove. It is right at the junction of I-355 and Butterfield. We will be meeting this Saturday at 11 am if anyone is interested. Some people are down at WDW this week, so turn out might be a little light.
     
  11. Pengy

    Pengy On a mission to visit every Disney park worldwide.

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    I would love to! I've never been able to attend the windy city group due to coaching gymnastics. I live in the suburbs as well, north west. We had a meetup one time a couple years ago just outside of IL in Indiana near the border and would love to see another meetup. Feeling disney deprived.
     
  12. MasteringMatt

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    Of course I find this today and your meet up was today. Are they still going on?
     
  13. pins4twin

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    Yes, we had a pin meet on Nov 18th, 2017. Some of the members were down at WDW, but then some others who come rarely, showed up. We will meet again on Dec 16th, our Christmas meet. We have a gift exchange this meet, a grab bag type of thing. A $20-$25 Disney related gift, but you do not have to bring a gift to come to the meet.
     
  14. aleck2008

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    I'm wondering if it's Windy City Pin traders? If so, how big is the meet usually? Thank you.


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  15. pins4twin

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    Yes, these are the Windy City Pin traders. On a slow day we will have about 10 active traders, but we usually have closer to fifteen. On a busy day, when we get visitors from Indiana, Minnesota and southern Illinois we can have over twenty traders and the room gets pretty crowded.
     
  16. aleck2008

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    Thank you. I may check this out next month :)


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  17. MasteringMatt

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    Is this still held in at the Fudruckers in Downers Grove and if so what time does it usually start. I don't think I can make the December meet up but I really want to come to the January event.
     
  18. pins4twin

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    Yes, we still meet at the Fuddruckers in Downers Grove on Findlay(?) and Butterfield road. Meet starts at 11 am when the doors open, but organizers get there earlier to set some stuff up, so they can let you in if you are early. They let us use the side room of the restaurant, and it is not well insulated, so if it is cold outside be sure to bring a sweatshirt or hoodie. Third Saturday of each month.
     
  19. MasteringMatt

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    Saturday December 16th will be the next meet up then? How do people usually bring their pins? I am so new to this I have no idea how to display or make them easily transportable.
     
  20. pins4twin

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    Most of us use binders like Case-It's, or trapper keepers to hold our pins. We put them in 9 pocket plastic sleeve pages that you would usually use for trading cards, like Pokémon. Some also use fabric pin books that we got from WDW. I have three binders and one pin book and I use a small piece of luggage to get them into and out of the restaurant.
     
  21. Ryan Brandes

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    This has been a great event for me to learn from since I found the meet-up 2 months ago. lots of nice people and pins to trade.
     
  22. Pengy

    Pengy On a mission to visit every Disney park worldwide.

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    I can't believe I still haven't made it to a single one of these since moving to Illinois 2 years ago
     
  23. MasteringMatt

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    I need to make it to one as well. I just don't think this Saturday, with holiday parties and and all will work.
     
  24. pins4twin

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    Windy City pin traders will be meeting this Saturday, Jan 20th, at the Fuddruckers in Downers Grove. Near the corner of Findlay and Butterfield Road. Restaurant opens at 11 am, but if you get their a little early there is usually someone inside willing to let you in. Everybody is back from WDW, so should have a full house if the weather is nice. Sometimes the Wisconsin members miss if bad weather is predicted.
     
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  25. Kim & Kate

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    Hi - my daughter is new to pin trading and would love to come and see other collections and learn how to spot authentic vs not... Will you all meet on the 17th this month? If so, what time(s) and can anyone join? Thanks.
     

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