WDW hosted a trading event at the Contemporary Resort yesterday. First off, we want to say thank you to everyone who stopped by our table to say hi or to trade with us.
It was great to see a couple hundred people lined up outside the doors to the room before the event. Once let in, collectors scrambled to find some table space to display their collections. Traders then walked around the room trading with each other.
The event was both a Vinylmation and Pin trading event and the pin traders sitting at the tables out numbered the Vinylmation traders. However, the crowd walking around the room, seemed to be comprised mostly of Vinylmation traders. We are not saying that Pin trading is declining, there were a ton of people trading pins, but the buzz just seemed to be with the Vinylmation. In talking to a few people at the event, they said traders seemed to be searching out the Vinylmation on the tables over the Pins and some Pin traders seemed frustrated. In fact, the Pin traders next to our spot were getting annoyed with the crowds of Vinylmation traders around them trying to see what figures we had and blocking anyone from seeing their pins. They eventually moved to another corner of the room, near other Pin Traders.
Disney did a wonderful job. They had a Vinylmation table set up displaying some Vinylmation you could purchase. There was also a Mystery 24 and Open box trade area set up. Disney also had a table promoting the Disneyland Sci-Fi Acadamy (still no word there on any event specific Vinylmation for that). Disney also will never allow a crowd to gather on property without some merchandise and cash registers nearby. They had some pins and lanyards for sale in the ballroom.
You don’t know what it means to us to hear people say they visit our site and listen to our podcasts. We do this because we enjoy collecting Vinylmation, love Disney and have fun doing it… but hearing the feedback that you guys enjoy what we do, makes it all worth it. And we couldn’t do it without you. Keep on contacting us with your questions, ideas and any news you find out about Vinylmation. We hope you enjoyed trading with us as much as we did with you. See you at the next event!
How did you do at the Trading Event? Was it like you expected? What was your best trade?