Last night when I was thinking about writing this blog I was going to go on about how I’m not really excited to collect anymore and haven’t been planning as many “squishin’ missions” as I used to. (Partially due to the fact that I have all the close by sets!) But then I got an email that there is now a machine at Toys R Us in Times Square and since we’re going to the city Friday for Honor Society, and I used to work at Toys R Us, I’m totally excited again lol
I got my first penny when I was about 6 years old when we were at the Statue of Liberty. It wasn’t in a touristy machine and I’m not even sure if a machine was actually involved. For a while I kept it in my jewelry box.
From then on here and there I’d get a penny when I saw a machine, but I really started getting into it in 2006. Soon after I joined a yahoo group dedicated to people who collect and trade the coins and through that I made a bunch of penny pals and eventually joined The Elongated Collectors
While in college, I started doing volunteer image editing on PennyCollector.com This site is amazing because it lists ALL the machines around the WORLD. It is kept up to date by collectors and is a great guide when going on vacation. They also have a trading tool so you can keep track of what you have, want, and have extras of to trade and you can be notified if someone has a set you want or vice versa. They also sell a lot of baseball pennies which is my FAVORITE genre to collect. (I also like Einsten, Crabs/Sealife and Carousels)
Earlier this year I became the webmaster of tecnews.org. I am not a professional webmaster by any means, but luckily it is another volunteer position and they are happy with what I have come up with! It is a never ending job and hopefully I will gain more knowledge of web design – as it is one of my favorite hobbies. (Though I’m not sure I’d want to do it as a job with deadlines and stuff. ick!)