The Club is made up of more than 50 local chapters, including several chapters in Australia and Norway, a Spain Chapter, the Las Vegas High Rollers Chapter, the Lone Star Chapter and the Windy City Chapter. Most are based on geography, with the Atlanta Chapter being the largest. However, chapter membership is not restricted to where you live; people from as far away as Canada, Italy, and California belong to the Atlanta Chapter. The chapters meet regularly to discuss different aspects of collecting, show off recent acquisitions or have swap meets and mini conventions. Local chapters also have newsletters to help members keep in touch.
Recently, chapters built around the items collected -- instead of the city, state or country -- have been formed. There is a chapter for people who collect bottles, one for those who collect yo-yos and a chapter for those who specialize in older, "vintage" collectibles.
What do we collect? As you can see from this site, almost anything! We collect memorabilia ranging from toys and games, to sports memorabilia, to vending machines, to old and new bottles. Many of us collect anything
The local chapters that make up the
At conventions, collectors take part in a silent auction, a regular live auction, a lunch or brunch, and a banquet that ends the convention. Informational seminars are held and members contribute items to a display room where you can see some of the greatest and most unusual collectibles around. A Swap Meet (an indoor flea market where Club members sell
And a convention wouldn't be complete without "room hopping," everyone's favorite event. During the week of the convention, members fill their sleeping rooms with
I can still remember my first national convention -- how astounded Mike and I were when we walked into the Swap Meet and saw more than a hundred tables piled high with
Conventions give us an opportunity to see old friends and to make new ones, to spend time with our families and to enjoy the hobby of collecting
By Wendy Lawrence. Wendy and her husband Mike have been collecting since 1973. She is president of The
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