2012 pin trading


These images were made eight years ago today and show pin badges being traded at the end of  the 2012 Olympics fortnight. The etiquette of pin trading is that the pins are always swapped and not sold and if pins are worn they are usually not available for trade. Pins are produced commercially as Games merchandise but other pins that were never officially available for sale such as those given to staff or athletes are more elusive. The serious traders go from Games to Games in the expectation of adding some missing pins to their collections and it really adds to the social atmosphere in a host city. 

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