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Keychain Collecting

This was one of my oldest collecting hobbies, as I built up a collection of 70+key chains from around the world. This extremely personal hobby is a way to document what things you like and what places you have been.

Below is a terrific introductory article where you can learn the basics and how to get started. You can help grow our learning community by contributing your knowledge to the article. Just click on the edit tab in the wiki article below.

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Good Luck and Have Fun!
Duncan Davis

 

Introduction


A keychain or key chain is a small chain, usually made from metal or plastic, that connects an item to a keyring. The length of a keychain lets an item to be used more easily than if connected to a keyring directly .




Nowadays, key chains are considered to be more than an object which is used for holding keys. You will find them as a part of latest fashion trend with teenagers hanging trendy and cool key chains on their bags. Many are seen collecting them simply because they love the variety and variations in key chain available. Thus, keychain collection, as the name suggests, is the hobby or activity of collecting key chains. With so many stylish key chains available, they are simply wonderful and fun to collect.




Starting a keychain collection:


Key chains are a great way to keep your keys. They are available in variety of sizes, shapes and designs. If you are to start a keychain collection here is how you can do it:


1. Theme: First thing is to decide the key chain collection theme. It is a great way to show your interest for instance, you can choose to collect keychain of different countries or places you have travelled to. This will reflect to others that you have travelled to these places. Also, a theme will help you manage your collection. When you will go out to purchase you will search for specific keychain depending upon the theme and thus will be able to make a purchase easily.




2. Start collecting: You should start your key chain collection by first adding 5 to 10 key chains to your collection. You can either select from your existing key chain collection or purchase new ones from the market.




3. Budget: Set your budget limit. Don’t go on buying expensive key chains. There are lots of good quality key chains available at affordable price. Key chain cost can be ranging from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. The expensive ones are basically branded or designer keychain. Don’t simply fall for the looks. Don’t over spend. Remember, save money to buy many others.




4. Memory: It is recommended that your key chain collection should have a memory i.e. with each key chain you have some story to tell. This doesn’t mean that it needs to be a long story it can be a small story. As you pick a keychain you should be able to remember something. Remember, your collection should be special. You can even note down the price of each key chain. Later in future, you might feel amazed looking at the price, thinking how cheap it was in those days.




5. Display: Once you have started collecting, you should display your collection. Don’t keep them locked and inside. Many people choose to display their collection by hanging them on the side of a mirror. Make sure to pick a place to display the keychain collection and show them off to your friends. You can also display them in a shadow box. It is a great option especially if you have hundreds of key chains to display.




6. Keep them safe: You should keep your key chain collection in good condition as well as safe. There are many keychains that you will not find again once lost so take good care of them and keep them away from reach of children or pets.




7. Keep growing: You should keep on adding to your existing collection. There is no limit to key chain collection. Visit key chain shops from time to time to see if a new variety is available and is worth of being added to your existing collection. If so, make a purchase and grow your collection.




Where to purchase:


Before you can start your own collection one needs to know where and how to purchase. The importance of keychains is not limited only as an object that holds keys. No matter what is the age, almost every person has got keychains. Some use it to hold keys while some have the hobby to collect it. There are numerous ways to find the keychain i.e. searching never ends but the information and cool ideas listed below will help a lot in purchasing stylish and attractive keychains.




Cool, Stylish and attractive Keychains Shop


There is no end to the style and varieties for keychain. You will simply get surprised seeing the variety available out there. You will find keychain of any shape and size. A big object you see in real life will definitely have a keychain model for it. For instance, there are mini trains, mini house and mini cars available in the form of key chains. No matter what you think off, it is most likely to be available in the form of key chain. There are even games in your key chain. Yes it is true. Now you can find various games on key chains too. This is simply a piece of technology which is minute in size but still provides you with entertainment. This kind of key chains (having portable games) are very much popular amongst teens.




Keychain are available for the kids too. For kids key chains about different cartoons characters are available which includes birds, animals cartoon characters and so much more. Amongst girls, keychains having small Barbie’s, purses attached to the key chain, having different shapes such as sandals or even having their favourite cartoon character such as tweety are some of the popular choices while for boys key chains having different shaped cars, bikes, sticks, hockey, bats and football are the popular choice. Moreover, gadgets are the weak point for boys. They simply cannot stop themselves from not buying gadgets and thus, mini gadgets key chains are very much popular amongst boys.




Wait!! This doesn’t end here. You will even find key chains having various everyday used tools like scissor, knife and various cutters. These are one of the coolest key chain categories out here: multi-functional key chains.




Key chains are available in various stuff or material. Which material you want depends on how to plan to use the key chain. For instance, if you want to buy a keychain for your car then opt for leather chains. It will give a decent look.




These are some of the options available to you. Now, next part is to know from where to purchase. If you are to make a purchase for the kids, you may want to take a trip to kid’s store. They will have lots of cool key chains to offer for your kids. You can even have them added to your keychain collection. Cool key chains are also available at the game stores and have latest cool key chains available for you.




You can also visit stores which keeps latest items in fashion trends. These stores will definitely have the latest key chains for you. You will find all the cool key chains, having lots and lots of varieties. You will simply love them and would want to purchase all of them especially if you are a key chain collector. Remember you browse through all the variety of key chains available and pick the one you like or ones that match with your key chain collection theme. Moreover, you will even come across key chains that are cool looking yet are very cheap and fit perfectly within your budget limit.




You can even make a purchase online as well. For this you don’t even need to go to the market as well. All you need to do is simply browse through the internet while at home and get to see all the variety available in one place. This will also allow you make a comparison, go through the variety (all in one place) as well as compare different price offer and pick the one which is the best. Websites selling key chains have different categories which you can go through and make a purchase keeping in mind your theme of key chain collection. While shopping online you will find key chains for your car keys to famous monuments miniatures. There is simply so much variety of key chain available out there. All you need to do is shop around and look for the best ones. So make sure you shop around a lot- which of course is the ‘key’ if you want to get the best for your keychain collection.




Make your own key chain and add to the collection:


It is not necessary that you need ready-made key chains in order to start a collection. You can even start a self-made key chain collection. Key chains are quite easy to make as well fun and exciting.




In order to make your own key chain, the basic materials you will need are given below. The materials are easily available for purchase. You can purchase the materials easily from the market i.e. any craft shop will have these materials available for you. Alternatively, you can also make a purchase for these items online as well. With online shopping you may get a discount as well or a craft shop may offer it if you purchase in bulk:




1. Loop or hook: this makes the base of a keychain. The base of the keychain must have a hoop which should be able to close or open. You can also attach some more loops of smaller size or decorations to the main hoop. This will give an attractive look to the key chain. Also, make sure that the hoop you purchase can securely hold a key or multiple numbers of keys. Hoops for key chains should be typically of size between 1 inch and 3 inch in diameter.




2. Chains: A chain can be added to the hoop so that one can connect to clothing. The size of the chain should be between 1 inch and 2 feet in length, having a small hook at the end. The hook will hold onto the clothing.




3. Decorative: Decoratives are added to make your key chain look attractive and stylish. The size of decorative size should be maximum 2 inches. Decorative shapes may also be required which will hold the hoop.




Once you have the required material, you are ready to make your own key chain. Here is a basic way of making your own beaded keychain:




1. First, you need to drill a hole in a decorative shape which will hold the key ring or loop. You can get a pre-crafted decorative shape from the market or you can make one your own. You can even choose your initials (for starters).To drill, you can use a power drill and drill bit of 1/8 inch.




2. If the shape is self-made, you may want to decorate it for instance, with painting.




3. Now place a key ring through the hole.




4. Cut a leather cord into three sections of varying length.




5. One end of each cord should be knotted around the key ring.




6. Finally slide in the beads and make a knot on the free end of cord to make sure beads doesn’t fall out. You can use different types of decorative beads in order to give an attractive look to your keychain.




Conclusion:


The hobby of key chain collection is steadily gaining popularity especially with the digital key chain now available in the market. One of the reasons behind its popularity is the fact that it is not a costly habit. You don’t need to have a large budget in order to get those fancy key chains. Good fancy key chains can cost only about few dollars. Thus, your collection will start growing in no time.




Key chain collection is a lot of fun. Once you start collecting you will not be able to stop yourself. You would want to buy every other key chain you come across and you don’t even have to spend much to get one but remember you don’t want to buy every other key chain you come across instead only pick out the best and save some money to buy the latest trendy key chains when available in near future.




Once you have a large keychain collection, you will notice the worth of this leisure activity. You can then even trade some of your best key chains or put it up for sale and add some new collection to your key chains.




Key chain collection has no age limit. Whether you are an adult or a kid, anyone can collect key chains which is a wonderful and entertaining hobby.