Samantha and Michael started balloon pin collecting in 1997 when they attended their first Balloon Fiesta together. Since that time they started collecting for the enjoyment of what balloon pins brought to them. When their collection started to expand they decided that trading at fiesta would be a way to grow their collection. One thing led to another and before they realized it they were on their way to selling balloon pins at the Balloon Fiesta. During the past several years they have met collectors from all over the world and many collectors throughout New Mexico and the United States. The excitement and joy they see on the faces of the collectors who are searching for the one pin they are missing makes selling and trading that much more exciting to them.