Books, and Keychains? Are there any Keychain collectors out there?

A few years ago, around 2004, I was working on my family tree with the radio playing on the background. The DJ was reading an article she’d read in the newspaper about collectors. One gentleman collected toilet paper squares of all sorts. He had some with crossword puzzles, with all kinds of odd sayings, you name it, he had it. The DJ finished her segment by asking listeners to call in and tell her what they collected.

Books… I had plenty of them. But one thing I had even more of was keychains. Yes, I collect keychains. When I called the radio station, she asked how many I had. At that time, I had about 400+. from all over the world. 3 calls after mine, a gentleman called in and said he too collected keychains and he had over 600. Now, in Aug 2010, I have about 650. I’d be curious to know how many he has now.

Currently, I have at least one from each Canadian Provinces/Territories. I have 33 States/Districts/Territories, and a total of 65 countries. What I’m missing now are the following States.

Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin. My joke for a while was that once I’m done USA, I might start the sports teams, like the NHL, NFL and MLB. Problem though, is that I’m really not into sports  except for tennis, and the only keychain I would live to get – if there is one – would be of Roger Federer. He is no longer number 1 in the world, but he’s still the best player in my books.

What do you collect? And why do you collect them? I’d love to hear all about it… and are there other keychain collectors out there?

My collection began with a slip of the tongue. In 1994, the Deaf ministry from my church was taking a trip to The Bill Rich Ranch in Tennessee, which holds camps for deaf people. Unfortunately, I was unable to join them. So before they left, I gave one of my deaf friends a few dollars and asked her to bring me back a keychain from Tennessee. She frowned at the word “keychain” but said she would.

It was just a little later on our way home that I recalled our conversation and realized i had meant to ask for a postcard but somehow the word keychain slipped out. They’re not really worth anything financially, but to me each one is priceless. They represent something, a special place. And please don’t ask me which one if my favourite… I really can’t narrow it down. From the first one which started the collection; to the one someone brought me back from the Holy Land; to some that belonged to a loved one who passed away. Each one is priceless.

Blessings 🙂 


13 thoughts on “Books, and Keychains? Are there any Keychain collectors out there?

  1. Pingback: Friends, Letters, Souvenirs . . . What’s important to you? | Renee-Ann's Blog

  2. I traveled several countries in Europe and purchased many keychains…I also have misc. key chains. I now live alone in a small apt. and am selling all my collector items. If you are intetrested in any, I can take pics of what I have. Janet

    • Thanks for your comment George. I’d love to hear your story. Why did you start collecting them? Do you have any pictures? From which country do you have most?

      I have some from 63 (not 65, typo in the original post) different countries, and the collection has grown to over 725 since I wrote this in 2010. The bulk of them is from Canada and USA.

      Blessings, Renee-Ann <

    • Hi George. I see that your comment is from 3 years ago so I don’t even know if you will be able to read this message. I’m currently helping my uncle in finding someone to buy his key chain collection. I believe he has over 2000 key chains as of now. If you are still interested I can take pictures of it and send it to you. Currently my uncle lives in Colorado Springs. Thanks for your time.

      • it certainly would be interesting to see what your uncle has. Not sure how you can display that many in one picture. My collection now is now a little over 800 and still growing. Thanks for the comment Uriel.

      • Hi Renee-Ann. I’m sorry I didn’t reply earlier. I didn’t get the notification of your reply. Where can I post the pictures?

    • How many do you have so far? I’m still growing mine too. I guess you could say I never stopped. I love to see other people’s collection. If you have picture would you care to share?

      • I think in a hundreds. And I don’t have a picture yet. It’s just now that I’ve learned that there are other people like me too. I collect random key chains! From rusty anime characters to travel souvenirs.

  3. Hi. I recently started a keychain collecting blog at
    I only have two posts up so far, but I’m in the process of drafting more and I’m trying to get the word out about the blog. Unfortunately I’m having trouble finding other keychain collectors online to contact. I know that leaving this comment is a long shot, but I really enjoyed your keychain post and I think you might enjoy my blog, assuming you’re still collecting.
    Thank you for your time.
    Signed, Treesa

    • Hi Treesa, I got a notification about your post and visited your website. It looks great and the posts are well done and really informative. What’s the purpose of your blog? I’m helping my uncle to find someone interested in buying his key chain collection and your blog could help me find someone. Would it be possible for me to post pictures of his keychain collection?

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