Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Collecting State Quarters (Crazy Dave's Give-a-ways)

I started two valuable collections in 1999.


I started my collection of children and my collection of state quarters. Legally, I can only give one of them away on the Internet. Before I tell you about my state quarter give-a-way, let me tell you why collecting state quarters works for me.


When the quarters first came out I got one of those Extra large size books for a family collection. I enjoyed collecting so much that I decided to get 3 smaller size books for each of the children. In the apartment years finding quarters was easy, I'd go through the quarters before I used them in the laundromat. I also paid $8.00 in tolls a week mostly in quarters so I had plenty to work with. Getting A transponder for tolls and buying a house with a washer dryer nearly killed my quarter collecting. But I trudged on. Anytime we got change in our house I sifted thought it quicker than (insert speedy reference here).


Then a couple years ago the kids wanted to start getting an allowance. Perfect. That requires me each payday get a roll or two of quarters and sort through them before the kids had a pay-day of their own. The kids always exuberant when we find new quarters. It is interesting how their personalities manifest themselves in which state coins they like. Emma likes Kentucky because of the horses, and prefers other coins with animals on them. She is a little upset that no state has the motto "The bunny state" with cute little rabbit coin to match. Charlie likes Indiana because of the Car, Ohio and Florida because of the Astronaut stuff. I had to stop Lucy from putting a nickel in her mouth today so she hasn't really acquired a taste for quarters yet.


So when the Hawaii quarter came out at the end of last year we waited in anticipation to complete our collection. They didn't come to our local bank until February. By then we already had the 4 we needed to complete our set. But that wasn't enough for me. I still had the collecting bug so I have in the past 2 months collected a 5th set just for the fun of it.



So that's why State quarter collecting works for me. To find out what works for other people go to Kirsten's Works For Me Wednesday site at We Are That Family. But before you do, I want to tell you in honor of today being my 50th post I am giving a collection of all 50 state quarters away.


You could use them to start a collection of your own. Or that's $12.50 you can use to stimulate the economy. Or you could use them to learn how to flip quarters from your elbow and catch them in midair. Click here for a demonstration.


To enter just leave a comment on this post or on my face book feed of this post. The sidebar has the official rules. The contest runs until 8:00 p.m EST 3/23/2009

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Next Time: March 11th


40 comments:

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

My boys are really into coins! Thanks for the giveaway!
~Kim

Anonymous said...

Money to stimulate the economy - ha! What a fun giveaway; I've enjoyed seeing the new quarters as they came out. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My husband LOVES to collect the state quarters so everyone in the family now trades the state quarters for "regular" quarters with him! He would enjoy the entire set.

~ Terry A.
tammons at triad dot rr dot com

Carma Sez said...

great idea! Congrats on 50 and please sign me up :-)

Kaycee said...

We did this too, we have a complete set of State quarters. My oldest loves the Colorado quarter. My mom is now collecting the president coins, somehow they're not a s fun for me.

Annikke said...

One of my son's is collecting coins now! THis would be so awesome!

mub said...

I'd been really wishing that I'd saved state quarters over the years instead of spending them!

purple squirrel said...

What a fun give-away! Our family has been collecting the state quarters (One set for each person), but we had a little one come along (Surprise!) in 2007, so we don't have a set for him yet. This would be perfect!

Thanks~
Lis

Saralyn said...

Very cool, Dave. We started collecting, too, but have been less than diligent about it.

The Runyans said...

when i saw this linked, i got so excited. i have a few more to complete my oldest son's collection, but i don't have my second son's nearly finished, so i would LOVE to win!!!!!

The Runyans said...

oh...........my email.

cloud-stepper@comcast.net

Ashley said...

What a fun giveaway!

Terri ( Meterr) said...

I would have fun looking at the coins with my son! We would cherish this set!

Angel said...

My boys are coin collectors and would LOVE to win this!

Sabreena said...

Great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity to win!

Jen lleras said...

I just saw hawaii for the first time yesterday and it was so pretty that the thought of saving it crossed my mind!

jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

Jingle said...

How cool! Good for you for sticking to it and collecting every one of them! What a neat prize!

dctm said...

Great giveaway.I would love to win this for my husband

dctm at bellsouth dot net

Mark said...

I'm just imagining how many hot dogs & beers one could buy at a ballpark with the winnings?

Congrats on winning CZ's cheesy cheeseball giveaway!

mstaken05 said...

It would be great to win all 50 quarters. I didn't have enough patience to wait and collect all the quarters.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Miriam said...

My husband and eventually my boys would really love this. Thanks!

Abby said...

My daughter is really into geography this year and would really dig this collection!

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

Anonymous said...

I have relatives that I "sell" (trade for non-collector)quarters to.

amaryllis_wings(at)yahoo(dot)ca

StarLight said...

my girls love coins. I would love this for me!

longo436@yahoo.com

Angel S. said...

My youngest son would love this. He has watched his older brother work on his collection and I know he would be tickled if he had his own. Thanks!

Rachelle S said...

What a great giveaway! When I worked retail, my customers were always asking for such a such's state's quater. lol

jessicamae3 said...

oh how fun! i love a good collection! the read of your blog is worth paying 12.50 for!

Anonymous said...

I adore state symbols, mottos and these state quarters, the entire collection, would be a treasure to share with my child, looking at them together, one at a time,...I'm wishing on a star under the Buckeye State's (Ohio) clear skies tonight to win!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

However many years ago, when this whole quarter business started, I was commited to collecting all 50 states. That resolve lasted about three years. Turns out I have the patience, just not the initiative. Glad to see someone kept up!

boldnessbe(at)gmail(dot)com

noreen said...

I meant to collect the state quarters for my girls but I am a bit more of a stamp collector (I collect them I jus never do anything with them yet). I would love to show, share and talk to my girls with a whole collection of state quarters.

Anonymous said...

My husband collect these, but doesn't have all of them yet. Would be cool to have another set though since we have two boys and I'm unsure if my husband would actually give his up! :)

Chantelle said...

my grandmother has been trying to collect all of these for some time. she would be so greatful for this :) thank for hosting this giveaway :) chantellesabino at mac dot com

minishoes said...

My mom has been collecting them but needs more. thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

karmakaytlyn said...

My partner is a huge coin collector, but he does not have the complete set of the US quarters. I'd love to present this to him!

john yang said...

yeah that'd be something.. coins for the economy haha

YZgirl4 said...

This would be great,my daughter would love it. I have always wanted to collect coins, just never did it. This would be a great start!

yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

Anonymous said...

my dad has tried to start this collection for my daughters but his enthusiasm for coinage pails in comparison. thanks! -amanda

neasecoupon[at]yahoo[dot[com

Unknown said...

We would love to start a tradition and have a collection.

Melinda said...

great giveaway...i love coin collecting!

Melinda said...

i follow your blog