Gone are the days when lanyards were simply used to help identify the person whose neck they hung around. Now, lanyards are genuine collector’s items – and some of the most unique designs are incredibly sought-after by this avid community.
We’ve been approached by some of the most prolific lanyard collectors on our Twitter(@IdentibadgeLtd) and, after sending them a freebie or two, we found out why lanyards have become such a hot topic.
James Macaulay, @LanyardLooter, donates 50p to The Alzheimer’s Society for every lanyard he receives. He says: “I started to collect lanyards because I wanted a challenge! One day I stumbled across the Guinness World Record for the Largest LanyardCollection [3260, by Austria’s Christian Gfrerer] and that was it… I needed to break that record!
“I knew I was going to have to reach out to help grow my collection and, rather than it all being one sided, I wanted to do something in return. My wife and I had the idea that for each lanyard someone donated, I’d donate money to The Alzheimer’s Society.
“It’s been 18 months since I started. I might still be a long way off, but I’m not throwing in the towel anytime soon.”
For some, collecting lanyards is a hobby that has snowballed into a lifestyle. Isaac Simons, @LanyardManIsaac, “can never say no to a lanyard”.
Isaac explains that collecting has made him part of a close-knit community, saying: “I have made many friends from doing this, and have also inspired others to join in with the hobby!”
If there are resounding features across the lanyard collecting community, aside from their resourceful ability to make something great from almost nothing, it’s their gratitude.
“You have brought my collection to over 400 now, I cannot thank you enough!”
“You’ve made a big difference to my collection with your generosity… thank you!”
Lanyards might traditionally simply be a necessity, but an impressive hidden community has evolved from them… and Identibadge is delighted to be a part of it.