We have shared information about female collectors and the Women in Cards group. As more and more girls and women are introduced to collecting, it’s important they have great support from other likeminded collectors. Our friend Sam runs a community called, “Women of The Hobby” and here is her story!
“Women of The Hobby is a platform for everyone to learn more about all the different women who are in the hobby. I came up with the name as a play on ‘Humans of New York’ because the original intention of the page was to share the stories of other female collectors. My inspiration for the page came from recognition of the fact that within my first six months into the hobby, I could count on one-hand how many times I had interacted with another woman. Additionally, I wanted to follow more women in the hobby on social media but had trouble finding them – and that is why I decided to make ‘Women of The Hobby’ a thing. I felt like it was a great way to showcase and highlight other women who collect, while also serving as a ‘go-to’ guide for finding other women who collect.
“Currently, the Women of the Hobby page highlights a new woman each week on Instagram as the ‘Woman of The Week’ and that woman’s Instagram page, favorite cards, and products are shared to help spread the community. I have personally found that I connect to people when I know their ‘PC’ or even what products they like the best. Beyond the Instagram page, we produce podcast style episodes that interview a new woman to learn more about their entrance into the hobby and their experiences. Every so often, I will even partner up with my co-host @shecollectscards on YouTube and Instagram, to have a catch-up on the hobby and talk more about market trends and the latest news. The overall goal of the page is to share about the women who collect and build a community that everyone feels comfortable being a part of – because it’s the best hobby!
“Lastly, the goal with the page moving forward is to continue expanding the awareness surrounding the diversity of those in the hobby. Bringing in new or different perspectives is always a great way to continuously improve and grow as a hobby. I am excited to continue growing Women of The Hobby and can’t wait to continue meeting new people.”
That’s awesome Sam, we appreciate your passion and dedication to giving more women a voice in our industry! If you are heading to the Mint Collective show in Las Vegas, don’t miss Sam and her co-host Hanna on Sunday, March 27 talking about the power of building community.