That's excellent advice, Amba, I hadn't considered it, but I remember enjoying questions about my project more than the shy smile and the pass-by. That being said, as a high functioning introvert, I do understand the shy smile and the pass-by. I'm ashamed
to admit I've done it often enough myself, hence the candy. Lol
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I usually bring two "categories" of small items-- a generic item (candy, basic bead, etc) for each entrant and a "fancy" item for those that really impress me (nicer beads, handmade beads, finger-loop braids, small items I'd made myself, etc).
I've gotten everything from beads to candy to scissors to salt rocks. I appreciate all the different gifts..the candy is great when you've got a long stressful day of talking about your project (especially if you are an introvert), the beads go into my
jewelry box for making Norse treasure necklaces, the scissors were awesome, tossed those in my sewing pouch, and so on...
Really, it is NOT required to bring anything. Give something to entrants if you want, but most will appreciate your conversation more. Don't just drop something in a bowl and walk on, ask about their project.
Have fun and enjoy the day!
Prior entrant and Prior judge, but no expert on any thing :)
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