Today I was at our church's annual convention. There are always quite a few vendors who show and sell their religiously themed wares and I usually end up spending a nice chunk of change. Today was no different. I purchased an icon of John the Baptist (with his head on a plate), some beautifully hand-carved mother-of-pearl crosses for my rosary bracelets, and a gorgeous embroidered Palestinian dress, all from a gentleman who know the value of his wares.
I also talked to several "artists-types" who create jewelry. Some things were very expensive and others were sorely underpriced. I talked to one lady and while we shared ideas, I encouraged her to value her work more and let it be reflected in the price. Sometime, if a price isn't "high enough" the work's artistry isn't valued. Anyway, I think I gave her some encouragement.
Coming away from the day I felt inspired by what I saw, what I purchased, and the connections I made.