I think if a few years ago, you told me that I would go to a fiber festival and not buy any fiber at all, I would have wondered what you were smoking. But in the last few years, I have actually become more circumspect about my yarn purchasing. This is not to say that I still don't need to cull my stash, but each time I do it, there's less stuff there that I don't want/wonder why I bought it in the first place.
My new personal rule for MDSW has become: If you feel that you have to have it, because you won't see it anywhere else, or it just really strikes you, then buy it. Otherwise, admire it and move on. To be honest, this has worked well the last couple of times I've attended. So I can't say you'll never see new yarn here after I take the trip, but it won't be a given.
Anyway, here are pictures of almost everything I bought, except for two items. At the booth for Jennie the Potter, I bought a small ceramic bowl with a crab holding knitting needles painted onto it. I can't get a good photo of it to save my life. Anyhow, I bought it to put on the dresser in my bedroom, to hold my watches and some pieces of jewelry that I wear nearly every single day. I also bought a pair of small ceramic earrings with sheepy faces on them. Again, no photo was possible, at least given my non-expertise.
But here are the things I was able to photograph.
When we first arrived, there was a very young girl selling these stone garden markers for a quarter. She was so cute, and so sincere, I bought this one for The Tim's cucumber plants.
And in one of the booths in the Main Building, there was a set-up with all kinds of woven items. I'm not usually one for ponchos, but this caught my eye, and I kept thinking about it, so at the end of the day I treated myself to it. I've already worn it several times, and received many compliments. I like that it is something that doesn't *have* to be worn poncho-style, and can also look like a really pretty woven wrap.
So that is my small but pleasing haul from this year's festival. I enjoyed seeing all of the yarn purchases on the bus coming back to Philadelphia, but never felt a moment of regret that I didn't buy yarn for myself. :-)