I do well in the exhibit hall.
By this I mean to say that I learned 7 years ago at my first YS convention to bring an extra bag with because of all the free stuff you can take home. Somehow when I go through and talk with the vendors I end up with a lot of cool things.
Keep in mind that I intentionally try not to take anything unnecessary, and yet I still end up with a bed spread full of shirts, frisbees, and miniature Tabasco sauce bottles.
Like I said... nothing unnecessary.
So when my friend Jennifer discovered that it was hard for her to get anything for free, I instructed her to go up to a booth that was giving away shirts and simply ask if she could have one. No magical formula... just asking.
So she did.
This is all ironic, especially because I really only cared to get some fun stuff to take home to my boys. In the process, though, I got some cool takeaway items and even picked up a job reviewing products for Youthworker magazine (which means I get to keep the products in addition to getting paid).
Free is good... especially when it helps me look like a dad who remembers his boys when I go home.