The only incidence of "snobbery" of any sort was at the pin
swap, where a couple of people wouldn't trade with me because they
were holding out for the better-known jewelers' pieces. Poor form!
Sometimes, Noel, it may be that. But I suspect that more often, what
you found were people who'd only made a few, and pretty much wished
to trade pins with old friends. It wasn't so much fame they were
looking to trade with, as their old buddies. it's always a bummer to
finally, at the pin swap, meet up with someone you'd been hoping to
connect with again after a number of years, only to have run out of
swap pins by that time, due to swapping with people you don't know.
now, granted, the pin swap is supposed to be a place where people
make new connections, but for those folks who put a good deal of
time, and sometimes money, into their swap pins, and only do a few,
it's not surprising they're then selective with whom they swap.
Also, although the pin swap is supposed to be cheap and easy things,
that varies a lot. Some people put significant time and thought into
producing pins which, even if inexpensive or easy to make,
demonstrate significant creativity and are worth identifying with
someone. Other examples one can see are obviously last minute
attempts to bring something, no matter what, even though that
something doesn't suggest it's trader has any creative brain cells
at all. I'll occasionally feel reluctant to trade a pin I've put
some time and effort into, even if I made quite a bunch, if the item
to be traded for by some undoubtedly nice, but totally unknown to me,
beginning student somewhere, amounts to some silly toy or trinket
purchased in quantity at the dime store, with a safety pin glued on,
which shows no real original thinking. I've had people offer to
swap things that were little more than freebie swizzle sticks picked
up in the hotel bar at the convention hotel, and others where I
happened to recognize the item as some kids party favor straight from
the Archie McFee catalog. If such ideas are fun and unusual,
demonstrating some original thinking, then sure, I'll trade. But it
better meet that test. (Or she'd better be really cute, or similarly
convince me to trade in spite of the pin. There have been a few
such, that I didn't even bother bringing home from the convention...
And it DOES happen every convention, that about ten seconds after
I've traded my last pin, I meet one or two people I really would have
liked to give one of my pins to...