Between the three of us, we have a combined count of well over forty years of homeschooling. And being a vaguely opinionated bunch, unless there were sessions titled, "How to go Back to Egypt for the Sixth Time and not Want to Poke Your Eye Out" or "Making Homeschooling Fresh for Year 20" or "My Friends Have Had an Empty Nest for Five Years and I'm Still Doing First Grade: A Lesson in Creating New Friendships," well, let's just say nothing spoke to us.
I did bite my tongue just a wee bit inside the vendor hall. I admit to being an unredeemed eavesdropper. This makes it very difficult to not listen to the various vendors answer the questions of those who were visiting their booths. Now, I don't want to call the motives of the vendors into question, but the truth is, they were selling products. If you are selling something, it's usually because you think it's the best... whether it is or not. I came really, really close at various points to butting into a conversation to render my opinion, which was often of the variety that indicated the much less expensive option was far better.
My friends and I laughed that what we should have done was to bring a card table and set up our own little booth. We could title it "The Old and