I could come to a market like this with a list of things to look for. It would be so logical to set a goal of 5 of this or 6 of that. To be positive that at the end of the day I would have exactly what I set out to obtain would, I suppose, be nice. To empty my bag at home and find exactly what I need would be a pleasant exception to the rule. But, alas, my shopping ends up being much more random. A pleasant mix-up of unrelated items with potential creativity locked inside of them somewhere.
I have learned to embrace the randomness of this creative experience. And as I move into the design and production phase of the year I gather my bits and pieces, lay out my random purchases and keep my eyes open for just one more unique item. I have given up asking why I buy it and what exactly I will use it for and if I really need it. I trust that it will all come together. And I am amazed and pleased when it does. There is a place for my sage, sheep and bee skep. I will let you know when I find them.