Although I have been going to shows for six or seven years, I only do a few each year and still consider myself a "newbie" with a lot to learn. I started trading with other artists fairly early on. Another artist asked me if I traded and I thought that would be a great way to add to my collection so I said "Sure!" Since then I trade at 60% of the shows I do. Most of the artists I ask about trading are eager to "shop". The first, and only, man I asked looked at me like I had left a slime trail in his tent, so I don't ask guys anymore. There are artists and crafters at one show I do in Memphis that I trade with every year. We wear or display each others' things and send customers to each other.
I haven't found a mention here of artists trading at shows. Is this a taboo I have unknowing committed? Or does everybody do it but it just hasn't been discussed here?