It depends on the situation.
For many of the meets I run, I bring it all out. I’m dealing with a lot of people who are wanting to try stuff, a lot of it being the mindset of “gee, I’m gonna have to spend a lot if I want that, what if I don’t like it”. I’m not saying I’m running some sort of “public service”, but I have helped people avoid making bad decisions for themselves. This need to bring it all out has had me invest in cases to easily transport stuff around.
At CalStates and BAC, I simply won’t have the time to hang out as I’ll be busy running sound, so I will be probably taking my YYE medium bag and 8-space competition bag and a Duncan holder full of 2A yoyos. I’ll probably bring the 72-star case since I know some people will be wanting to try some stuff. I usually bring this to Nationals as well, for the same reason. However, I think this time at Nationals I’m gonna leave the 72-star case at home and just situate myself with the two smaller cases that will be in the backpack, plus some sandwiches and water. I need the backpack to carry home any new acquisitions. At CalStates and BAC, I have my truck full of audio gear, so space isn’t an issue!
When I went to YoLex today, it was just the YYE Medium bag and 8-space competition bag, with the Duncan holder with 2A yoyos in it and 4 4A yoyos. I’m only gonna bring the 72-star case out if requested. At these meets, I’m usually quite content with a Classic set up for 1A and another for 5A, a pair of loopers and a single off-string for these meets. Oh, and a DM2 on a sling holder.
When I took a road trip recently, it was the above configuration with a couple of extras in my pocket. I’m taking a vacation in 2 weeks and it will probably be the same thing.
I’m more in agreement with Ed though. You gotta be able to have fun. Don’t over-burden yourself. The less you bring, the less you have to keep track of. Keep your pockets full and your hands frree, unless you’re throwing, then by all means get a yoyo in your hand(s).
I also agree that for the most part, nobody cares what you got. In my case, I do enjoy sharing the stuff. My spending and collecting has given me a wide variety of mostly “expensive” yoyos. With so many younger kids drooling over this stuff and wanting it, I dislike the thought of them begging their parents or saving their hard earned money to buy one of these spinning metal devices and then discover “gee, I really don’t like that one.” However, if we can’t share what we have so others can try stuff out, then collecting is kind of pointless. My stuff isn’t purchased to look pretty in the carry cases.
My biggest problem is:
Gee, what is gonna be the yoyos that I will be in the mood for that day. If I choose wrong… well, better settle for what I did bring!