we went in conch season, and some (gringo?) guys gave me 3 shells right off the beach for free. they had more. but i had to clean them myself. they are displayed lovingly on my mantle.
i think grace is right. the kids selling on the beach only wanted money "for my soccer team". they would gladly take anything you offer them for free
. they were AMAZED by my disposable camera, and had me take pics of them, and they of me. i did not buy anything from them. aimee found some lovely beaded (cheap) jewelery at some little gift shop.