Some of these projects sound so fascinating! It must be so inspiring to sit in on these talks and listen to people describe their projects.
What really makes something ‘votive’ is, it seems, the intention of the giver. They give this item to the sanctuary to ask for help, or to give thanks, and it this intention which makes an object votive. These objects are often anonymous, but some are iconic or personalised.
What is interesting, though, is what happens to the objects after they have been dedicated. Some are kept, but many things go to the ‘Bazaar’, re-entering the commercial world - I think this idea was surprising and shocking to some people. Sometimes things are disposed of in other ways, destroyed or donated. Many people don’t know this. It’s interesting to debate upon the ethics of this.