About FAQ Volunteer

What is it?
It's an exhibition and sale of handmade goods from independent artists.

When is it?
Crafty Bastards is Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 from 10am-5pm. Please subscribe to the email list to get event updates. 

Where is it?
Crafty Bastards is held outdoors on Union Market's parking lot, located at 1309 5th Street NE in Washington, D.C., and accessible via the NoMa-Gallaudet University/New York Ave. station on Metro's Red line.

How much are tickets and where do I buy them?
Tickets will be available online in advance of the show for $5 each day (price subject to change). Price at the door will be higher. We encourage everyone to purchase tickets in advance for the best value and fastest entry. Kids age twelve and under get in free. 

What kinds of items will I find?
Handmade clothing and accessories, punk-rock baby clothes, handcrafted jewelry, wooden and plush toys, craft supplies, DIY kits, screen-printing, unique homegoods, pottery, furniture, original art, locally produce food and beverages, and so much more! Crafty Bastards' applicants undergo a competitive jury process and only the top candidates make the cut. Think of it as a real-life Etsy, but curated to feature only the best handmade products. 

Am I eligible?
We require that all artwork sold at the fair must be original and designed by and made by hand by the individual artist. The artist must be in attendance to sell their wares; artists that fail to appear in person may be ineligible for future participation. Please read the terms and conditions on the vendor application carefully to ensure you meet all criteria. 

How do I apply?
Crafty Bastards vendor applications are accepted online. Join the email list to be notified when applications are available. The deadline to apply for Crafty Bastards is July 5, 2015.

Application & Booth Fees:
The application fee is $20. If accepted through the jury process, 2-day craft vendors pay a $420 booth fee and 1-day craft vendors pay a $260 booth fee. All fees are non-refundable. 

When is the application deadline?
July 5, 2015. We are sorry but we cannot accept applications after this time.

I'm having problems submitting my application. What should I do?
Make sure the file size for each image is under 200K and that your vendor statement does not exceed 100 words. If you've done that, completed all required fields, and are still have trouble, email for assistance.

What is the jurying process? The jury judges applicants based on their artwork and look for high quality, handmade, alternative items. The competition for booths is steep, so don't flub your application! In past years, we've received over 500 applications for 170 available booth spaces. While we'd love for everyone to participate, we are limited by space and want to ensure a high quality, unique event. 

Do you have any suggestions or advice for applicants?
You can find Crafty Bastards and general craft show application tips via the following links: 

Adventures In Design with Crafty Bastards
Applying to Craft Shows: A How-To
Selling at Crafty Bastards
Everything You Wanted to Know About the Crafty Jury
Crafty Jury Revealed
Wowing a Craft Show Jury

If I'm not accepted, is there a wait list for vendors?
Yes. We pick a small number of applicants for our wait list. Applicants selected for the wait list will be notified via email of any booth space that may open up. 

Can I share a booth with another vendor?
Sure, but we ask that you provide contact info and submit images of anyone's work who would be selling at the fair so they can go through the jury process and receive all fair-related communications and materials.  

As a vendor, where can I get D.C. sales tax info? 
Please visit the Office of Tax and Revenue website for details regarding D.C. sales tax. A .pdf of Sales and Use Tax Special Event Return - FR-800SE is available here

What if it rains?
The event will take place rain or shine. Please plan accordingly. 

Why is there an admission fee? The fee covers some of the costs of putting on the fair. Introduced in 2011, the admission fee helps us continue to provide a great experience for both attendees and vendors. If you want to come hang out with the Crafty crowd without buying a ticket, of course, the main hall at Union Market will be open all day with no admission charge, offering a wide selection of food and beverages. 

Can I bring my dog? Sorry, no pets allowed.   

Will there be food available? There will be food trucks and local food vendors on the festival grounds and inside Union Market.

Can I bring my kids?
Please do!  There is plenty for kids to look at and participate in including hands on craft projects and a special kids area. Kids under 12 get in FREE! 

What's the closest Metro station? Union Market is accessible via the NoMa-Gallaudet University/New York Ave. station on Metro's Red line.

Is there Parking? Not really. The festival is held on the parking lot in front of Union Market; cars are not allowed on the lot Friday-Monday due to festival operations. All attendess are encouraged to use alternative transportation; parking near the festival is extemely limited. Save yourself the time suck and frustration by taking public transportation or riding a bike. Public transportation details here.

Should I ride my bike?
We always encourage bike riding!  The fair is surrounded by a chain link fence with plenty of room to lock up and there are also limited bike racks. 

Considering using Bike Share?  The closest station is located on Gallaudet University's campus at 8th street NE and Florida Ave.

Anything else you want to know?
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