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

When is it?
The winter version, Crafty Bastards Cabin Fever, was Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. The annual fall festival is Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 from 10am-5pm. Our first Nashville show will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 from 10am-4pm. Please subscribe to the email list to get event updates. 

Where is it?
The annual fall festival 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.

Crafty Bastards Cabin Fever was held indoors at Hecht Warehouse in Ivy City, located at 1401 New York Ave NE in Washington, D.C.

Where do I buy tickets?
Tickets are available online in advance of the show. We encourage everyone to purchase tickets in advance for the fastest entry. 

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 products. 

Am I eligible?
We require that all artwork sold at the fair be original, designed by, and made by the 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?
Vendor applications are accepted online. The deadline to apply for Crafty Bastards was July 17, 2016. Join the email list to be notified when future applications are available.

Application & Booth Fees:
The application fee is $20. If accepted through the jury process, Crafty Bastards vendors pay a $420 booth fee. All fees are non-refundable. 

When is the application deadline?
The deadline is July 17, 2016. We are sorry but we cannot accept applications after the deadline.

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, unique 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: 

Applying to Craft Shows: A How-To
Selling at Crafty Bastards
Everything You Wanted to Know About the Crafty 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 there's inclement weather?
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. 

Can I bring my kids? Sure! Kids age 12 and under get in free. 

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

Will there be food available? There will be food trucks and local food vendors.

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

Is there Parking? Parking is extremely limited. All attendees are encouraged to use alternative transportation if possible. 

Should I ride my bike?
We always encourage bike riding if weather permits! Considering using Bike Share?  The closest station is located outside Union Market. 

Anything else you want to know?
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