A Sunday spent with no agenda, leisurely walking around Union Market, is one of my favorite things to do in D.C. Last Sunday, however, the eclectic shopping destination that houses individual vendors selling everything from soap to tacos, took it up a notch thanks to the Crafty Bastards Handmade Fair, presented by the Washington City Paper.
The parking lot was transformed into a live Etsy shopping experience with two massive tents and a handful of food trucks surrounding the peripheral. After walking into the fair, we decided to devise our plan of attack while munching on a few DC Empanadas. We spent the next couple hours weaving our way through the tents and scouting out the best vendors to share with you – here’s what we found:
The cutest, bespoke matches from Handmade Habitat. The owner is a University of Maryland grad and currently resides in Tacoma Park. You can order custom matchbooks from her Etsy site, which we think would make a great party favor. Since it’s never too early to start brainstorming for holiday gifts, we’re adding the homemade soy candle subscription service to our list of ideas!
I appreciate a healthy dose of sass. I also have a personal tradition of collecting random greeting cards, so I have them on hand when a celebration calls for a handwritten note. So naturally, I was drawn to the cheeky card collection by Miks Letterpress +. The Washington-based design studio specializes in greeting cards, custom stationary, and wedding collections. Because, every so often, it’s good to check in on how your third grade cursive lessons are holding up.
The only things that gets me through winter are cute AND warm clothing, and pasta. Although, I’m still in denial that cold weather is imminent, I pulled the trigger and scored my first seasonal purchase through Denada Design. The black and white Alpaca infinity scarf features a Peruvian design and will go with a t-shirt and jeans this fall, to a down coat and boats this winter.
Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted chunky statement bracelets, necklaces, and earrings hanging from a piece of plywood from what I thought could have been a Madewell pop-up shop. Instead, it was Maslo Jewelry, a local Richmond, Virginia, based artist, that caught my eye. The handmade pieces are clean, modern, and edgy. I wanted one of everything.
If you love Etsy and appreciate homemade art and design, Crafty Bastards is your dream. The family-friendly event offered plenty of interactive stations for kids, adult beverages, music, and food options that will satisfy any palate. We can’t wait to attend next year, and will likely bring a bigger bag to tote home all our finds.
Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair is an annual exhibition that celebrates handmade art from individual artists, presented by the Washington City Paper.