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What is it?
It’s an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists.

When is it?

Crafty Bastards Silver Spring will be held Saturday, June 28, 2008 from 10am-5pm. See details below. (For information on Crafty Bastards D.C. on
Sunday, September 28, 2008 from 10am-5pm, please refer to the Crafty Bastards D.C. FAQ)

Where is it?
The fair will be held at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, MD.

What kinds of crafts will I find?
Reconstructed clothing, punk rock baby clothes, handcrafted jewelry, whimsical and demented plush toys, handspun yarn, screen-printing, pottery, furniture, avant-garde art and so much more!

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 and the artist must be in attendance to sell their wares.

How do I apply?
We’ve set up an online application process and while we encourage everyone to apply through the website, you may submit an application in person or through the mail. Contact craftybastards@washcp.com for more information.

Application & Booth Fees:
The application fee is $10. If accepted through the jurying process, vendors will pay a $65 booth fee. Both fees are non-refundable.

When is the application deadline?
April 16, 2008. We are sorry but we cannot accept applications after this time.

What is the jurying process?
The jury judges applicants based on their artwork and looks for high quality, handmade, alternative items. The competition for booths is steep. While we’d love for everyone to participate, we are limited by space and want to ensure a high quality, unique event. There are 50 vendor spaces available at the June 28th show.

If I’m not accepted, is there a waiting list for vendors?
No. Because of the planning schedule we can’t accommodate a waiting list.

Can I share a booth?

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, how do I pay taxes?
All Vendors need a Maryland Temporary Tax License in order participate. Once all the vendor contracts are in, the City Paper will submit their information to the Maryland Comptroller’s Office; Each vendor will be mailed a packet containing a Temporary Tax License along with information on how to pay applicable taxes. There is a flat 6% sales tax in Maryland. It is the responsibility of each vendor to pay their own taxes.

Will there be entertainment?
Yes! There will be an eclectic mix of DJ’s spinning live beats from the top of Pyramid Atlantic.

Can I bring my kids?
Absolutely! There’s plenty for kids to look at and participate in.

Can I bring my dog?
Definitely! We’ve had lots of little creatures attend the fair in the past, but please only bring pets that are good with big crowds. While pets are welcome on the outdoor festival grounds, they are not allowed inside the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.

Will there be anything to eat?

Sweet treats and snacks will be for sale, but we encourage fair goers to explore the numerous food options that Silver Spring has to offer.

Is there Parking?
There is street parking on Georgia Ave., as well as a county 6-level lot on Georgia Ave. at Bonifant St., which is free on weekends. Additionally there is metered parking directly across Georgia Ave. behind restaurant Nicaro (entrance on Thayer Ave., Silver Spring Ave. and Fenton St.).

What if it rains?
The event will take place rain or shine. In case of severe weather, the fair will move inside the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center.

Anything else you want to know?
Email us at craftybastards@washcp.com.