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It’s that time of year again: Crafty Bastards, Washington City Paper‘s indie arts and crafts fair, takes place this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28, at Union Market.

If you’ve been before, you know what to expect—handmade prints, clothing, toys, art, jewelry, furniture, stuff for your house, stuff for your bike; basically, Etsy, but in real life (and curated by our expert panel). More than 170 artisans will have booths set up, and we’ll also have a beer garden and a big food truck area. And of course, most City Paper writes and editors will be there working, so you can come by and throw hand-screened T-shirts at us if you’d like.

Tickets cost $5 in advance, and you can buy ’em here. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, though the early weather indications look great.

Also, this year, City Paper publisher Amy Austin has a special offer for any journalists who attend the fair: We’ll buy you a beer. Bring your press credential, business card, or an ID that matches a byline or credit you can show us online, and you’ll get a ticket good for one round at the beer garden. (And yes, at my insistence, the offer’s good for editors as well as reporters, producers, and photographers.)

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