Thursday, September 27, 2007

Crafty Bastards this weekend!

The 'Crafty Bastards' arts & crafts fair is this Sunday 9/30 from 10am-5pm in Adams Morgan. In it's 4th year, this annual favorite hosted by the Washington Citypaper is an all-day craft extravaganza featuring 100 crafters (national and international!), a series of craft workshops, live music and an annual breakdancing competition!

The festival, which I've participated in over the past 4 years, has a been a huge inspiration to me in the way I've organized Ballston Arts+Crafts Market. They have a fun advertising campaign, great web site and over the years have become known for having the best, newest and coolest crafts in the area. As an artist, it's a way for me to check out the hottest stuff out there- and I'm always inspired to get back into the studio and start coming up with new designs.

You can check out the list of vendors and get directions to the fair here:

Hope to see you there! and mark your calendars for the next installment of the Ballston A&C Market on Sat. October 13th!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Beltway Ramblings reviews the market:

Local blogger and real estate guru, Mary DeLuca, posted a review of our market on her web site Beltway Ramblings. Click the link below to read about her experience at the market which includes a 'hot-list' of vendors that struck a chord with her, and a bunch of images.

Opportuntiy or Crafters: Capitol Hill's Barracks Row Fest

My friend Stuart over at Barracks Row Festival says there are still spaces available for arts + crafts vendors at the upcoming Barracks Row Fest on Sept. 29th . Here's the info:

Barracks Row Main Street will be hosting its fifth annual street festival on Saturday, September 29.

Last year’s Barracks Row Fest attracted over 6,000 attendees with 80 vendors and musical acts on the stage all day. This year, we hope to increase attendance by partnering with the Capitol Hill Community to bring an Oktoberfest and Military Cook-off to Barracks Row. The Armed Forces Military Cook-off, modeled after the popular Iron Chef television competition, will showcase the culinary skills of the nation’s top military chefs.

This will also be the first year that Barracks Row will feature a beer garden. Popular features from last year’s festival, including a children’s area with a moon bounce and petting zoo, art vendors, and a performance by the Marine Corps’ Silent Drill Team, will also be present at this year’s festival.

We still need vendors. Whether you represent a non-profit group, or wish to sell food, arts, or crafts, we invite you to download the application available at We hope to make this the biggest festival on Barracks Row yet.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

What's in the bag?

Every month you hear us touting 'Goody Bags! Goody Bags!' what's the deal? is it worth walking over to the Ballston-Virginia Square booth to pick one up?


Every month I solicit (okay, stalk) local restaurants, businesses, artisans and other unsuspecting people with the offer to donate a gift or 'goody' to our bags. It's a great chance for cross-promotion. And since we don't offer food at our market, it's nice to have coupons for specials at a few nearby restaurants and cafes.

We make 100 bags for each market and the first 100 people to come by our booth reap the rewards. Each month is a different mix.

What's in this month's bag?
-a coupon for 50% off membership at Curves
-a mini-flashlight/keychain from Advance Car Rental
-herbal tea from Penelope Spa
-a coupon for 10% off from Jillory that can be redeemed at her booth or online
-a coupon for a free sandwich at Chic-fil-A in the nearby Ballston Common Mall
-cool toothbrush from Mai T. Phan dentistry

and more!!

The next market is this Saturday 9/8 10am-4pm, so come by our booth on your way in to get a bag, while supplies last!

See you Saturday!