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6 Can’t-Miss Vendors at the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair

More than 170 craft vendors will come together at Union Market on Saturday and Sunday. Left: A shoulder bag by Awl Snap Leather Goods. Photo courtesy Awl Snap Leather Goods. Right: A planter by Foxwood Co., a woodshop based in Annapolis. Photo courtesy Foxwood Co.

Crafty Bastards is like a real-life Etsy, a fair that brings together more than 170 independent artists who make jewelry, accessories, clothing, ceramics, home goods, and many other pretty things. This year’s lineup has a bunch of new names–including one who makes hand-drawn rubber stamps… of your face. (Seriously, one vendor sells portrait stamps.) Project Runway season one winner Jay McCarroll returns this year; here are six other artists you shouldn’t miss.

Elizabeth Benotti Ceramics

Fourty-four bucks may sound outrageous for a cup, but think of all of the amazing things you could do with one of Benotti’s gorgeous herringbone ceramic pieces–it could be a toothbrush holder, a fancy salt box, or even your designated water cup. Benotti makes them in her studio in New Hamphshire, where she hand paints each piece and inlays her drawings using a Japanese mishima technique. (Bonus: She also sells flasks.)

The Zen Succulent

You could try making your very own terrarium, or you could stop by the Zen Succulent for a very cool hanging one. Plus, they’re super low maintenance. All you have to do is mist them once a week.

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Foxwood Co.

This family-run, Annapolis-based woodshop makes home goods, most notably, succulent planters that are like little works of art. This geometric cedar planter ($48) is charred to a beautiful matte black.


Local designer Sarah Bayot creates earthy jewelry with touches of quartz and cord. Kicheko sales benefit a primary school in Uvira, Democratic Republic of Congo by providing students with scholarships.

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Earth Cadets

Earth Cadets sells totes, scarves, wall art, baby bodysuits, and home decor pieces made from organic, recycled materials. The brand’s hand-printed kitchen towels, napkin sets, and pillows are sold in vibrant colors and patterns–including these nifty polka dots ($16).

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Awl Snap Leather Goods

Stop by this vendor’s booth for functional bags in clean, classic designs. Everything, including this petite green shoulder bag ($148), is handmade in Virginia–usually with leather that’s a byproduct of the food industry. This one doubles as a backpack and bucket bag ($235).

Crafty Bastards takes place at Union Market on September 26 and 27 from 10 AM to 5 PM. Tickets are available online for $5.

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