Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

For Attendees

What is it?  It’s an exhibition and sale of handmade goods from independent artists. Admission is FREE!

When is it?  Saturday, December 7, 10am-4pm. 

Where is it?  Joe Riley Park (360 Fishburne Street, Charleston, SC 29403)

What kinds of items will I find?  Handmade clothing and accessories, punk-rock baby clothes, handcrafted jewelry, wooden and plush toys, craft supplies, DIY kits, screen-printing, unique homegoods, pottery, furniture, original art, locally produce food and beverages, and so much more! Crafty Bastards applicants undergo a competitive jury process and only the top candidates make the cut. Think of it as a real-life Etsy, but curated to feature only the best products.

What if there’s inclement weather?  The event will take place rain or shine. Please plan accordingly.

Can I bring my kids?  Sure! Crafty Bastards is a family-friendly event!

Are dogs allowed? No, furry friends are best kept at home.

Will there be food available? There will be food for sale from food trucks and local food vendors.

Is there Parking?  Parking is extremely limited. All attendees are encouraged to use alternative transportation if possible. We will be sharing parking specifics as we get closer to the event date.

Should I ride my bike? We always encourage bike riding if weather permits!

For Vendors

How do I apply? Vendor applications are accepted online at The deadline to apply for Crafty Bastards 2019 Charleston is October 4, 2019. Notifications will be sent to vendors beginning 10/18.

Am I eligible?  We require that all artwork sold at the fair be original, designed by, and made by the artist. The artist must be in attendance to sell their wares; artists that fail to appear in person may be ineligible for future participation. Please read the terms and conditions on the vendor application carefully to ensure you meet all criteria. 

I missed the deadline! Will you add me to the waitlist? No. The wait list is actually made up of vendors who applied prior to the deadline and have been scored through our jury. We hope you understand that is why we specify that no applications are accepted after the deadline for any of our events, because adding a vendor who has not applied and been through the jury process simply isn’t fair to all of the artists who have.

Application & Booth Fees: The application fee is $20. If accepted through the jury process, Crafty Bastards vendors pay a $200 booth fee for the standard 10′ x 10′ booth space; the vendor fee for buses/RVs/trailers is $400. All fees are non-refundable.

When is the application deadline? The application deadline for our 2019 Crafty Bastards vendors is October 4,  2019. Be sure to subscribe to get on our email list for upcoming applications calls and Crafty Bastards news!

I’m having problems submitting my application. What should I do?  Make sure the file size for each image is under 200K and that your vendor statement does not exceed 100 words. If you’ve done that, completed all required fields, and are still having trouble, feel free to reach out to us directly via the contact form at the bottom of this page.

What is the jurying process?  The jury members evaluate applicants based on their artwork and look for high quality, handmade, unique items. The competition for booths is steep, so don’t flub your application! While we’d love for everyone to participate, we are limited by space and want to ensure a high quality, unique event.

Do you have any suggestions or advice for applicants? You can find Crafty Bastards and general craft show application tips via the following links:

Applying to Craft Shows: A How-To

Selling at Crafty Bastards

If I’m not accepted, is there a wait list for vendors?  Yes. We pick a small number of applicants for our wait list. Applicants selected for the wait list will be notified via email of any booth space that may become available.

Can I share a booth with another vendor? 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. Shared booths will each pay $150 each ($300 total).

Is there anything I am restricted from selling onsite? Oh boy, we’re glad you asked. Our venue does not permit sparklers, fireworks, firearms, knives, wishing lanterns, smoke machines or any kind of pyrotechnics inside the space. So if you are planning on solely selling any version of any of these items it might be best not to apply, as you will not be accepted.


Interested in sponsoring Crafty Bastards or learning more about being a vendor? Perhaps you want to attend or volunteer and have a question. Feel free to reach out!



Crafty Bastards is a juried exhibition and sale of handmade goods from independent artists that originated in 2003 by the Washington City Paper. The Nashville Scene brought the fair to Nashville in November of 2014, integrating a curated selection of beer and craft cocktails. In 2017, Crafty Bastards expanded to Charleston in partnership with the Charleston City Paper.  So, all crafts on deck to shop for some unique, handcrafted items along with activities, entertainment and food truck fare! Witness your inner craft with this FREE community event.