Retail stores in Washington, D.C. carry many items that will make your wallet lighter, items that can be found in numerous stores across the country.
Peruse through jewelry, home goods, clothing, pottery, craft supplies, art, toys and furniture, just to name a few of the items expected to be on display during this year's festival.
Here's a bird's-eye view of the late September Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair — Photo courtesy of Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair
Some of the featured artists are from the Washington, D.C. metro area, but others come from all across the country, including Illinois, California, Massachusetts and North Carolina.
Artists go through a jury process in order to participate in the event. Only 170 booth spaces are available, and the event gets hundreds of applications. A list of this year's participating artists will be available on the fair's website.
With such high-quality items on display for sale, you're sure to find something original that will please your eyes and leave people wondering where you got it.
After searching for the perfect trinkets, grab some tasty meals courtesy of several area food trucks and local vendors, both inside and outside Union Market.
You may purchase your admission ticket for $5 online or wait and pay at the door. But be warned: buying the day of the event will cost you more George Washingtons. Kids who are under 12 get in for free, but leave Fido at home because pets are not allowed.
The fair will take place rain or shine, so if rain is in the forecast, grab a poncho and some rain boots. Driving is not encouraged, since parking is so limited. Take a ride on the Metro and get off on the NoMa-Gallaudet University/New York Ave. station or take a bike ride to get to the fair.
Many area hotels offer complimentary bikes on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is surrounded by a fence, so you may lock up your bike there or at a limited number of racks.
The 2015 Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This September weekend will be a great one to be in the nation's capital. The Landmark Music Festival to benefit The National Mall will also be taking place, featuring internationally known recording artists like Drake and The Strokes.
So if you're visiting the district in late September, be sure to stop by for some retail therapy at this original D.C. festival.