Saturday in the City: Crafty Bastards Craft Fair + The Wharf
Two weeks ago, I was invited to attend a craft fair being held at Nationals Stadium. I’m a big fan of craft fairs, which I would often attend in Nashville on the weekends with friends. As someone who aspires to be more creative with my endeavors, I find this is a great way to get inspiration.
Although it was quite a chilly day, it was fun to go visit Nat’s Stadium while getting to shop around. There was a fabulous playlist in the background with major throwback songs, which set a good vibe for the show. The booths started out really strong, with unique products and designs. My roommate and I loved one of the first booths we went to, which had fun jewelry with empowering statements stamped onto plates. We both ended up buying one that said “je suis forte” (I am strong), inspired by my days of french class + the struggle of becoming an adult and being responsible.
Some of the booths definitely had more eccentric items that I wouldn’t be gung-ho on using in my everyday life, like painted rocks or sculptures out of silverware. There were also a lot of booths with similar items - some common goods included printed cards, jewelry, and purses.
The other item I got was a print of a map of Buffalo, which I was drawn to after a printmaking class I took in college last year. The class gave me a greater appreciation for the art form + I figured after 22 years it’s about time I buy something to represent my hometown. My boyfriend's mom was kind enough to buy it for me as an apartment warming gift, which was so nice of her! My roommate got an interesting print of Tennessee with the city of Nashville shown inside - I would have gotten it as well but I already have a skyline print of the city that my brother got me!
Overall, it was a fun thing to do, but I won’t be running to go back next year. There were only a handful of vendors I was amazed by. Plus, it was so cold out it detracted from the experience - perhaps if it was earlier in the year I’d go again! However, the company I was with made it so much fun, which made the cold bearable.
After the fair, we ventured to the wharf since we were by navy yard already. The wharf has done a 180 since I last visited a few years ago, and it is now filled with high-rise, expensive condos and some higher end restaurants. The cobblestone walking area along the water is quite nice, and there are docks to walk out on toward the water.
The wharf is still in its developmental stages based on my experience there. Parking was hard to find, the buildings randomly had fire alarms go off, and the restaurant we ate at had chairs on loan from a veteran’s group, and the food offerings were limited. Side note: Does anyone else eat out and then realize you spent X amount if dollars on a meal that could have bought you 3X the amount of food?! I felt that way after eating at the wharf and cried a little when I had to put my receipt into my budget.
Overall, it was great to see a different area of town and go on an adventure rather than cleaning + meal prepping. The wharf is worth a visit, but perhaps next spring once it’s grown up a little and warmed up!