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Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 07/21/2011

Crafty Bastards seeking your crafty, errr ... kid

Artist Jennifer Strunge makes Cotton Monsters, a Crafty Bastards staple. This year, the alt-craft festival is expanding to include crafts created by young artists, and it’s looking for submissions. (Dayna Smith for The Washington Post)
You’ve always thought your child is an artistic prodigy. Now imagine sharing those macaroni frescoes with the world, while bringing in a little cash to put toward the ol’ college fund.

Crafty Bastards, the giant quirky-craft fair held every fall in Adams Morgan, is launching a youth area called Young & Crafty. If your kid makes a mean friendship bracelet, can knit up a storm, has a way with a soldering iron — or just produced as much work as Basquiat during this year’s summer art camp — you can apply for one of 28 spots set aside for children ages 9 to 18. (Adult crafters go through the same intense judging process, which is why the goods at the annual festival are so uniformly cool.)

One catch: There’s a $10 application fee for the Oct. 1 festival (the deadline is Aug. 8). If your child is picked, you’ll have to cough up an additional $65 fee for the table and tent, etc., though you keep the cash from all sales.

But the education he or she will get in entre­pre­neur­ship and marketing? That, you can’t put a price on.

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