At Conventions, there are multiple venues where artists and vendors interact with attendees to sell goods and services. The Dealers Den is geared for larger vendors, and offers set times and assigned seats, where-as the Artist Alley is geared specifically towards artists and crafters, offers a more flexible schedule and format, and is limited to people who wish to sell items/art of their own creation.
For the attendee, Artist Alley offers an ever-changing assortment of goods and services to browse, as the artists offering their work in the Alley will change from day to day, or even within the same day as one person leaves and another one sets up for business. We have had vendors selling a huge variety of goods over the years, from the classic sketchbook commissions and badges, to steampunk jewelry and etched glassware. The Alley starts business every day at the same time as our Dealers Den, but where the Den closes in the evening, you will find artists in the Alley working late into the night.
Being an Artist in the Alley
Full details on how to sign up for the artist alley will be announced at a later date.
All business is conducted within the Dealers Den or Artist Alley at Furry Fiesta. Anyone caught doing business at random tables (or anywhere else) around the Convention will be directed to stop.
Rule #1 of Artist Alley:
- You must possess a Texas Sales Tax Permit to sell anything, anywhere, at any time at Furry Fiesta.
- AND you must have this on file with the Vendors Department (Dealers Den/Artist Alley).
- AND have your Artist Ribbon affixed to your badge.
All three of the above conditions must be met.
There are absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.
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Complete Artist Alley Rules
Full rules will be announced at a later date
Seat Assignment and Lottery
To be announced
Texas Sales Tax Permit & Registering Permit with Furry Fiesta
- Artists selling any item at Furry Fiesta must collect Texas Sales Tax (8.25%).
- No sales may take place by ANYONE without a Tax Permit being provided to Furry Fiesta (either to the Alley lead, or Dealer Den if Alley is unavailable). If you think you may sell an item, file your permit with the Convention.
- When a Texas Sales Tax Permit is filed with the Vendor Relations Staff, the artist will be given an ‘Artist’ ribbon for their badge. This must be affixed at all times while doing business.
- Tax Permits are available online, for free, at: https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/permit/
Seat Owner Priority
Upon being selected for a seat and paying their fee, each Artist Alley vendor will be given a color-coded and numbered token. This token will match a seat number for a specific day. This is your proof of payment and your rental of the seat for that day; do not misplace it.
- The rightful owner of this token has the right to evict anyone sitting in their seat at any time during the day for which it is valid. Anyone sitting in a seat that is not the owner of that seat must immediately vacate upon request by the owner.
- Should anyone fail to follow this rule, contact the Artist Alley Coordinator in Dealer’s Den (or, for after-hours assistance, contact Security) and we will address the situation.
Use of Artist Alley by Non-Priority Artists
To be announced
Appropriate Use / Liability
- Anyone (seat owner or otherwise) making use of an Alley Space will be responsible for proper conduct at that seat, including adherence to tax laws.
- Artists are responsible for any damage to hotel property and equipment in the Artist Alley. Hotel property and equipment may not be modified in any way, including but not limited to: holes, chips, paint, glue, or damage due to rough or inappropriate behavior. Fees for damaged equipment will be assessed by the Hotel and the Artist will be responsible for paying these fees. Please use provided equipment responsibly and take caution when using potentially risky materials (such as inks).
- Artists are expected to keep their areas neat and tidy; when you are finished, you are expected to clean up any trash, scraps, or other mess. Anyone found leaving an excessive mess will be addressed.
- ALL items must be removed from an artist’s space by drawing the next day so that the hotel may clean the space. This includes racks and other equipment.
Good Business Practices
All Alley Vendors are expected to conduct themselves as professionals and conduct their business in an upright and forthcoming fashion. This includes:
- Providing your customers with appropriate contact methods both during Con and after-Con, in order to follow up on commissioned work. We recommend business cards and/or receipts.
- Note to Customers:
- ALWAYS get your artist’s contact information, including Badge name, so that you can follow up as needed.
- Put your contact info inside the cover of your sketchbook, or at least an email address where you can be reached.
- Follow through on commissioned pieces, especially if money has already been accepted. Repeated reports of ‘scamming’ will be addressed.
- Return ‘take home’ work, especially sketchbooks.
- Artist Alley merchants may not post signs or posters on walls. They may not erect additional stands or tables behind, in front of or beside their table space. They may hang signs from the front of their table space and may use small stands to display signs or merchandise within in their table space.
- Artist Alley does NOT include any electricity use.
- You may not expand into your neighbor’s space without their explicit permission.
- Artists may only sell items they have made. Please contact us with any questions regarding whether an item may or may not be sold.
- Samples of Allowed: Art, badges, tails, self-mixed candles/incense/soap, costumes/suits, jewelry, prints, books, comics, or other media for which they are the sole creator of the content, home-made plush or stuffed animals, etc.
- Samples of NOT Allowed: Glow sticks, commercial food items, stuffed animals made by a third party, books, Scentsy/Avon/similar products, comics or other media for which they are not the sole creator of the content, etc.
Items prohibited for sale. This list may be appended at any time. Prohibited items include (but are not limited to):
- Firearms and weapons.
- Flammable/incendiary items other than candles and incense.
- Home-made food items manufactured in facilities without FDA or local health inspector oversight.
- Any other item prohibited in the State of Texas or the Town of Addison.
- Adult Material is permitted, but it must be censored / obscured to prevent access by minors.
- All Adult Material (including but not limited to printed, video, computer-generated, drawn, audio and physical) must be censored.
- Each artist is responsible for policing his/her own table to keep minors from being inadvertently exposed.
- Minors will be wearing a distinct Minor badge, but artists must check ID if the individual appears to be less than 18 years of age.
- If adult art is loose or in a binder, individual works must be censored.
Due to Texas State law, we cannot allow raffles of any sort (whether money is involved or not) to occur in the artist alley.
Removal of Goods
Furry Fiesta reserves the right to ask retailers to remove from display or sale any items the staff feels are inappropriate.
All Furry Fiesta policies must be followed in addition to the rules listed here.
Furry Fiesta reserves the right to amend these policies without prior or posted notice.
Hours of Operation
To be announced