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.
All business is conducted within the Dealers Den or Artist Alley at Furry Fiesta. Anyone doing business at random tables (or anywhere else) around the Convention will be directed to stop. Failure to stop may result in the artist being not allowed in the artist alley or dealer room in the current and/or future years and also may result in removal from the convention as a whole.
Being an artist in the alley is fairly simple and straightforward. In a nutshell, provide us with your Texas sales tax permit, then sign up for a seat on one (or more) days at the Convention. Please note the signup times and deadlines in the schedule below. If there are more seats than applicants, there will still be a lottery to determine seating order, but everyone gets a seat and we will sell off the remaining over the course of the day. If there are more artists than seats, we lottery for the seats (this lottery will also determine seating order). There is more to the process than this, so please DO read the complete set of rules, below.
You can then use your seat over the course of the day, and overnight. You have to completely clean up and vacate by the next morning. Anything left behind will be taken to lost and found.
If you need to get up and get food, drink, sleep, or attend a panel — you can. Your seat is yours, but please note the Alley staff is not responsible for any items left behind while you are on break.
After 6pm, if you are away, other artists may use the empty seat. However, if and when you come back you can get your spot back. As the seat holder, you get first choice.
All three of the above conditions must be met.
There are absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.
Get a Tax Permit below – it’s free
Because the demand for space outstrips the availability of space, the Artist Alley uses a lottery system to determine who can have space and in what order they get to choose their seat. To enter the lottery for a seat in the artist alley, you must have completed the artist alley registration form (either in person or online pre-Convention) and have submitted a valid Texas Sales Tax Permit to Texas Furry Fiesta.
Friday: Signups for the lottery will begin at 9:30AM on Friday (90 minutes before the opening of artist alley). An artist may sign up until 10:30AM (30 minutes before the opening of artist alley). At that time, a lottery will be conducted to determine who gets a seat (if needed) and in which order they will be seated. The artist must be present at that time to accept their seat, artist not present will be skipped.
Saturday and Sunday: Signups for the lottery will be during the previous day and end at 6PM. To sign up, please visit the Artist Alley operations table. At 6PM, signups will be closed and a lottery will be held. The artist does not need to be present and the results will be posted in the Artist Alley area and on social media. At 9:30AM, artists that won a spot will need to be present in the artist alley for seat assignments. At that time, artists will be allowed to claim their spot based on the order they were selected in the lottery the previous night. Artists not present will be skipped. If an artist does not check in before 10AM, they forfeit their seat for the day and any unclaimed seats will be distributed through a last chance lottery held at 10AM of any artist wanting a space for the day.
Sunday Special Condition: Any artist entering the lottery for space on Sunday who entered the lottery on Friday AND/OR Saturday and did not win a space on either day will be granted a space on Sunday prior to the Lottery drawing. Artists that failed to claim won space on Saturday or won space in the last chance lottery on Saturday do not qualify for this special rule.
Upon being selected for a seat and paying their fee, each Artist Alley vendor will be given a 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. This token expires at 6AM the following morning.
Only artists that have a valid seat token for that day will be allowed to sell at times when the dealer room is open (Friday 11AM – 6PM, Saturday 10AM – 6PM, Sunday 10AM – 5PM). When the dealer room is not open on Friday or Saturday night, any artist may sit and sell in a vacated space, provided they have an “Artist” or “Dealer” ribbon on their badge and provided all other rules of the artist alley are followed, including limits on what is sold.
Items prohibited for sale. This list may be appended at any time. Prohibited items include (but are not limited to):
Due to Texas State law, we cannot allow raffles of any sort (whether money is involved or not) to occur in the artist alley.
Furry Fiesta reserves the right to ask artists 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.
9:30AM – 10:30AM: Lottery signup for Friday
10:30AM: Lottery and seating for Friday
11:00AM: Open of Artist Alley. Sign-Ups for Saturday being.
6:00PM: Close of signups for Saturday and lottery for Saturday. Non-priority artists may start to sell in unoccupied spaces.
6:00AM: Cleanup of Artist Alley space
9:00AM – 10:00AM: Signup for lottery of unclaimed space on Saturday
9:30AM: Seating for Saturday
10:00AM: Lottery for unclaimed space on Saturday (if necessary)
6:00PM: Close of signups for Sunday and lottery for Sunday. Non-priority artists may start to sell in unoccupied spaces.
6:00AM: Cleanup of Artist Alley space
9:00AM – 10:00AM: Signup for lottery of unclaimed space on Sunday
9:30AM: Seating for Sunday
10:00AM: Lottery for unclaimed space on Sunday (if necessary)
5:00PM: Close of Artist Alley. All sales must stop and the area cleared.
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