At Conventions, there are a 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.
A seat lottery will be held at the following times:
To be entered into the seat lottery, you must have registered your Texas Sales Tax Permit with the convention. See below to submit it ahead of time, and save time at the Convention.
Tickets for this lottery will be distributed between 9:30AM and 10:30AM. Artist must be present for the lottery at 10:30 and will be seated immediately in the order you are drawn. You don’t need to have your registration badge at this point, but will need to have it before you start business.
Artists interested in space for Saturday and Sunday must register for the lottery before 6:00PM at the Artist Alley table the previous evening. The artist does not need to be present for the drawing, it will be drawn based on badge ID. The results of the drawing will be posted in Operations, in the Artist Alley space and onto the convention Twitter account no later then 8:00PM. For the Sunday lottery, artists that had registered for space on either Friday or Saturday but were never seated either days will be given priority. Winning artists will be seated starting at 9:30AM in order that they were drawn the previous evening. Any artist not present for the seating will be skipped and other artists may not claim their space for them. At 10:00AM, any empty space from lottery winning artist not checked in and any empty spaces because of more seats then artists signed up the previous evening will be filled with a second, in person lottery, with artists that check into the Artist Alley table between 9:30AM and 10:00AM.
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.
All three of the above conditions must be met.
There are absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.
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Question #1: The Lottery is drawn so early, and Registration’s line is so long. I’ll never get through it in time! What am I supposed to do?
Answer: For Friday, you are allowed to do the Lottery drawing prior to picking up your Convention membership, but you must go to Registration and get your membership prior to setting up your Alley space. For the Saturday and Sunday drawings, you need to be fully registered.
Question #2: Can I register online ahead of time to be in the Artist Alley?
Answer: Yes, but this is just to provide us with information, it does NOT enter you into the seat lottery for the Alley. Please be sure to sign up for the Alley lottery each day. You can send us your tax permit here.
Question #3: But I NEED to be able to sell things at TFF to pay for my trip! What if I don’t get picked for the Lottery?!?
Answer: If we happen to run out of seats on a given day and have to Lottery for seating, then after 6pm you may sit in an empty seat which is clear of the seat-holder’s things IF you have registered with the Alley Ops desk and IF you are wearing your Artist ribbon. You must move to a different spot if the seat-holder returns however.
Also, a special lottery will be held Saturday evening for artists that entered the lottery on either Friday and Saturday and did not get picked for a table on either day. This lottery will pick ahead of the main lottery and will have first selection on the spots.
Question #4: So… if I get drawn in the Lottery, I can get up from my seat and go get lunch/dinner, or go to panels, or visit with friends and I won’t lose my spot? I can leave and come back and it’s still mine when I want it?
Answer: Correct! If you come back from your break and someone is sitting in your spot, just let them know you’re back and given them a reasonable amount of time to pack up their things and move, and it’s all yours again. If they won’t move, or don’t in a reasonable amount of time, then please let the Artist Alley lead know (or, after hours, Security) and we will enforce your claim – happily.
Tables are issued on a Lottery basis.
If the allotment of spaces available exceeds the number of waiting artists on a given morning, spaces will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. This will continue until all spaces are sold for a day.
No ticket will be issued without a Texas Sales Tax Permit number. If you have not provided this ahead of time, the artist must provide it at the time of ticket issue. If you do not have a permit, please see the Coordinator after the daily drawing for assistance.
All parties must be present to enter the Lottery. You may not pick up a ticket for someone else.
Artist’s set-ups must be occupied by one hour post-opening; exceptions will be made if an issue is communicated to the Alley staff. ‘Occupation’ includes both setting-up and ready to do business.
You must be a Furry Fiesta 2018 member to set up your space, but not to enter the Friday Lottery. If selected, you must first go to Registration to pick up your Convention Membership prior to setting up your space and beginning to do business.
Any spots that remain after the lottery each morning can be purchased on a first come-first served basis once the alley opens each morning.
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.
Artists who are not the seat holder for the day may make use of empty spaces after 6pm each day if the following conditions are met:
All Alley Vendors are expected to conduct themselves as professionals and conduct their business in an upright and forthcoming fashion. This includes:
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 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.