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.
Being an Artist in the Alley
Each morning, we will hold a Lottery for all artists interested in being in the Alley for a given day. Lottery tickets are free and limited to one per person, but if you are drawn for a seat in the Alley there is a $10 fee, per day. There are a couple of limitations and rules regarding the Alley, so please do read the full rules listed below.
Register here to submit your information prior to the 2016 Convention; this does NOT guarantee you a space in the Alley, but rather saves time filling out paperwork at the Convention itself.
Question #1: Do I have to pay to sit in Artist Alley?
Before 6pm (while the Dealers Den is open), yes -- you do have to pay to use a seat in the Artist Alley. After 6pm, you can make use of an empty seat so long as the paid seat owner doesn't want to use it. The paid user has priority.
Question #2: How much is it to sit in Artist Alley?
The fee is $10 per day, and this is due when you get a seat.
Question #3: 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?
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.
Question #4: Can I register online ahead of time to be in the Artist Alley?
Yes, but this is just to provide us with information, it does NOT guarantee you a placement in the Alley. Please be sure to sign up for the Alley each day. You can register here.
Question #5: 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?!?
If we happen to run out of seats on a given day and have to Lottery for seating (we didn’t run out in 2015), 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. If there are more tables than applicants (which occurred in 2015), tables will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Question #6: 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?
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.