Anime Marketplace

The AnimeIowa Anime Marketplace is the convention’s hub of activity. Located in the Marriott’s Exhibit Hall the Marketplace is home to The Merchants’ Market, The Artists’ Alley, The FanMarket, Staff Art table, Marriott Snack stop, and of course it’s where the Guests of Honor come when they are not busy at other events.

The room is open to all registered attendees for shopping, snacking and browsing on these days and times:

Friday: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm*
Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm*
Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm*

*The Marketplace opens 1/2 hour earlier each day for: AnimeIowa Sponsors, Off Duty Staff, Attendees with Mobility Disabilities, and Active Military/Veterans (ID Required)

AnimeIowa would like to express a Special Thanks to Our Marketplace Merchants and Artists from 2016


Marketplace Paid Services Policy 2017

With the many advances of technology (for example photography) many changes have occurred. These services in the past were utilized by a select group of hobbies/professions because of the cost factor, but now are used by many many people for fun and for profit.

There are many who are offering services at AnimeIowa which include Photo shoots, commissions, and costumes. These services are great, but they also must keep in the confines of Iowa law for sales of goods and services.

AnimeIowa has in place a policy to include these services in the convention experience. Please review the Marketplace Paid Services Policy 2016 which covers 2017 and address any questions to:


Iowa Sales Tax Information

As of July 1, 2016, the Department no longer issues temporary tax permits. Merchants and Artists who used temporary permits in the past at the AnimeIowa Anime Marketplace must apply for a permanent Iowa tax permit. To apply for a permanent permit, complete and submit the Iowa Business Tax Registration form Form number 78-005 is located on the at:

A permanent tax permit allows you to conduct taxable sales or perform taxable services in Iowa at any time during the year. When you attend a temporary event, such as AnimeIowa, you only need to provide the Marketplace staff with your name and address, along with your permanent tax permit number.

The process is simple and you can start selling in Iowa as soon as you fill out the paperwork and either email, fax, or mail the application. You do not have to wait for the number to arrive. (Which takes around 6 weeks.)

There is no fee to apply and receive your Iowa Sales Tax ID number.

Marketplace Sign-Up

Marketplace Sign-Up has closed

The Marketplace sign-up is NOW CLOSED for the 2017 convention year! 

Important Notice: Anyone that has not been accepted at this time are on a waiting list for openings to the room.  Payment for spaces for those who were accepted this past February are due no later than April 15th.  If not paid by then, we will be moving unpaid acceptances to the waiting list and sending out acceptances to replace them.  Information will be sent to both unpaid and newly accepted vendors/artists on or shortly after April 16th.  

For those who we won’t be able to have space for this year – the good news is that we will have double the space in our new Marketplace in the IEC convention center in Des Moines, IA. for the 2018 convention.   Look for more information here in the upcoming months. 


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