Marketplace Vendor and Artist Information

Marketplace Paid Services Policy 2018

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 2018 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 Vendor Access Hours (all times subject to Change)

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Merchant/Artisan Access:


Note: If the room can be opened to set up before 3pm, we will do everything we can to open it. But we cannot guarantee to be able to.

Merchant/Artist Access: 9am-9pm

Walk through: 1:15pm

Sponsor/Staff Access: 2:30pm

Member Access: 3:00pm

Marketplace Closes: 8pm

Doors lock promptly at 9pm

Merchant/Artist Access: 8:30am7pm

Sponsor/Staff Access: 9:30am

Member Access: 10am

Marketplace Closes: 6pm

Door lock promptly at 7pm

Merchant/Artist Access: 8:30am-8pm

Sponsor/Staff Access: 9:30am

Member Access: 10am

Marketplace Closes: 4pm

Marketplace take down: **


Final walk through: 8pm

Hours are subject to change before the date of the convention.

Please check for updates on our website at:

**Take down begins at 4pm when the room closes. Tear down of booths should not begin until that time unless prior arrangements have been made. (Packing of overstock is preparation of leaving is allowed.) We ask that all personal/ company items, equipment, etc. be removed from the Marketplace by 8pm on Sunday, July 15, 2018. Your assigned area must in condition to be returned to hotel control. (Exceptions to the allotted time can be made to this with approval of the marketplace department head.)

Vendors/Artists that require power, internet, phone, and Furnishings:

Booth- Power, phone, and internet

Internet, phone lines, and power are provided for a fee by the Iowa Event Center. Additional forms will be available at setup at the Marketplace check in table. The IEC staff will try to fulfill these additional requests in a timely manner before the opening of the room to the public.

Booth- additional furnishings

You may bring additional tables/display stands and racks for your booth area as stated above.

Additional furnishings are available from Event Decorators of Iowa, Inc.  They will be emailing out a kit containing their additional services to complete your booth area.  The kit will be sent out between June 1 and 15, 2018.

All additional furnishings are arranged between the vendor/artist and Event Decorators of Iowa directly.  


Marketplace Sign-Up and information packet links

Applications for the Marketplace are now closed! Thank you for your interest!

Be sure to download the Marketplace information packet with answers to most of the commonly asked questions you have.  The packet can be downloading by clicking here: 2018 Marketplace packet.

For all inquiries please email