T-MODE 2015 :: April 3-5, 2015 :: Hilton Rockville :: Rockville, MD

Merchants > Otaku Bazaar

We’ve combined the traditional Artist Alley and Dealers Room into one spectacular anime and gaming shopping event: the Otaku Bazaar! Instead of having separate “Artist Alley” or “Dealers Room” areas, we mix everyone together — artists and vendors alike — into the same space. T-MODE likes to view everyone in the Otaku Bazaar as a Merchant, a seller of goods.

T-MODE Otaku Bazaar

Booth Rates

Otaku Bazaar space at T-MODE 2015 is currently $150. The rate increases to $180 on January 1, 2015. There is no limit to the number of spaces you can purchase.

    Otaku Bazaar – $150

    Your space includes: (1) 6′ x 6′ booth, (1) 6′ x 30″ table with two chairs, (2) complimentary T-MODE 2015 3-Day memberships.

Submit the Merchant Request Form to reserve your Otaku Bazaar booth space. T-MODE is a fun size event with about 500 unique attendees. Because of our smaller size, we must curate Merchants to allow for the most diverse merchandise to be sold. The Otaku Bazaar staff will review your application, then will notify you of your approval or will ask for additional information.


Once your reservation in the Otaku Bazaar has been approved, you will receive an email with a link to the Bazaar purchase page. Payments are processed via PayPal. The following payment methods are accepted: PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express.

Your Otaku Bazaar space is not confirmed until your payment is received. Your reserved space may be released to other Merchants if not paid in full within seven (7) days of your approved reservation.

To cancel your space, please contact the Bazaar Sultan. Only the person who originally purchased the booth space can request a cancellation. Cancellations received after March 1, 2015 will not be refunded.


All Merchants working at T-MODE must have a membership badge to participate in the Otaku Bazaar. If you need additional memberships beyond the two (2) complimentary badges provided, please review our available membership options. We also offer a fantastic $89/night hotel room rate to make your experience at T-MODE more fun and convenient.

Booth Spaces

Merchants may not resell or sublet spaces. Merchants may configure their spaces as they wish, as long as it does not violate the spaces of other Merchants, fire codes and hotel policies.

Electricity is available at no additional cost, but Merchants are responsible for providing their own extension cords. Heavy duty extension cords of 50′ or longer are recommended.

Please note that the location, dimensions and arrangement of booth spaces in the Otaku Bazaar are subject to change. T-MODE reserves the right to make adjustments to the Otaku Bazaar area at any time, including during the convention.

Hours of Operation

The T-MODE Otaku Bazaar will operate on the following schedule.

  Otaku Bazaar Schedule
Friday 8 AM – 2 PM 2 PM – 8 PM  
Saturday 9 AM – 10 AM 10 AM – 6 PM  
Sunday 9 AM – 10 AM 10 AM – 3 PM 3 PM – 5 PM

NOTE: We no longer have Thursday night setup hours.

The Otaku Bazaar is located in a room with set operating hours. The room is locked and secured at closing each night. T-MODE reserves the right to change the hours of operation at any time, including during the convention. All Otaku Bazaar spaces left unclaimed by 10 AM Saturday morning will be reclaimed by T-MODE. Forfeited spaces do not qualify for a refund. If you plan to arrive at a later time, please let us know.

Breakdown of spaces must be completed by 5 PM Sunday evening. Merchants are responsible for the cleaning of their respective areas and agree to remove all trash and belongings at the conclusion of the event. Any and all items left behind, including merchandise, will be discarded or will become the property of T-MODE.

Allowed Merchandise

In general, T-MODE permits Merchants to sell whatever they want in the Otaku Bazaar as long as:

  1. it’s legal, and
  2. it’s primarily anime/ gaming/ Japan culture related.
T-MODE Otaku Bazaar

Handmade goods and manufactured items you’ll typically find for sale in the Otaku Bazaar include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessories – bags, jewelry, key chains
  • Art – licensed JDM prints, fan art, original works
  • Apparel – clothing, hats, kimonos, t-shirts
  • Books – manga, doujinshi, art books, magazines
  • CDs – music, software, domestic, import
  • Collectibles – cels, figurines, models
  • Costumes – clothing, ears, props, wigs
  • Décor – furniture, posters, wall scrolls
  • DVDs – anime, live-action, domestic, import
  • Games – cards, video games, systems
  • Snacks – Japanese candy, pocky, ramune
  • Toys – plush figures, action figures
  • Weapons – airsoft, knives, swords

Fan Art

T-MODE encourages the creation of original work and supports emerging talent in their respective fields. However, T-MODE recognizes that fan art is a form of creative expression and it will generally be allowed in the Otaku Bazaar. Merchants bear all responsibility and risk for the creation of fan art if they are not the legitimate copyright holder.

Adult Material

Adult material may only be sold to individuals who are age 18 or older. The Merchant must verify the appropriate age by checking ID. Adult material must be presented in a discreet manner and separated from all non-adult material. Merchants will be warned once by T-MODE staff if the staff disapproves of how mature artwork is displayed. If a Merchant fails to comply with the warning, the Merchant will be removed from the Otaku Bazaar without refund.


T-MODE’s location within the state of Maryland requires an applicable state of sales tax to be charged to merchandise sold in the Otaku Bazaar that’s separate from the amount of sale. The current sales tax rate is 6%. Merchants are required to receive a state Tax ID from the Comptroller of the Treasury either before or after the convention, and submit the collected sales tax. T-MODE will provide a list of all registered Merchants to the Maryland Comptroller’s office prior to the start date of the convention. All Merchants are responsible for obtaining any licenses or permits required by local, state, and federal law. If you have any questions about Maryland State Sales Tax, contact the Maryland State Comptroller’s Office at (410) 767-1544.