Last weekend was the Minneapolis Indie Expo (MIX). It was the first year of this particular show and, seeing as how it’s fairly close to home, I figured I should go sell some stuff there. And so I did.
The show was held at the Soap Factory, a gallery space just on the outskirts of downtown (I think. I don’t really know where we were…). It was a re-purposed warehouse, so, while not exactly being “clean and neat,” still had a certain indie charm. I imagine if you walked around the show barefoot, you would have, more than likely, needed a tetanus shot by the end of the day. It was hot and muggy, but a smattering of fans keep the hot, muggy air blowing around the four or five small rooms the exhibitors had been broken up into. I should say that I was seated in perhaps the coolest (temperature-wise) and least smelly (nose-wise) room, so, hooray for that.
There was a decent sized crowd of folks coming through the space, although they seemed more eager to grab a business card than actually bust out the cash. But, I did have a good amount of sales (thanks to all you awesome people out there), just not what I had hoped for. Hell, it paid for the trip, so I guess that’s something, right? Right!
The show was very well-organized and very exhibitor-friendly. They even provided us with pizza for lunch! That’s like an instant win-me-over situation, right there.
So, all in all, in it’s first year, the Minneapolis Indie Expo gets a round of applause from me on a valiant effort. Hopefully, this show will continue to grow and get more and more awesomer. ‘Cuz, you know, I’ll keep attending if it does. Done.