UNIQUE MINNEAPOLIS 2017

Unique Markets is coming to Minneapolis for the first time ever October 12-14, 2017! Taking place in partnership with the 2017 AIGA Design Conference, the professional association for design, Unique Minneapolis is your chance to get your products in front of thousands of design professionals and local Minneapolis shoppers! 



WHAT IS UNIQUE MARKETS?
Unique Markets is a Los Angeles-based company that produces large-scale, modern pop-up marketplaces across the United States. Founded in 2008, we hold three markets in Los Angeles every year and have traveled with our market to New York City and San Francisco. Unique Markets gives local designers and makers the opportunity for exposure with Unique's online and local audiences, and the opportunity sell their products to the public. You can read more about us here

MINNEAPOLIS MARKET DATES AND DETAILS
Unique Minneapolis 2017 will take place within the AIGA Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center over the course of three days. The first two days, the market will be open exclusively to the 2,000 AIGA Conference attendees during their evening cocktail hour mixer events (think live DJ, drinks, book signings!) On the third and final day, the market will be open to the public.

Below is the market schedule:

  • Vendor set up: Thursday, October 12: 2:00PM to 5:30PM

  • Thursday, October 12: 6:30PM to 8:30PM - Market open during AIGA Happy Hour to 2,000 AIGA conference guests

  • Friday, October 13: 6:30PM to 8:30PM - Market open during AIGA Happy Hour to 2,000 AIGA conference guests

  • Saturday, October 14: 10:00AM to 2:00PM - Market open to the public

  • Vendor load out: Sunday, October 14: 2:00PM to 4:00PM
     

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE A VENDOR?
Based on which size space you apply for, the cost is $265 or $185 to participate for all three days (October 12-14), plus a $30 application fee, which covers our administrative costs associated with reviewing your application. The space fee is refunded electronically if you are not accepted to the market. The $30 application fee is non-refundable.

Other related costs include convention center parking and electricity. Convention Center parking rates can be found on the Convention Center website. Electricity can be rented from the Convention Center for an additional cost. We recommend that you only rent electricity if absolutely necessary (e.g. you are a lighting designer). 

HOW BIG WILL MY SPACE BE?
After receiving helpful feedback from interested vendors, we've expanded our space offerings for this market!
As of 09/01, there are two spaces options:
- 10' x 10' booth for $265
- 6' x 5' for $185

Vendors are invited to provide all their own fixtures, display items, and signage. Please note all fixtures must be hand carried by each vendor into the ground-level marketplace venue. Because of this, we encourage easily transported, collapsible displays.

HOW DO I APPLY AND SUBMIT PAYMENT?
All interested vendors, including past vendors, must fill out an online application and submit payment online through the online application. The deadline for online applications is September 8. This market is juried by the Unique Markets team. 

By applying to Unique Minneapolis, vendors are agreeing to participate in all three days of the market as well as attend Unique University on September 23 in Minneapolis (exact location TBD). Unique University is a 1.5 hour meeting with the Unique Markets team and your opportunity to learn important event info and digital marketing tips and strategies from Sonja Rasula, founder of Unique Markets and businesswoman extraordinaire! If you live outside of Minneapolis or are otherwise unable to attend Unique University on September 23, no problem! We will make the presentation and info available online after the meeting. 

CAN I SHARE MY SPOT WITH ANOTHER VENDOR?
Due to the size of spaces at this market, sharing is not allowed.

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE VENDORS?
To ensure the vendors are diverse, match the aesthetic of the show, and meet shoppers’ expectations, Unique Minneapolis is juried. There is more demand then we have room for, so please understand that we cannot accept everyone. Rest assured that we review and consider every single application, and the corresponding website and product images. Your website, social media channels, submitted photos and application are the only things we have to determine whether or not you are accepted--so be sure to include them!

WHAT KIND OF VENDORS DO YOU LOOK FOR?
We look for vendors selling all types of products including: home goods, clothing, baby and children's items, bath and body products, gourmet foods, prints and posters, stationery, candles, leather products, and SO MUCH MORE! The more unique your item, the better! Our popups are highly curated to showcase modern, quality-made products and to help consumers understand the value of creativity and good design. We are not a flea market or an opportunity to have a 'sample sale'. Instead, we seek to feature inspirational designers, artists, and independent brands that make awesome products. Browse our Unique Los Angeles summer market vendor directory to get a sense of vendors we love to work with!

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I AM ACCEPTED?
We will notify applicants via email on September 15 whether or not they have been accepted for the 2017 Unique Minneapolis market. Remember to check your junk mail folder, your 'promotions' folder and/or 'updates folder' on Gmail. Also, please add ‘info@uniquemarkets.com’ to your safe list, as we send our emails through MailChimp which may get flagged by your email provider as junk!

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?
If you need to cancel you must notify us via email. To receive a FULL refund you must email us within one week of being notified of your acceptance. If you cancel after this point, you will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations within two weeks of the event will not get a refund – you forfeit your fee and your spot.

DO I NEED PERMITS TO PARTICIPATE? DO I COLLECT TAXES?
No, sellers do not need any temporary permits to participate in this market, unless you are a food vendor (selling pre-packaged food). If you are a food vendor, you will need to obtain a temporary event health permit (will cost you $71-160), which we will help secure if you are accepted.

All vendors are responsible for registering with the IRS, and collecting sales tax. When it’s time to do your taxes, you’ll have to pay income tax on items you sold, plus pay Minnesota sales tax and possibly a City of Minneapolis tax. We recommend that you call Minnesota's department of revenue and the IRS for more info: Minnesota Dept. of Revenue: 651-556-3075 or http://www.revenue.state.mn.us and IRS: 1-800-829-4933 or www.irs.gov

DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN MINNEAPOLIS TO PARTCIPATE?
No, our goal is to get people to buy and support independent design and small business owners, 85% of the vendors reside locally, but we accept people from all over the country and Canada, and love sharing great talent from all around!

Still have questions? Email Janna, Event Producer, Unique Markets