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It’s Slime Time!

From social media to conventions, slime is a big business

Courtesy of Johnathan Martinez/Slime Mania

Karina Garcia

The air at Slime Mania smells like fries, but it’s hard to tell if you’re smelling real fries or fry-scented slime! Slime Mania is a tour hosted by the Queen of Slime, Karina Garcia. At a recent New Jersey stop, 1,800 kids and parents played with—and bought—slime from 93 vendors.

Slime is a toy that behaves like neither a liquid nor a solid. Scientists call these substances non-Newtonian fluids. Others include Silly Putty, Oobleck, and floam. Slime is easy to make at home, and many people have joined in on the slime trend (see The Science of Slime).

The air at Slime Mania smells like french fries. But it’s hard to tell if you’re smelling real fries. It could be fry-scented slime! Slime Mania is a tour hosted by Karina Garcia. She’s known as the Queen of Slime. Her tour recently stopped in New Jersey. About 1,800 kids and parents attended. Ninety-three vendors had slime for sale.

This slime that people play with is a special kind of substance. It doesn’t act quite like a liquid or a solid. Similar gooey substances include Silly Putty and Oobleck. Slime is easy to make at home. As a result, many people have joined in on the slime trend (see The Science of Slime).

Garcia posted her first slime-making video to YouTube in 2015. The next year, slime exploded on Instagram, where a community of slimers formed. After attending slimer meet-up events, Garcia wanted to start a convention tour: Slime Mania. Attendees can meet slime superstars like Garcia. They can also go to workshops, attend panels, and shop from vendors. “Literally 99% of my life revolves around slime,” she says.

Many slime vendors are kids themselves. They run businesses online and visit conventions to sell their slime. Hard work can pay off for young “slimepreneurs.” Garcia says one young girl sold out at the New Jersey slime convention, making $8,000 in one day. “It’s crazy,” she says. “That’s a lot of money.”

Garcia takes videos of herself making slime. She posted her first one to YouTube in 2015. Slime became popular on Instagram the next year. A community of “slimers” formed on the platform.

Garcia attended events to meet other slimers. She soon realized she wanted to start her own tour. Slime Mania attendees can meet slime superstars like Garcia. They can learn new techniques from other slimers and buy new slime. “Literally 99 percemt of my life revolves around slime,” Garcia says.

Many slime sellers are kids themselves. They run businesses online and sell their slime at special events. Hard work can pay off for these young slimers. Garcia says one young girl sold out of her slime at the New Jersey event. The girl made $8,000 in one day. “It’s crazy,” says Garcia. “That’s a lot of money.”    

Use the information below to complete a budget to attend a slime convention. Record your work and answers on our answer sheet.

Use the information below to complete a budget to attend a slime convention. Record your work and answers on our answer sheet.

Slime ingredients cost $72. Jars are $100, and labels cost $27. What is your total slime production cost? Add this to the budget chart.

Slime ingredients cost $72. Jars are $100, and labels cost $27. What is your total slime production cost? Add this to the budget chart.

A . The hotel room costs $140 per night, and your family plans to stay 2 nights. What is your total hotel cost?

A . The hotel room costs $140 per night, and your family plans to stay 2 nights. What is your total hotel cost?

B. The round-trip drive to the convention center costs $76. What is your total travel & hotel cost? Add this to the budget.

B. The round-trip drive to the convention center costs $76. What is your total travel & hotel cost? Add this to the budget.

The vendor booth fee is $100. Add that to the budget and determine your total expenses.

The vendor booth fee is $100. Add that to the budget and determine your total expenses.

You sell Ice Mountain and Galaxy slimes individually for $10 each. How much money will you take in for each slime type in the quantities shown? Add these to the budget chart.

You sell Ice Mountain and Galaxy slimes individually for $10 each. How much money will you take in for each slime type in the quantities shown? Add these to the budget chart.

You also sell a slime set called Fries With Ketchup for $15 per set. How much money will you take in? Add this to the budget chart. Then find your total income.

You also sell a slime set called Fries With Ketchup for $15 per set. How much money will you take in? Add this to the budget chart. Then find your total income.

What is your net profit? If it took you 50 hours to prepare and sell your slime at the convention, how much money did you profit per hour?

What is your net profit? If it took you 50 hours to prepare and sell your slime at the convention, how much money did you profit per hour?

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