Today's post is a list of six sites you can use to start selling your crafts. If you know of any others that are good or want to provide some feedback on the sites listed below, please feel free to do so in the comments:
#1 – Etsy
Etsy is probably the biggest craft & handmade item marketplace online. You can find absolutely everything under the sun there that's handmade, including crafts, soaps, vintage items, and so much more.
I personally love Etsy and often check there to find something I want or need before looking anywhere else just because I love having unique, one of a kind things.
Etsy charges you no membership fees. They charge .20 cents to list one item for four months or until it sells, and once your item sells, Etsy takes a 3.5 percent fee from the sale price. If your item does not sell in four months, it will no longer be listed for sale unless you choose to relist it for another .20 cents.
You must have a valid credit card to sign up as a seller so that they can bill you once a month for whatever listing fees and transaction fees you have accumulated.
From what I can tell, they don't take this automatically out of your account. Once you receive an invoice from them, you have to pay it by the 15th of the next month.
#2 – Artfire
Artfire is another popular handmade marketplace that I have also bought things from and continue to hear good things about. In addition to buying handmade items, Artfire is also a great place to shop for crafting supplies.
There are no fees to list your items like you'll find with Etsy, but they do charge you a set monthly fee for your online store. This fee is typically about $20 a month, but sometimes they have special offers and promotions going on that allow you to get a cheaper per month rate.
Your customers can pay you with ProPay, Paypal, or Amazon Payments.
#3 – Shop Handmade
Shop Handmade is on the newer side so that means your items may not get as much as traffic as they might on a more popular site like Etsy, but the good news is that they are completely free to use! They don't charge you any listing fees or monthly store fees, so this would be a very risk-free way to start selling your crafts and/or vintage items.
You can sign up and create a store and start uploading photos and creating listings right away. All payments you receive for items sold go to your Paypal account.
Go here to learn more about selling on Shop Handmade.
#4 – Hyena Cart
Hyena Cart is another big marketplace for handmade items. You can sell earth, child, and family friendly items there. While selling handmade items is encouraged, you can also sell manufactured items that you no longer need or want.
Hyena Cart doesn't charge for listing items, but you do have to pay $5 a month for your store. However, this fee only applies if your store is active. Hyena Cart will not bill you automatically, so if you aren't interested in selling for a month or so, you can just not pay your $5 for that month.
Overall, a very nice, easy to navigate site with lots of items.
Go here to learn more about selling on Hyena Cart.
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#5 – You Can Make This
YouCanMakeThis.com is a little different from the above sites because you are selling your unique patterns for handmade items rather than the items themselves. You get 50 percent of the purchase price on each pattern sold.
When you list your patterns for sale, you have to decide on the rights — whether or not you are requiring the buyer to credit you when they use your pattern or not, and also whether or not you will allow the purchaser to make your item and then sell it themselves.
You will be paid for patterns sold once a month.
#6 – GLC Craft Mall
GLC Craft Mall allows you to open up your own arts and crafts store within their site. If you would like to open up a craft store at GLC Craft Mall, you must have a Paypal account so that you can receive payments when your items sell.
Setting up a store is not free, but you can do a free trial. A basic store only costs $3.50 a month.
Go here to learn more about selling crafts at GLC Craft Mall.
#7 – Handmade by Amazon
Amazon jumps in on everything, and now they're trying to compete with Etsy as well. Their new site for crafters and DIYers, Handmade, will allow you to sell your wares through Amazon.
If this interests you, you can request an invitation to let them know you want to sell.
Tips for Promotion
If you are already a member of one or more of these sites and just can't seem to get much in the way of sales, consider signing up for Pinterest and becoming active. Follow other people, re-pin their crafts, and be sure to share all of your crafts along with a link going back to where they can be purchased.
Also, be sure to list the prices for your items in the description box.
If you find Pinterest confusing, the e-book Pinterest Savvy: How I Got 1 Million+ Followers (Strategies, Plans, and Tips to Grow Your Business with Pinterest) by Melissa Taylor will really help you understand more how to use it for your business. I have read this one and highly recommend it.
Here are a few inexpensive e-books you can download from Amazon to learn more about selling crafts. If you do not have a Kindle, you can read any of these e-books using Amazon's free cloud reader directly on your computer or mobile device.
- 17 Places to Sell Your Crafts Online
- Craft Business Power – 15 Days to a Profitable Online Craft Business
- Etsy Selling Success: Cash In On Your Creations
Have patterns to sell?
Are you an indie designer who makes your own patterns? Selling your patterns can actually be phenomenal passive income because you can sell the same ones over and over and continuously make money off of them.
To get started, I recommend listing your patterns at Craftsy because they charge no listing fees nor do they take any commission off your sales, but you can also read this post I wrote on places to sell your patterns to get more ideas.
If you have used any of the craft sites linked above or if you have more tips for promoting and selling craft products, please feel free to comment below! Good luck!