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So, you’re a maker who wants to know the best ways to sell your crafts. Sure, you could always set up a booth at a local art fair. But if you want to cast a much wider net, you should try selling your crafts online.

If you follow some simple steps, you can start making money off your art in no time, all from the comfort of your home. Let’s get started. First up: branding!

Build Your Brand First

Establishing your branding is an important first step in selling your crafts online. It’s a chance to show off some of your style and establish who you are as an artist. It also it helps customers connect with you. At a glance, your brand should give customers an idea of what makes you unique.

It’s good to think about branding right off the bat, so, as you move forward, your product photography and promos have a consistent feel. Your brand identity should be applied to everything from your business cards to your online craft store and social media profiles. Having a uniform voice, tone, and style will help convey your brand to customers faster—and help them start building customer loyalty quicker.

Some of the things that you should consider when creating a brand include:

To learn more about branding in detail, check out our guide on creating a brand identity and how to brand yourself.

Open Your Own Online Craft Store

While there are many ways to sell your crafts online, selling through your own website is, arguably, the best place to sell handmade items online. You can deal with customers directly, and don’t have to pay any marketplace fees.

Also, when a potential customer visits your website, you’re no longer competing with other artists. Instead, customers will be looking at your collection of goods alone, presented precisely in the way you want.

If you’ve never built a website before, don’t worry. It’s easy to do in just minutes if you use the right website builder. Make sure to pick one that has an online store built right in. This way, customers can browse through all your awesome crafts, learn about what makes your items unique, and easily place an order—all in the same place.

Add a Blog to Your Online Craft Store

It’s a good idea to add a blog to your online craft store, as it can help draw in traffic. If you blog about topics that are closely related to your crafts, then it will make it more likely that potential customers will find you. Blogging consistently can get your site to move up in Google search results, thanks to the way Google ranks websites. Great, craft-specific content results in a higher ranking. (Want to learn more about how search engine optimization, more commonly known as SEO, works? Check out our handy SEO guide!) And the more customers that find you, the easier it will be to sell your handmade items online.

But blogging offers other benefits as well. For instance, you can use your blog to show off your crafting skills and let potential customers know more about what makes your work special. For example, if you blog about some of your craft projects that are still in progress, it’s a chance to highlight all the work and care, or rare ingredients, that go into them. This type of content can increase the value of your crafts in the eyes of potential customers.

Blogging can also be a way to connect with customers by giving them a window into your life and creative process.

Some general ideas for blogging topics include:

  • Write about your influences and favorite artists.

  • Use your blog as a journal to keep people up to date about what you’re doing.

  • Share some of the challenges you’ve faced with your craft projects and how you overcame them.

  • Give other craft makers some advice on how to make a living selling crafts.

Plus, here are some other blog ideas you can try!

Sell Your Crafts Using Online Craft Stores

Not sure where to sell crafts online beyond your own website? There is a variety of craft sites that can help you extend your reach and find more potential customers. If they like your work, it may lead them to check out your website as well. Here are some of the most popular online craft stores, plus the pros and cons of each.

Etsy

Etsy offers the benefit of being a craft site dedicated to items that are handcrafted, custom-made, unique, or vintage. When it comes to ranking all the marketplace options, many consider it the best place to sell handmade items online.

Pros:

Etsy has been praised for its ease of use, so you can start selling crafts online in no time. It also offers a large customer base of people who are interested in buying unique, handmade items.

Cons:

The large number of people selling homemade items on Etsy means there’s a lot of competition, which tends to drive prices down. That means it can be a little harder to make money selling crafts online with Etsy.

There are also some fees for listing your items and getting access to all the tools Etsy offers. Firstly, Etsy takes a five percent transaction fee when you make a sale. There’s also a $0.20 listing fee for every item you put up for sale.

You’ll need to sign up for Etsy Plus to customize your shop page with banners or get featured listings. It currently costs $10 a month, and is set to increase to $20 a month in January 2019.

GLC Arts and Crafts Mall

GLC Mall is a marketplace for selling handmade items. It features crafts in a wide range of categories, including ceramics, glass, knit goods, paper crafts, and fabric art.

Pros:

This craft site doesn’t charge any transaction or listing fees, although you do have to sign up for a monthly plan. If you go for the Pro plan, GLC Mall will regularly feature your products on their homepage, which can offer great exposure.

Cons:

To start selling your handmade items on GLC Mall, you have choose a monthly plan. The most affordable option is $4.50 per month, which gives you a basic store, and enables you to list up to 300 items for sale.

Handmade Artists’ Shop

Just like the name suggests, this is a craft site for selling handmade items. It accepts all types of goods: the only requirement to become a seller is that you are “a handmade artist passionately creating from the heart.” However, all items need to be “family-friendly,” so NSFW items won’t fly here.

Pros:

This craft site doesn’t have as many sellers as more popular sites like Etsy. That means there’s less competition and you’ll have an easier time getting customers to see your crafts.

Also, this is another market that doesn’t involve any listing or transaction fees. There’s just a monthly fee for sellers (plus the site doesn’t try to upsell you more expensive plans to get access to more features).

Cons:

To start selling on this online craft store, you’ll need to sign up for $5 a month, or $50 a year if you go for the annual plan. One downside of the Handmade Artists Shop is its website design isn’t as polished as sites like Etsy. It just not very visually pleasing. On top of that, the product images are smaller than on other craft sites listed here. That means it’s a little more difficult to grab customers’ attention as they browse.

Shop Handmade

This is another marketplace for selling handmade items. Its selection covers all types of goodies, including painting, ceramics, woodworking, weaving, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Pros:

What makes this online craft store unique is that it is completely free to use: there is no sign-up cost and no transaction fees. It attracts a lot of sellers offering a wide range of crafts, which draws a large customer base.

Cons:

Since this site is free, they get a lot of artists looking to sell their crafts. As a result, you’ll have a lot of competition.

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace is like Facebook’s answer to Craigslist. It’s used for selling all types of items to people in your area. Best of all, it has an Arts and Crafts category where makers sell handmade items.

Pros:

Facebook Marketplace makes it easy to create listings on your phone through the Facebook app. Since it’s tailored to selling to people in your area, you’ll avoid the shipping costs that can turn some customers off.

Another benefit is Facebook Marketplace is tied to people’s Facebook accounts, so you get a better idea of who your customers are.

In addition, since your item listings on the marketplace will be tied to your Facebook profile, they can help draw people to see your social media promotions and visit your online craft store.

Cons:

You won’t be casting as wide a net as you would with other online craft stores, since only people in your area will see your items. In addition, since Facebook Marketplace is used for selling everything from cars to kitchen appliances, many people who browse through it won’t be in the market for arts and crafts.

How to Make Money Selling Crafts Online

Now comes the fun part: selling your crafts, and raking in the coin! No matter which online craft store you choose for selling your crafts, there are a few rules of thumb that can help you boost your sales.

Take Great Product Photos

When it comes to selling handmade items online, shooting professional-looking pictures of your crafts is critical! These product photos will be what catch the attention of potential customers as they scroll through a large collection of listings, so they should be clear, attractive, and interesting.

Try and follow the standard rules for product photography. Typically, this involves shooting the item on a plain white background. This method ensures there’s nothing in the image to draw attention away from the item, and it looks nice and polished.

However, you should feel free to express your style with these photos. A quick browse through any of the craft sites listed above will show you there are lots of great product listings that don’t use a white background. Take a peek at your branding guidelines again for ideas on brand-approved colours you could use for this.

Another option? If you’re selling wall art, consider shooting your item displayed on a wall, and capture enough of the room to help customers picture how the item could fit into their home’s décor. If you’re selling jewelry, clothing items, or accessories, consider using a model to display your items.

Ace Those Listing Titles

Another way to boost your sales on craft sites is to carefully consider how you word your product listings. That includes both the item name and description. When coming up with a name for a listing, you should think about the search terms your target customers will use.

That means your listings should accurately describe what the item is in plain language (as opposed to only including the more creative name you may have given that particular piece).

Use Social Media to Help Sell Your Crafts

Taking full advantage of social media is one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost your craft sales online. You can use your social media posts to draw in new customers and let people know about your latest offerings. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you get the most out of your efforts on social media.

Post Regularly

It’s important to keep your social media accounts up-to-date if you plan on making a living selling crafts. One reason for that is it can help create loyal fans. If you regularly update your followers on what you’re working on and the latest crafts that are available, you can keep them interested and always have your business at the top of their minds. But, if you let your social media accounts go stagnant, it can quickly lead people to unfollow you.

Thankfully, there are post scheduling tools that make it easy. These tools will let you create your posts in advance, and schedule the times you want them to get posted.

Analyze Your Post Performance

If you’re struggling with how to sell handmade items, and your social media promotions don’t seem to help, you should take a look at your analytics. This information can help you optimize your social media promos.

Facebook and Instagram offer built-in analytics, and there is also an array of other amazing Instagram analytics tools that can help you go further. These tools will enable you to discover which of your posts perform best at drawing people to your site. They will also help you gauge how effective your promotions are at helping you make a living selling crafts.

Once you learn what type of content your followers are most interested in, you’ll know where to focus your efforts. Want to learn more about crafting the right content? Check out our guide on creating a social media strategy.

Choose the Right Social Platform

As you promote your online craft store with social media, it’s important to understand what the different platforms can offer and tailor your posts to suit them. Here’s how to kill it on the main ones:

Instagram

If you’re not yet promoting your crafts on Instagram, it’s time to get started. Many have argued it is hands-down the best social media platform for business promotions. One reason for that is it has highly engaged users. Studies show that visitors that find your site through Instagram spend 45% more time checking it out than visitors who come from Facebook. That means they are more likely to make a purchase when they visit your online craft store. Try these Instagram tips:

  • Don’t neglect your Instagram bio: keep it up-to-date and use your precious outbound link to send folks to your online craft store.

  • Use hashtags to ensure your posts get seen by your target audience. You can start simple with tags like #crafts or #handmade. Also consider using tags that describe your crafts more specifically, as they will help you reach your niche audience.

  • Engage your audience by responding to commenters, commenting on other craft makers’ accounts, and posting regularly.

Facebook

Facebook offers a very wide reach when you’re trying to sell crafts online. Stats from Pew Research Center show 72 percent of adult internet users in America is on Facebook. That includes users from every age group, so no matter who your target audience is, you should spend some time promoting your online craft store on Facebook. And, if the target audience for selling your crafts is people aged 50 and over, Facebook should be your go-to social media platform. That’s because it has 64 percent of people aged 50 to 64 (compared to Instagram’s 11 percent). Try these Facebook tips:

  • Set up a Facebook business page, as it will give you access to analytics tools to gauge the performance of your promotions.

  • Try using Facebook Ads. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to start making more money selling crafts online. You can start a Facebook Ad campaign by spending as little as a dollar. (For more on this, check out our Facebook advertising guide.)

  • Join Facebook groups that relate to your crafts and start posting there (just make sure to check the group guidelines first to ensure you aren’t violating any spam rules).

Twitter

This platform is ideal for making quick updates about your latest crafts or promotions, and drawing people to your online craft store. Try these Twitter tips:

  • Social media experts say posting Twitter polls is a great way to engage your audience. So why not consider posting some polls asking your followers to pick a favorite craft project you’ve completed or for one they’d like to see you do?

  • Find other craft makers and ask them to cross-promote with you. Since you both likely have followers who are into handmade goods, promoting each other can widen the audience for both of you. It’s a real win-win scenario, and can help you quickly make more money selling crafts online.

  • Make sure you have a great profile picture. When someone visits your profile, this image will be front and center and can really influence whether they follow you or not—and whether they end up visiting your online craft store. A clear image of your face can help potential customers connect with you.

Start Selling

Now that you know how to sell your crafts online, what are you waiting for? Remember: the most important step is to get your online store up and running. If you haven’t done that already, just find a site that offers a free trial, so you can get started without any obligations. Good luck!

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Arts and crafts lovers, this post is for you!

If you’re looking to turn your hobby into a business, you can make money when you sell homemade items online.

People love unique, handmade crafts and products!

All over the internet, crafters are setting up their own online shops to sell their handmade items, and they’re making good money doing so.

Let’s learn how to turn your love for crafts into a money-making business!

How to Sell Crafts Online for Free

Can you really sell crafts online for free?

Yes! There are plenty of websites that will let you open up your own virtual shop to sell your handmade goodies, and they won’t cost you a dime to start.

Although not all are free, others can still be well worth the small fees you’ll pay.

Etsy, for example, does have selling and listing fees, but they’re pretty small, it’s free to open a shop.

The fees don’t deter thousands of crafters from setting up shops and making huge profits on their handmade items!

Below are some of the most popular places to sell homemade items online, and many won’t take any money to start selling.

Places to Sell Handmade Crafts Online

These craft selling websites are the perfect places to go to sell your handmade items online.

Absolute Arts

Absolute Arts is an online marketplace for artists to sell their unique masterpieces, including paintings and sculptures.

You can sign up as an artist to promote and sell your products.

List up to 20 works of art for free, or you can choose from one of the other subscriptions to list more artwork, have less commission taken from your sales, and access to other features.

The best part is that Absolute Arts can also take care of some of the marketing for you!

Aftcra

Aftcra is a site that encourages crafters in the USA to sell their goods.

The site is all about handmade stuff from the United States, including kids and baby products, paper goods, clothing, and home décor.

There are no listing fees to list products on Aftcra, but there are transaction fees.

Transaction fees are 7% whenever your products sell, and your products must have a $10 minimum price to be eligible for listing on the site.

Artfire

Artfire is an online marketplace to sell craft supplies, vintage items, and handmade goods. Artfire does charge a small monthly fee to run your shop, and you’ll be charged listing fees that get smaller as you list more items.

Customers can pay you with PayPal, Amazon Payments, or ProPay.

Articents

Handmade and vintage items are welcome on Articents.

The site isn’t anything spectacular to look at, but it features some interesting items, like tie-dye shirts, handmade jewelry, and wedding décor.

A basic account gives you free listings and a shop without ads, but a $5 monthly subscription will give you access to a personalized storefront and other helpful features to control your shop and sales.

BigCommerce

BigCommerce is an online store creation platform that walks you through the process of creating your digital store and maintaining it to keep your customers happy.

When you set yourself up with a BigCommerce account, you’ll get a website to feature your products and can start selling your crafts through Facebook, Amazon, and other online marketplaces.

BigCommerce helps business owners in just about any industry, so crafting isn’t left out of the picture.

You can start with BigCommerce for $29.95 per month (but this decreases if you decide to pay annually), and you can start to also get marketing services for the next plan, which is $79.95 per month.

Bonanza

Bonanza is an online marketplace similar to eBay or Amazon that lets you sell just about anything, including crafts. Plus, you can sync your listings with the other places you sell to keep track of inventory.

No set up or listing fees are associated with your webstore on Bonanza!

Craftsy

Craftsy is a great place to learn different crafts, but you can also sell your unique sewing patterns for free, with no listing fees or commissions taken!

Cratejoy

Cratejoy offers a really exciting way for crafters to get their products in the hands of people all over the world.

The company is a subscription box company.

You can get started creating your own subscription box featuring your handmade goodies, or even tutorials on how to create your crafts with materials included.

Cratejoy supplies you with tools and resources needed to create your box, and you’ll have access to free listings, Cratejoy customers, and payments via Stripe and PayPal.

Dawanda

Dawanda is a marketplace for all things unique, including handmade items. It’s free to open a Dawanda shop, but there are some listing fees. The website is open worldwide, so make sure you select the right currency when you list.

DeviantArt

For those interested in digital arts, DeviantArt is the place to go.

No, you won’t be selling handmade jewelry and clothing here, but you can sell just about anything you make with your hands using a computer.

DeviantArt provides the platform for you to list your products, but it won’t help you with marketing.

Still, you’ll have access to the many people who browse DeviantArt for unique digital art and you’ll earn royalties for everything you sell.

Withdraw money easily with PayPal.

eBay

You can sell just about everything on eBay, the online auction website. There are no fees to list certain things, depending on promotions and the type of items, but usually listing fees apply. There are also fees based upon the final sale price.

Learn about some other lesser-known sites like eBay that you also may be able to sell your crafts on.

eCrater

eCrater lets you set up your webstore for free, but there is a 2.9% selling fee. You can import any eBay items you may be selling to help keep track of your inventory.

Etsy

Etsy is probably the most well-known craft selling website, and for good reason. The website makes it easy to set up your own shop for free, and crafters are making excellent money selling their one-of-a-kind items.

Etsy charges a transaction fee of 3.5% per sale, but it offers tons of free tools and support guides to make your sales go as smoothly as possible.

You can get paid in a number of ways, including Google Pay and PayPal.

Read about Mandy Ford, who created a booming online business selling her handmade crafts on Etsy.

Facebook Marketplace

The Facebook Marketplace is super helpful for people who want to sell stuff locally but don’t really know where to find buyers.

It seems like almost everyone uses Facebook nowadays, so it’s easier than ever to find a home for your crafts.

You can use the Facebook website or app to enter the marketplace and add items for sale.

Put up some pictures, a description, and your price and wait for others to message you.

You also have the option to share your listings with your Facebook friends by posting it to your wall or share them in local buying and selling groups for more people to see them.

Folksy

Folksy is for British crafters to sell their handmade clothing, art, and other goods. You can choose to pay-as-you-go or purchase an annual membership, which will save you money in listing fees if you sell a lot of items.

GLC Craft Mall

If you’re looking to sell your crafts on a craft mall online, GLC Craft Mall is the place for you. The website offers many item categories for a lot of variety.

You’ll pay a monthly fee for a shop, with plans starting as low as $3.50 to list up to 100 items, with no other fees involved. You can also try each of the plans for free for 30 days!

Handmade Artists’ Shop

Handmade Artists’ Shop is all about supporting handmade creations and their creators. You can sell everything from jewelry to woodworking items.

Plans start at $5 per month to maintain your shop, and you won’t have any listing fees or commissions.

Handmade at Amazon

People already make a lot of money selling manufactured products on Amazon, but Amazon is also reaching out to crafters with Handmade at Amazon.

This sub-site of Amazon lets you sell any of your handmade items in a number of categories. The fees are higher than other places (15%), but you also have the opportunity to earn more from Amazon affiliate links.

Hyena Cart

Hyena Cart focuses on handmade and eco-friendly items. You can have an individual store or join up with other sellers for even more exposure.

The setup fee is normally $10, but the website sometimes offers a Penny Promotion, where this fee becomes a penny! After that, you’ll pay $5 per month, with no listing fees or commissions.

You can even pause your fee being charged if you need to take a break for a month, and your selling activity will resume once you resume your billing.

iCraft

iCraft is a marketplace that focuses mainly on jewelry, accessories, and knitted products. You can get unlimited product listings for $5 per month, with no additional fees or commissions.

The website also sometimes has promotions, like 10% off if you purchase annually, rather than monthly.

Made It Myself

You can open up shop at Made It Myself for free! You’ll be subject to some listing fees and commissions, though.

Meylah

Meylah is an eCommerce platform that you can use to sell your crafts online. You can make extra money through Meylah with customer subscriptions and advertisements on your shop page.

Misi

If you live in the UK, you can sell on Misi’s marketplace, which features a variety of handmade categories.

It’s free to set up your shop, but there will be small listing and commission fees involved.

Shop Handmade

If you’re looking for fully free and functional, Shop Handmade is the place for you. This crafting marketplace allows you to open a shop, and sell, for free.

The website automatically promotes your products in their categories when you list them. You can even sell your gently used craft supplies. You’ll get paid immediately with PayPal when a transaction happens.

Society6

Society6 is a place for artists to sell their works. You can upload your art designs for people to purchase on products, like mugs and t-shirts, which you’ll receive royalties from, rather than the full product purchase.

Society6 handles the packaging and shipping. For each transaction, there’s a 30-day grace period, and you’ll get paid on the 1st of the following month. For example, if you sell something on June 13th, the grace period will end on July 13th, and you’ll get paid August 1st with PayPal.

SpoonFlower

Creative designers can make their own designs on SpoonFlower to place on fabric, throw pillows, wallpaper, and more. You’ll just be designing, and SpoonFlower takes care of the physical product. You can also create sewing patterns to sell.

When you start, you’ll automatically earn 10% of sales, with potential to increase your earnings by becoming a power seller. You’ll get paid bi-weekly as long as you earn $10.

Zibbit

Crafters can sell fine art, craft supplies, vintage items, photography products, and more on Zibbit.

Plans start at $4 per month, and include zero listing fees or commissions, and your own selling website with a custom domain.

Other Ways to Make Money Online from Crafting

If you’re looking for a few other options for making money online from your crafting hobby, here’s what to do:

Blog About Crafting

Craft blogging is huge right now, since blogs are the perfect place to post crafting tutorials. But how do you make money?

Through advertisements on your blog or placing affiliate links to crafting products that you recommend! Sign up for Amazon Associates to make commission on your favorite Amazon products.

You can also sign up for blog networks and apply for sponsored posts. Many brands seek out crafters who can do creative things with their products to make them even more appealing to potential customers.

Here are some more ways to make money blogging!

Create Crafting eBooks

You can sell your own eBooks on your blog or on Amazon. Create tutorials for your favorite crafts, or put your favorite sewing patterns into a digital book to sell.

You can even pull in more customers by writing about your eBooks on your blog or social media accounts and creating affiliate links for them!

Promote Your Crafts on Pinterest

If you do have eBooks, a crafting blog, or even your own Etsy shop, you should sign up for a Pinterest account, if you don’t have one already.

Pinterest is huge for crafts, and crafters can make a lot of money by driving traffic to their blog or shop through Pinterest.

Check out these tips to drive traffic with Pinterest!

You Can Make This

You Can Make This is a website you can use to make money from being crafty, but it works a little differently than marketplaces.

Instead, you’ll write tutorials explaining how to make fun crafts, and you’ll earn money from your expertise. If your tutorial is accepted, it will be listed on the website for others to download. You’ll earn 50% of any sales of your tutorial downloads.

If you know of more websites to use to sell crafts, let us know in a comment!

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Is there a secret to success when you sell craft online? Finding the best keywords for your products involves a little bit of research on your.

If you're an artisan or a craftsperson and aren't selling your crafts online, you might be doing it wrong.

Selling art, crafts and handmade items online is the primary source of income for hundreds of thousands of independent small businesses.

It's also becoming easier – there are plenty of marketplace platforms for artisans and crafters to promote and sell their products.

In this post, I've gathered over 60+ handmade marketplaces, artisan communities, directories and showcases for everything hand-crafted.

Here it is:

Since this list got big pretty quickly, I split it into 5 sections (click the links below to view a specific section):

Now, let's start.

Here are the platforms to sell and promote your handmade products on:

 

The big marketplaces you can sell handmade items on

Amazon Handmade

You can sell virtually anything on Amazon, including your handcrafted goods. Amazon Handmade is an Amazon community aimed specifically at artisans selling crafts online.

Website:https://services.amazon.com/handmade/handmade.html

Availability: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Mexico

Fees: Signing up for Amazon Handmade until December 31, 2019 gives you a free Professional selling plan (worth $39.99/month). You're also paying a referral fee of around ~15% on each product sold.

 

Etsy

Basically the OG marketplace for handmade crafts, gifts, vintage and unique items. If you're not (also) selling on Etsy, you're doing it wrong.

Website:https://www.etsy.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: First, Etsy charges you a listing fee of $0.20 USD for each item you list for sale. Additionally, you're charged a transaction fee of 5% of the total price the product is sold for. If you use Etsy Payments to process customer payments, Etsy will also charge you a payment processing fee of around ~3% + $0.25 (varies by country). You can also sign up for the Etsy Plus subscription at $10/mo for an additional set of business tools. Finally, you might be eligible for advertising fees, pattern fees and shipping fees.

 

Bonanza

Bonanza is a global marketplace platform aimed primarily at fashion, collectibles and home decor, but also accepts all kinds of crafts and art items. The Crafts category on Bonanza currently has over 600,000 listings.

Website:https://www.bonanza.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Bonanza charges a selling fee of 3.5% of FOV (final offer value) plus a flat 1.5% of the amount over $500. The minimum selling fee is $0.50. You can also opt into Bonanza's extra advertising packages in exchange for a higher selling fee.

 

eBay

That's right – you can sell your handmade crafts, art and artisan supplies on eBay (in fact, eBay has a separate category called Crafts).

Website:https://www.ebay.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: eBay charges you two main types of fees – an insertion fee (first 50 listings are free, the fee rate is based on the category, around $0.35 for most categories) and a final value fee or selling fee (10% for most categories). Managed payments sellers also get charged a payment processing fee for each transaction.

 

eBid

eBid is an online auction website that also operates as a marketplace. Basically like eBay, but not quite eBay. You can sell crafts and handmade items on eBid.

Website:https://www.ebid.net/

Availability: 23 countries (United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Brazil, Malaysia)

Fees: eBid offers two different selling plans – Seller and Seller+. The Seller plan is free to join and includes a 3% final value fee, joining the Seller+ plan waives the final value fee and costs around $7 per month.

 

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace has been a great selling platform for individual entrepreneurs and small businesses for a while now. The best thing about it – no selling fees whatsoever. Why not sell your handmade items and crafts on Facebook?

Website:https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/

Availability: Globally

Fees: None.

 

Ruby Lane

Ruby Lane is the world's largest curated marketplace for vintage fashion and collectibles, antiques, fine art and jewelry. Not really the platform for selling "handmade crafts" in the modern sense of the term, but you might want to check out Ruby Lane if you're dealing with traditional vintage stuff.

Website:https://www.rubylane.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: First, Ruby Lane charges sellers a $100 one-time setup fee, which allows you to list your first 10 items. After the first month of selling on Ruby Lane, you will be required to pay a monthly maintenance cost of $69 per month for up to 80 items, then $0.30 cents per item up to 150 items, $0.20 per item for up to 1000 items, then $0.01 per item. Additionally, Ruby Lane charges a one-time listing fee of $0.19 per item.

 

The popular alternative handmade marketplaces

Absolute Arts

Absolute Arts is a marketplace for emerging, contemporary artists who offer original artwork for sale. This includes paintings, fine art sculptures and mixed media art.

Website:https://www.absolutearts.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Absolute Arts offers a few different subscription plans that start at $55/year, as well as charges a sales commission of 20% to 35% depending on your sales numbers.

 

Artfire

ArtFire is a marketplace for artisans that allows you to sell handmade goods – from jewelry and crafts to supplies, vintage clothing and digital arts.

Website:https://www.artfire.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: ArtFire requires sellers to join one of the 3 different subscription plans – starting at $4.95/mo for Standard accounts up to $40/mo for Featured accounts. Standard sellers are charged a $0.23 per item listing fee and a 12.75% final valuation fee (selling fee) while Popular and Featured plans only include a 4.5% final valuation fee.

 

Artful Home

Artful Home is a curated marketplace for art and craft – from sculpture, art glass and decor to furniture, apparel and jewelry. Again, not a "handmade crafts marketplace", but a great platform for high end artists and designers creating unique pieces of art.

Website:https://www.artfulhome.com/

Availability: United States

Fees: Artful Home is a juried platform, so all new applications go through a 6-8 week vetting process. You will be required to pay a jury fee of $35 every time you apply. If your application is accepted, Artful Home will charge you a one-time membership fee of $300 (possible to pay $25/mo installments). Additionally, the platform takes a 50% commission on every sale you make through the marketplace.

 

ArtPal

ArtPal is an art marketplace that allows artists to sell their artwork online. The products available on the platform include paintings, sculptures, photography, as well as jewelry, crafts and fine art, and more.

Website:https://www.artpal.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: None. ArtPal has no membership fees and charges no commissions – the platform generates revenues through their print-on-demand services.

 

Art In The Heart

Art in the Heart is an online marketplace for handcrafted gifts and art based in the United Kingdom. The platform only accepts artists and makers based in the UK.

Website:https://www.artintheheart.co.uk/

Availability: United Kingdom

Fees: Art in the Heart charges all sellers a 25% selling fee.

 

Cratejoy

Cratejoy is a marketplace platform for subscription boxes that also carries categories such as artisan and handmade items, arts and crafts as well as luxury products. Unlike traditional handmade marketplaces where artisans sell individual items, Cratejoy is built with the idea of monthly subscription boxes in mind.

Website:https://www.cratejoy.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: It costs $39 per month to sell on Cratejoy – you can build your own website as well as list your boxes for sale on the Cratejoy Marketplace. All marketplace sales are subject to an 11.25% + $0.10 transaction fee while a lower fee of 1.25% + $0.10 is imposed on website sales.

 

eCrater

eCrater is an online marketplace for all kinds of things – similar to eBay, but not as prominent. As of 2019, eCrater has over 200,000 items in the Crafts category, as well as hundreds of thousands of listings in categories such as Art, Collectibles, Glass & Pottery and others.

Website:https://www.ecrater.com/

Availability: Globally, but must ship to the US

Fees: eCrater charges sellers a 2.9% selling fee.

 

Folksy

Folksy is "the home of British craft" – a marketplace for handmade gifts and original artwork created by artisans in the United Kingdom.

Website:https://folksy.com/

Availability: United Kingdom

Fees: Folksy offers sellers two account types – Basic and Plus. The Basic account imposes a listing fee of £0.15/item after the first 3 items while the Plus account costs £5 a month and offers free listings. Folksy also charges sellers a 6% selling commission. In addition to that, Folksy will charge you a payment processing fee: 1.4%/2.9% + £0.20 via Stripe, 3.4% + £0.20 via PayPal.

 

Handmade Artists' Shop

The Handmade Artists' Shop is an online marketplace for buying and selling handmade goods. This includes all kinds of handmade art, crafts and clothing as well as crafting supplies, pattern tutorials and much more – over 25 categories in total.

Website:https://handmadeartists.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: The Handmade Artists' Shop offers sellers a single subscription plan – $5.00/mo or $50.00/year. There are no selling or listing fees.

 

Handmade in Britain

Just like the name implies, Handmade in Britain is a company that supports and promotes design and craft talent through fairs, events and pop-ups – as well as by allowing artists to sell through their online marketplace.

Website:https://www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/

Availability: United Kingdom

Fees: Handmade in Britain charges sellers a 25% to 30% selling fee depending on the sales numbers.

 

iCraftGifts

iCraftGifts is an online marketplace for handmade gifts, arts & crafts, handmade jewelry and home decor.

Website:https://icraftgifts.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: iCraftGifts charges sellers a one-time $25.00 registration fee and offers three subscription tiers at $5, $10 and $12 per month. There are no selling or insertion fees.

 

Luulla

Luulla is a marketplace platform for handmade items that mostly specializes in clothing and dresses, but also offers handmade jewelry and accessories.

Website:https://www.luulla.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Luulla offers sellers three subscription tiers at $15, $29 and $49/mo, as well as charges an 8% transaction fee.

 

Made By Hand Online

Made by Hand Online is a curated online marketplace and a directory of British makers of handmade contemporary craft & gifts. The main categories featured on Made by Hand Online are jewellery, fashion and home & garden items.

Website:https://madebyhandonline.com/

Availability: United Kingdom

Fees: Made by Hand Online charges a 22% commission on all sales, as well as a yearly membership fee (£170 for the first year, then £120/year).

 

Made It + Craftumi

Made It is an Australian marketplace for local handmade gifts, housewares art and fashion. The platform features Australia's most creative art, design & crafting talent. Made It has a sister site called Craftumi, which is aimed at sellers offering supplies for creating art and craft.

Websites: https://madeit.com.au/ & https://www.craftumi.com.au/

Availability: Australia

Fees: Made It offers four different quarterly subscription plans from $4/mo to $50/mo ($12 to $150 a quarter) and charges no selling commissions or listing fees.

 

Not on the high street

Not on the high street is a curated marketplace of unique gifts and crafts from over 5000 artisans and small businesses in the United Kingdom.

Website:https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/

Availability: United Kingdom

Fees: NOTHS charges a one-time signup fee of £199, there are no selling, listing or transaction fees.

 

RebelsMarket

RebelsMarket is an online marketplace of alternative clothing, shoes, handmade jewelry, original art and home decor from sellers all around the world.

Website:https://www.rebelsmarket.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: RebelsMarket charges sellers a 15% selling fee on all sales.

 

Storenvy

Storenvy is an online marketplace and a store builder for indie brands and small businesses.

Website:https://www.storenvy.com/

Fees: Storenvy charges a 15% selling fee on all marketplace and "marketplace-assisted" sales.

 

Trouva

Trouva is the curated marketplace for bricks and mortar independent shops and boutiques selling unique homeware and lifestyle products. You need to own a physical shop with fixed opening hours to join Trouva.

Website:https://www.trouva.com/

Availability: Globally

 

Wolf & Badger

Wolf & Badger is a retailer and a curated marketplace for independent, ethical and unique fashion, homeware and beauty brands in the United Kingdom

Website:https://www.wolfandbadger.com/

Availability: United Kingdom

Fees: Wolf & Badger charges a 25% selling fee on all marketplace sales.

 

Zibbet + ACMoore

Zibbet Marketplace is a platform for independent creatives to sell unique handmade products, fine art, vintage and craft. Zibbet also offers a solution to connect sellers to multiple marketplace platforms and has partnered with A.C. Moore in creating a new, better marketplace platform.

Website:https://marketplace.zibbet.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Zibbet charges users a flat fee of $5 per month per channel to list items on multiple platforms, including the Zibbet Marketplace. There are no listing or selling fees on Zibbet Marketplace.

The less popular alternative platforms

Aftcra

Aftcra is an online marketplace platform of American handmade products such as jewelry, decorative arts and handicrafts. The main goal of Aftcra marketplace is to support local artists and artisans in the United States.

Website:https://www.aftcra.com/

Availability: United States

Fees: Aftcra charges a 7% transaction fee for all sales on the platform. There are no listing or membership fees.

 

Articents

Articents is a marketplace for independent craftsmen and collectors to market and sell unique handmade and vintage items online. It aims to reduce the cost of selling online for artisans and is free to join and sell.

Website:http://www.articents.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Free, $5.00/mo for extra features such as store personalization

 

Cargoh

Cargoh is a curated marketplace platform for independent artists, designers and musicians. It aims to build a community for independent handmade store owners around the world.

Website:https://www.cargoh.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Cargoh charges a 10% sales fee on all sales.

 

Craft is Art

Craft is Art is a marketplace for handmade crafts, fine art, supplies and vintage.

Website:https://www.craftisart.com/

Availability: United States

Fees: Craft is Art offers sellers two subscription ties – Free and Premium. The Free plan comes with a 5.5% sales commission and 100 free listings ($0.15 listing fee for additional items, $0.75 for premium listings), the Premium plan has no sales or listing fees and costs $7.99/mo or $79.99/year.

 

GLC Craft Mall

GLC Craft Mall is a marketplace of independently owned stores operated by artists and crafters.

Website:https://www.glccraftmall.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: GLC Craft Mall offers three subscription tiers from $4.50/mo to $12/mo and charges a 5% selling fee for all plans.

 

HandmadeCatalog

HandmadeCatalog is a marketplace for unusual and uncommon gifts, decor and gourmet foods hand-crafted by professional makers in the United States.

Website:http://www.handmadecatalog.com/

Availability: United States

Fees: HandmadeCatalog has three subscription plans from $4.95/mo to $12.95/mo and charges no listing or transaction fees.

 

Hyena Cart + Indie Cart

Hyena Cart and Indie Cart are marketplace platforms for environmentally friendly, handcrafted goods both operated by a single company. According to the Hyena Cart blog, both projects are to be merged together in the near future.

Websites: https://hyenacart.com/ & https://indiecart.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Hyena Cart charges as subscription fee of $7.50 per month and no listing or selling fees.

 

Meylah Marketplace

Meylah Marketplace is an ecommerce platform for independent and small businesses run by a software company Meylah.

Website:https://marketplace.meylah.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Meylah charges a subscription fee of $20/month and a 2.75% transaction fee on all sales.

 

Shop Handmade

Shop Handmade is an online marketplace for fun and creative handmade items, vintage products and crafting supplies.

Website:http://www.shophandmade.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Shop Handmade charges no mandatory fees, but allows sellers to specify an optional sold item fee.

 

On-demand printing marketplaces for merch

CafePress

CafePress is an online marketplace platform and an on demand printing platform for custom t-shirts, stickers, posters and other merchandise. It allows third party designers and sellers create their own stores and offer designs and items for sale through the marketplace.

Website:https://www.cafepress.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: CafePress charges a 10% selling fee for items and an 8% selling fee for designs sold through the marketplace (paid by the buyer).

 

RedBubble

Red Bubble is a marketplace and an on demand merchandise platform for independent creatives selling shirts, stickers, phone cases and other similar products.

Website:https://www.redbubble.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Red Bubble doesn't charge selling or listing fees, but defines base prices for product categories and allows artists to set their own margin on top of the base price.

 

Society6

Society 6 is a merchandise marketplace for art prints, iPhone cases, t-shirts and other products by artists and designers around the world.

Website:https://society6.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Society 6 charges a 10% selling fee on all products except art prints, framed art prints and stretched canvas product, where the margins are determined by the sellers.

 

Spoonflower

Spoonflower is an on demand digital printing marketplace for custom fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap and surface designs created by independent designers, sewists, crafters and makers.

Website:https://www.spoonflower.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Spoonflower pays sellers a 10% royalty of the retail price of the sale.

 

Threadless

Threadless is an online marketplace platform for print-on-demand products like t-shirts, art prints, iphone cases and other on demand items, as well as apparel, accessories and home decor.

Website:https://www.threadless.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Threadless allows sellers to specify their own markup on top of the base price, which is defined on a category basis.

 

Zazzle

Zazzle is a print-on-demand marketplace for t-shirts, mugs and other items that allows designers to create products with independent manufacturers and use imagery by partner companies like Disney and Hallmark.

Website:https://www.zazzle.com/

Availability: Globally

Fees: Zazzle allows designers to sell their own royalty rates between 5% and 99%.

 

Artisan directories, showcases, communities, galleries

Aerende

Aerende is a social enterprise that offers sustainable craft homewares, handmade products and interior items created by people facing social challenges in the United Kingdom.

Website:https://www.aerende.co.uk/

Availability: United Kingdom

 

Arts Thread

Arts Thread is a digital community platform for emerging artists that allows designers to showcase their portfolios and take part in competitions and events.

Website:https://www.artsthread.com/

Availability: Globally

 

Association of Illustrators

The Association of Illustrators is a trade association and a community that provides contract and business support to illustrators, champions illustrators' rights and runs competitions and events.

Website:https://theaoi.com/

Availability: United Kingdom

 

Contemporary Glass Society

The Contemporary Glass Society is an association of artists, collectors, students, organisations galleries, manufacturers and enthusiasts of glass art.

Website:https://www.cgs.org.uk/

Availability: Globally

 

Crafts Council Directory

The Crafts Council is the national development agency for contemporary craft in the United Kingdom. The Crafts Council Directory lists the best contemporary craft makers in the United Kingdom.

Website:https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/directory/

Availability: United Kingdom

 

Crafty Fox Market + Shopping with Soul

Crafty Fox Market is a community of United Kingdom's best independent designers and makers. Shopping with Soul is a curated directory of designers, makers and independent businesses.

Websites: https://www.craftyfoxmarket.co.uk/ & https://www.shoppingwithsoul.co.uk/

Availability: United Kingdom

 

Bluprint (formerly Craftsy)

Bluprint is a learning community for artisans that offers courses created by world-class experts.

Website:https://www.mybluprint.com/

Availability: Globally

 

Designers / Makers

Designers / Makers is an agency and a directory for contemporary design and craft that provides business support, events and opportunities for independent designers and creators.

Website:https://www.designersmakers.com/

Availability: United Kingdom

 

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Wondering if you can start an online business selling DIY crafts and make some extra cash?

The opportunity for a craft business is massive.

Craft sales in the US rakes in over $44 billion yearly. But what products should you make and sell to tap into that?

You shouldn’t just pick up any craft and think you’d make extra money from it. You also have to put the right side of your brain to work. You need an in-demand product niche and a target audience ripe for marketing.  You find that through proper research.

When you make your own products, you are in complete control of your brand marketing. The buck stops with you when it comes to quality and price.

Not the DIY type? Don’t fret. You can still sell handmade products by private /white labeling them.

Short on DIY project ideas? I’ve got over 100 things to make and sell.

Before you get started selling on a marketplace like Etsy, realize the long-term opportunity is better on your own site.

Sites like Etsy continually squeeze margins out of sellers. Don’t be the victim of changing policies that kill profitability.

Best Things To Make And Sell In 2019

I looked into the market for products that people are searching for and buying, and narrowed it down to 10 categories of crafts that you can make and cash in on. In addition to showing you the top DIY products that are in demand, I’ve also included resources and tutorials to show you how to make them.

Please do not blindly copy these ideas and try to sell them as your own. Use them to inspire your own ideas.

Contents

9 Home Decor Product Ideas

People want to see unique pieces in their home and that interest keeps on growing; it could be because of the ideas on Pinterest or sellers just dishing out some really nice stuff.

Whatever reason it is, entering this market makes a lot of sense. The industry is set to clock in at $664 billion by 2020. You should look into selling any of these:

1. Pixel Art / Paintings

Pixels are popular. The monthly search volume for pixel art on Amazon is insane. 70K+ per month. That signifies really high buyer intent. Google keyword volume is not too shabby either at over 1K per month.

Paint a few originals and use print on demand when you sell them. You can also sell frames via drop shipping as a cross-sell. You can sell these on Merch by Amazon, too.

 

2. Clocks

Having clocks is about time management, but they are also being bought to match with the home decor. The monthly search volume on Google is 44,000 and Amazon is 26,768. To start, you need to learn how to make them:

3. Fabric Wall Art

Fabric wall art falls under the broad category of wall decals that has a monthly search volume of 31,602. If you wish to specialize in Fabric wall art, the search volume is 900 on Google and 188 on Amazon.

4. Doormats

The doormat market is going well. On Amazon, the monthly search volume is 66,634 and Google comes in at 3,200 searches monthly. This is good news for you if you wish to sell handmade doormats.

5. Seashell Mirror

Bathroom mirrors are functional items that people will always buy. The monthly search volume is 25,380.

Bathroom mirrors are of different types and one that you can make to sell is the seashell mirror. The monthly search volume on Google is 600 and Amazon clocks in at a mere 154.

6. Pillow Cover

Although people are searching for pillow covers on Amazon – 36,432 – and Google – 2,200 -, the trick to selling them is specializing to a specific audience. The design of a child’s pillow cover is different from that of an adult athlete.

7. Mason Jar Vase

Creating interesting pieces for a house is one way to go. Decorated mason jars are one of them, especially those that can be used as vases. You can also sell some old unique pieces for a lot. The monthly search volume of mason jar vase on google is just 300 and Amazon is 475.

8. Hammock Chair

Hammock chairs are used in porches, backyards and even inside the house. The search volume on Amazon is 41,631 and Google is 19,000.

You’ll find a good number of bloggers in home decor writing about this product.

9. Wood Print

I am not an artist, but I appreciate the art of printing out images on wood.

There are people looking to transfer their wedding photographs into wood or get a landscape paint on wood into their living room. With wood print, print-on-demand is most profitable because you are printing based on order.

The search volume on Google is 1,100 and Amazon clocks in at 428 this past month.

9 Jewelry Product Ideas

Selling homemade jewelry is one of the most common ways to cash in. People are piling up to purchase homemade jewelry online because of the convenience. In fact, the ecommerce jewelry market grows at a 6% rate yearly with the US in second place at $2.7 billion in revenue.

To leverage on this, you do have to realize that – like every other creative business – making jewelry takes a lot of time, creativity, skill, and effort. Ideas may not come every time and if you are looking to sell different designs, this might pose as an issue to you.

People typically don’t search specific keywords when jewelry shopping. They tend to use general keywords and look for something they like within that category.

Moving on to the best DIY jewelry you should sell in 2019, we have:

1. Locket Necklace

Lockets have been around for a long time and people still buy them. The monthly search volume on Google is 7,200 and on Amazon, it is 3,921.

If I were to sell these, I would learn how to make them first:

2. Cufflinks

Wearing cufflinks have always been a fashion thing for men because of the limited number of jewelry we can wear in a formal setting; women are also catching on this piece. 44K people on Google are searching for how to wear them. 10K people are searching on Amazon looking to buy them.

Check out how to make cufflinks:

3. Ear Cuffs

Ear cuffs have been around since before the Greek aristocrats of old were born. Enough people are still searching them on Amazon to mention here.

Join the market as a seller with some unique pieces:

4. Viking Bracelet

We are in a Viking jewelry wave again, thanks to Game of Thrones and Vikings. This could be an awesome niche for the right person. Learn how to make them:

5. Buddha Bracelet

Buddha bracelets are now used for more than what they were originally made for – prayer. They have become fashion jewelry for men (and some women) that sell. I love them – they are simple and look good.

For every product idea, search volume is important before you go on to make it. For this product, it is 1,600 on Google. It’s clear that it’s being bought – the Amazon search volume is 1,015.

6. Friendship Bracelet

Friendship bracelets are easy to make and are great if you have failed to learn how to crochet or knit.

They are a cheaper option to gold chains, so people buy them. You can combine these with Buddha bracelet or sell it as a standalone.

Sales are usually higher during summer or events like Coachella, but it’s still bought in any season. Currently, the monthly search volume is 23,700.

7. Double Pearl Earrings

This is one product that people buy these days, Amazon shows 25,174 in monthly search volume. You can make them with pearls or any gem you can afford to start with.

8. Beaded Tassel Necklace

Tassels aren’t just for curtains these days, from earrings to necklaces and scarves, they have become a fashion favorite for some people. While the search volume is not high up there with friendship bracelets, it’s good enough at 5,391 on Amazon and 400 on Google.

9. Steampunk Earrings

The search volume of Steampunk Earrings on Google is 700 and Amazon is 304. The good thing about learning this craft is that you can choose to start making necklaces and any other steampunk jewelry too.

8 Hair Care Products and Accessories Ideas

I don’t think the hair care or accessories market will ever go down, for one, the hair care market is poised to bring in over $110 billion in revenue by 2024.

Secondly, people will always want to take care of their hair and a good number of them are looking to accessorize their hair for different functions, be it for weddings or casual outings.

The best hair care and accessories craft to make and sell now, include:

1. Lace Front Wigs

Wigs are not new but the rave for them increased recently. Most sellers use their websites to sell them – which is the best option. The monthly search volume on Amazon is 638 and Google is 250.

It is a good market; materials that are bought for about $10 are sold for $25 and above in finished product.

2. Fascinator

Anytime there’s a major British event, there’s always a spike in the sales of this product; they still sell at any season. The number of searches on Google is 20,000 and Amazon is doing well with 5,601 searches. Find out how you can make them:

3. Hair Jewelry

The number of searches occurring monthly for hair jewelry is 4,401. One good piece to start with is hair chains. You can learn to make them and sell for a good amount:

4. Hair Barrette

People search for hair bows – 12,402 monthly search volume – because the word ‘barrette’ is not too popular. You can look into selling them. The monthly search volume on this exact phrase is 1,600 on Google and 458 on Amazon.

5. Crochet Headband

A quick search on Amazon or Etsy will show you that people buy these things for between $10 – $30. The search volume is 3,900 on Google and 304 on Amazon. Be a part of this by learning how to:

6. Hair Comb

Hair combs are another accessory that people search for, with 5,300 in Google monthly search volume and 8,014 on Amazon.

7. Hair Pins

In the large market that is Hair accessories, Hair pins are one highly-searched item with 11,695 in Amazon monthly volume and 5,300 on Google.

di8. Lace Headbands

One product you can look into is lace headbands. The search volume is not as strong as I’d like, with 800 on Amazon and 600 on Google. Lace headbands could  be a nice cross sell with hair pins.

9 Stationery Product Ideas

The ease of technology has made us prefer eCards, online notes, word documents, and emails over physical stationery. Add that to the ‘print less’ movement, sales are going down for stationery products.

Nevertheless, ‘paper and pencil’ crafts still sell, especially in holiday seasons as a result of the personalized feel they bring. This category also has some of the cheapest crafts to make.

Right now, stationary that people buy often include:

1. Pencil Cup

While some of us use random cups to place our pencils, there are people looking for better pencil cups. On Amazon, the search volume is 5,121 and Google is 1,500. You should learn how to make this product:

2. Bookmarks

Bookmarks are thin items that we use to mark the pages of our books in order to return to them with ease.

Not all books come with them so people are searching for them, the Google search volume is 101,000 and Amazon is 20,961. This is a market you should look into.

3. Pencil Pouch

Like pencil cups, pencil pouches are used to store pencils, sharpeners, pens, glue sticks, erasers, and more. There is a lot of interest in this product; Amazon shows 38,417 as the monthly search volume.

4. Glass Magnet

Glass magnets are not expensive to create. They are used as pins for boards and wall decor. Specific searches for DIY magnets are 85 on Amazon and 50 on Google. While this is not so much, if you are interested in making a very easy craft, you can look into this:

5. Notebook

Paper notebook is a product that most people will use at some point. A specific search for handmade notebooks is just 70 on Google and 68 on Amazon, but since it’s one product that people need, you have a large market in notebook sales.

On Amazon, notebook itself has 149,035 searches monthly, but that could include the laptop.

6. Desk Pad

A desk pad is used to protect your desk. Some people also use them to beautify their desk. There is a good enough search volume of 13,157 on Amazon and 6,200 on Google. You can choose the materials you would use; leather is more expensive and colored wallpaper is a cheaper choice.

7. Greeting Card

Every year, about 7 billion greeting cards are bought in the United States, amounting to about $7.5 billion. This is a good market to sell in; the Google search volume is 8,200 and Amazon is 1,264.

There are so many types of cards and for different audiences too, so you need to narrow your niche down.

8. Bulletin Board

This is another market that has a high search volume. The amount of searches in the past month on Amazon is 56,400 and Google comes in at 5,500. It is worth looking into:

9. Stickers

You can make hand stickers, laptop stickers, door stickers, etc. Search volume comes in at 94,000 on Google and 130,054 on Amazon. One of the most searched products in this niche is the laptop stickers that have a volume of 31,624.

13 Apparel Product Ideas

One basic need of humans is clothing, and people obsess over clothes a lot. That aside, this industry is quite huge; it is expected to grow to about $2 trillion by 2022.

Handling the sales of apparel is not so hard too because they are easy to store and small to ship, but there are a lot of people selling them. The industry is so competitive.

To succeed, you have to hone in your niche, be very creative, and informed. The good thing is that you can cross sell – bow ties and suspenders for example – or start with a pouch and sell higher with a tote bag.

These are great apparel crafts to sell now:

1. Pouch

There are many types of pouches to make. From makeup bags to fashion pouches. There were 11,378 searches for this product in the past month on Amazon and 16,000 on Google.

2. Tote bag

Tote bags are a type of handbags that are very large. Women are the primary users of this bag and from my search, the monthly search volume on Amazon is 67,225 and Google comes in at 22,000.

While it is not the easiest or cheapest craft to make, it’s quite profitable.

3. Sunglasses case

Summer 2019 would be ending by next month, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot make and sell sunglasses case. There are places in the world that need it all year round. The monthly search volume comes in at 2,200 on Google and 20,935 on Amazon.

4. Boxy bag

Boxy bags are used for many things from carrying toiletries and lunch and traveling necessities. You can decide to make boxy bags that are specific to one use. Lunch bags and travel bags have a good market but monthly searches on the general term ‘boxy bag’ are just 80 on Google and 17 on Amazon.

5. Scarves

Scarves sell at any time of the year; more so during Winter or Autumn. There’s also a large audience that you can narrow down to. The monthly search volume on Google is 27,000 and Amazon is 5,391.

6. Beanie

Beanie – like scarves – sell more during the cold seasons but there are still people that buy them at any time, and since you are selling online, you are not restricted to your geographical season only. It’s summer but the search volume on Amazon is 15,865 and Google is at 77,000. I think this is a good market.

7. Mittens

Mittens is another product you should look into creating. Google search volume is at 23,000 and Amazon is at 1,967.

8. Socks

There are so many types of socks to make. You can choose the thin slip-on socks for shoes, winter woolen socks, football socks, socks for babies, and more. Socks sell at any season. The monthly search volume on Google is 115,000 and on Amazon, it’s a whopping 6,809,305.

9. Leather belt

Belts are a necessity for most outfits. I narrowed it down to leather belts because they are the most popular. Secondly, apart from knitted/fabric belts, they are the only ones that you can do yourself. The monthly search volume is 9,400 on Google and 9,150 on Amazon.

10. Bow ties

If you chose to make bow ties, your market is large. There was 15,535 monthly searches on Amazon and 17,000 on Google. You can also cross sell with Suspenders.

11. Suspenders

Suspenders are another easy to make craft, with a monthly search volume of 60,000 on Google and 14,387 on Amazon.

12. T-shirts

The custom t-shirt printing industry is worth billions of dollars. There’s also a good number of niches in here. An interesting idea is Christian t-shirts, which currently have a volume of 1890. The monthly search volume of T-shirts is 38,018 on Amazon and 23,000 on Google

13. Hand warmers

The search volume for hand warmers is 27,000 on Google and 8,284 on Amazon.

9 Candle and Incense Product Ideas

The demand for candles and incense will go higher as the weather drops.

I like them because they are one of the easiest crafts to make; their recipes are usually easy to follow. There are also different types and they all sell well both online and offline.

Another good thing about selling this craft is that you can cross sell with candle jars or incense holders

These products below are the ones you need to sell now:

1. Incense sticks

Incense sticks are very easy to make. Within 24 hours, you can get a large batch out. People are also searching for it a lot. It’s 11,000 on Google and 9,462 on Amazon for monthly searches.

2. Incense holders

If you chose to make incense holders, incense sticks are a nice cross sell to consider. The monthly search volume for the holders on Google is 700 and Amazon is 20,494.

3. Wax melts

This billion dollar market is easy to rank in. With 20,897 searches on Amazon and 7,900, this is a profitable market.

4. Votive candles

Votive candle is another good product with 15,000 monthly search volume on Google and 11,044 on Amazon.

5. Novelty candles

Novelty candles have the highest Amazon monthly search volume in this category. It’s 34,954. It’s also easy to rank for this keyword.

6. Pillar candles

The monthly search volume for pillar candle is 9,000 on Google and 11,961 on Amazon.

7. Candle jar

These are candles that are made and sold in jars. The monthly search volume is 1,100 on Google and 604 on Amazon.

8. Herbal incense

There are different herbal materials you can use to make incense. You can look into that if you are interested. The monthly search volume on Google is 4,800 and Amazon is 120.

9. Candleholder

I have seen so many shapes and size of candle holders. It’s a nice way to show off your creativity. It’s even better that you can rank easily for this keyword.

The monthly search volume is 7,000 on Google and 9,072 on Amazon.

13 Beauty product Ideas

Selling homemade beauty products is another perfect way to turn your hobby into a full-time income stream. You could choose to sell hair products, skin care products, or makeup. Any of them make great gifts.

Whatever one you choose, ensure that you stick with the rules for homemade cosmetics that are present at wherever you live and the market you sell.

This market has some of the most expensive products to create, but it also has some of the fastest selling products. With just about any price point available and many opportunities to cross sell, products you should look into include:

1. Lip balm

Lip balm is used by anybody and at any season. The market is set to be at $824 million by 2021. For the monthly search volume, it is 21,000 on Google and 39,810 on Amazon.

2. Lip scrub

With the increase in the popularity of face scrub, interest in lip scrub and other lip treatment items is growing as well. Monthly search volume on Google is 12,000 and Amazon has 16,401.

3. Body scrub

When it comes to exfoliating, body scrubs are a cheap go-to.

There’s a lot of interest in this product; the monthly search volume on Amazon is 27,325 and on Google, it is 8,600.

4. Solid perfume

With the popularity of liquid perfumes, solid ones fall a little behind. There’s still a good market for them. In the past month, solid cologne was searched 1,950 times and solid perfume was searched 2,100 times.

5. Bath bombs

People are going crazy over bath bombs. They turn your water into a color and sort of explode while at it. There are many fans, hence the monthly search volume of 95,000 on Google and 86,425 on Amazon.

6. Milk baths

Milk baths have its benefits. Some experts say that it relieves stress. People are buying into it. The monthly search volume on Amazon is 1,251. Google is fewer at 350.

7. Face powder

Everyone uses face powder. If you are going to specialise in making setting powder, then your audience is mainly women. They have a growing interest in homemade face powder. It has a monthly search volume of 2,400 on Google and 5,597 on Amazon.

8. Shampoo

Shampoo will always sell. You don’t need to make every type of shampoo though. Dry shampoo is a good niche to stay in. It is estimated to grow to $4 billion by 2022. The search volume for dry shampoo is 80,202. You can also choose the liquid shampoo if that interests you.

9. Soap bars

Soap bar was searched for on Amazon 20,995 times last month. Google had 600 searches. You can specialize and make natural soap. The volume on that is 4,650.

10. Shower jellies

Shower jelly – like shower gel – is used when cleaning up. They are also used to give a hot/cold muscle massage. People also like them because of their design. On Google, there are 1,500 and 377 on Amazon.

11. Foot soak

Pedicure items still sell a lot. Foot peel, for example, has a volume of 52,710 searches. Foot soak here comes in at 6,200.

12. Body wash

Except if you live on an island all alone, you’ll need to wash up regularly. Body wash has a high search volume (98,275 on Amazon and 12,000 on Google). It’s also easy for you to rank for this keyword as long as you put in effort and the right tactics.

13. Beard oil

Beards have made a comeback. A lot of men have been pulled in, so sales of beard care and growth products have gone up too. There were 61,242 searches on Amazon in the last month. Google search was 78,000.

9 Kitchen Product Ideas

Kitchen products are the last items that comes to mind when we think of crafts, but they sell well. You can sell them at any season so there are reduced restrictions here.

Trending products to sell in this category include:

1. Cutting Board

A cutting board is an essential kitchen item so you have a large market to sell to. The monthly search volume on Google is 33,000 and Amazon comes in at 51,085.

2. Hot Handle Holder

The demand for this product is not so high probably due to other alternatives. Search volume on Google is just 150 and Amazon is 338. Nevertheless, they are easy to make.

3. Personalized Wine Glass

Personalized wine glass has etched characters on it. The search volume on this specific keyword is 1,100 on Google and 338 on Amazon. People would search for wine glass over personalized/etched glass then choose.

4. Utensil Box

The search volume for utensil box on Amazon is 3,454 and 60 on Google.

5. Apron

Aprons have been used long before the world wars. They are still in demand till date. They have a monthly search volume of 42,000 on Google and 33,385 on Amazon.

6. Salt and Pepper Shakers

You can go the easy way by painting already made shakers to glow them up or make it from ‘somewhat’ scratch. Whatever one you prefer, there’s a good market. Monthly search volume on Google is 12,000 and 38,738 on Amazon.

7. Knife Holder

If you are interested in simple wood carving or painting, you can make money from this product. The monthly search volume on Google is 4,000 and on Amazon, we have 9,621.

8. Rope Bowl

You could call it a rope bowl or a rope basket. With rope basket, average volume is 590 but with the bowl, we have 200.

9. Liquid Dish Soap

Dish soap is used to wash dishes, pots and some other utensils. Liquid dish soap was searched 1,354 times on Amazon in the last month. Google came in at 350. While that is not high up there, this product is one you should not ignore because people don’t always search for the exact word but it’s used in almost every house.

8 Kids Product Ideas

The good thing about selling kids products is that you’ll never run out of people to sell to. By 2020, the number of kids in the US will be about 80 million and they influence $500 billion worth in household spending.

For craft makers, one good news is that the sale of traditional toys is pushing past $22 million (this doesn’t include video games), and clothes for children has skyrocketed past that. While it’s not growing at a fast rate like the jewelry industry, it’s easy to reach out to customers through ads and bloggers.

If you have an interest in making tiny things, then this could be your thing. You can take your pick from the products below to make tons of cash from:

1. Baby Cocoon

Cocoons have become a photography trend for babies. They are also called sleep sacks. An alternative is swaddle wraps that were searched 9,690 times during the past month. The search volume for baby cocoon is 1,100. You can crochet it:

2. Pacifier Clips

Parents complain of pacifiers falling out so they need clips. Little wonder that the search volume on Amazon is 51,698 and Google is 3,700. Since people will keep on having children, you’ll always have an audience to sell to.

3. Plush Toy

Plush toys or stuffed animals are needle/sewing machine work. Kids love them, some adults still use them. The monthly search volume on Amazon is 43,971 and Google is 1,800.

4. Toy Bucket

Some kids have a lot of toys so they need an organizer to keep things clean. You can make a toy bucket and reach out to the people that search for it 19,697 times on Amazon.

5. Toddler Sleeping Bag

When going camping, one thing that is needed is a sleeping bag. Making sleeping bags for kids is one good product idea. The search volume on Google is 1,500 and on Amazon, it is 6,012.

6. Crayon Organizer

Although I placed this in the kids’ section, there are some adults that use them because they fit other items like pencils or toothbrushes when traveling. The search volume on Amazon is 3,047 and on Google, it is 250.

7. Baby Shoes

In the footwear industry, baby shoes are one of the easiest to make. There is a lot of searches too. During the past month, 17,000 searches were done on Google and 34,431 searches were made on Amazon.

8. Dollhouse

This is a market where products are sold for as high as $100,000. It will take a lot of time to create a dollhouse worth that much, but demand is also high. The monthly search volume on Google is 35,000 and on Amazon, it is 36,711. Find out how to make a simple dollhouse:

6 Pet Product Ideas

Following kids items and home decor are pet products. A lot of pet owners see their furry companions as their children so they are constantly looking to keep them happy with treats, toys and other accessories.

The items you should create to sell here include:

1. Dog Biscuits

Dogs love treats. Homemade dog treats? Even better. The search volume is 3,000 on Google and 3,848 on Amazon.

2. Leash Holder

Having a place to store your dog leash is nice; it helps to combat misplacing it. People are catching up on this with the search volume on Amazon being 968 and Google at 200.

3. Dog Steps

Dog steps/stairs were searched 11,211 times on Amazon in the last month. Google search was 7,000. If you want to make and sell them, you have an audience to target.

4. Cat Tents

In making cat houses, one option that people buy is cat tents. They are one of easiest products you can make in the cat house category.

The search for cat house waa 14,760 times and cat tents specifically came in at 600.

5. Pet Bowl Stand

An elevated dog bowl prevents too much litter when a dog is eating/drinking. In the past month, it was searched for on Amazon 12,758 times. On Google, it was 250.

6. Catnip Toys

Some Cats enjoy catnip. Cat owners look into it for one reason or another since Cats react differently to it. The search volume on Amazon is 1,988. Google is a mere 70. This is a good market still.

9 Other Product Ideas

The crafts in this category don’t fall into any of the categories above, but people are buying them online and search volume for them is quite good too.

1. Phone Case

Phone cases are trending and it is not just because they protect your phone. Celebrities make it even better by popularising them. The search volume on Amazon is 23,421 and on Google, it’s 13,000.

2. Homemade vanilla

You can make vanilla extract and sell it. The search volume for organic vanilla extract is 1,000

3. Tablet and iPad case

Specific search on iPad case in the last month was 215,292. People buy them for the same reason they buy phone cases.

4. Keychain

Without a keychain, most people will always lose their keys. No wonder the search volume on Amazon is 67,144 and Google is 30,000.

5. Ring dish

For people that own a lot of rings/jewelry, a ring dish is a miracle. The search volume on Google is 1,900 and Amazon is far ahead with 6,368 searches in the past month.

6. Cup cozy

Cup cozy is mainly used for keeping drinks warm. Sales are higher during cold months. Right now, the search volume is just 600 on Google and 180 on Amazon.

7. Toothbrush holder

If you like to make interesting products, this is one market that you can test your skills and sell. I have seen toothbrush holders that are funny to look at and ones that are simple. The search volume for this product is 9,800 on Google and 85,230 on Amazon.

8. Coaster

For some people, seeing water rings on the coffee table is not nice. For some, it’s just about the aesthetics that the coaster adds. The monthly search volume on Google is 34,000 and on Amazon, it is 14,352.

9. Polymer clay charms

The monthly search volume of polymer clay charms in the past month on Google is 4,600, Amazon came in at 505. You have a market to sell this easy to make craft.

Tips For Selling Stuff Online

I hope my list of things to make and sell sparked some thoughts of your own!

But before you run off to launch your website, you need to know the essentials of running an ecommerce business. This will prepare you for some of the challenges and opportunities that will come up along the way. aking crafts is one thing, selling stuff online is something completely different.

Do you have any questions or concerns about selling your crafts online?

Let me see know in the comments.

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100+ Simple Things To Make And Sell Online

Want to know where the best places are to buy or sell handmade crafts online?

The Design Trust has done all the hard work for you and selected the best and most popular online market places, portfolio sites and web shops for designers and makers. And we give you our honest opinion about each!

  • From very small, niche online web shops to the big boys.
  • From very ethical websites to extremely commercial ones.
  • From online directories to online portfolio sites or membership organisations.
  • Including sites selling crafts, design, textiles, stationery, homewares, giftware, art and fashion accessories; and sites promoting the services of designers, makers, and illustrators.

Here you will find our favourite places to buy and sell handmade crafts online.

Many of the online shops you will already know, but we have also included some lovely new and lesser-known gems in here, so check it out and explore. Either to sell your own handmade crafts online – maybe to buy some too!

Promoting or selling your crafts online with an established craft website, online market place or online directory is a fantastic way to increase your profile and generate sales throughout the year. You can find here a quick & simple overview of the 5 main options to sell crafts & designs online. 

Please note that we always suggest that you do your own (thorough) research before you pay any organisation or sign a contract. Check if your product would be suitable for these websites, and check if your price point and ideal client visits and buys from the site. Make sure you understand the contract and how you can stop the contract if necessary.

Is your favourite online website not featured? Got any specific recommendations, updates or warnings (?) about any of the online places to sell handmade crafts, then do let us know in the comments below.

 

Aerende

Aerende is an online shop selling products for the home, made in the UK by people facing social challenges. Aerende works with people who face barriers to employment and most commonly with organisations rather than individuals. This social enterprise website specialises in ethical interior products, including: beautiful prints, textiles, ceramics, candles and home accessories.

The word Aerende means ‘care’ in Olde English, and was chosen by the founder Emily Mathieson to reflect their commitment to heritage skills and British-made items, as well as their commitment to considerate business practice and interest in slow living.

 

Amazon Handmade

Amazon Handmade is a specialist store area within the main Amazon website for invited artisans to sell their one-of-a-kind, handcrafted goods, home decorations, jewellery, stationery, fashion accessories and more.

Of course, Amazon has got a huge potential to reach millions of clients over the world and was seen by many as the big potential competitor to Etsy when they launched in October 2015. However, so far sales have been lower than expected and Amazon Handmade taking a fairly high commission on sales (which includes payment processing, marketing, seller support and fraud protection) is a major issue for new makers.

Although Amazon seems very strict on selling only handmade items within Amazon Handmade (hurray!), it might be that ‘handmade’ is simply not a category that people associate with Amazon, which is known for being cheap and fast? Plus of course, you will be directly competing with many other mass-produced and cheap products on the main site too.

 

Artfire

Artfireis an online marketplace and craft and maker community where people from around the world come together to buy, sell and interact. Artfire has a very strong handmade ethose and lists handmade goods, vintage items, and craft supplies.

Artfire launched in 2008, so is one of the older online market places for handmade items. Unfortunately, it does feel a little that this site has had better times in terms of design and user-friendliness, and quality of sellers.

 

ArtsThread

ArtsThread is the leading online portfolio site for new design graduates, operating from London but with a strong presence across Europe and the USA. It offers new creatives the opportunity to create an online portfolio for free, with specific keywords so that they can be found easily by potential design clients across the world, as well as recruitment agencies and other partners that ArtsThread works with. They also regularly organise events, competitions and have a creative jobs board. This is an ideal first online showcasing opportunity for new graduates and can help to drive traffic to your own website too.

 

Association of Illustrators

The AOI website has got a vibrant portfolio site with their illustrator and animation member’s work that they actively promote to agents and clients. The portfolios with up to 20 images of emerging and well-established illustrators can be found and searched on criteria such as subject, style, and technique. The potential client then contacts the AOI for further details.

The online portfolio option is part of their membership, which also includes free pricing, accountancy and portfolio advice, as well as exhibition opportunities.

 

ASOS Marketplace

Launched in 2010 with just 20 sellers by ASOS,Asos Marketplace is now the leading online platform for ambitious independent fashion, jewellery and accessory brands and vintage boutiques representing over 800 businesses from all over the globe. The target market for ASOS Marketplace is the fashion-loving twenty-somethings [their words!]. There is a fairly low monthly charge plus a 20% commission on all sales.

 

Art In The Heart

Art in the Heart is a small but friendly and passionate online platform to connect potential customers with visual artists who create artworks and products in studios, workshops, and homes throughout the UK. Unique handcrafted pieces, paintings and gifts across many styles from contemporary to traditional, country to urban, refined to quirky. Art in the Heart is a keen supporter of artists and makers constantly seeking quality sellers to add to the community. There is an annual registration fee and a commission on each sale.

 

Behance 

Behanceis the largest online portfolio website for designers, illustrators, fashion, photographers, and architects. It was launched in 2005 and is now owned by Adobe. It’s crucial that you include your specialisms as key words to get noticed by Creative Directors and other potential clients.

 

Country Finest

Country Finest is a very new online market place specialising in quality products from a small group of independent British designers, makers and niche brands. Expect to find elegant fashion, art, craft, homewares, beauty products, food, and drink. Reminiscent of the best of the British countryside.

 

Contemporary Glass Society

The CGS website has got one of the largest directories for makers, artists, and organisations working in glass attracting more than 4,000 viewers each month. It has a very eclectic mix of work by members who total more than 1,000 creatives. Makers can be found easily by using search options including name, discipline, glass technique and region.

The site is fairly basic but it is very popular amongst buyers and commissioners of glass. Each member gets their own webpage, which is one of the benefits of the membership to the CGS. The main purpose is that glass artists and makers can be easily found and with visitors then directed them to the makers’ own websites.

 

Crafts Council Directory

Although the Crafts Council Directory is not strictly an online market place this is a popular online place to find the best crafts people of the UK – both the most promising emerging makers as very well known crafts people.

The Crafts Council Directory is a selected portfolio site where potential contemporary craft buyers can find makers across the UK based on criteria such as technique, discipline, materials, price, and location. The main purpose is that potential buyers and commissioners will be able to find you and then are directed to your own website.

The site looks beautiful with large images, although the amount of images is limited. The annual membership has two different levels with different benefits.

We would highly recommend the Crafts Council Directory to makers who create top quality contemporary crafts to improve your profile and drive traffic of buyers and collectors to your own website.

 

Crafty Fox’s Shopping with Soul

Crafty Fox Marketsorganise regular, very popular handmade craft fairs across London, and in 2016 they created a directory showcasing and selling the work of 100 of their exhibitors. It’s a great online resource for those looking for quirky and original handmade products and is actively promoted to stockists and press. Shopping With Soul members also get a series of membership benefits including an online listings page, exhibitor opportunities and discounts on photography, PR, and accountancy. There is a small one-off membership fee, and a small monthly fee to join Shopping with Soul.

 

Designers Makers

Designers Makers is an agency for contemporary design offering members business advice, monthly selling events (mostly in the Truman Brewery in East London as well as a Christmas market at the Design Museum in London), PR and opportunities to develop their brand.

Set up in 2010 by Sophie Rees, it also offers an online platform for designers to sell their work as part of a community. This site focuses on contemporary design, including jewellery, ceramics, homewares, lighting, and prints. There is a one off lifetime membership fee that also gives access to their Business Tool Kit.

 

Design Nation

Design Nation is the sister company of The Design Trust, as both organisations were originally set up by the design journalist Peta Levi MBE. Recently merged with Design Factory in the East Midlands and the National Centre of Craft & Design in Lincolnshire.

Design Nation is a membership organisation that selects, promotes and exhibits the best designer makers in the UK. Their website shows the work of their current members working in ceramics, glass, furniture, lighting, wood, interior products, jewellery, metal, textiles, and paper. They regularly exhibit at interior design trade fair Decorex International and promote members to the press, trade buyers, commissioners and the general public interested in the best designers makers in the UK.

 

Eclectic Artisans

Eclectic Artisans is an online gallery, based in Australia, showcasing bespoke, handcrafted contemporary jewellery, from over 100 jewellers from across the world, carefully curated to represent a range showing the utmost quality, craftsmanship and design.

 

Etsy

Etsy is the number one online market place for handmade products, with 1.93 million sellers (in 2017) worldwide with over 65 million buyers! It’s the best-known global marketplace for unique and creative goods from unique handmade products to vintage treasures. The price point tends to be below £50, and most buyers are still from the USA.

Joining and starting a shop is free, but there are three basic additional fees: a listing fee, a transaction fee, and a payment processing fee. Useful to mention is that Etsy sellers can also take part in regular regional meetups to meet other Etsy sellers, can get an Etsy shop review and also can take part in events, especially the Etsy Made Local events in the run up to Christmas.

 

Fab.com

Fab.com is a design-focused online sales platform based in the USA, known for its ‘flash sales’, mostly selling art and design products for the home and innovative tech products.  Its team of design experts and enthusiasts select everyday design products, and they work closely with brands who want to run sale offers. It was one of the hottest startups in New York a couple of years ago but seems to have lost much of its finance and employees.

 

Folksy

Folksy.com is one the oldest (founded by the lovely James Boardwell in 2008 in the beautiful Peak District) and friendliest online market places in the UK for handmade or designed work from over 3,000 independent designers and makers based across the UK. It has a fairly small but stable clientele and very supportive handmade community. They very much embrace the ‘David not Goliath’ spirit when it comes to selling handmade products online!

Total site sales are around £1 million per year. There is a per item listing fee or The Folksy Plus account enables unlimited free listings with a commission on sales.

 

Handmade in Britain online

Handmade in Britain has been organising fairs and events for many years to support and promote the best contemporary and traditional design and craft talent in the UK. Recently Handmade in Britain has launched an online marketplace with the work of more than 100 emerging and well-known designer-makers. No doubt that their online sellers will benefit from the association with the well-respected Handmade in Britain brand as well as the marketing to their large existing client base.

Applications are welcomed from UK-based designer makers and visual artists working in furniture, metal, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, print, woodwork, paper, print, and mixed media. There are no application or monthly fees, but a regular commission fee.

 

Lisa Valentine Home

Lisa Valentine Home is the lifestyle website of Lisa Valentine – a curated online store of practical, beautiful & useful homeware. As beautiful as her Instagram time line! Full of gorgeous products and images of bags and baskets, kitchenware, candles, furniture, printed cards, woodware, gift boxes, and even some utility stuff too.

 

MADE.COM Talent Lab

Made.com is one of the fastest-growing contemporary, online furniture and interior retailers in the UK, and expanding into Europe too. Of course, you can try to sell your designs to their buyer’s team, or you can check out the Made.com Talent Lab instead!

Recently Made.com launched their own crowdfunding platform called Made.com Talent Lab and this is an innovative opportunity to introduce your design talent to the Made.com team and if selected to get voted for by the general public to get your designs manufactured and sold by Made.com in the future. Made.com will pay you the same royalty they pay their other designers.

Want to learn more about crowdfunding? Check out our free creative crowdfunding ebook here.

Not On The High Street

Not On The High Street or NOTHS is the UK’s number one curated online marketplace for gifts and in particular personalised creative products. Nearly 40 million visitors each year visit this popular site, for innovative-but-affordable-and-trend-driven personalised gifts and homewares, jewellery, prints and art, gifts for babies and pets (!) and very popular these days: experience days.

In the last few years Not On The High Street has grown rapidly (some would say even ‘aggressively’) with now more than 5,000 creative business owners selling their creative products online – from small independent designer makers to designer-manufacturers and small boutique retailers. NOTHS suits especially more commercially-minded creatives who can produce quality and quantities at good prices, and who are adaptable to new trends. Around 20 of their sellers have even become millionaires in the process.

There is a one-off joining fee to start selling on NOTHS, as well as a (fairly high) commission rate. Although NOTHS regularly promotes their ‘partners’ through weekly emails, beautiful seasonal catalogues, and even a TV campaign, most of the marketing will still need to be done by sellers themselves. Specific key words and stunning ‘on-brand’ images in this competitive market place are key – but NOTHS provides some training for their partners on all of this.

 

MADE + GOOD

Made+Good sells a small and carefully selected range of home, lifestyle and gift products – shipped directly from the studios of the best independent UK designers and makers straight to the buyer’s front door. The makers are not named on the site but you might recognise some of the makers. The company has a very strong ethical stand and shares their profits with selected charities.

 

Made By Hand Online

Made by Hand Onlineis a well-curated website for high-end contemporary crafts in the UK, promoting and selling the work of more than 150 designer-makers, including the work of textile artist Dionne Swift, ceramicists Jill Shaddock and Justine Allison, and wood artist Sally Burnett. Creative products can be bought directly from the site and commissions are encouraged.

Madebyhandonline.com also brings together a community of selected makers from around the UK, celebrating their work and unique stories, providing useful resources for makers and the general public interested in crafts. There is an annual membership fee plus a commission on all sales and commissions.

 

Made It

Made It is Australia’s premier online buying and selling destination for handmade and independently created items, with a 120,000 registered users.  There are quarterly or annual commission plans depending on the number of items you wish to list. However, you can only sell with them if you live in Australia.

 

Online Ceramics

Online Ceramicsaims to bring the very best of contemporary British studio pottery into one dedicated online marketplace with just over 30 ceramicists, including Chris Keenan, Jack Doherty, and Walter Keeler. Every featured maker is visited in their studio to ensure standards are met, and every piece featured has been chosen to provide the best examples of the artist’s work. Potters must have worked professionally in ceramics for at least 10 years – most of those featured have well over 30 years’ experience, and are all members or fellows of the Craft Potters Association.

 

Rebels Market

Rebels Market is an online, curated marketplace of unique, edgy and rebellious products. Or as they say themselves ‘The World’s Number One Counter Culture Mega Store” attracting over 7 million ‘alternative’ clients! Rebels Market welcomes manufacturers and retailers who list high-quality art, jewellery, fashion, and homewares. Expect loads of quirky, boho, steam punk, rockabilly and over-the-top skulls, piercings, tattoos and dressing up. No setting up or monthly fees for your store, but a commission is taken on all sales.

 

Red Bubble

Started in 2006 in Melbourne, Red Bubble now gives over 400,000 independent artists and designers across the world an online market place to sell their designs and illustrations on a wide variety of products to millions of fans. The idea is that creatives upload their art and designs, and Red Bubble handles all the printing (on over 60 products – think phone cases, tablet covers, t-shirts and duvet covers) and shipping across the world.

Creative on-demand online market places like Red Bubble can also help creatives to create some fairly cheap prototypes (!), but be aware that the commission paid is normally on the low side and only paid once a month. Also be aware that stealing ideas is extremely high from sites like this. Regularly delivery also takes about two weeks because designs are printed on demand and shipped from Australia.

 

Rockett St George

Rockett St George is the favourite online emporium of expressive homewares for interiors designers. Launched in 2007 Rockett St George scours the globe in search of unique, glamorous, eclectic, witty and rock ‘n’ roll home accessories, furniture, lighting, kitchenware, art, and gifts.

 

Society6

Society6is another printing-on-demand service for creatives, especially illustrators, photographers and pattern designers, who upload and sell their designs on lifestyle products, from blankets to rug sacks and even shower curtains. Society6 produces and fulfills the order to a world-wide audience.

Be aware that the average commission on Society6 is only around 10% of the total sales price and list prices are set by Society6 depending on the type of product and size of the product. See RedBubble above for other opportunities and challenges when printing-on-demand.

 

Spoonflower

Spoonflower is another printing-on-demand marketplace, specialising in custom-printed fabrics for interiors.  More than 16,000 creatives sell their pattern designs and illustrations to be printed and turned into interior fabrics, wallpaper, clothes, bags, giftwrap, framed artwork etc.

Be aware that the average commission on Spoonflower is only 10% of the total sales price. See RedBubble above for other opportunities and challenges when printing-on-demand.

 

The Future Kept

The Future Kept was set up by husband-and-wife team Jeska and Dean Hearne, purveyors of well-designed, durable, meticulously chosen items made and carefully sourced from independent designers, makers, artisans and entrepreneurs who are creating products that are better for our world. With beautiful images and stories.

 

Threadless

Threadlessstarted as a t-shirt company in Chicago in 2000, and is now an on-demand-printing service for creatives although they work slightly different; instead of an online store, Threadless organises weekly design competitions and the general public then votes which designs get printed.

Be aware that during sales periods the commission is as low as $1 per item sold. This seems more an opportunity for young people wanting to earn a little on the site than a professional opportunity. See RedBubble above for other opportunities and challenges when printing-on-demand.

 

Trouva

Trouva is a wonderful find! It features the best small brick-and-mortar shops and boutiques with beautiful crafts, interior products and fashion. So only actual independent shops across the UK (plus Berlin!) are featured here. Trouva campaigns and supports small independent shops – and we at The Design Trust love that a lot because we love #buylocal campaigns.  Expect very cool products, loads of lovely shop fronts plus wonderful behind-the-scenes-stories.

 

Withal

Withal features innovative and emerging brands and presents fresh stories and viewpoints from around the USA and Canada mostly. Their founding team is a passionate group of designers, makers, writers, artists, and business owners. Withal works with independent makers and brands across North America, aligning with brands whose direction, aesthetics, and quality craftsmanship they admire.

 

Wolf & Badger

Wolf & Badger was founded in 2010 by brothers Henry and George Graham, who are known for their shops in premium locations in Notting Hill, London, and Soho, New York. They stock over 600 of the world’s best independent fashion, jewellery, accessory, homeware, stationery, and beauty brands. Products have a clear personality and stand out.

Creative brands can apply to join the membership to sell at their shops as well as online, on an individually named web page, attracting over 200K visitors each month to the site. There is a commission of 35% and monthly fees might apply too.

 

Yoyo and Flo

Yoyo and Flo is a curated selection of design-led soft and wooden toys, gifts, and nursery decoration. Everything is chosen for its quality, originality, and sense of fun. They work with a small selection of brands, many of them French.

 

Zibbet

Zibbet is an online marketplace of over 57,000 independent artists, crafters and vintage collectors. You can create your own private website with your own web address through them, as well as selling through their online marketplace at the same time. There is a monthly membership fee (at different levels) but no listing fee or commissions.

 

And there you have it! The Design Trust’s selection of the best places to buy and sell handmade crafts online, plus some suggestions for illustrators, designers, and photographers too. Did you find this list and honest overview useful? Then do share it with other creatives, or ‘like’ it. Did we miss your favourite online shop or boutique? Please let us know in the comments below.

 

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