Selling your homemade items is a good, if not very popular way to earn money while staying at home. Not only does it make for an excellent hobby, it could also get you money to pay your bills or your (or your kid’s) college fee. A lot of people have started this as their part-time employment. While regional/local craft shows, yard sales, stores, and boutiques etc remain some of the places you can sell your items, they keep a good chunk of your item’s value as commission. Which is why it wouldn’t be a bad idea to turn to online websites and sources where you can sell those items and get more value for them for a change. You can also make use of the internet to promote your items through networking (social media, blogs, videos etc). Here, we’ll talk about the top 5 best websites where you could sell your handcrafted items and make money.
Handcrafted items are originals, one of a kind. That is why they are sometimes preferred. People prefer things made by a human hand, as compared to items manufactured by automated machines and robots. This gives a sense of intimacy for the owner of a handcrafted item. Did you know that, for the same reason, popular car manufacturers such as Rolls Royce, Mercedes, and even Ferrari manufacture their cars in such a way that maximum possible work is done by human hands? The molding and shaping, of course is impossible for any human. But the interior stitching, exterior lining, and even engine assembly (is the case of Ferrari) is done by hand! This goes on to show how important handicraft has become in today’s world, because it makes every item unique, no matter how similar it looks.
Similarly, hand-crafted sports goods, such as soccer balls, are preferred to be used in major sporting tournaments.
Handicraft is also energy-efficient, and does not involve mass-producing, gas-guzzling machinery. It is also rewarding to know that the money you spend to buy a handicraft is going to pay someone’s house rent, rather than going into the pockets of a big corporate executive who will spend it by buying a new luxury car.
Hence, people prefer handcrafted items, especially from artists or artisans. If you have a bit of a talent in this area, then you can earn good buck. Here are the top 5 websites where you can sell your handicraft!
Etsy is no doubt one of the best websites when it comes to the sale of hand crafted items. It only allows you to sell hand-made items. So don’t waste your time trying to sell your old toaster or TV screen or something similar, unless it’s a vintage item (over 20 years old, and rare). Etsy has more than a 100,000 sellers, making it one of the largest such website. And that is only fitting, since it is the oldest such site as well – it started in 2005. At that time, it was the only website in its own category. That’s not so long ago, yes. Which is why selling handicrafts online is still trending upwards.
Etsy allows you a personal shop, which you can customize and display your items. Kind of like a dashboard-cum-profile. The promotion is up to you, but the tools are provided by Etsy. You can use their tools, forum, and help to figure your way around and promote your products.
ArtFire is a relatively new, but great website for artists to sell their items. Just like Etsy, it has a section where people can pre-order custom made items. ArtFire has two models; free and premium. The free lets you do every basic thing, such as creating a studio (virtual display shop), listing items, selling them, etc. But ArtFire will put ads for other studios on your studio. To remove them, and get additional promotional tools, you’ll need to upgrade to premium, which costs around $10 per month. That is the only down side. The website over all is great. We recommend starters to go for the free package initially. You can upgrade if you are earning decent.
SilkFair is somewhat of a broader website when it comes to item category. It allows people to sell old goods, not necessarily home-made. it is also a relatively new website, but has almost the same features as Etsy. In fact, it goes a step ahead and lets you import your goods from your Etsy store into its own store! So in a manner of speaking, you get two bites at the apple.
DaWanda is a great website that offers a lot of features with no listing or monthly price. The best thing about it is, it charges a nominal amount of 5% from every sale you make. Hence, you get to keep most of the money you make from your products. In fact, DaWanda has the lowest commission rate of any such popular site!
As the name suggests, this website is strictly for homemade items. It works much like ArtFire and Etsy, but is currently free, although they have plans to include a small pricing frees in the near future. So make use of this opportunity, and get your items listed!
Those were the top 5 websites to sell your handcrafted items. If you know of any site better than these five, then do let us know! We’ll be glad to review it! Any other suggestions are also welcome. And also do share your own personal experiences with us. All the best 🙂