Beyond Etsy: 26 Sites to Sell Your Handmade Crafts Online
While Etsy is the most popular site to show and sell your indie crafts online, simply setting up an Etsy shop for your handmade items will seldom generate enough revenue to make a full time income. Etsy does have a wonderful community but it’s also easy for artists to get lost in the crowd on Etsy. My recommendation is to definitely list on Etsy but also pick a few of the smaller online venues where you aren’t such a small fish in the huge market. Below is a list of 26 additional sites for selling hand made crafts:
- ArtFire is the second best-known indie marketplace with a great community feel to it.
- Artful Home This is an upscale site showcasing quality craftsmanship. It lists handcrafted home decor as well as jewelry and apparel. I could get lost on artfulhome.com for hours.
- Bonanza has free listings, low fees and live support. They do have a craft category but they also sell books, CDs and other merchandise. I would say if you have a high end product, you want to attract a more discriminating buyer.
- Cafe Press A print-on-demand site. If you design an image you want to print on tee-shirts, mugs, apparel, wall posters and a wide variety of objects, you can do it here without having to purchase and stock a large volume of goods.
- Chictopia More of a fashion website that also features handmade clothes and accessories. They do not have a shopping cart so you must link to your own site. No listing fees.
- Coriandr U.K.-based with an easy-to-set-up storefront or a mini-shop that you can embed into your own website or blog. They have a section for gifts under £20.
- Craftly now re-directs to goodsmiths.com a newer startup for artists and craftspeople. There is a section where crafters can share their projects and tips. No listing fee.
- Dawanda shoppers can create collections of products and share them with friends. It appears to be a well-organized and seller-friendly marketplace.
- Free Craft Fair is more of a directory .
- Folksy U.K handmade marketplace with patterns and tutorials in addition to crafts for sale.
- FoodCopia is a marketplace for artisan foods.
- Foodoro another marketplace for indie food producers,
- Handmade Artists’ Shop is a combination of marketplace and forum. I’m partial to this one because there’s a tight sense of community and the proprietors are artists themselves so they “get” you.
- Handmade Catalog also started by a crafter. They charge a monthly fee and percentage of sales.
- iCraft strictly handmade, no vintage or resale products and no food items.
- Lilly’s Craft Mall small site started by a WAHM,
free listing. Sellers are limited to 15 products for the first 30 days.
- Made It Myself No listing fee. 3% selling fee. Clean, friendly website with a hobbyist feel.
- Misi U.K. Sellers get a “free for life” shop including a subdomain. Includes a marketing, start-up support forum and low commissions on sales.
- Mymela India arts and crafts. An interesting model of E-commerce and micro-finance called Integrated Micro Advance Funding. Buyers can also donate or make loans to start-up crafts people.
- Notmassproduced UK and Europe. Juried so should maintain quality.
- PoppyTalk Handmade a monthly online curated. Buyers are directed back to your existing marketplace site or your Etsy shop. Like Notmassproduced, because it’s curated, it should maintain high quality.
- Redbubble.com US and Australia. Appears to be a fun company. All handmade.
- Ruby Lane One of the original online market-places. Includes vintage and antiques as well as handmade. One time set-up fee and monthly maintenance fee.
- SpoonFlower I am absolutely enamored with this site. You can design your own fabric and they print it for you.
- Supermarket a curated collection of contemporary design products. Has a cosmopolitan flair.
- Zibbet combination of handmade, vintage, fine art and supplies. No listing fees, no commission fees and a free level account.
This is an extensive list but there are many more such as sites that specialize in fine art or a particular medium. There are also quite a few print-on-demand sites similar to Cafe Press. I will cover some of those in a future post.
This list is strictly a directory and not an endorsement. I recommend you spend some time perusing each site and choose a few that feature products complimentary to those you make. I would love to hear if you’ve found other sites you’d like to share with your fellow artisans. If so, please share in the comments below.