The craft and handmade items community has grown from a relatively small niche to a full-grown online industry in the past several years. While this community has an estimated worth of $43 billion in the US, there are still only a handful of well-known online marketplaces selling handmade items.
Below is a list of ten places to market and sell your handmade items online.
This online marketplace is ideal for artists who want to sell their unique artwork, including sculptures and paintings. All you have to do is register as an artist and list up to 20 masterpieces for free or choose from other available plans to list more items. The free account comes with 35% sales commission with reduced rates for the paid plans.
Aftcra is an online marketplace for American crafters. You can sell handmade items including baby and kids’ products, clothing, home décor and paper goods, so long as it is made in the US. They do not accept vintage items or any resellers. There are no fees to list items, but there are transaction fees (7% when items sell) and there is a minimum required price of $10 on the items you list for sale.
Artfire is a great marketplace to sell vintage items, craft supplies, and handmade products. There is a small monthly charge to have a shop on Artfire, as well as listing fees for the smallest paid plan. Once you upgrade to the middle tier, the listing fees are removed.
Cratejoy is an awesome new way to get your crafts to people worldwide and generate recurring revenue. It’s a subscription box business for sellers. You can create your own box with your handmade products. Of, if you sell craft materials, you can create a box with instructions on how subscribers can use the materials you’ve included to create specific DIY projects. It costs $39 a month to use their service with added transactions fees for two packages. You can either use their service to create subscription boxes for your own website or you can list your products on cratejoy.com.
Perhaps the most well-known handmade marketplace, Etsy is another great place to start selling your items. It’s easy to set up a shop for free, and you’ll have a huge audience to market to. The support for Etsy sellers is fantastic, listing is inexpensive, and transactions fees are only 3.5% of the sale amount. Be sure to follow these do’s and don’ts of listing product on Etsy.
Handmade at Amazon has been in existence for a few years now and is gaining momentum in the handmade goods arena. While the Handmade sub-site isn’t as well-known as Amazon.com, it does offer you access to millions of shoppers. There is a 15% commission fee for the items you sell, but the name Amazon means that you already have credibility with your audience. Learn more about Amazon Handmade.
If you’re marketing and selling eco-friendly handmade products, Hyena Cart is an ideal site for you to sell on. You can opt for an individual store or partner with other sellers to get more exposure. There’s a $10 setup fee with an ongoing $5 per month cost with no listing or commission fees.
This marketplace is the place to sell your handmade jewelry, accessories, and knitted items. You can list as many items as you want for $5 per month, without additional commission and listing fees. Setup is super easy too with their bulk product import feature for sellers already on eBay or Etsy.
Zibbet is an online marketplace where sellers can list craft supplies, fine art, vintage items, photography products, and other handmade items. The fee starts at $5 per month, with no additional listing or commission fees and comes with your own website and custom domain, along with access to their marketplace.
SpoonFlower is a website that is perfect for designers that don’t create physical products. Shoppers can choose your design and have it placed on fabric, throw pillows, wallpaper, and other items. Then, SpoonFlower produces the actual product. To start, designers receive 10% of sales, along with the potential to increase your commission when you become a power seller.
When you decide to sell your handmade crafts online, you should take the time to research the marketplaces to make sure you choose the right one for your brand and products. Understand the fees, the marketplace’s audience, and the listing process so you know exactly what you are getting into.
The above list is a good starting point for your online handmade products, but there are even more opportunities out there. Do you know a great marketplace for artisans and crafters that we didn’t mention? If so, please let us know about it in the comments below.