How to Sell Crafts!
As you continue along in your frugal and thrifty journey, have you been looking for a way to set a little extra cash aside? It seems like everyone is trying to find a way to put a little extra cash in their pocket these days. What you might not know is that your creativity can equal cash!
Do you like to craft? Perhaps you know how to knit scarves or hats? Maybe whipping up stationary or paper goods in your talent. Well whatever the case may be, some people just have the knack when it comes to creativity and crafting. While some can’t sew a simple stitch or thread a needle, others knit sweaters, weave rugs, design jewelry and more. If this is you, then you should know that you can make extra money selling your quality handmade wares! There has never been a stronger market for crafts than there is now!
If you happen to be creative, artistic, and inspired, you have likely heard your friends say “You should sell these!” And while you may smile and nod, you may have no idea where to begin.
Being able to sell crafts online isn’t nearly as hard as you imagine. People are wanting unique items, and buyers are even more anxious to find homemade gifts and unique art items. If you have a knack for creating handmade items, now may be the time to take your hard work to the Internet where buyers everywhere are waiting to give you their business!
So what if you are not crafty? Perhaps you would like to support an independent artist and shop for truly unique gifts by exploring one of the virtual marketplaces below!
Here are the top three sites where you can sell crafts and handmade items (or where you can buy a truly unique gift):
Etsy is quickly gaining speed as the number one site for buying and selling handmade EVERYTHING! Sellers list handmade and vintage items, plus crafting supplies by the thousands. Run your own Etsy store alone or cooperatively, create your own policies, banner, picture, etc. Opening an Etsy store is free; no registration fee, or monthly “rent.” However, for each individual item listed, you pay $0.20 every four months. Once an item is sold, pay a 3.5% transaction fee (excluding shipping). Etsy supplies feedback ratings, customer service policies, conflict resolution support, a blog, and a very active and supportive forum. If you have leftover supplies you are no longer using, this is a great place to get some cash for them!
- Art Fire
At Art Fire, members sell fine arts, handmade, vintage, and supplies with no listing or transaction fees. Get extra marketing tools and customization options by paying $20 per month (optional). However it seems that the simpler account is enough for those getting started. ArtFire sellers can interact with each other for support and advice, so if you are needing that, it is the ideal selling community to join! You can really learn a lot as you go along, with plenty of people willing to guide you. Art Fire is ideal for those who want a variety, as it offers very fine, higher end pieces as well as less expensive options.
- WalkAbout Crafts
This nice thing about this site, is that it is a non-profit site based in the UK, and aims to connect crafts people and customers from around the world. So, you don’t need to live anywhere near the UK to use it. Sellers can choose from seven membership levels, each with a one-time fee, benefits and features. Products sold on this site are primarily crafts, but the site also promotes cooks, publishers, writers, gardeners, and artisans. Sellers come from all over the world to shop, so you are appealing to a wider audience! If your items have international appeal, this site is worth checking out!
As you can see, it is a cinch to get set up on these sites, and you can start slow if you wish. Start by listing one or two items a week and work your way up to a number you are cozy with. You will quickly find that selling your handmade items online is easy, and a great way to meet new people interested in the crafts that you love. In most cases, you will need a Paypal account in order to be paid for your products, so be sure to have an account set up prior to starting.
Why not take a peek and see if one of these sites work for you so you can sell crafts that you made? Good luck!