Do you enjoying crafting and making DIY projects? Did you know you can sell these products? And you wouldn’t believe how many places you can do it. Both locally and online, there are SOO many places to sell your projects and you can start earning a nice little side income. You could even quit your job and make this a full time business. Read below to find out a huge list of all the awesome places where you can start selling your DIY projects and crafts!
Are you looking to start your own DIY & Crafts Business nut don’t know where to start? Check out these lists of DIYs that you can start selling:
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Where To Sell Your DIYs Locally
Selling locally shouldn’t be over looked. Unless you already have a super large following, you’re more likely to reach more people by selling your products locally.
There are many benefits to selling local. A good portion of people will buy local even if it might cost a bit more. Customers are usually walking away with their product the same day. Selling locally can save you on shipping costs too.
- Farmers Markets
- Craft Fairs
- Flea Markets
- Trade Shows
- Buy & Sell sites (I know this is technically online but they tend to be more localized)
- Facebook Market Place (Same reason as mentioned above)
- Word of Mouth
- Handmade Consignment store
- Parties (like scentsy or pampered chef)
Where to Sell Your DIYs Online
Selling your products online could provide you with a much larger reach than selling locally would because the internet is large place. I’ve compiled a list of the best sites to sell your handmade products online. The list is ordered based on the amount of views each site receives.
Do It Yourself
If you are seriously looking to start your own DIY or crafting business you may want to look into getting your own website. While doing it yourself can avoid listing fees that are common with other marketplace sites, it does usually require more work. And all the traffic the site receives will be 100% interest in your products.
Create your own ecommerce store with Shopify. Shopify, like Big Commerce, provides you with tools to help you build your own store very easily.
BigCommerce is an ecommerce platform. It allows you to build you own store on your own website. You can choose your own payment gateways (at no extra charge.)
03. Your Own Website
You can start your own WordPress website for under $50 per year. Once you get you site up and running install the WooCommerce Plugin and away you go. If you need help getting your WordPress site started, check out this post.
This way is a bit more work on your end than Shopify or BigCommerce, but the savings are much higher.
|Monthly Cost With Bluehost||$3.95|
9 Online Creative Marketplaces
Online creative markets do have their bonuses. Unlike hosting your own website, these online markets tend to be a cheaper initial investment. This is usually because domain and hosting purchases require you to pay for a year in advance at least.
These online marketplaces also tend to have a higher traffic source than a new independent website. People with the intent on buying will look at these websites to purchase because they are trusted and well known sites.
They do have their downsides as well. Usually your “store” is less customizable than your own personal website. The biggest one, in my opinion, is competition.
Total visits last month: 197.9 Million
Etsy is a creative marketplace that sells handmade and vintage items. They get quite a bit of traffic – 197.9 Million March 2019 (according to similarweb.com). Etsy claims that they have over 33 million buyers. Each items are listed for 4 months at a time.
Etsy has two “plans” right now and they are launching a new one called Premium sometime this year. The plans are exactly the same – the plus is more like an add on rather than a plan. The $10 add on will let you customize your shop more, send restock emails, save 50% on your own domain, 15 listing credits & $5 in ad credits (each month) and packaging & promotional discounts.
|Payment Processing||3% + $0.25||3% + $0.25|
Total visits last month: 1.19M
Cratejoy is a subscription box marketplace. This would be a great for DIY beauty boxes but it can be used for other boxes as well. Basically, you would take your products and put a bunch together to create subscription boxes.
- Sell on Marketplace Only.
- Check Only. You get: subscriptions options, branded checkout, advanced renewal, shipping, and customer management tools.
- All-in-One. You get: your own website, web templates, app integrations, advanced renewal and shipping features & more.
|Sell on |
Total visits last month: 614.9k
ArtFire is an online market that sells handmade goods, vintage items, and craft supplies. Their listing fee is slightly above Etsy (by $0.03) and they also have a monthly fee.
|Final Valuation Fee||12.75%||4.5%||4.5%|
Total visits last month: 463.68K
Zibbet is an online homemade marketplace similar to Etsy. But it is also an marketplace manager. With Zibbet you can manage your inventory, product details, and orders all in one place. This is great if you want to start selling in multiple markets.
|Pay Monthly||Pay Annually|
|Monthly Fee||$6||$5 ($60/year)|
Total visits last month: 191.13K
Folksy is only for the UK. Same ideas as most online handmade markets just for the UK – which is great for British crafters & DIY-ers.
|Monthly Fee||£ 0||£ 5|
|Listing Fee||£ 0.15 + VAT||N/A|
|Sales Commission||6% + VAT||6% + VAT|
06. Absolute Arts
Total visits last month: 86.32K
Unlike most of the other marketplaces in this list, Absolute Arts focuses on paintings, sculpture and photography. If this is the type of thing you would want to sell, this would be a great place to do so.
07. Shop Handmade
Total visits last month: 71.48K
Shophandmade is free. They don’t charge listing fees or monthly membership fees because of this they have an Optional Sold Item Fee. This fee is only applied to an item that sells and you can choose how much you want to contribute – even if it’s 0%.
|Sold Item Fee||Optional (0-100%)|
Amazon is an extremely popular store. Last month they had 2.48 Billion visitors (for all of amazon.) While the traffic is one of the highest on this list, not everyone is there to purchase handmade items. Right now Amazon has a promotion for the Professional Selling Plan – this is free for Artisans until December 31, 2019.
|Free||Professional Selling Plan|
Other Online Creative Marketplaces
Some marketplaces just aren’t as popular as others, here’s a few that had a lower amount of visitors, or just no data to prove otherwise:
- Handmade Artists’ Shop. This site ONLY carries handmade items. Sellers have no hidden fees – the plan is $5 per month or $50 per year.
- Hyena Cart. A large portion of items listed on this site is handmade sewed or knitted pieces. Currently there are only 62 stores on the site but the have 174,634 registered shoppers. Hyena Cart has 2 different plans; a shared store ($37.50/month) and an individual store ($7.50/month). They also have a “spots’ corner” which is a little buy & sell area which has a $2.50 listing fee for 2 weeks.
- iCraft Gifts. Everything sold on this site MUST be handmade (no vintage or reselling.) The have 3 plans: starter ($5/month), Professional ($10/month) and Elite ($15/month).
- GLC Craft Mall. GCL has 3 plans; basic ($4.50/month), Basic Plus ($7.50/month), and Pro ($12/month). All these plans have a 5% processing fee. The amount you plan on selling will determine the plan you choose.
- Articents. Articents is for both handmade items and vintage items. They have 2 plans; Basic (Free) and Premium ($5.00/month). The premium plan includes more customization and other features. There doesn’t appear to be a limit on the amount you can sell.
- Aftcra. Aftcra only sells handmade American products – no vintage or supplies. Creating your store and listing items is free, once you sell an item they charge a 7% fee (not including PayPal fees.)
Other Online Marketplaces
Total visits last month: 1.12B
eBay is an online marketplace that sells almost anything. They do have on of the highest viewer rate than any other site on this list, except Amazon. However, it didn’t make the list because they don’t specialize in handmade items. When someone is shopping at a site like Etsy, they are usually looking for handmade items, the same cannot be said about eBay.
Total visits last month: 5.48M
Similar to ebay, they sell everything from fashion to home & garden to art & collectibles. While they do get quite a bit of traffic, handmade items aren’t one of their categories. You can search handmade items but I would imagine the traffic isn’t there for handmade items.
Total visits last month: 2.02M
While they do sell crafts and DIYs, I don’t believe that it’s a main focus of them. They don’t charge you for building a store or any purchases from sales that you bring in. If someone was to purchase one of your items through their marketplace, they do charge a 2.9% marketplace cost.
As a beginner, I would recommend using Etsy. It’s really easy to set up a store and they have a high amount of traffic searching for handmade items.
If you’re already using Etsy and wanted to start branching out I would start with either a free(ish) service like eCrater. Or start up an account with a place like Zibbet because it will let you manage everything in one place.
Have you already started selling your products? Where are your favorite places to sell?
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