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Has anyone been successful selling their own arts/crafts on etsy.com?

  1. cjcarter profile image86
    cjcarterposted 5 years ago

    I have sold my paintings on ebay before, and I was wondering if etsy.com might be a better way to go? Has anyone else had success on this site or could offer advice as to how to sell paintings online?

    1. dappledesigns profile image92
      dappledesignsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I like etsy a lot more than ebay because like SaMcNutt said, the fees are lower and you have a little more control over your shop. I have sold quite a few photographs, however depending on the market you are in, the competition is quite high. It take a lot of external marketing and a lot of time spent in the forums to get noticed.

    2. danielleantosz profile image85
      danielleantoszposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I have just recently started paying more attention to my etsy store, but have yet to make a sale.  If you are selling on Ebay, you can list on etsy for .20 per item. But dapple is right, you do have to market a bit.  I have my etsy store on my business card that I give out at art markets.

    3. Richieb799 profile image67
      Richieb799posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Try DeviantArt.com, I haven't been on there in a while, you can sell prints of your work as well smile

  2. SaMcNutt profile image62
    SaMcNuttposted 5 years ago

    Some but, I am inconsistent with posting items. I have sold some high ticket items but, it is a business that takes time to build up a reputation and clientel. If you have time to put into it than I think it is a great site. I think their fees are low and you have a lot of creative control over how your shop looks.

    If you do set up an account whatever name you choose as your user name you are stuck with (unless they have recently changed this). Choose wisely the name you want to represent you on Etsy.

    Good luck, the Lake Charlotte label.


  3. kmackey32 profile image82
    kmackey32posted 5 years ago

    I will have to check that site out. Ive never heard of it...

    1. SaMcNutt profile image62
      SaMcNuttposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      You can spend a lot of time on there searching for stuff by crafters. I love seeing the amazing and wierd stuff on there.

  4. Jenn2014 profile image60
    Jenn2014posted 5 years ago

    I haven't started selling my "Salvage Art" on there yet, but I have a few good friends who have had a lot of success with jewelry and paintings and photos.

  5. Sarahredhead profile image86
    Sarahredheadposted 5 years ago

    I have actually had good success with my Etsy store! It has been a fun outlet for selling my prints and my Iron Panty Awards! It is super easy to create your store and add photos - I have encouraged some friends to sign up and start selling their cool creations. I have had a great experience!

  6. Stacie L profile image88
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    I had minor sales on etsy and I hate ebay.
    I have been using artfire since DEC and have had  some sales.
    of course it all depends on your products and price,doesn't it?

  7. Rochelle Frank profile image89
    Rochelle Frankposted 5 years ago

    My daughter-in-law has a shop. She's an expert with a sewing machine, and has made shopping bags, children
    s clothing and "American Girl" doll size clothes. Her shop is Jori-M-Porium.

  8. celebritie profile image77
    celebritieposted 5 years ago

    I found some cool handmade leather bracelets on etsy, I wish I was more crafty then I would set up a store too!

  9. BrightMeadow profile image82
    BrightMeadowposted 5 years ago

    I have checked out etsy.  I don't have a lot of experience with it, but from what I've read, you do have to do some marketing to get yourself out there.  One marketing strategy that I have considered, besides forums, why not let hubpages be part of your promotions.  If you are a painter, for example, why not write hubs about technique, artists, favorite works, etc and then have a link to your etsy store on your bio page. Also, almost anything you want to know is out there on the internet, so check out hubpages and ehow and definitely youtube-- you would be amazed at the how-to's you can find on youtube.

    1. celebritie profile image77
      celebritieposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I love youtube, I like to watch all the great un-discovered singers they are really talented.

      1. justom profile image50
        justomposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        You've sold real art on ebay? I'm amazed at that, I've been selling things there for 11 years but have found it to be useless for art related stuff. Etsy looks good but I haven't tried it yet.

        1. justom profile image50
          justomposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Well I have an update. I've had an Etsy shop for about a year and have had decent success. The problem I have is that folks have never seen anything like what my son does ( a new approach to gilding which is working with metal leaf). Gildntile is the shop, check it out, nobody else does this. The problem I have with Etsy is the amount of total crap on the site. In order to get folks to look at your stuff you have to look at theirs and it's just hard for me to fake liking something just to get our work viewed. It does only cost .20 to list for 4 months so if you work it right there's a chance you could do real well. Good luck!!

  10. Hui (蕙) profile image57
    Hui (蕙)posted 2 years ago

    I make fabric handcrafts, and women dresses (my hub: Hui-蕙 Lady Dress, www.huitailor.com), as in pictures below, but I tend not to sell them online. Actually not to be against, but just no experience.


  11. waynet profile image47
    waynetposted 2 years ago

    Yes I have sold art on Etsy, but you'll never ever find links to my secret Etsy stores because it's these ones that seem to sell more than my public (in the know) stores ever did. In fact I'm working on a big push to sell more of my art in the new year as I have a room full of new artwork,illustrations and Paintings, some finished others need work.

    Success is only measured by the enjoyment of creating new art!

  12. Stacie L profile image88
    Stacie Lposted 2 years ago

    I have two etsy shops and sold photos and art more in my zazzle shops