UK Sites Like Etsy

Sites Like Etsy in the UK
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UK Sites Like Etsy

Sites like Etsy are springing up regularly now, so if you are a producer of hand-made items, then you might be looking to get your business online - and looking for sites like Etsy to quickly get your products online. Once you've exhausted your local outlets of fairs, markets and possibly party plan, then maybe it's time you put your products out for the world to see.

Etsy is the largest company for selling handmade goods online, but they might not suit everybody's needs, sites like Etsy offer you different marketplaces and different countries to sell in. As a major US-based website, even though Etsy have a UK section for UK sellers, you might be interested to know that there are other websites like Etsy available to you - you might find that one of these online stores catering for the UK and European market offers you a better experience.

Many UK sellers on Etsy find that it's not easy for buyers to find goods made in the UK, the search functions don't enable it, so they're looking for UK sites like Etsy to enable their unique products to reach specifically UK buyers.

Alternatively, maybe you're already using Etsy to sell your goods and just want to spread your reach and start selling your handmade goods through other sites like Etsy and other shops like Etsy online.

Below are some other sites like Etsy, where you can sell your handmade goods online easily. If you know of any more, leave a comment and I can add them to the list.  These other shops like Etsy might be even better for you.

Below are some other sites like Etsy, where you can sell your handmade goods online easily. If you know of any more, leave a comment and I can add them to the list.

Handmade crafts is a growth industry, with some real talent shining through. If you're in the UK, check out these sites like Etsy that are targetted at more local buyers and traffic.

Of course, some people are simply selling their handmade goods on ebay rather than trying to find UK sites like Etsy - because ebay has a larger reach of the general public. Sites like Etsy attract people who are actually looking to buy, so they provide more targetted traffic, but less chance of impulse buys like on ebay.

UK Amazon Marketplace for Handmade Goods

In October 2015 Amazon invited existing Etsy sellers to sell through the new Amazon Handmade Marketplace - this is in the US only, through Amazon.com. We can expect that Amazon will roll this out to a UK Amazon Marketplace for handmade goods if they find the US market profitable.

In the first 9 months of operation, the US Etsy sellers were enticed with no fees until August 2016, so after that time we can see what Amazon do next!

Top 3 Online Shops Like Etsy

The top 3 here is defined as the most openly popular. The other shops might just be newer, or more suited to specialist lines. As a seller, you should investigate them all to see which shop styles and terms/conditions/costs suit you and your product range.

The top three online shops like Etsy in the UK are:

  • NotOnTheHighStreet
  • Folksy
  • ... and there is no 3rd consistent winner for this postion at the time of writing (2013).

All Things Original:

Products most usually sold on All Things Original are jewellery, bags, clothing, textiles and paper goods.

Date Started: 2007

Costs: Contact them

CORIANDR

With Coriandr you get a free online shop, with a unqiue shop web url so you can promote your goods to your customers. You are billed monthly and can then pay your bill with Paypal. Your shop is easy to set up, using a drag and drop interface. With Coriandr you can sell anything handmade and creative.Listings never expire. Let Coriandr know your paypal address and they will integrate your paypal account and they will start processing your transactions for you.

Coriandr provide sellers with some ready-made promotional banners and adverts to help get them started promoting their site to their customers, or for advertising purposes.

Products most usually sold on Coriandr are accessories, bags, jewellery, items for children, papercraft items and toys.

Date Started: ---

Costs: It costs nothing to become a seller as setting up your online shop is free, then it costs just 20p to list an item plus a 2.5% sales commission when an item sells.

DAWANDA

Dawanda enables anybody who makes handmade products or offers customised and tailor made items to create an online shop and sell through Dawanda. To sell your handmade goods, you just need to register first and then to create your shop. DaWanda is a market place for unique, handmade and customizable products. If you are producing such things, if you are an artist, a designer, a craft maker or part of a small family run business you can become a seller on DaWanda.

You will have your own shop, with a unique web url, where you can send your customers. Items remain listed for 120 days, you can either select to have it automatically relisted, or manually.

Products most usually sold on Dawanda are everything that is unique, customizable and/or handmade. DaWanda is not limited in product categories, it can be anything from furniture, jewelry, digital art, clothes, music, art, toys, etc. as long as the things you offer are not mass-produced.

Date Started: 2006

Costs: Creating your shop is free. there is a 5% fee for any sales you make (they do not charge you 5% on the shipping fees). In the future they might charge a small listing fee, but listing is free at the moment (Oct 2009).

FOLKSY

Get yourself an online shop with Folksy.

Folksy is a service that supports crafters and designers. They will accept handmade goods and short run items.

Products most usually sold on Folksy are from electronics and robotics to 'traditional' design media such as graphics, ceramics, glass, wood, metal and of course 'soft' materials such as felt, wool, cotton etc.

Date Started: 2008

Costs: 20p per item to list your item, then there is a 5% commission payable for a sale. Items remain listed for six months. An invoice is produced at the end of each month and you have to approve the amount in order to pay via Paypal.

GROOVYCART

GroovyCart is another UK website like Etsy that is an online shop provider giving you an entry level free service - ideal if you're starting out, or if you just want to try out other sites to see how they compare to your current online shop.

Groovycart allows you to build your own online shop. provides you with a free online shop builder, great shopping cart software, a hosted marketplace and the ability to instantly create your own online shops.

You don't have to upgrade, if the free offering suits your needs, then you can stick with that.

Date Started: 2006

Costs: You can get started for free. There are no listing fees to pay. There are no setup fees and no fees to pay on the goods you sell. There are three levels of service, free, £20 for 90 days and £20 for 30 days - which you choose will depend on how many products you want to list, how many you sell and their value.

MISI

MISI is a UK online craft marketplace. Set up by a keen crafter, Web developer and Work at home mum, MISI brings together the UK's craft community, providing them with a place to sell what they make.

On Misi you can sell items which are either handmade or involve a substantial amount of creative input by yourself. Mass Produced or third party handmade products are not allowed. Products most usually sold on Misi are artisan handmade gifts, including Handmade Jewellery , Handmade Patchwork Quilts, Handmade Quilts, Unique Clothing, Unique Baby Gifts, Sock Monkeys, Vintage Style Gifts, Wedding Gifts and more

Date Started: October 2008

Costs: 20p per item listed, and a 3% sales commission when a sale is made. You are invoiced monthly, but if you owe less than £1.50 then you can carry it forward for now. Your 20p listing is published for one year or until the item is sold out. When you sell an item, the transaction fee is 3% of the sale price.

Awards: October 2009, The Mumtrepreneur 2009, Highly Commended Best Start Up Business

For more websites like Misi, keep reading!

Not Mass Produced

Not Mass Produced is a marketplace for beautifully designed and crafted gifts, enabling independent designers to sell direct to buyers online. Not Mass Produced provides an instant online store for sellers, selling handmade products from small producers, offering an alternative to imported mass-produced products. Not Mass Produced makes it easier for buyers to find and buy fun and creative items.

Products most usually sold on Not Mass Produced are jewellery, ceramics, fashion, accessories, stationery, health and beauty, pets and textiles. Sellers are hand-picked.

Date Started: November 2008

Costs: Buyers pay Not Mass Produced and sellers are paid monthly.

UPDATE: This site is no longer operating (March 2016)

Not on the High Street

Not on the High Street reject 95% of applications to join them, keeping the quality very high indeed. To be a Not on the High Street seller, your products must be of the highest quality, to satisfy the wants of their ABC1 customers. Not on the High Street have won over a dozen awards, from MSN's Best Shopping Website, through to Barclays Startups Women in Business Award in 2007 and more.

To become a successful Not on the High Street seller, your products need to be exquisitely gorgeous gifts and treats, beautifully presented and irresistible to a discerning audience.

Date Started: 2006

Costs: On application. They do charge a fee to join them, which might be in excess of £550. They take 25% commission per sale plus a processing fee, which is about £1.

SwankyMaison

Like a UK Etsy, SwankyMaison sources and showcases high quality, handmade homeware and unique gifts not found on the High Street.

Products for sale on SwankyMaison are selected for their originality, incredible skills, and passion. They are aimed at helping small producers and designers who either don't have the time, money or expertise to create their own online shop, or who simply want to benefit from additional online opportunities.

People who sell on SwankyMaison are all up and coming designer-makers who prefer to spend their time creating, not selling, giving them more time to concentrate on their art.

To sell on SwankyMaison, you apply online and upload a few photos of your products for consideration.

SwankyMaison like it if you include the cost of postage in your prices, so they can be advertised as "free P&P". They also require you to only place UNIQUE and EXCLUSIVE products with them, you should not be selling those items on any other shops.

Date Started: 2010?

Costs: Free for your first year, then £99. They take 30% commission.

My E Hive

MyEHive closed in November 2010

MyEhive provides you with an instant online shop so you can sell your handmade goods direct to your customers. You can use your own domain name, or the shop ulr/address they give you.

Products most usually sold on MyEhive are handmade, reclaimed, recycled, and customised vintage gifts in the UK & Ireland

Date Started: October 2008

Costs: Free for up to 5 products, giving you a chance to try it out. Beyond that, Myehive costs either £4.99 or £9.99 per month depending on whether you want your online store to have up to 25 items or up to 100 items. There are no further fees to pay. You are paid directly by your buyers through the MyEhive site,

SHOPWINDOZ CLOSED

With Shopwindoz, you have to apply and be accepted. Once accepted by Shopwindoz you can then create your own store online, which is fully customizable.

Products most usually sold on Shopwindoz are: Fashion, music, furniture, books, jewellery, designer gifts, accessories, gadgets, toys and much more

Date Started: November 2007

CLOSED DOWN: Website was unreachable/down.

UglyBeGone

UglyBeGone is no longer trading.

UglyBeGone was a UK site like Etsy, selling personalised gifts and handmade gifts made by creative geniuses in the UK! You needed good quality photos of your products to be accepted.

UK Sellers - Help Us Know Where You Think is Best

Are you a UK Seller using one of the above online stores to sell your goods? Tick below to let us know which shop you use the MOST - and use the comments box to give us your feedback

  • All Things Original
  • Artfire
  • Coriandr
  • Dawanda
  • Folksy
  • Groovycart
  • MISI
  • Not Mass Produced
  • Not on the High Street
  • ShopWindoz
  • SwankyMaison
  • UglyBeGone
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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

These are great information. Thank you, you are fantastic. I never knew all this. Thanks again.


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eonsaway 6 years ago from New Mexico, USA

This will be very helpful, I have been considering Etsy, this list gives some alternatives. The free site Myehive would be a good one to start out with and get a feel of how to list things. Thanks, good research.


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Handmade-Crafts 6 years ago

A fantastic hub, with links to some brilliant sites. Thank you for sharing.


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truly1 6 years ago

I have been looking at misi, recently, but did not know about the other sites listed. Many Thanks.


britjap 6 years ago

Groovycart is along these lines too.


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Property-Invest 6 years ago from London

What a great review of all these independent sites for us here in the UK. Thanks so much for the super hub.


freya  6 years ago

Thank You! This is fantastic!


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cooltriker 6 years ago

Wow thank you for a great hub, some great information.


dissapointed 6 years ago

Artfire is not a UK site. It's an american site just like etsy that allows UK sellers. You can't even search for UK sellers on the site. I knew a totally free service seemed too good to be true.


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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks for that, I hadn't spotted that Artfire isn't for the UK. This article was supposed to list UK sites like Etsy, to help UK people sell their goods online with the confidence you get when selling in your own country and currency.

I've removed artfire now as it's not a UK site like Etsy. I think I was fooled as it was priced in ££s.


Jackie Hughes 6 years ago

Another good site to try is adflyer.co.uk - not just for hand made stuff, but very easy to use and low fees


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adorababy 6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

I think going to the future, online shopping will be the way to do it. With more and more people having less time to shop the traditional way, there is really a growing market to suffice the needs of these online shoppers.


Hilda Faulks 6 years ago

Great article. Been looking for some original gifts and there's some fab suggestions. Another site I found recently is www.iapetus.co.uk. It's the website for a gallery in my home town of Malvern in Worcester which is full of lovely handmade jewellery & gifts. They're also a lovely bunch in there...very friendly!


Katie Smith 6 years ago

Some great suggestions on here, another site that may be on interest is www.uglybegone.com . They also sell stylish gifts etc from makers in the UK.


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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks Katie, I've added UglyBeGone now to the list of UK sites like Etsy above.


scott 6 years ago

we are about to launch www.fabstuff4kids.com a platform for handmade/crafted kids designers. we have found plenty in the US and OZ but we have been surprised by the lack of designers both here in the UK and Europe.If you are a British/European designer in this field please feel free to contact me to discuss further on scott@fabstuff4kids.com, many thanks and good luck..


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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Cheers Scott, if you can mention this UK Sites Like Etsy article along your travels that'd be cool.

Good luck with fabstuff4kids.com


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gregtamm 6 years ago from Texas

Shopwindoz is a good place to start an online shop. A friend of mine does quite well with their service.


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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

I think it's important for people to try all the sites if they can, to sell their handmade gifts online. Every site has a different audience and you won't know which one likes your style and gifts most until you've tried them all.

In the run up to Xmas, this is now the time to start planning Xmas sales - most people will sell more than half their yearly turnover just for to the Xmas shoppers.


retailer 6 years ago

If you make baby and children's products, then www.kiddiebase.co.uk is another one to be aware of. It's not handmade only but has a lot of handmade sellers on there. It's very new but seems to be attracting a lot of interest.


jill 6 years ago

hi thanks for this site I am just about to dip my toe in the selling pond at least now I have a choice of ponds.

Thanks again


Francesca 5 years ago

*NewsFlash* MyEhive.com closed operations on 19th November 2010.


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LoosingIt 5 years ago

Lots of information. I liked that you included the terms and costs for each site as well as a general description. Also good that you delete and add-to as needed.


Borderline 5 years ago

Really good information - just starting up this is just what I needed


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110211 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Thanks for the great collection of sites, I didn't know there were so many.


Gill Rice 5 years ago

Great info - thank you.


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Silver Lady 5 years ago from Dorset

Just started listing vintage and antique jewellery items on one of these newer sites after years of the traditional ones.More homely and more friendly I feel.


mjrpark 5 years ago

Ideal for small retailers who offer gift vouchers


Jad 5 years ago

Great information ... very helpful. I want to open to UK market as well ...

Which website I can sell French theme wooden storage and gifts to attract UK clients. I am not in UK.

Thanks.


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earner 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Yes, if you sell handmade goods on these sites you will be able to attract UK clients.


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leeroper 5 years ago from UK

This hub was an eye opener to me, Etsy I had never heard of and the others well they were obviously all a surprise. Thanks for the info.


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crochet-afghans 5 years ago from UK

Thankyou, I'd been looking for just this sort of info.


Rob and Becca 5 years ago

One word... Awesomeness!


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

brilliant- this info is well helpful


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earner 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

I've just been alerted to another UK site like Etsy.

This one's based in London and you can find them at

http://www.StylisticGallery.com


Felicity Waters 5 years ago

great list Garden Beet supports independent artists and we try to have a good selection of products that are made by artists or designers - please get in touch if you make garden related products - we love indoor gardening especially - plus we do not charge an up front fee to sell your product


Stylistic Gallery 5 years ago

We just wanted to drop by and say great article and thanks for the mention earner; much appreciated.

The Stylistic Gallery brings talented designers, innovative creators and discerning customers together with secure online shopping. We're also a sponsor of UK Handmade and offer a free membership option too.

Best wishes from all of us at the Stylistic Gallery :)


The Handmade Nation 5 years ago

We are creating a british handmade site called The Handmade Nation , we shall open our doors at the beginning of november all going to plan! See you soon


Megan Lauren 5 years ago

I just came across this site Styleoutsidethebox.com! Style Outside The Box is the first exclusive independent designers online shopping site! They feature unique items such as one of a kind womens and mens jewelry, clothing, accessories, baby clothing, home décor and much more! They guarantee to all of our shoppers they are only shopping among juried quality one of a kind products selected from Their elite style council! They proudly stand behind all of Their designers and their amazing products! :)


Megan Lauren 5 years ago

Also It is a US site but they work with designers all over the work and feature a ton of UK work :)


Namatovu beatrice 5 years ago

hello,i want to supply you with my art thanks


Shalini 5 years ago

Very informative


jinny 4 years ago

This will be very helpful, i have been in easy i was interested in uk market as well


Amanda Vogel 4 years ago

I have joined GroovyCart its all free and its been very easy to use. I am very happy with it so far.


Online Childrens Boutique 4 years ago

Thanks so much for this. This is awesome post I ever seen on internet. This is rare to find that’s why difficult to understand. Anyway,

you are definitely someone that has something to say that people need to hear. Keep up the good work. Keep on inspiring the people.

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monicamelendez 4 years ago from Salt Lake City

Etsy is so great. Hopefully at least one of these sites works as well for our friends in the UK!


Marty 4 years ago

Can I recommend www.artulis.com for UK based people? I got a free listings account there which is pretty nice way to start.


Mark 3 years ago

Also came across a new site that supports british designers and makers! It's called www.meganbrown.co.uk and has a growing number of unique and hand crafted products that are lovingly made in Britain...


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earner 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

SwankyMaison has now been added


wordpress4biz 3 years ago

I always wondered how much Not on the High Street charged and it turned out to be a huge up-front fee. Definitely one for established vendors.

Good hub.


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earner 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

MISI is now under new ownership - so if you were with Misi in the past or have put it on the back burner it's worth checking out what the company's plans are for the future.

They have made some changes/improvements and their traffic has doubled in the last 3 weeks.


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Tina Michaels 3 years ago from Palma De Mallorca, Spain

You could add www.ezebee.com to that list... great community with huge international marketplace...


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earner 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Tina

Thank you for taking the time to comment.

I had a look at ezebee and, while it is International, it's not a "UK sites like Etsy" as promised in the title :)

Their prices are in Euros, not GBP and it isn't solely for selling handmade goods.

Ezebee are also in Beta launch, so, overall, a UK seller wouldn't get as good a start to their ventures as UK-specific sites would give them.

Sorry, but they don't make the list.

All the best


Michelle 3 years ago

you can also use ezebee.com it's not restricted to handmade stuff and it's free.


Zoe Platt 3 years ago

I wanted to sell on Not on the High Street, but I had no idea their upfront charges were so high. I can understand that it means they only accept the best and I am working up to that. I have an Etsy shop at the moment and will open a Folksy one soon.

This is a great list, I'll share it with the foum I belong to. Thx


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earner 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks for your comment Zoe.

Websites like Etsy in the UK have really taken off - and Folksy has become massive. I saw the owner on the morning news the other week being interviewed about the explosion in the marketplace for handmade goods and he was very positive about it, having experienced solid growth from high quality sellers of UK handmade goods across all the crafts and arts.


Allison Herbert 3 years ago

Hello there, we would love you to include www.love-local.com to your list. It is not for everyone as it only includes designer makers from the South West, but the small is beautiful approach means that products don't get lost. It was launched in October 2011, so showing some staying power!


sharon mclean 3 years ago

hi this is fantastic information,i am returning to live in the u.k after many years,and am starting to sell top multy award winning spanish honey,can you advise me on the best e-commerce site where i could start selling this please,i would be very grateful.


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