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Zibbet: A Great Choice for an Artist’s or Craftperson’s Business

Updated on May 7, 2016
Check out Zibbit!
Check out Zibbit! | Source

Bagged the Decision: Zibbet Wins!

Recently researching which arts and crafts website to join as a seller, I naturally began with the most well-known.

Undoubtedly, sites like eBay and Esty are highly rated for more than one reason, but they weren’t what I wanted.

Among all the large or small sites for artists and crafters, Zibbet.com came out at the top of my list.

This embellished blues bags is as interesting inside as it is outside. Interiors and handles of even simple bags should be fun rather than boring.
This embellished blues bags is as interesting inside as it is outside. Interiors and handles of even simple bags should be fun rather than boring. | Source

Reading so much information has its pros and cons, but I plowed through so I could decide whether to begin selling my handmade bags on an online site. By plodding through the process to narrow my focus I learned a lot as I considered joining this rising star.

Doing the research allowed me to better define what I wanted to get out of a business site as a seller, what I wanted to have to deal with from such a business, what fellow sellers would be like, and what particular sites' types of customers would be like.

If even-tempered can be used to describe an online place I would have to include the term in a description of my first impressions of Zibbet. It is a site that would be good for artists and craftsmen not only to show and sell their work, but to plan for the future.

The site is growing, and at this point I could eagerly join and grow with them. Overall, the info I read presented a straightforward but vital picture of where they have come from and where they are headed that appealed to what I want from a marketplace for handmade arts and crafts.


ExZibbet your work with Zibbet and see where it takes you!
ExZibbet your work with Zibbet and see where it takes you! | Source
Sell recycled items on Zibbet: Tropical tote sewn from a toddler's tiered dress.  (See multiple photos below.)
Sell recycled items on Zibbet: Tropical tote sewn from a toddler's tiered dress. (See multiple photos below.) | Source

Why Zibbet?


The fact that this company is not a megapolis in the online world engaged my attention right off the bat. It’s true, the more shoppers there are on a site like this, the more the sellers benefit, but there’s something to be said for not being overwhelmed when we first arrive in a new place.

As simplistic as this sounds, I will want only one buyer for each bag. Lookers are great, especially if they help get the word out about the site and my items, but buyers will be the goal and my creations will appeal only to particular people looking for hand-made earth-friendly bags.

Sellers need to know that buyers will have an enjoyable shopping experience. On every level, buyers deserve to have what they want conveniently accessible and they should feel secure in their decision not only to window shop but to buy from a site.

Zibbet is working to grow opportunities for sellers and buyers, and I can see myself learning from and growing with them. The place they are at now is a good place to begin in the world of online selling. My work might remain a useful hobby after joining, but growing a business seems like a real possibility with this site.

A neutral bag with a fun flair.
A neutral bag with a fun flair. | Source

Handbags, Tote Bags, and Clutches out of Beautiful Fabrics Rescued from Their Landfill Destinations

Owning a bag made from rescued fabrics and which is a one-of-a-kind creation is satisfying on many levels.
Owning a bag made from rescued fabrics and which is a one-of-a-kind creation is satisfying on many levels. | Source
Multiple pictures of tropical tote created from a size T3 tiered dress.  Includes recycled lining/handles and magnetic closure.
Multiple pictures of tropical tote created from a size T3 tiered dress. Includes recycled lining/handles and magnetic closure. | Source

It seems that everything Zibbet is about is creativity. Offering constructive creative options for creating stores and promoting items to any who want to establish a brand for their art or crafts in a public venue reflects the level of interest in helping sellers succeed.

Exploring how to stand out while establishing my spot on this artisan’s site is attractive because they care enough about creativity to offer the opportunities, making what they may come up with to help me produce and promote my work in the future exciting to think about.

Handmade crafts ranging from the common to the extraordinary, fine art from some fine artists, vintage items to use in decorating or generating your own products, and supplies needed for continuing your own creative work all in a community put together by owners interested in encouraging creativity are big draws.

I like that this site is legitimate competition for the megapolises. I like to see a successful beginner who is working hard go forward. I like that they are working smart to make it easy to start with them, to help members become skillful in their online marketing, and to help customers discover what sellers are offering.

Besides all that, I figure that if Zibbet does not work out for me, the megapolises and other sites could still be a possibility. However, why this one shouldn’t be the one to start with was a good question to ask and more clear reasons to say yes were apparent than there were reasons to say no.

Why Zibbet? It feels right after looking over so many other sites, and after I explained the site to him, my husband commented that it seemed like a great opportunity for people to exZibbet their work. (Leave it to him to come up with that!)


Should You Join Zibbet.com?


Reading stories of how artists and crafts people are enjoying creating items that they love and of how they made their way to selling those items is incredibly inspiring to a creative person.

If you are an artist or craftsperson you could be on your way to writing your own story with Zibbet that will influence others if you decide to sell online or even expand your current selling options.

What ever your decision about selling online is, take a look at the simplicity of this site. Consider the great options available to members. Take a second look if you've been introduced to it in the past.

Give it a try if you are serious about branding your work and developing a market plan for a work from home business, especially if now is the time for you to begin somewhere rather than continue thinking about it.

Now might be the time to have a discussion with yourself about the best site to use. You may really be surprised with your successes if you enjoy creating amazing things! Check out their options (and any offers they may have for new members), then join Zibbet to see where the opportunity takes you!


A simple bag at first glance, its variety of materials, multiple pockets, and bright design make it a useful and fun accessory. It was snagged by a friend when I offered to let her choose one for herself.
A simple bag at first glance, its variety of materials, multiple pockets, and bright design make it a useful and fun accessory. It was snagged by a friend when I offered to let her choose one for herself. | Source

A Note on My Starting Date with Zibbet


My research has shown me what direction I want to go. Though I'm not a seller just yet, I am making plans to make the most of this chance to see how far I can take my bags (and perhaps other items in the distant future).

The bottom line is that a person is building a business when selling online. I'm looking forward to the work involved, the process of establishing and running a business, and seeing where it takes me.

Large Bags are Trending

To show the extra large size, this bag's first photo includes the hinges on the door.  Note the bag's shape in the first photo and the top corner snaps in the following ones.
To show the extra large size, this bag's first photo includes the hinges on the door. Note the bag's shape in the first photo and the top corner snaps in the following ones. | Source

The fact that I would especially enjoy writing up descriptions for my creations makes going ahead right now tempting. The samples shown in these photos are a few I've made primarily to gain experience with a variety of fabrics and techniques, and to use as gifts.

Waiting is not easy but I want to build an inventory I'm really happy with, and I have a few other things to think through before I start selling. When the time comes, I'll be writing a grand opening announcement so keep an eye out if you are interested in seeing how it all works out.

It is a relief to have the question of deciding what site I will use settled and to be able to go step by step from here. In the meantime, I'll be enjoying the fact that ideas talk to me, teach me, and become more than I expect as I work on them.


Who Should Join Zibbet.com?


Anyone with the life opportunity (by choice or not), anyone with the determination to succeed when given the right tools, anyone who aspires to brand and promote their creative work or who wants to supply items to artists and crafts people has a great option in Zibbet.

• Note to buyers: If you are like me and you want to support the little guy who is working hard to become an effective force in the market place, you might like to check Zibbet sellers out on Pinterest and follow them on other social media. Doing so will make it easier for you to stay up to date on their latest and greatest while you watch the progress and growth of the site and its members.


Do you prefer to receive handmade gifts as opposed to mass-produced items?

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Important Information for Sellers


Is your work a hobby or a for profit business? Do you know what you need to do in order to fulfill your tax obligation or do you have someone taking care of that for you?

You may not live in California but this information can be a good starting point by helping you know what questions to ask regarding the state you live in.

Happy Zibbeter!

Need Arts/Crafts Ideas?


Check out the following hubs if you are looking for new ideas to add to your stock:


One of my examples on how to design and paint kid's tee shirts:

4th of July Brother and Sister


You can easily make pretty reusable gift bags:

Sew a Gift Bag that can be Used as a Tote Bag


Using denim skirts to make handbags is fun stuff:

Denim Skirt Handbag Project #2


Start here to see simple crochet edged blanket projects:

Crochet Edging Blanket and Rattle


*Also, search HubPages for other interesting craft projects from creative people who are members here.


Are you familiar with Zibbet or is this hub your introduction?

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    • RTalloni profile image
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      RTalloni 23 months ago from the short journey

      MarleneB:

      In a fabric shop I met a lady who was selling her knitted bags in an exclusive store in the area. They were beautiful! Fashionable grocery bags seem like something people would want choices on. Advertising for stores is not my bag! I prefer something that matches my personality or outfit. Do let us know how it goes--would like to include your Zibbet info in a link on this hub.

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      Marlene Bertrand 23 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello RTalloni. I haven't made many bags. One of my favorite bags is one that I knitted. I want to start sewing "fashionable" grocery bags. I think that would be fun. I'll let you know how it all pans out.

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      RTalloni 23 months ago from the short journey

      MarleneB:

      It would be great to see some of your bags in hubs! Thank you for letting me know that this interested you. Would love to hear more about your experience with Zibbet.

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      Marlene Bertrand 23 months ago from Northern California, USA

      I am very happy I found this information. I absolutely love making handbags and maybe one day selling them.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for letting me know that you found this introduction to Zibbet interesting, and thanks for the compliment on the bags. Life gets in the way of doing everything we want to do and I've had to postpone getting set up as a seller once again, but I'm not forgetting what I learned via my research. As well, checking Zibbet's site out periodically helps keep me up to date.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have never heard of Zibbet, but it sounds like a good up and coming site! Your bags are beautiful! I wish you good luck with selling your items here!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      Thanks much! I hope you get to check the site out for you never know where it will lead… :) Also appreciate your feedback on the bags. I have new photos I plan to add to this post…eventually… :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is the first I have heard of this site but for those selling crafts and art items it would be worth exploring. Good luck when you start selling your bags. They are very pretty! Up votes and will share.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      CorneliaMladenova:

      Thank you very much! I hope you've been able to find that special gift for your daughter. It will be interesting to see how Zibbet continues to develop their site.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Love this hub and especially the photos of the bags. I am going to visit Zibbet right now to look for birthday present for my daughter :)

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      ezzly:

      Glad to make the introduction! Thanks for letting me know you stopped by.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      pstraubie48:

      Thanks much, you are very kind! So appreciate that you've helped highlight Zibbet for others' benefit.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Wow I never knew about this website ! Thanks for this wonderful article !

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      You are so talented. I hope you are very successful on Zibbet. I will be sharing this with my crafty friends.

      Pinned g+ tweeted

      Angels are on the way ps

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      techygran:

      So appreciate that you checked out this info on Zibbet. I want my startup to be at a time when I am free to focus well on it. So far...ha. But I'm not giving up, Zibbet is still a goal. It's always interesting to check out what's new in the meantime. You and and your sewing partner (how nice!) might meet me there some time! :)

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      RTalloni:

      Thanks for the review of this new site-- the one thing my sewing partner and I found with one of the megapolises (?) was the extremely high cost of shipping and "handling" (the fee that they extracted as a broker?). Perhaps that was because we were Canadian-- in any case, I hope that Zibbit has reasonable shipping costs and that you experience success and have fun (when you decide to launch)! ~Cynthia

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Writer Fox:

      Thanks kindly for letting me know that this was your introduction to this artists and craftspersons' selling site! I'm not featured there just yet but I periodically check up on what's new. Today, there are nearly 47,000 members featuring amazing pieces of art and creative items, and more. The handmade section currently features nearly 151,000 items from fine art to interesting vintage curiosities, I enjoy looking over the listings a little too much… :)

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I haven't heard of this site before, but it sounds like a great place to market items. Your totes are so creative! I hope you have a great experience selling them on Zibbet.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      peachpurple:

      Yes, as mentioned in this hub, it is similar to other art and crafts selling/buying sites. Thanks for stopping by.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      zibbet is like etsy and zazzle, is it?

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      vespawoolf:

      Thank you for letting me know this was useful to you. Great success to you in your work. I hope we get to see some of it here! Thank you, as well, for your positive feedback on my bags. I just finished more than 40, but am meeting with some young women this week so they can each choose one as a thank you for their faithfulness to reach out to others. After that, I'll be reassessing my stock and building it up again… :) Will try to add some new photos of my latest bags to this post before then.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I´ve never heard of Zibbet but am happy to know about it. I also appreciate handmade gifts and these bags are beautiful! I also appreciate repurposing used clothing. Thank you for sharing. I plan to look into it.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      anglnwu:

      Thanks very much for stopping by to check Zibbet out. A setback has me stalled, but I'm planning to continue working towards my goal. I appreciate that you let me hear from you!

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      anglnwu 3 years ago

      It's clear you've done tons of research on zibbet and I'm glad you've found a niche to showcase your work. Looking at your work, I can only stand in awe and wish I've as much talent. Thanks!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Glimmer Twin Fan:

      Thanks so much for letting me know that this encouraged you to work toward your idea of online selling. It would be interesting to follow your progress via hubs. I know what you mean about getting around to it. I feel that my initial stock has to be just right before my launch and that I have to be ready to maintain that stock for I do not want to have a start that is hit and miss. An unexpected turn of events has me slowed down right now but I've not lost my focus on the option of benefitting from what Zibbet offers. They continue to grow and though that means a bit of temporary stress on the sight, it can't be anything but good for members.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Interesting - I've never heard of Zibbet and will definitely go check it out. I continue to toy with the idea of making a lot of crafts and selling them online, just haven't gotten around to it yet. This is a definite motivation.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Barbara Kay:

      I hope you announce your Zibbet store here if you set it up! Let us know asap so we can visit your stock. Another one of life's curve balls has slowed me down again, but I'm still going that direction… :)

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I have never heard of this site before. Since I have been mainly creating patterns I'm going to need to start selling the finished items soon. I'm running out of places to store them. Thanks for introducing the site.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Eiddwen:

      Thanks kindly!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great hub so interesting and very useful.

      Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here. Wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      teaches12345:

      So glad to make the introduction and to know that the info could be useful to your sisters! Thanks for stopping in and for commenting.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      THis is the first I have heard of this site. I will have to pass it on to my sisters who are expert craftswomen.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      KoffeeKlatch Gals;

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy looking the site over to see what they offer both buyers and sellers.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      annart:

      Thanks very much for your kind compliment and feedback! So glad that you found this info valuable enough to pass it to your daughter. I hope she finds it useful and beneficial.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Eiddwen:

      Thanks very much for your visit and response to my research into which site to join! Am looking forward to continuing to learn and getting to the place where I am ready to market the bags I plan post with Zibbet.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Faith Reaper:

      Zibbet is still a small business by comparison, but competition is a good thing so I'm glad to see this "little guy" working to grow. Thanks very much for your positive feedback!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      AliciaC:

      Thanks kindly for your encouraging feedback! The bags I plan to sell are still "under construction" and I expect to feature them in a grand opening hub when I'm satisfied with the stock I am building.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is an awesome hub. I've never heard of zibbet, now I can't wait to visit it.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      LeslieAdrienne:

      Thanks kindly for your visit and comment--so appreciate the feedback!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Love those handbags, especially the blue ones at the start! I need a large bag and they look just the ticket.

      One of my daughters makes jewelry and might benefit from the knowledge of this site so I'll pass on the info, thanks.

      Informative hub. Good luck to you with all your creations and your sales!

      Ann

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Jackie Lynnley:

      Thanks much for letting me know you stopped by and for helping to inform others about this arts and crafts site! Seller and buyers will enjoy taking a look at it and comparing it to similar sites: http://community.zibbet.com

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great hub;interesting and very well informed. Thanks for sharing and voted up.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent hub here and thank you for sharing your knowledge about Zibbet. I have never heard of it before. Your bags are beautiful and I wish you much success.

      Voted up ++++ and away

      Blessings

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've never heard of Zibbet, but based on your review it sounds like a great site. I love your bags! Good luck with your business when you start it.

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      Leslie A. Shields 3 years ago from Georgia

      I love the Hub... there is always something interesting to read and learn from. Thanks for sharing this one.... God Bless you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sounds like something great for people with real craft talents. I know a couple of people who may be interested in this. Up and sharing.