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?
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.
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.
Try DeviantArt.com, I haven't been on there in a while, you can sell prints of your work as well
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.
I will have to check that site out. Ive never heard of it...
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.
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!
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?
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.
I found some cool handmade leather bracelets on etsy, I wish I was more crafty then I would set up a store too!
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.
I love youtube, I like to watch all the great un-discovered singers they are really talented.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
I have two etsy shops and sold photos and art more in my zazzle shops
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