8 Places to Sell Your Handmade Crafts Online
Selling Your Crafts from Home
Do you want to stop punching someone else's time clock?
Of course you would.
Would you like to be able to turn the crafts that you make into a legitimate business that generates income for your household?
Yes again? (Shocker!)
With this list of 8 online marketplaces, you can sell the crafts that you make, and begin to be your own boss by doing what you love.
"Crafted by American hands." is the motto of Aftcra and it is completely free to set up your sellers account and list your crafts for sale. After an item is sold Aftcra only charges a 7% fee!
The main categories on the home page are:
- Kids and Baby
- Home and Furnishings
- Arts and Handicrafts
- Paper Goods and
Artfire is next on the list. Whether your passion is handmade items, vintage items, or craft supplies, you can sell it on Artfire. Its also a great place to "get your feet wet," so to speak, in the world of selling crafts because they have two tiers of how they charge sellers.
You can either sell items on a commission based plan, or pay a monthly subscription fee to save money on listing lots of items.
Etsy has been a popular platform for selling crafts, craft supplies, and vintage items since 2005. No membership or subscription fees of any kind are charged by Etsy, but by being willing to pay 20¢ per listing and 3.5% when your item sells, you have the potential to show your wares to over 30 million customers!
You can sell your crafts for $5 per month or $50 per year with Handmade Artists. No other fees apply! It'll also be easy to find a spot for your wares among the 26 main categories in their menu, that range from everything from candles, to glass, to edibles, and metal working. Their site is designed to be a "safe, secure venue where people can support each other's efforts in marketing their wares."
Sellers on Hyena cart have to have crafts for sale that are child and environment friendly. They don't make it hard to find a niche to sell to though with 23 categories to choose from. There are three ways to sign-up to sell items on Hyena Cart, depending on whether you will be sharing a store, running your own store, or selling used items.
ICraft Gifts has been around since 2008 and claim to be "the ultimate online destination for premium handmade arts, crafts and fashions." They are able to back up this boast though, having sellers and independent creators from all over the globe running over 2000 successful stores on their platform. A one time setup fee of $25.00 and a monthly selling subscription fee are all that's required to start selling right now.
Made it Myself
All it takes to sell a craft on Made it Myself is a 3% commission after the item has been sold. Items are free to list and MiM offers a feature that you won't find everywhere; price haggling. If the buyer doesn't like the price they can make a request to the seller to lower it. The seller can then accept or counter an offer from there. It's like bringing the flea market right to your computer.
Shopify is a global powerhouse when it comes to helping people sell anything under the sun. When signing up to Shopify, everybody is given a 14 day free trial to get the hang of things. After the 14 days is up though, monthly plans beginning at $29 must be chosen to keep selling. The price tag is well worth it though because from the moment you start your 14 day free trial, you have access to free themes, stock images, and podcasts telling you how to succeed selling on Shopify.
I've Taken the First Step
I hope that at least one of these eight resources will be able to give you the leverage that you need to be your own boss at doing what you love. By compiling these sources to sell your crafts, so you have a little bit of an idea what to expect, I've taken the first step for you. Now all you have to do is pick the one that sounds like it would suit your needs and take it the rest of the way. Good Luck!