5 sites for selling handmade goods
With its tag line ‘Your place to buy and sell all things handmade’ this is still the mother of all craft sites. Since the company launched in June 2005, more than 400,000 sellers from around the world have opened up Etsy shops and buyers of Etsy listed products span more than 150 countries.
The tagline on its site says it all: ‘Folksy is a place to buy handmade things, and for makers to sell their work and find supplies. Based in the UK, Folksy aims to reclaim craft and showcase talented makers and their work.’ The site is easy to navigate, has helpful forums, and is home to a growing roster of sellers.
With sites in the UK, France and Germany, this platform offers free shop set-up and a 5% commission from the sales value (no commission on shipping fees). There is currently no listing fee but the company does suggest this may be introduced in the future, once the site has reached a certain size and number of buyers.
Started in April 2006 by Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, this site offers personalised gifts and other delights you – as the name suggests! – won’t find on the high street. To sell via this site you have to apply and only 5% of applicants are accepted, which means you’re bound to be in good company. There is a listing fee and sales commission tailor made to suit each company that joins.
Created by Emma Hogg in 2009, MISI hosts thousands of sellers. Artisans on this site (the MISI stands for Make it Sell It) sell everything from jewellery to clothing, and prices range from a couple of pounds to a couple of thousand pounds. It’s free to create a shop, there’s a 3% commission on sales and a 20p listing fee per item.
You will find reviews of 10 more platform sites in ‘Working 5 to 9 – how to start a business in your spare time’
Do you sell handmade goods? Do you sell via sites that we don’t have listed here? If so, please let us know!
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