Thursday, November 20, 2008

Do You Make Crafts By Hand?

Then just might be the place for you if you would like to sell your hand-made items.

Etsy itself has been featured on popular shows like The Martha Stewart Show and The Rachel Ray Show and they also have their own blog as well. One of their success stories is about a woman who was able to quit her office job and sell her crafts on Etsy full time!

In order to buy & sell on Etsy, you'll need an account. Joining is free and easy. All you need is a valid email address.

In a way, Etsy is just like Ebay in that you list your item for sale - only in Etsy's case your item must be something that you made yourself. You can not sell something that was made by someone else.

To start selling on Etsy, you’ll first need to register for an Etsy account. To become a seller, you’ll need a credit card for verification purposes.

Fees - It will cost you 20 cents to list an item for four months. When your item sells, you’ll pay a 3.5% transaction fee. Read all about Etsy's fees for more information by clicking this link.

So if you enjoy making things this may just be the place where you can start to sell them! And I should tell you that lots of people are using this website to sell their handmade items!

I would highly recommend that you take a look at this site if you are interested in selling your own hand-made crafts and items!


chicky401 said...

You have a lot of great info here! I like Etsy. It's the first time I heard of it just now but I checked it out and looks great. Thank you for sharing.

Jo said...

Wish I was good at crafting! Used your link to check out Etsy and I am impressed. I liked the idea that you can plug in your zip code and find local craft shops. I signed a pledge today to shop local. It is an initiative set up by the businessmen in our area to get locals to each do their bit by shopping local. If each of us does our bit it will make a difference.

Rose said...

Thank you for the compliment about the information on my blog. I'm sorry it took so long for me to reply but the "recent comments" widget doesn't always show so I have to catch the comments when I can!

When I first visited the Etsy site I was so impressed by the different beautiful and unique creations that I saw from other people - and I don't mind saying that I'm interested in purchasing some of those gorgeous creations myself!

But when I saw one of Etsy's success stories about a women who was able to use Etsy to start her own crafting business - I knew that I had to write about it here!

I hope it encourages others!

Garden said...

Very nice post.

Rose said...

I have always been a firm believer of shopping locally - especially now during the holidays!

As far as "wish I was good at crafting" - you may be a crafter and not know it! The craft-related things that I do I learned over a period of time and just liked doing them! Who knows you may find a crafting hobby that you like, get good at it and then before you know it you'll be selling on Etsy!

So just because you don't "craft" anything now - doesn't mean you won't do so in the future..........