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Etsy is, without a doubt, the most well-known site for selling handmade crafts, antiques, and other things. It’s a virtual treasure-trove of hand-crafted items consisting of jewelry, clothing, toys, collectibles, things for the home, and others.
If you are someone who makes and sells hand-crafted items, you may be wondering if there are other sites like Etsy for selling your custom creations. And why not? Who says you have to only sell your stuff on one site?
The more sites you have your products listed on, the greater your chances of selling them. The more products you sell, the more money you make.
Good news: They are your products, and you can list them on as many sites as you would like.
The more, the merrier – right?
Although these sites are similar to Etsy, they are all a little different in some ways. Each will have its own rules and fees. Some sites, for example, allow you to list many different types of products, while others specialize in certain products.
Let’s go ahead then and take a look at 25 sites like Etsy to see what your options are with listing your custom creations.
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1. Amazon Handmade
I’m going to lead off this list with one of the most popular Etsy-like websites there is – Amazon Handmade.
Why is Amazon Handmade so popular?
Because you get to list your handcrafted creations right on the most visited eCommerce website in the world – Amazon. It’s like setting up shop on the most visited street in the world with potentially thousands of people checking out your stuff every day. What store owner wouldn’t want that?
With Amazon Handmade, you have to apply and be accepted to list and sell your products. Not everyone who applies will be accepted. This is because Amazon is very careful about the products it sells, and it wants to maintain the reputation for quality it has built over the years.
The fee structure with Amazon Handmade is very straightforward. If you are accepted, there are no fees to list your products when you create your shop. Amazon deducts a referral fee every time you sell something. As the program evolves, there may be other fees.
Many different categories are available with Amazon Handmade. Just a few include Toys and Games, Jewelry and Watches, Kitchen and Dining, Clothing, Artwork, Pet Supplies, and others. Be sure to check the Amazon Handmade website for the full list of categories you can sell your products in.
Website: Amazon Handmade
Here is a webinar on getting started on Amazon Handmade:
Redbubble is one of my favorite websites like Etsy. It is an Australian-based company that is very different from Etsy in one major way – the company specializes in selling print-on-demand products.
What is a print-on-demand product?
With print-on-demand, the artist creates custom works of art and uploads them to Redbubble. The art can be applied to many different products including various apparel products, tote bags, stickers, greeting cards, wall art, coffee mugs, water bottles, and many other things.
When someone places an order for one of the products with your art on it, you receive notification via email and earn a commission. The company takes care of printing the design on the product and shipping it to the customer. That’s it. You don’t have to physically handle the product at all.
The great thing about print-on-demand is that you can spend all of your time creating new artwork instead of having to worry about making and shipping individual products. There are some people, for example, who have thousands of designs for sale on Redbubble and other sites.
Regarding product pricing, Redbubble lets you set your own prices. You can price yours at a premium to earn more money, or price yours to be competitive with other sellers. The choice is yours.
CafePress is another print-on-demand company to consider. The company lets you upload custom artwork that you have created and sell it on different products. The product is not actually created until an order is placed for it, thus cutting down on the amount of inventory the company needs to keep on hand.
Selling your artwork on CafePress is very easy. After you create an account, you upload your designs and apply them to the products you think they will be best suited for. When a product sells, you earn a commission and the company takes care of creating and shipping the product to the customer.
Shops like Etsy that allow you to sell print-on-demand products are not limited to CafePress and Redbubble. TeePublic is another option to consider for uploading and selling your artwork.
With its headquarters in New York City, TeePublic is very similar to CafePress and Redbubble. In fact, TeePublic is actually owned by Redbubble. You can upload your artwork and have it appear on many different products.
Zazzle is another online marketplace that specializes in print-on-demand products. You can place your custom artwork on many different products and list them for sale right on the Zazzle platform. Zazzle takes care of all product fulfillment and customer service requests. You can also set your own royalty rates.
Spreadshirt is another site that lets you take a piece of original artwork you created and apply it to many products. If you’re going to sell your artwork online, you may as well sell it on as many sites as possible to maximize how much money you can earn.
Spreadshirt was originally founded in Germany and has been around since 2002, making it an established print-on-demand website for selling your artwork. The company’s website states that it has over 100,000 active sellers and it is active in 18 markets.
Spreadshirt has over 200 products that are blank canvasses for your custom creations. In addition to creating listings with custom art, you can also place simple text messages on t-shirts, jackets, hats, and other items.
The Etsy alternatives continue with SunFrog, another print-on-demand site that lets you upload your original artistic creations and sell them on different products.
One thing I really like about SunFrog is that the company actively promotes artists’ creations to millions of potential customers. It does the marketing for you so you can concentrate on creating new designs.
SunFrog has some great selling tools you can use to increase your chances of selling products. You can create a profile page, for example. With these pages, you can connect your social media profile, upload videos, and choose which of your designs to feature.
SunFrog makes product creation very easy. The platform allows you to quickly upload your designs with its direct file upload. You can also use its easy online designer to quickly make designs. Custom templates are also available, and real-time reports help you track how well your designs are doing.
Another thing I really like about SunFrog is that the company offers a series of instructional videos that they call SunFrog Academy. Video tutorials are available on the subjects of Facebook marketing, Using Google Analytics, email marketing, and using SunFrog Manager.
Society6 offers many different products that you can put your designs on. Categories include wall art, home décor, bed and bath, tabletop, office, tech, apparel and bags, outdoor and lifestyle, children, and collections.
Getting started on Society6 is very easy. After creating an account, you can begin uploading your artwork to various products. Like the other print-on-demand sites, Society6 takes care of printing, packing, and shipping your products for you so you can spend your time creating more works of art to upload. The company also handles customer service issues.
Based in Chicago and in business since 2000, Threadless is another print-on-demand company that’s worth including in this list. Threadless originally started as a t-shirt company, but has since expanded to offer a full line of apparel, home decor, accessories, and other items.
Threadless lets you create your own artist shop with a customizable storefront so yours can be unique from the others. If you choose to opt-in, Threadless will also occasionally feature your designs in its Threadless Discover. This free marketing may help increase your sales.
10. Fine Art America
Based in Santa Monica, California, Fine Art America claims to be the “world’s largest online art marketplace.” Several different categories of products are offered for selling your artistic designs. The company states on its website that it has 14 global production facilities in five different countries that operate 24 hours a day.
Fine Art America states on its website that “hundreds of thousands of artists, photographers, and national brands” sell on the platform. One thing I really like about this site is that it offers sales and marketing tools that creators can use to market their products. These tools allow you to set up your own web store, sell your products on Facebook, create email newsletters, and do other things.
Website: Fine Art America
Fine Art America has a great introductory video to its website and how artists can sell their creative works:
11. Art Fire
Another site to consider is Art Fire. This online marketplace consists of people from around the world who sell custom handmade goods, vintage items, and craft supplies. Art Fire offers sellers promotional tools that can be used to create shops and market their products.
Art Fire does require you to sign up with a monthly plan to participate. Three plans are offered with different features and prices.
Benefits to Art Fire sellers include easy management and access to thousands of potential shoppers. When you ship an item to a buyer, Art Fire will keep your customer informed of the order status with automatic shipping notification. US-based customer support is also provided.
Website: Art Fire
12. Rebels Market
Rebels Market is a site that specializes in alternative designs. It’s a site for people who are looking for unique, edgy, and rebellious styles. That could include punk, metal, rockabilly, and other alternative styles.
Rebels Market states that it has millions of customers. The company also has built-in marketing promotions to help you sell your custom creations.
To create an online store on Rebels Market, you do have to apply and be accepted. If you are accepted, you can then create your online store and list your items.
Website: Rebels Market
Zibbet is very different from the other sites on this list. Instead of it only being a platform for selling directly to customers, it’s best to think of Zibbet as a sellling platform management system. Zibbet is a system that allows you to sell on multiple platforms from one online location.
To give you an example, you can list your products on the Zibbet Marketplace and and also sell them on Etsy and other sites through the platform. This helps you to keep your inventory in sync, make product changes at once, and manage all of your orders in one place.
Zibbet charges a fee for each channel that you list your products on.
Bonanza is an online marketplace that claims to have been voted the “most recommended marketplace” over other online platforms by sellers. It’s an Etsy alternative with many different categories to sell your products.
Bonanza is a great platform for selling because it has some great marketing tools that help you market your products and generate repeat business from your customers. Tools are available to review customer data, build customer lists, and create targeted coupons to effectively market your products.
Getting started with Bonanza is very easy. Tools are available to help you quickly import your listings from some of the most popular platforms.
Next on the list is Spoonflower. This site is a little different from the others because it mainly focuses on being a marketplace for home decor artists. Categories include fabric, wallpaper, living and decor, dining, and bedding.
Spoonflower states that it has over 25,000 designers selling their creations and over 850,000 shoppers per month. You can create your own store, and it’s also possible to distribute your stuff to other marketplaces through Spoonflower.
eCrater is an online marketplace that has been around since 2004. eCrater lets you easily and quickly create a free online store. You can even import your products from your eBay store, which greatly simplifies the process of listing products if you are already sellling on eBay.
One of the great things about this site is that your products (if they are eligible) are submitted to Google Shopping, which may increase the number of shoppers who see them.
17. Arftul Home
Artful Home is another website that you may be able to list and sell your products on. To sell your artistic creations on Artful Home, you must first be approved. Every artist on the platform has been evaluated by a panel to ensure that only the highest quality products are offered.
To get started on Artful Home, you must first submit an application with an application fee. The artwork you submit with your application is then reviewed by the Art Advisory Team. It may take 6-8 weeks to receive the results of your application. If you are accepted, you can then set up your account and submit your artistic work. And if your application is rejected, you can apply again with another portfolio.
One thing I really like about Artful Home is that the company helps to market your products across North America through email marketing campaigns. This allows you to focus on creating new designs while Artful Home works on your behalf to sell your products.
One thing I’m not too crazy about with this site is the fact they they do require a very hefty one-time membership fee. Thankfully, it’s possible to pay this fee in installments.
Website: Artful Home
iCraft is another of the many websites to consider if you are interested in listing your products on as many marketplaces as possible to increase exposure. Based in Ontario, Canada, iCraft is a marketplace that lets you sell your custom art, crafts, and fashion creations, but it also has another feature that I find very interesting. You can also accept requests for custom orders or commissioned work (if you choose to do so).
iCraft strives to be a site that offers high-quality products. To meet this objective, all of your listings are reviewed by the company for quality. The company may also offer constructive criticism when it sees something that can be improved.
19. Uncommon Goods
Founded in 1999, Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace with handcrafted items that are unusual, different, stunningly beautiful, or something else that makes them unique from all of the other “me too” products you might find on other sites.
One thing I really like about this site is its focus on being environmentally friendly. Uncommon Goods encourages its artists to use recycled or sustainable materials whenever possible. The company also uses environmentally friendly packing materials. Also, Uncommon Goods does not sell any products that are made with leather, feather, or fur.
Uncommon Goods is not a site where you can create an account and upload anything you want. You do have to apply to have your product(s) listed. In addition to evaluating your products, Uncommon Goods also considers the story behind the artist.
Website: Uncommon Goods
Aftcra is another site to consider if you make handcrafted items. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquarted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The important thing to keep in mind with this marketplace is that all of the products you sell on the site must be made by hand. It doesn’t allow any products that have been made with the assistance of machines. Also, all of the products on the site have to be made in the USA. No craft supplies or vintage good are permitted.
One thing I really like about this site is their emphasis on customer service. They state on their website that if you have a suggestion or question, they will respond to your email within 24 hours.
Based in both Vancouver, Canada and Washington, D.C., Cargoh is a curated marketplace for independent artists and designers.
What is a “curated” marketplace?
It means that Cargoh only presents the very best products on its website. It’s not just about quality though. By curating its content, this also helps the categories to be more balanced and to help sellers get more exposure to their products.
To start selling on Cargoh, you do need to apply and be accepted. You will need to fill out and submit their online application to start the application process.
Storenvy is a platform for creatives that offers two ways to sell online. You can sell through a custom online store and also through Storenvy’s social marketplace.
Storenvy states that it is “like a social network for shopping.” After you upload your products to your Storenvy store, you can grow your following and be exposed to new shoppers.
Storenvy shoppers have the option of “watching” your store. If you add a new product to your store, for example, those watching will be automatically notified.
A powerful social feature of the platform is when the site’s shoppers vote on their favorite products. The more votes a product gets, the more exposure it will get on the platform. If your business gets a lot of activity, there is a chance that you could be featured.
It’s very easy to get started on Storenvy, and a store can be created very quickly. Storenvy does require a monthly fee to participate. A free option is available, however, with limited features.
23. Handmade Artists
Handmade artists is another site that is just for those who create handmade products. One thing that I really like about this site is that all of the items you list are automatically added to Google Product Search and The Find. This can help put more eyeballs on the products you are selling.
Handmade Artist does require all sellers to pay a monthly fee to participate. Compared to some Etsy alternatives, however, the fees are very affordable. An option to subscribe for a year at a time is also available.
Website: Handmade Artists
24. Ruby Lane
Ruby Lane is a site you can sell products on that primarily focuses on all things vintage. Items you can sell include antiques and collectibles, collectible dolls, original art, furniture, lighting, rugs, glass art, jewelry, porcelain and pottery art, silver, and fashion.
Ruby Lane has been in business since 1998, so it has a long track record with both buyers and sellers. Quality is very important to this company. It has a secret shopper program where it occasionally makes random purchases from its shops. Things that are evaluated include response times and item and packing quality. Ruby Lane may reach out to shop owners with feedback and recommendations if deficiencies are found.
Website: Ruby Lane
Luulla is a popular website for creative artists who make handmade items. The site connects you with shoppers from all around the world who appreciate the artistry and details of all things handmade.
One interesting thing I like about this site is that you can price your items in US Dollars. Buyers who live in other countries may choose to view your items in other currencies. Over 20 international currencies are supported.
Another thing I like about Luulla is that you can use coupon codes if you want to offer special discounts for your items. This can be a great way to help market and promote your products.
There is a monthly fee required to sell your products on Luulla. Three different paid options are offered depending on the listing features you prefer. A free starter option is also available with limited product listings and fewer features.
Plenty of Alternatives
You are more than an artist – you are an entrepreneur. Instead of listing your products on one site and hoping for the best, why not list them on multiple sites to maximize your potential earnings? There’s no need to be shy about marketing the works of art you create.
Before you sign up with any site that allows creatives to sell the items they make, be sure to take the time to familiarize yourself with all of the rules and requirements of each site so you’ll know exactly what to expect when you set up an account and start listing your products. Some sites charge monthly fees, for example, while others don’t. And sites do occasionally change things, too.
Finally, don’t forget to have fun. Yes, you are operating a business when you sell your products online – but the products you will be selling will be your own creations. So be sure to enjoy the process.