Where do you sell your handmade items?
For most small independent handicraft makers, often the obvious choice is to set up shop at Etsy.
Granted, Etsy is easily one of the most successful marketplaces for indie crafts.
And that’s exactly why Etsy may not be the best place to sell your art!
You see, there are so many sellers on the site that the competition is as stiff as it can get. And for most beginners it is nearly impossible to stand out.
Having said that, there is no reason to exclude yourself from Etsy.
Go on and get yourself listed on Etsy.
But cast your net wider!
Get on smaller online marketplaces and other sites similar to Etsy that are not as crowded where your talent could be easier spotted.
And to make your job of finding these Etsy alternatives easier, I’ve compiled a list of online communities of varying popularity to widen your choice.
Whether you’re selling handmade jewelry, mugs, T-shirts, artwork, foods, or other handcrafted items, I am sure you’ll find a site or two you can use.
With that said, here are…
40 Etsy Alternative Websites for Selling Handcrafted Stuff Online
1. Cafe Press
The site offers print-on-demand service.
You can have your newly conceived design printed on a number of objects here, including but not limited to tee-shirts, mugs, apparel, and wall posters here.
Prolific designers would love this site. Basically, you come out with a design, upload it and figure what items to go with your design (it could be t-shirts and posters and many other things). If these sell, you get royalties.
This has to be an excellent option if you are apt at conceiving new ideas or designs, rather than be tied up with the process of actually producing them or making shipping arrangements.
This is yet another popular marketplace for aspiring handicraft makers and artisans. ArtFire is one of the best places to sell handmade jewelry especially.
Personally, I think its greatest appeal is how you can put up an item on your Amazon wish list. It is a stroke of genius for ArtFire to tie up with Amazon’s Universal Wishlist technology.
There are no monthly or listing fees here. The site takes 3.5% commission on all items sold.
This site is still in beta, so a lot may change over the next few years.
5. Foodzie (the site is now part of Joyus)
This site takes its professional ethic to another level. It is true that they take a percentage of your sales, like other online marketplaces. But when they can’t help you sell more, you pay nothing, unlike other online marketplaces.
They bring small US-based food producers and farmers to a wider market that appreciate fabulous foods and gifts.
Another online handicraft marketplace registered in the U.K.
Users can find 3 membership levels:
- The most basic version, which is free, allows only 6 product listings.
- A more decent membership level is the second level.
- At $25 a month, sellers are entitled to 50 product listings.
Strictly speaking, Free Craft Fair is not a real marketplace. Instead, think of it as a website offering directory services for its users.
But if you are thinking of getting exposure among craft buyers, this is one place you should not miss out.
Redbubble is another marketplace with products on diverse themes and categories.
9. Artful Home
This is like the Rolls-Royce of handicraft marketplace. The homemade products consist primarily of home decor, jewelry, and apparel.
The collection is exquisite and huge, it is easy to spend hours here.
ShopWindoz is a pretty niche online marketplace. It is a German registered business and it is popularly known for its innovative and non-mainstream products listed on its website.
If you have a creative mind, ShopWindoz would be glad to have you on board as a shop owner and you would be promised global exposure as it has a pretty good international reach.
Notmassproduced could be an ideal site to work with if you are uncomfortable in the marketing part of the business.
Basically, you still need to have your own store built up, set up the pricing and shipping, and they will do the rest. Notmassproduced manages the sales process, you handle the shipment, and you will get payment direct from them rather than individual customers.
Sellers participation is by invitation only, so every seller represented here has had their skill and craftsmanship endorsed by Notmassproduced already.
The business caters to the UK and European clients.
It is now being compared right up there with the very best – eBay and Etsy.
There is no membership fee and listing fee is low.
Amazingly, the website actually employs real people to handle online sales consultations. The idea is to help the designers to sell more — while not passing over that cost to them.
Coriandr is an extremely business-friendly online marketplace registered in the U.K. Setting up your store is straightforward and the website regularly runs ads and promotions to attract traffic.
I am especially impressed with their gifts under £20 section (metaphorically as people are attracted to this eye-catching phrase in an economy downturn).
If you want to incorporate your shop into your personal blog or website, there is a “mini shop” feature that allows you to easily do that.
iCraft will settle on just original handmade products. No vintage product, no reselling arrangement and definitely no food products.
Ultimately, iCraft has full discretion on what goes onto their marketplace. I like this site for its absolute clarity.
Naturally, such restrictions cut off a great many sellers, but you are good at creativity stuff, iCraft will like you there. It is heralded among designers because of the attractive pricing structure.
I find SpoonFlower remarkable for its innovativeness. Instead of hawking (on the sellers’ behalf) all sorts of handicrafts, it restricts the ware to all fabric products.
Users can find all sorts of garments with different materials, designs and prints.
Whether you are looking for a curtain or a cushion cover, Spoonflower would not disappoint.
16. Big Cartel
Compare to sites like ArtFire, Big Cartel is really lacking in the area of the social aspect.
But if you are into customizing your shopfront, this can be an excellent choice.
17. I Made It Market
The set up of I Made It Market is like a breath of fresh air in the over-crowded online marketplaces.
They also attempt to promote the handicraft from sellers here, but the difference is that the trades are to raise funds and awareness to improve communities. They do this through partnerships with art communities and nonprofit organizations.
Artists and craftspeople benefit through the exposure presented by these participations.
PoppyTalk Handmade is another online handicraft market, which periodically showcase international and emerging designers.
Do take note that there is a “curator” here whose job is to decide if any work is good enough for them to feature on the marketplace.
Nevertheless, it allows a link to your current online storefront when the user clicks on the buy button. It doesn’t matter if that storefront is your own website, Etsy, or another marketplace.
Since its inception, it has won many awards for outstanding blogs and best-run site.
Dawanda has a noble approach to attract craft buyers. The website lets these buyers draw up a wish list of desired products and the lists are then shared among friends.
It helps that the site is well organized, so if you have a keen eye on opportunities, you can make some nice bucks here.
Milwaukee-based Aftcra was established at the end of 2012.
Its online marketplace is dedicated to artisans in the US and their handicrafts.
Misi is another online marketplace for U.K. based craftsmen. The deal here is that sellers can own their shops for life, with a subdomain thrown in, all at no cost to sellers.
They also help to impart business skills through a forum, to help you hone your marketing skills or set up a new business, for example.
The website takes a low commission on every item sold.
22. Made It Myself
Made It Myself is an up-and-coming free marketplace. Similarly, it works by listing your products for sale.
Even at its current beta stage, it is winning praises and attracting users to its community.
While eBay may sound old school, it has a special fair-trade marketplace that is really innovative.
With its World of Good, eBay wants to encourage socially and environmentally responsible shopping. There are many thousands of outstanding products originated across the globe, and with all of them earning the eBay’s stamp of approval.
Through this website, food makers are directly connected with consumers.
If you are passionate about producing food, you may want to consider setup online storefront here.
25. Ruby Lane
Ruby Lane is considered among the early movers in online marketplaces.
The wares here could be vintage, antiques, plus handmade.
Applicable fees are a one-time set-up fee and a monthly maintenance fee.
26. Handmade Catalog
This site is run by a crafter.
Monthly fee applies and the site takes a percentage of sales.
Handmade Artists’ Shop combines both marketplace and community forum.
You could do bustling trades over at their online marketplace and you could pick up useful ideas and inputs from the user forum, which is made up of fellow craftspeople and artisans.
Folksy is yet another online marketplace with a focus on UK handicraft makers. The variety here is huge, ranging from woodcraft to jewelry, books to soap.
Additionally, they also have a Make magazine-style do-it-yourself section.
Chictopia is dedicated to modern fashion; there are tons of handmade clothes and accessories showcased here.
There is no shopping cart facility so every transaction has to be routed back to your own site.
They do not charge listing fees.
30. Silk Fair
With Silk Fair, you either run a free Market Booth on their marketplace or you can use their software to build a full-fledged custom online store.
In other words, your presence could be in the marketplace, your own independent store, or both.
Few could be as no fuzz as Zibbet. They don’t charge listing fees, take no commission and you get to register a free account. If nothing else, it impresses me with the no-fee business model.
There is also a tool to import an Etsy account, just in case you think it is time to switch.
The website has stringent criteria for selecting an individual designer, artist, and craft man.
Once it makes the selection, the work of the chosen individual would be featured in a personalized exhibition page that is going to last one month. The promotional fee would cost $55.
Product listing and membership are free at Storenvy (but you would have to pay for the extras such as custom domain names and coupons/discounts, at $5 a month respectively).
34. Craftly (Changed to Goodsmiths)
You have to admire Craftly for its savviness in term of online marketing. As in the case of Kickstarter (the popular crowdfunding site), it is also a new kid on the block in the online world.
Similarly, it is also fast catching up on popularity. Unlike Kickstarter, this site is dedicated to just craftspeople and artists.
This is an excellent place for you to quickly gauge the kind of response from a limited market before you bring it onto the wider market.
35. MelaArtisans (Previously Mymela)
Indian origin Mymela is a new kind of marketplace. In addition to the usual storefronts that hawk all sorts of arts and crafts, there is also a micro-finance element.
Here, buyers or consumers can choose to make a donation or a small loan to an aspiring businessman. It is called Integrated Micro Advance Funding here due to its slight variation to the traditional micro-finance in its working.
eCrater also double up as a free Web store builder, in addition to its role to facilitate an online marketplace.
For new sellers, it takes no more than minutes to build one free online store here. In addition, if you have an existing eBay store, you can bring it into eCrater.
It has a buzz about it, and users are presented with millions of products on their entry.
LocalHarvest serves as a directory service for organic and local food. It is a good source to identify small farms, farmers markets, and other food supplies in our country.
If you are a small-scale farmer or an indie food producer, it could be a good idea to open a store on Fooducopia marketplace.
You just showcase your wares and they take care of the business side, i.e. sell and market your goods.
There is no listing, re-listing, or monthly fees. They simply take a cut when a sale is made. The site has no region bias so anyone around the world is allowed to set up shop here.
The magic of Supermarket is in its simplicity. The website is fairly simple to navigate as the website lists products under the just four broad categories: everything, wear + carry, space + place, and paper + prints.
This certainly does away with lots of confusions and frustrations for both the traders and users.
As the user gets into the individual category, images are displayed, with each one linking to a designer store.
The approach is both simple and elegant. Alternatively, users can also navigate through a directory of designers.
Thanks to you guys for sharing and talking about this list, it has been seen by thousands of people, and consequently, I have been getting suggestions for other similar sites.
So, while I do not add every suggested site, I will add the ones that based on my initial research look promising, and more importantly, are legit.
41. Hatch.co (Thanks to Julia for the suggestion)
You have to apply to become a seller here. And according to the site, they only accept %30 of those who apply. So they do have high standards.
And by the looks of it, their marketplace showcases some very unique and interesting items that I personally haven’t seen on any other site.
They take %5 as their fee, but there is no other fee.
42. Shoppe (Thanks to Diana for the suggestion)
Shoppe is the official name of the company, but their domain name is ScoutMob.com. So some people know it as ScoutMob.
According to the site, they have over 1 million subscribers nationwide.
As far as fees go, here is what the site says:
You set both your wholesale and retail costs. You are paid the wholesale for each sale made. Our “cut” is what is left of the retail after we cover shipping (and any agreed upon discount). Think of us as the newest member of your marketing team-a curated online retailer actively promoting you and showing you off to users from all over the country.
43. EthicalStores (Thanks to Sam for the suggestion)
EthicalStores.com is the world first non-profit cruelty-free marketplace.
It offers a 100% totally free service.
To be eligible for a lifelong membership store with unlimited products, the vendors products must not contain animal derivatives or test on animals.
EthicalStores is a voluntary organization that is funded by donations from public and business.
As an animal lover, I am glad Sam brought this site to my attention.
This is a new(ish) marketplace that I came to know through our comments section below thanks to Craig who I assume is the founder of the site.
It looks like a fantastic place for both sellers and buyers of handmade art.
American Artisan Market (No longer in business. Thanks to Henry for the update)
This one is exclusive to American handmade products.
There are no listing or monthly fees. But sellers pay a 3% commission on every sale.
As you can see, there are tons of other sites like Etsy you can use to sell just about anything you can make with your hand.
Try a few and see which ones work best for you and the kind of items you are selling. I am sure out of the more than 40 sites listed here, you can find one or two that have just the right kind of marketplace and audience that you are looking for.
Also, if there are any other sites like Etsy that you use to sell your handmade items, please leave a comment below and I will add it to this list.