Creating and selling handmade jewelry is a great way to earn money working from home.
If you’re an artist, the actual creation of your homemade jewelry pieces is probably the easiest part for you.
The hardest part, however, is selling them.
Thankfully, the homemade arts and crafts market is making a huge comeback and more people are using sites like Etsy to buy and sell all kinds of handmade goods.
But Etsy isn’t the only place for selling your handmade goods.
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Where to Sell Your Handmade Jewelry Online?
If you have your own website, you can, of course, list and sell your stuff there.
But what if you don’t want to with the headaches and technicalities of owning and running an eCommerce site?
You can use one of many eCommerce platforms that bring together buyers and sellers of handmade goods, including handmade jewelry.
Using this kind of platform means you don’t have to set up your own payment system, you don’t have to deal with accepting and processing payments, you don’t have to deal with maintaining the site.
And perhaps the biggest bonus is getting your arts in front of hundreds and thousands of potential customers without spending a penny on advertising.
You see, these sites are already big and famous.
Buyers are already shopping on these sites. So when you list your items, sooner or later, a percentage of those buyers are going to see your listings and hopefully buy some of your items.
Here are some of the best websites to sell your homemade jewelry on:
- Etsy.com: One of the biggest sites of its kind, Etsy has over 875,000 merchants who sell arts and crafts through it.
- Bonanza.com: Although it’s heavily focused on higher-end clothing and fashion, you can sell just about anything including handmade jewelry.
- Dawanda.com: A German based site, Dawanda is one of the biggest market places for selling all kinds of hand-made goods. The
- Zibbet.com: The best thing about this site is that you pay no listing fees and no closing fees for up to 50 items.
- ArtFire.com: ArtFire is considered the second most well-known indie marketplace.
- eBay.com: I don’t think this one needs any introduction!
- iCraftGifts is a Canadian based company/site that is quickly becoming a favorite among shoppers mainly because of the unique and amazingly beautiful pieces found on its marketplace. There is a $25 (Canadian Dollar) registration fee for sellers.
Where to Sell Handmade Jewelry Offline?
Although the Internet makes it much easier and quicker to find customers and sell your stuff, you can’t ignore the huge customer base that still does most of their shopping offline, out there in the real world.
Here are some of the best places to find buyers for your handmade goodies:
8. Local Malls
Every mall you walk into has a few kiosks where they sell jewelry and handmade stuff.
Do you ever wonder why every single mall you go to has those small kiosks every few feet?
It’s because those little kiosks work. They sell whatever they are selling!
You see, people go to malls to shop.
Vendors know that!
They also know that when people are already in the “buy” mood, it’s much easier to sell things to them that ordinarily, they might not have paid for.
So, renting a small spot in your local mall may be a good investment.
If you can’t afford to rent a spot, maybe you can work out a deal with a vendor who already has a kiosk there selling similar items. Offer him a commission for every item he sells.
It’s a win for both sides!
9. Fair & Craft Shows
Another location to kick start your new venture is one of those craft and art fairs.
Since such shows are catering to a pretty niche market – buyers interested in handmade stuff – your chances of success if hugely increased.
By participating in a craft show, you get access to hundreds and thousands of potential buyers instantly.
The best thing about these shows and fairs is that you can use them as your testing stage.
Let me explain…
Say you want to create a new design but you aren’t sure if it’s going to sell well. So you make a few initially, take ’em to the craft show and see if there is any interest. If there is, then you know you have a winner. If not, then you can move on to another design without losing a lot of time and money on new designs that have no buyers.
But how do you find local fairs and craft shows?
Here are a few ways you can do that:
- Use websites that act as directories for all the local and national events. Two of the big ones are Festivalnet and ArtFairCalendar.
- Keep an eye on local bulletin boards at schools, churches, libraries, etc
- Search on Google by using appropriate search terms like “city + craft shows”, or “state + fairs”.
- Call your local Chamber of Commerce as they almost always have a listing of all local craft shows and festivals.
10. Home Parties
Home parties can also be a great way to sell your handmade jewelry.
If you have always enjoyed an active social life, this would work splendidly.
There are loads of retailers that started out with their key markets focused solely on their close contacts and friends. With ingenuity and perseverance, they progressively worked to expand the market until they hit it big time.
11. Gift Shops
Another option for you is to get your homemade jewelry products into gift shops and jewelry stores. If your design happens to be unique and has great appeal, this can be a viable arrangement.
Granted, you will make less from every piece of handmade jewelry sold, but the quantities and profit could add up in the long haul.
That said, your profit could multiply many times over when you have some hundreds of stores agreeing to sell your products, instead of trying to set up kiosks here and there throughout the year.
The Bottom Line
Selling handmade jewelry can be very profitable if you can play your cards right.
Thankfully, with so many options and places for marketing your product, it won’t be that hard to sell your first homemade jewelry piece.
Thank you for posting places to sell jewelry on and off line. I take care of my parents and do not have a paying job. At this time my Mom is going through cancer for the second time when she went through it the first time I quit my job and moved in to take care of her and my father so finding something I can do from home is very important so I am here on site for them. I am really nervous about which site to go with I don’t want to get into one where no one will see what I am trying to sell (which is earrings ) in your opinion which do you feel would be the most helpful, least expensive and get the most views? I realize your very busy but I would truly appreciate your help
Sincerely Sally God Bless
I am sorry about your job and most importantly about your mom’s cancer. If she won the battle once against it, I am sure she will win it again. I also hope you find a job soon.
As for recommendation, I think Etsy is where I would start. That said, I personally like to test the waters wherever I can. Many of the sites listed above give you a 10-50 free listing. So, I would use that as a way to gauge the potential for each site. With this stuff, you never know.
Also, don’t be afraid to use Craigslist to get the word out there. After all its free to post ads (at least in most states and categories), and it only takes a few minutes to put up an ad there.
I wish you the best with everything, and please feel free to let me know if you need any further help.
We have started a new website, only for people in the jewelry business.
You can setup your own Online Jewelry shop, and there are no fees. It’s similar to Amazon, Etsy, eBay, but without the fees.
We are new so not much traffic now, but it’s growing and we made it as a service to anyone in the jewelry business.
You can deal directly with your customers, chat with them, exchange emails, etc.
We also welcome your suggestions how to improve it for you. Thanks
What makes the site different from the others in the field, besides the fees?
On YuBling you can communicate directly with the buyers and sellers. It’s not easy to do that on some of the other sites. We also have some video training, and lists of local and international jewelry events. And you can list your products in your store for one year with no fee. And as of now there is no limit to the amount of products you can list. So you could put 10,000 items on Yubling if you want to. Although we might have to make some reasonable listing limits in the future.
How long have you guys been in the business, Su?
On which website can I resell hand made jewelry .
It’s hand made by someone else but I Select the designs
Etsy does not allow reselling so I am looking for other websites which allow reselling of handmade jewelry
I would imagine you could use any of the sites mentioned above. Skip Etsy and use other sites.
You can always contact the sites and ask them. I don’t think most would have any problem with it.
I am new to starting my handmade jewelry business, i am researching best place and profitable place to sell jewelrt
Hopefully this post has steered you toward the right direction, Lisa. Good luck with your new jewelry business.
Hi, my name Durga, and I started recently handmade jewelry website on Squarespace and my website is called Inspirationbeadworks. I’m Chronic Pancreatitis Patient and it’s a debilitating disease, I’m on feeding tube and pain medication. I’m a freelance writer, write whenever I can. I started this as a hobby and distraction and it worked like therapy for me. I did lot of arts and crafts shows. I decided to start a website because I’m not able to do many shows, I have tried few home jobs, but the work is hard- work long hours almost 8 hrs and they pay only for 4 hrs. I quit after trying few and then decided to start the website and try. I’m trying my best to attract customers but I only had 3 sales of earrings by a friend. I have put an ad on Google, I’m getting visitors everyday and clicks but not orders. I’m trying to put all kinds of jewelry and new and interesting designs. Can you suggest what else I should try? I really appreciate it very much if you give some suggestions.
Durga, I’m very sorry about your situation. I hope it improves.
In the mean time, have you tried getting your art seen on social media sites? Perhaps do some blogging. Maybe even create a few video basically showing people how you make things, then upload to YouTube. Anything you can do to attract attention to your work. Good luck.
so I need some advice on what to do with my situation . About 4 years I received 120k at cost of fashion jewlery for a loan of 30k that my family had lent a family friend 20 years ago , he had opened a boutique in Mesa az with his wife and when she passed away 4 1/2 years ago he closed the store and decided to have a semi truck unload it on my parent’s driveway well after a while my parents just wanted there garage back and so now it’s been moved to my house and as a stay at home mom of a 18 month old I’m not sure where to start….. please any advice would be much appreciated oh and it’s very nice doesn’t look like cheaply made jewelry for the majority of it
Dawn, if you have that much jewelry, I would enlist the help of a professional. Or if you don’t mind taking it slowly yourself, you can always list them one by one on Etsy or other similar sites and sell them that way.
Not sure when you postes this. Is it still available?
Yes, these sites are still around, Nikkie.
This looks like great advice! I hadn’t heard of Zibbet before, but it looks so much less competitive than Etsy. I have had an Etsy shop for a few months to expand my market, but it is a battle to get my listings seen. Thank you so much!
Yes, there is a lot of competition on Etsy, Mandy. It does take a lot of work to get noticed.
Hi…am jagdeep from india..from last 15 years i am designing ,making n selling silver jewellery to a wholeseller in germany. Now i want to enter online. Does it require money to start? If yes..how much? Which site would u recomned to start with?
Most of these sites have some kind of fee. Usually a seller fee where for every item sold, they take a percentage as their cut. As for starting out, it depends on the kind of stuff you make. That said, start with any of them. The main thing is to get something going. You can always change later on. Good luck, Jagdeep.
Hello and thank you for all this valuable information. I have started making jewelry and now I know where to search for places online to sell. Arts and crafts is such great therapy. I tell myself, Don’t sit an wonder, Sit and accomplish! I’ve been through a lot just like many others. I tell myself an idle mind makes busy hands (beading, kneading,sewing, baking etc.) . It’s not all in your head it’s all in your hands.
Thank you , smile as there are better days ahead!