In 2016, consumers spent nearly three million dollars on handcrafted items at Etsy alone – this is just one store’s worth of sales. That’s a lot of cash, which means that crafters everywhere have the opportunity to get in on the deal and make some money by selling their crafts online.
I’ve always admired people who have the ability and talent to craft handmade items. Personally, I don’t have the creativity or the attention span, so I find great value in places that sell crafts online as it helps me to pick out some amazingly creative gifts and items for our home.
If you’re good at crafty stuff and are wondering how you can start making some side hustle money by selling crafts online, you’ll be happy to know that there are several sites that promote those making and selling crafts.
Table of Contents
- How to Make Money Selling Crafts
- Sites That Use Your Designs on Their Products
- A Word About Taxes
- Marketing Your Products
How to Make Money Selling Crafts
Here is a list of some of the more popular craft selling sites, along with what they might charge (if anything – some are completely free) to allow you to advertise your handmade crafts for sale online.
1. Handmade at Amazon
Handmade at Amazon is a sub-store of the wildly popular Amazon site. The site allows crafters to create a personalized storefront for showcasing their items. You can sell any number of handmade items at Amazon, as long as they are either handmade, hand-altered or hand-assembled (not from a kit).
Handmade at Amazon has two plans for those wanting to sell handmade items: a free Professional plan for those who sell under forty items in any given month, and a $39.99 per month Professional plan for those who sell over forty items in any given month.
If you currently have an Individual selling plan at Amazon you must upgrade to one of the Professional selling plans before registering with Handmade at Amazon. Sellers also pay a fifteen percent referral fee on all items sold through the Amazon site, with a $1.00 minimum referral fee per item.
While this fee is quite a bit higher than most craft site fees, exposure for your items will likely be much higher with Amazon as well.
Also, Handmade at Amazon does occasionally run discount programs where they waive the $39.99 monthly selling fee for handmade crafters selling over 40 items per month.
One of the cool things about selling handmade items on Amazon is that they allow craft sellers access to a seller app that allows them to manage sales on the go. They also have a customer support service center for handmade sellers.
ArtFire allows artists in a number of genres to display their items for sale. The site features jewelry, clothing, shoes, hair accessories, neckties, handbags, scarves and more.
Along with selling handmade items, ArtFire also allows people to sell vintage items and craft supplies.
There are three different plans for opening a shop on ArtFire, ranging in price from $4.95 a month to $40 a month. Here’s some additional information on each plan.
- The Standard Shop: $4.95 per month, a 23-cent listing fee per item, a 9% sale fee and up to 250 active listings
- The Popular Shop: $20 per month, no listing fees, a 3% sale fee and up to 1,000 active listings
- The Featured Shop: $40 per month, no listing fees, a 3% sale fee and up to 2500 active listings
Which shop you choose depends a lot on how many items you have for sale and how active you plan on being as far as promoting and marketing your web site. Payments for items you sell are collected via PayPal and sellers are paid via a PayPal Premier or Business account.
Bonus: ArtFire members qualify for discounted classes through Craftsy, a site that helps people learn how to make or improve upon their hand-crafted items.
Etsy is definitely the original craft selling website, at least from the view of most buyers. As referred to above, recent sales numbers show that Etsy buyers spent more than 2.8 billion dollars on Etsy products last year alone (2016).
It’s cheap to list your handmade items on Etsy: 20 cents per listing. After a sale is made, you’ll be charged an additional 3.5 percent sales fee and a 3.25 percent payment processing fee for all payments accepted through Etsy Payments.
You can also accept payments via PayPal or via major credit or debit card. Additional forms of payment are available to accept such as Google Wallet and Apply Pay. There are no monthly store or other fees with Etsy.
Bonanza is set up as a store similar to how Amazon is. They offer commercial retail items as well as handmade items in a variety of genres including health and beauty, jewelry, accessories, home and garden items and clothing.
Bonanza doesn’t charge any store fees or listing fees, and the sell rate is only 3.5%. Great deal in terms of fees; you don’t pay a thing unless you sell something.
You’ve likely heard of eBay. One of the largest and most well-known sales sites for handcrafted and other items, eBay will likely have one of the most expansive customer reaches when it comes to selling your crafts.
eBay has a number of selling plans you can choose from. As an occasional seller, you can list up to 50 items per month and pay zero listing fees. You’ll only pay a 10% sales fee after your item sells and you don’t need a store to list under 50 items per month.
If you’re looking for bigger business, you will likely want to consider opening a store at eBay. Here is a look at their store pricing options and fees.
The eBay Basic Store is available for $24.95 on a monthly pay basis or the equivalent of $19.95 per month if you pay annually. You can list up to 250 items at a fixed price and an additional 250 items on auction per month with this store plan.
Listing fees run between 20 and 25 cents depending on what you’re selling, and sales fees run between 3.5 and 9.15 percent depending on what you’re selling.
eBay’s Premium Store is available for $74.95 per month or $59.95 per month if paid annually. You can list up to 1000 items at a fixed price and an additional 500 items on auction each month.
Listing fees run between 10 and 15 cents per item and selling fees are the same as with the Basic Store.
The Anchor Store option with eBay is meant for big sellers. At a cost of $349.95 per month ($299.95 per month if you pay annually) you’ll need to have some serious sales to make up for the store cost.
Listing fees are lower at between 5 and 10 cents per item, and the same selling fees apply as with the other store types. Note that some exclusions apply to the fees, but the exclusions generally relate to bigger ticket items such as motor vehicles and real estate.
Folksy is a craft selling site that’s open to British sellers only. With Folksy you can sell your handmade clothing, jewelry, art, stationery and more.
They currently offer two different plans for sellers; the Basic Plan which features a per item list fee and a sales commission, and the Plus plan which features a small yearly fee, no listing fees and a sales commission fee.
Great site for British crafters, and a wonderful selection of items for everyone to buy.
7. GLC Craft Mall
GLC Craft Mall is an online craft mall dedicated to sharing a wide variety of handmade crafts for sale. The site features many different items for sale, such as:
- Arts and crafts items
- Bath and beauty items
- Clothing and accessories
- Children’s toys, gifts and clothing
- Glass items
- Religious items
- Wooden items
- Vintage items
This site features three different store options to choose from.
The Basic Store
GLC Craft Mall’s basic store costs a flat fee of $3.50 per month. No other fees or commissions with this option, and you can list up to 100 items.
The Semi-Pro Store
This option costs a monthly flat fee of $6.95 per month with no other fees or commissions. You can list up to 250 items at one time with the Semi-Pro store option.
The Pro Store
The Pro Store option features a $12 per month flat fee with no other fees or commissions. With this store, you can list as many items as you wish.
All three store choices allow you to set your own delivery fee charges and allow for clients to pay you directly. Customers can pay with a credit card if you have or want to set up a PayPal account.
iCraft advertises that it offers sellers and buyers “creativity without borders”. As a seller on iCraft you are strictly limited to selling only handmade art, crafts and fashion.
They charge $5 per month to list unlimited products, and they don’t charge any listing fees or commissions. A ten percent discount is available for those who sign up for at least twelve months of membership.
The site features a wide variety of items for sale, including jewelry, clothing, accessories, toys and games, artwork, crafts, home décor, and bath and body items. Note that all items sold on iCraft must be new: vintage (previously owned/used) items are not allowed.
iCraft also sorts available crafts into easy-to-use categories such as Gifts for Him, Gifts for Her and Gifts for Kids.
eCrater is an online marketplace similar to eBay. It’s completely free to open a store on eCrater, and there are no listing fees for using the eCrater marketplace either.
Most sales will be charged a 2.9 percent sales fee, however. eCrater does have a limit of 10,000 items per store, so it would probably be sufficient for most small craft business owners.
eCrater also has a feature that allows you to import items you have listed on eBay for quick store setup.
10. Handmade Artist’s Shop
The Handmade Artist’s Shop web site reminded me a lot of the GLC Craft Mall site. It is set up with a similar design and has a wide variety of different craft types available for sale.
This web site also charges a straight monthly subscription fee with no listing fees and no commission payments.
Crafters can pay $5 per month to join, or save a bit of cash and pay $50 annually. Note that Handmade Artist’s shop does not take any mass-produced items, nor do they allow unaltered vintage items to be sold on their site.
All items sold her must have a handmade component to them and must be family friendly.
Zibbet runs similarly to Etsy. You open an online store within their site to sell your crafts. Zibbet has three different store options to choose from.
With the Starter plan you pay $5 per month ($4 per month if you choose to be billed annually), pay no listing or transaction fees, and are allowed to sell up to fifty items per month.
You can upload four photos per item with this plan.
Zibbet’s Pro Plan costs $10 per month ($8 if billed annually). With this plan, you will pay no listing or transaction fees, you can sell unlimited items and upload eight photos per item.
With the Unlimited plan, you can $20 per month ($16 per month if billed annually). The charges and payouts are the same as with the Pro plan, but you get the additional benefits of a fully customizable store, access to premium themes and you can remove all Zibbet branding from your store.
Zibbet allows you to sell in four categories; handmade items, vintage items, fine art items, and craft supplies.
12. Hyena Cart
Hyena Cart focuses primarily on offering handmade items for sale, but they also allow people to sell non-handmade items as well.
They sell only earth, child and family-friendly items. In other words, nothing adult themed. There is a small setup fee to start selling ($10) along with a $5 monthly fee.
There are no listing or commission fees with Hyena Cart. And, you can choose to stop paying the $5 monthly fee for up to six months if you need to take a break from your business.
If you don’t pay your fee for more than six months, however, the store gets labeled “inactive” and shoppers will not be able to make purchases from your store.
13. You Can Make This
You Can Make This works a little bit differently than the other craft selling sites we’ve talked about so far in that you don’t sell your actual crafts; instead you sell PDF form instructions on how to make a particular craft item.
So, your product is pictured on the site, and people buy the instructions on how to make it themselves. This can be a great way to make some money on craft products you’re not interest in keeping a copyright on.
As an “author” on this site, you are paid fifty percent of all sales by You Can Make This.
14. Shop Handmade
Shop Handmade is a completely free site that helps you promote and sell your crafts online. There are no monthly fees, no listing fees and no commissions.
The site says you can open a store in as little as five minutes and sell as many products as you wish. Shop Handmade sells items in three categories: handmade items, reSupplies (gently used craft supplies) and services.
In Services, you can offer anything directly related to the crafting process, use of crafting tools and learning tools related to crafting. Also, you as a shop owner can decide whether or not you want to participate in sales, and you can decide how much of a discount you want to give as well.
All sales are paid immediately via PayPal.
Sites That Use Your Designs on Their Products
Another option for you if you’re looking to make money by selling their crafts online is to create designs to sell online instead of selling the actual craft.
This option is best for artists with a knack for graphic design. You as the artist create a design, upload it to one of the sites below, and they offer your design for sale on products such as mugs, t-shirts, pillows and more.
Here are a few of the sites that allow crafters to make money in this manner.
CafePress allows designers to upload their designs for products the site offers. As a seller on CafePress, you will get a commission when an item is sold with your design on it. The amount of commission you receive is based on the markup cost you set in your store.
Redbubble is similar to CafePress and sells your designs on t-shirts, mugs, posters, bumper stickers and more.
Similarly, it allows you as the artist to set the margin on each product. They print the product, deliver it and handle customers while you sit back and collect a check. Redbubble sends you a payment via PayPal each time you score a sale.
17. Society 6
Society 6 works very similarly to CafePress and Redbubble in that you upload your design to their site, and they sell that design on products they promote, giving you a commission on the final sales of all products.
The main difference between Society 6 and the others is that you as the seller get to determine the royalty amounts on some products, while the company determines the royalty amounts on other products.
For instance, you as the seller get to determine the prices and profits of any type of framed art or art print, but Society 6 has a range of royalty amounts you can choose from for other products.
Other than that, the process for this company seems very similar to others we’ve talked about.
Spoonflower allows you to upload and sell your designs for print on their products too, but the products they sell are limited to gift wrap, wallpaper and fabric.
You earn a minimum of ten percent with Spoonflower and up to fifteen percent commission if you sell over $3,000 worth of products in any given month. Earned commissions can be used to purchase products from Spoonflower, or you can request the money be transferred into your PayPal account.
A Word About Taxes
Whenever you’re self-employed and earning money as an independent contractor (which is the case with all of the sites mentioned above), you’ll have to report all earnings from your work once you reach a minimum threshold amount as determined by the IRS.
For this reason, it’s important to set aside a portion of the money you earn (I recommend at least 25%) in a savings account to pay any taxes you owe after calculating your income minus expenses for the year.
Marketing Your Products
Another very important part of success in the area of craft sales is marketing your products. Expecting people to find your designs by chance on the Internet is like finding a needle in a hay stack.
One way you can market your products is by sharing your craft site store URLs with family and friends, and by sharing links to your products on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Work to make people aware of what types of crafts you have to offer, and you’ll increase your chance of earning sales exponentially.
If you have a knack for creating craft designs or craft products, and you think people might enjoy purchasing the designs you make, selling your crafts or craft designs on the web sites mentioned here could be a great way for you to make some extra cash.
Have you ever sold a craft product or graphic design on any of the sites above?