Making money on Etsy?
November 22, 2010 8:12am CST
Has anyone ever heard of Etsy. It is a site where you can open up your own online store. You can only sell handmade things, including things bought and then altered, supplies, or vintage things. I Have an account there. I do not have a store though. I would love to open one on the website, but I am not sure what type of things I could do on thier. I have Adobe photoshop, so I was thinking maybe making and selling digital scrapbooking things, or invitations/thank you notes for anything from birthdays to weddings. I could make some to sell, and also maybe take custom orders? This site seems really neat and there is some really cool things for sale there. The website is etsy.com. That is not a referal link, and you do not earn money for people joining under you or anything. It is only to sell things.....or buy things. Has anyone had any experience with this site? Any suggestions of what you could sell on thier?
• United States
22 Nov 10
Hey, Kayla, I am a member of that site too. But I haven't really opened up shop yet. I have been knitting since I was 8 years old but it still takes me awhile to complete projects. Lol My grandma has agreed to buy me a sock knitter thing and I am so excited! I'm hoping that it will cut the time down smaller and then maybe I will be able to start selling homemade socks on Etsy. I have checked the prices on there and it seems people are selling things for HUGE amounts of money on there. So the handmade aspect is really in high demand. So much so, you can charge more for it and still get paid!
22 Nov 10
Yes, thats what I have noticed too! And with something like socks your package would be small and lightwieght for shipping, which is great for increasing your sales potential. I know someone from a mommy group I am on who is selling knitted hats and making some extra money, and someone else who is selling hand stamped personalized jewlery and making some extra money. I was thinking whats great about selling photoshop creations is I can sell the digital file and not have to ship anything. I have noticed other people are selling things for 8-20 dollars for an invitation...and the same one they can resell becuase it's just the design, all you would have to change is names and pictures. If you get a shop let me know, maybe I can help get the word around for you! Good Luck!
23 Nov 10
I've been a member of Etsy for a while now and I have a store as well, but unfortunately I haven't had much luck with sales... I guess I need to work harder and try to promote my store more. But despite this, I think Etsy is a really nice place to sell your handmade stuff indeed :)
• United States
23 Nov 10
It's a great site for handmade artisans. It gives us a chance to have a 24/7 web presence without the fees of having our own website. Etsy is well known, gets a lot of media coverage (NY Times, Martha Stewart Show, Fox Business News, etc, etc) so they do a lot of promoting for you by bringing in thousands and thousands of customers. Opening up a shop is free, listing an item costs only 20 cents, and the item remains in your shop for 4 months or until sold (whatever comes first) You are allowed to show up to 5 images of your creation, and you set your price. Etsy even has a forum to promote your shop and items and I probably made about 75% of my sales from promoting in their forums. I sell handmade jewelry, using authentic sea glass as the focal bead of my creations. I have sold nearly 250 items in my 2+ years on Etsy and believe that if you have handmade items, this is the site to sell them at. Ideas for things to sell on Etsy...anything handmade. Pictures are good to sell there, invitations are also sold on etsy. As long as you make it, you can sell it there (they do search the site and remove anyone that sells commercially made items...and buyers and sellers often send the admin a message alerting them to sellers they believe are selling commercial items) Feel free to ask, if you have further questions! Take care....
25 Nov 10
i love this website and get inspired from it every day. i have sold both my arts and crafts (magnets) and some vintage articles on there. i dont have anything for sale on there now, but i would highly reccommend the site for artsy stuff (and old stuff) i think its also cheaper to list on than ebay.