Handmade Marketplace Options

Etsy, Storenvy, Zibbet and ArtFire: A comparison of 4 popular venues for selling handmade and vintage items. If you are a crafter or artist, at some point you have probably considered selling your items online. The good news is that there are a variety of marketplaces available that make it easy to set up your own shop as long as you have some basic computer skills.

Please understand, selling your handmade goods online is not a "get rich quick" plan. No matter which venue you choose, you still have to create your items, take quality product photos, write captivating product descriptions, market your business and more.

Just because you have a shop, doesn't mean you will make sales. Any seasoned seller will tell you that turning your hobby into a business is often times a labor of love. With that said, who doesn't want to make a living doing what they love?

Four common selling options for handmade arts and crafts are

Etsy is perhaps the largest and most well known marketplace for handmade, vintage and craft supply items. However, with over 1 million active shops on Etsy, it's easy for small shops to get lost in the mix.

The smaller platforms like Artfire, Zibbet and Storenvy may not have as many customers browsing their sites, but there are also less competing shops.

All four marketplaces have different fee structures for sellers.

  • Etsy charges a fee to list (and re-list) items and a fee when you make a sale.
  • Storenvy charges for add-ons like using your own domain and accessing upgraded discount types and is planning to start charging a fee when you make a sale.
  • Artfire and Zibbet are subscription based, so they charge a flat rate, but their are no sales or listing fees.

Here's a quick comparison of the four marketplaces. (For easier reading, you can click on this chart to see a larger view.)

You can find more information about each of the marketplaces on their sites at- Etsy Help, Storenvy How it Works, ArtFire Features and About Zibbet.

Do you have a shop on any of these marketplaces? Share your selling experience by leaving a comment below. It's always helpful to know what challenges and successes other artists are experiencing.

Happy crafting and happy sales!

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