9 Alternatives to Etsy for Hand-Crafted Goods
Addicted to browsing Etsy? Maybe you're a seller looking to grow your audience? There are plenty of other great sites available to sell and purchase handcrafted goods.
Etsy has grown rapidly since 2005 to be one of the best websites for users to buy and sell handmade or vintage products. Users can easily start their own storefront for a very modest listing fees, which has quickly made it a favourite among buyers and sellers.
If you are looking to grow your product sales or simply love browsing handmade items then these sites have you covered. Don't forget to stop by the comment section to share your favourite websites not listed on this page.
1 - Shopify
Create Your Own Business On This Website
While Etsy has plenty of features, nothing can compare to Shopify in terms of design and data. If you're serious about growing your business from scratch, this site can take you to the top, just like it did for the successful handmade jewelry store Biko (refer to video below).
Shopify gives you more freedom to design your storefront, allowing you to create something that will appeal to your target audience. This doesn't mean more complexity, though, thanks to the hundreds of professional templates available.
These templates are built on top of a powerful back-end system that gives you a lot of information to improve your shopping experience. With information on visitors, including what they add to their cart, and a powerful order tracking system, its super easy to use Shopify to your advantage.
Combined with built in support for all the must-have payment methods, regular contests, and the ability to create coupon codes or gift cards for promotions, Shopify is the perfect way to sell your homemade items with more control.
How to Start a Jewellery Store on Shopify: Biko
2 - 3dcart
Create A High Quality eCommerce Experience
If the idea of creating your own store to cut down on fees sounds exciting, 3dcart may suit certain sellers more than other competitors.
3dcart makes store creation easy thanks to simple templates that also let you create something unique without it being a complete headache. You'll also get all the back-end analytics and 24/8 support in case something goes wrong.
Take the jump into your own eCommerce solution with 3dcart, one of the great options out there.
3 - Quirky
Develop Or Purchase Unique Products
Quirky is an interesting website where you can design products as a community and shop through the ones that have already been designed. Quirky takes ideas from the community and then uses feedback t takes the product to full release.
If you're an idea person or just love the process of creating, then Quirky lets you experience this on a larger scale.
Quirky is also perfectly suited for people looking for something special to give as a gift, thanks to the large shop filled with previously developed products that you won't find anywhere else. From homeware to electronics, pets and more, the product range is exciting and interesting to browse.
4 - Bonanza
One Of The Best Sites Like Etsy
Bonanza is a popular online marketplace for buying and selling a wide variety of products. The website is based on simplicity and is a powerful online selling platform. Bonanza was even voted the 2012 Easiest To Use marketplace beating out competitor websites Amazon and eBay.
Bonanza defines itself as an eBay alternative but the large number of handmade and vintage products also make it one of the best Etsy alternatives. Best of all, Bonanza has no listing fees, meaning getting started couldn't be easier.
5 - Artfire
Artfire is another one of the big Etsy alternatives available and focuses entirely on handmade products particularly crafts, art, and supplies.
The best part of this site is the extensive search options available (I personally love the search by colour option). Artfire also lets you easily browse items based on current deals and sales, including free shipping, buy one get one free, coupons and free gifts.
Artfire has some of the best-selling features available compared to other sites (which will please both buyers and sellers). This is more than just your average marketplace though, and serves as a popular place for creative minds to gather and discuss new ideas.
6 - Folksy
Folksy is a UK-based website that started back in 2009 and has quickly grown to the the top ranked UK site for handmade products.
The selling rules on Folksy are simple: products must either be handmade or feature an original design. This option allows slightly more freedom then some of the other sites like Etsy, so if you find your items are getting declined on other websites, Folksy is worth your consideration.
The selling fees on Folksy are also quite reasonable considering the amount of features packed into the Folksy store fronts. Folksy will charge you £0.15 to list a product and 6% of the final selling price on basic accounts while users who upgrade to Folksy Plus (£45 a year) are not charged a listing fee.
7 - iCraft
The Home Of Homemade Gift Ideas
iCraft limits itself to handmade art, crafts, and fashions, creating a great niche of products which easily matches buyers with sellers.
iCraft offers the standard strorefont like most online marketplaces and is very similar to the Etsy format. All of iCraft's listings are reviewed, creating a great site atmosphere for buyers as it removes junk or illegitimate listings from the website.
iCraft features a unique pricing structure. It will set you back $25 to get started which gives you the ability to list 5 free items (you can add and remove them as you see fit). From here, iCraft offers additional membership options which vary the amount of listings available.
8 - Silkfair
Silkfair is another handmade marketplace website that focuses on providing a user friendly purchasing experience. The simple website design combined with the large amount of advanced search features mean you can find your desired item with ease.
One unique aspect of Silkfair is that it offers both a Market Shop for users to list items and Custom Shops which are hosted for a monthly free. These Custom Shops extend well beyond your normal storefront and focus on creating a unique and branded website to help you convert your visitors into sales. It is a completely customizable website with its own URL, and is branded according to your preference. SilkFair still receives a three percent commission from all sales, but the look and feel of the site is all your own.
9 - Shop Handmade
A Free Site
Shop Handmade aims to be the first free site like Etsy, allowing people to sell their handmade products without paying fees.
Shop Handmade is currently in beta although the majority of features are available. Setting up your own store front is easy and you can even get your own subdomain to create an official feeling store. Shop Handmade is posed for success as it grows in the coming years and might even overtake Etsy as a place to buy and sell handmade products.
If you are looking to venture into the world of online selling but don't want to pay any fees to get started then Shop Handmade is the best site for you.
How to Start a Jewellery Store on Shopify: Biko
Which Site Like Etsy Is Your Favourite? - Know Any More Sites Like Etsy?
LaurieNunley517 from Deep South on January 25, 2016:
Thanks for the info. There were three places you mentioned that I had never of so I look forward to checking them out! Really good stuff here and appreciate the videos for each venue.
Zen on November 30, 2015:
Thank you for the info
Deborah Waring from Lancashire U.K. on October 09, 2015:
Great collection,just announced today Handmade on Amazon too.Thanks
michaeel jordaan on March 20, 2015:
I have recently started doing the business related to E-commerce Clothing and coudnt find any website like bigcartel and etsy. If you know so kindly let me know.
Rhonda howell on February 18, 2015:
Thanks you. As a very unhappy etsy shop owner I am looking for another road. We have traveled the art show circuit for years with my husbands forge work. We have a high end heirloom quality product. We found with the shows that we sold better at smaller venues than at mass crowd events. It is definitely time to try this model with online sales. I use several to help drive traffic to my independent site. It's basically my advertising budget.
Hennie Le Roux from Saudi Arabia on February 12, 2015:
Some good sites and very interesting to, will be sure to check it out, great lens and very useful information, thank you kindly.
Steven on September 16, 2014:
I think the best place to sell is Shippi.com You choose your own url and they take care of the shipping so you don't need to deal with UPS or Greyhound.
scicluna on May 19, 2014:
I have been looking for an eBay alternative, this is an excellent lens. Thank you.
Jason894 on February 24, 2014:
I have been selling on ListingDock.com for a while now and make more sales than I ever did with Ebay, Etsy and others. Reach thousands of potential customers worldwide on the Web.
MisterRoo on January 14, 2014:
Jenielle on October 15, 2013:
I also recently discovered the website www.lajuliet.com.
This is a start up specifically for jewelry designer.
Since this website is for jewelry only, it is much easier for customers to find products.
They do not charge any commission fees, listing or re- listing fees.
If designers subscribe now, LaJuliet offers the first three months of their membership for free.
I think it is worth to check out.
RustiLee on August 11, 2013:
Thank you for this article. I love Etsy but I am really interested in expanding my customer base to other venues. Upon some research I have heard of other sites like ArtFlock and1000 Markets. I haven't checked into them yet, but I just wanted to throw it out there for anyone who's interested.
Andrew4M on July 26, 2013:
Wow I loved it. Thanks
Andrew4M on July 26, 2013:
Wow I loved it. Thanks
anonymous on May 09, 2013:
Folksy is a really cool site, but another great option is Locabal! It's a pretty new startup from Lincoln, NE but they are doing some really cool things! :) www.locabal.com/about
anonymous on April 10, 2013:
You may want to check-out Storemate.com and artfire.com as good alternatives.
If you want something different try out storemate.com, I registered on storemate.com and seen some sharp increase in the traffice directed to my website.
Unlike easy and artfire they are not restricted to handmade, I get to promote to a bigger audience (all design buffs).
The best about storemate is, I get to help out my customers in real-time using their 'Talk-About' feature. Helping out with questions on custom options, shipping queries etc in realtime.
I even passed on exclusive discounts to them during these help-out sessions, which turned casual enquiries into quick sales and followers for me.
I have been Storemate's "Featured Designer" for 3 weeks, straight! ( My proud moment!) :D
anonymous on March 19, 2013:
Just wanted to mention that we've just launched a new juried, handmade-only site called indieCart. Come check us out :)
anonymous on February 10, 2013:
How about Storenvy?
bloggerjon on February 02, 2013:
Great informative lens and I like the sound of art fire. . .
BookLoverFrank on January 20, 2013:
You've put together a great collection of sites. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I really like Artfire. Few creations express the uniqueness of the individual as well as art. I bookmarked this one. Thanks.
WebWriteGirl LM on January 20, 2013:
great lens! i'm on etsy and love it! i've never heard of silk fair, will check it out, thanks!
getmoreinfo on January 20, 2013:
This is a great resource of Sites Like Etsy, which is such a great site for homemade items.