Some of you may be good with your hands or are bond to know people who are good at making all sorts of weird and wonderful arts and crafts. Some of you may want to sell your items but hit a snag when it comes to where to sell. Etsy is an online handmade goods marketplace that connects makers and buyers and way of turning a hobby into revenue earner.
Etsy lets you sell handmade items that you have made yourself, vintage items (by that they mean 20 years or older) and crafting supplies. The process of selling items works just like any other good online marketplace where you list your items, wait for people to buy them, get paid and then ship the items off to the buyers.
They charge a 20c listing fee per item but that allows you to list your item for four months which should give plenty of time to attract a number of potential buyers. Sellers have the option of being paid for their items via Paypal, cheque, money order or any other method not listed on the site that they would prefer. Once a sale has been completed, Etsy charges a fee of 3.5% of the sale price.
All in all, it looks like a good place where people can sell their handmade things to a global community. There is no harm in giving them a try and if that fails, you could always try the likes of (if you haven’t already done so) and other marketplaces I will write about in future posts.