If you make crafts or other handmade goods, you’ve likely heard of Etsy. Opening an Etsy shop is simple, and extremely cheap. All you need are some good quality photos of your merchandise and a little cash to pay for the ultra-cheap listing fees (20 cents per item for a listing that stays up four months) to get started. If you sell something, Etsy takes 3.5 percent of the price as their fee. You can pay using a credit card or Paypal.
Some ideas of things you can sell on Etsy include:
- Handmade jewelry
- Homemade candy or other food items
- Specialty clothing you’ve made at home
- Craft supplies you’ve purchased wholesale elsewhere
- Vintage clothing
- Vintage collectible toys
- Holiday decorations made by hand
As you might have noticed, having a crafty hobby can be a big help if you’re thinking of trying out Etsy as a way to make extra money. It’s also a great way to test whether your particular craft will appeal to a large audience. If you aren’t crafty, though, Etsy can still work for you. Vintage items are another huge category on Etsy, especially if you find a specific niche, such as vintage handbags, engagement rings, or kids clothing. Stock up on merchandise at local estate and garage sales, then sell your wares to people across the country who are searching for something that’s easy to find in your neighborhood but lacking in theirs.
If you decide to set up shop on Etsy, stand out from the crowd with a creative shop description, a wide selection of merchandise, and a personal story about your brand that makes potential customers comfortable shopping with you. Being social also seems to help with increasing your sales on Etsy, so join teams and share others’ hard work by creating Treasury lists and you just might find some new friends willing to share links to your shop and specific items in return.