Where to Sell Your Crafts for Extra Cash

Posted on 03/07/2013

Drawing, scrapbooking, crocheting-- Americans do it all. The U.S. craft and hobby industry is at $29 billion with more than half of U.S. households crafting at least once a year according to The Craft and Hobby Association. Since March is National Craft Month you may be feeling motivated to take that hobby to the next level. Check out these ideas for where to turn your crafts into extra cash.

Etsy is probably the most popular online marketplace for crafters. They allow sellers to list handmade goods, vintage items and supplies. With 15 billion buyers shopping the site, it can be a great way to access customers ready to spend. There are no membership fees, but you'll pay $.20 to list an item, plus an additional 3.5 percent of the sales price when you sell an item.

You can buy everything else on eBay-- so why not sell crafts there too? According to eBay the hottest crafts on the site include bead art, ceramics and pottery, fabric and textiles, painting and drawing and family crafts. Check out Crafts Seller Central to find out the average selling price of similar pieces on eBay so you know what to expect.

When you sell on ArtFire you get to design your online store to reflect your unique style. You can try it for free for 14 days. After that you'll pay $12.95 a month for unlimited listings and complete control. You can cancel at any time.

No, we're not talking about the grocery store. Supermarkethq.com is a curated collection of products made by designers, artists and entrepreneurs. You'll have to apply to get your products listed on the site.

If you've got fabric, wallpaper or wall decal designs to sell, check out Spoonflower. Upload your designs to start selling. You'll earn 10 percent of the sale price when your design is purchased. You can either be paid in Spoondollars that are used to buy product on the site, or have the money deposited in your PayPal account.

Craft Shows
There are plenty of offline places to sell crafts as well. Search online for craft shows near you. Events are listed on sites like nationalcraftshows.com or Indiecraftshows.com. You'll likely have to pay for booth space, but it's a great way to connect directly with buyers in your area.

By Alison Storm

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