We talked a lot about importing, drop shipping and finding wholesalers in this blog - after all, that’s what we do. But if you are creatively inclined then deciding what to sell may be as simple as looking to what you are able to produce with your own hands.
Etsy.com is a relatively new US-based ecommerce site with a difference: all products for sale are hand-made. The site started out in 2005 as a labor of love and the site’s owners have publicly stated they have little interest in making money, which gives us warm fuzzies all over. To them, it’s all about building a great community and a site that’s lovely to use. Etsy hasn’t promoted itself all that much, yet over the past year, member numbers have rocketed to over 850,000 – with 100,000 of these sellers. To us, that says that this site is doing something rather special related to an emerging zeitgeist.
Handmade items are the focus of the site, although the category is broad enough to include "hand-assembled" or "hand-altered" items also. Sellers may also offer craft suppliers and vintage goods over 20 years old.
For further information about buying and selling on Etsy, read the Dos & Don’ts.
We’re very interested in hearing the experiences of sellers who’ve given Etsy a go. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think about this rising star.