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14 Etsy Alternatives for Crafty Entrepreneurs

14 Etsy Alternatives for Crafty Entrepreneurs
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Third-party online marketplaces have made it easy for crafters and artists to turn their hobbies into businesses. Many of these entrepreneurs choose the popular Etsy as their primary virtual storefront, but it's certainly not the only one out there. In fact, many sellers operate on multiple platforms to maximize their visibility and sales. Check out this list of alternative marketplaces to help you decide which one is right for your business.

This Milwaukee-based site promotes handcrafted products made exclusively by American artists and artisans. Erica Riegelman, president of the company, told Business News Daily that her family-owned business promises great customer service and person-to-person responsiveness. aftcra is also dedicated to listening to its buyers and sellers when implementing changes and promotions on the site. Website: aftcra.com

Artists from across the globe can gather on ArtFire, a community-oriented marketplace selling a wide variety of handmade items. You can shop by category, occasion, colors or trends. ArtFire even offers the option to post a "wanted" ad for a custom-made product if buyers can't find what they're looking for. This is great for sellers who can turn projects around quickly. Website: artfire.com [See Related Story: 5 Smart Marketing Strategies for Handmade Businesses]

ArtYah is a global creative marketplace for handmade and collectible goods. Artists, crafters, and sellers of antiques, vintage and supplies can all come together to reach buyers from around the world, with no membership or listing fees. CEO Craig Weiss said ArtYah promotes sellers via the marketplace's social media channels and pay-per-click advertising, so your shop could get instant recognition throughout the ArtYah network. Website: artyah.com

Though it lacks the social community aspect of some smaller sites, Big Cartel is a great place for sellers who want a lot of options for shop customization. The site prides itself on being an "easy-to-use, customizable and awesome" way for artists of all kinds to sell their work. There are four different monthly pricing levels, which determine the number of products you can list, but no further fees are collected from sellers. Website: bigcartel.com

Bonanza offers comprehensive category searches, eBay and Etsy importing options, and a ton of features for its community members, like coupons and promotions. There are no membership or listing fees, but Bonanza collects a commission based on the price of items sold: 3.5 percent on items up to $500 and $17.50 plus 1.5 percent on items sold for more than $500. Website: bonanza.com

When Craft Is Art started in 2009, the site sold only retail jewelry and accessories. Today, it offers handcrafted items in a wide range of categories, as well as fine art pieces, vintage products and wholesale craft supplies. The site boasts no listing or sale fees, unlimited items, and instant payments. Website: craftisart.com

DaWanda, a German handmade- and vintage-product marketplace, is populated primarily with European sellers, but with worldwide shipping and PayPal payment systems, U.S. sellers can get in on the action. Staff members monitor trends on the site, and compile lists and features for DaWanda's members, and detailed search options ensure that you'll find what you want. A unique feature of DaWanda is its search function for gifts, which populates gift ideas based on recipient and budget. Website: dawanda.com

Want to sell your products to a huge audience? Amazon's handmade artisan marketplace gives you access to the e-commerce giant's 285 million-plus active customers. Potential sellers of handmade-only products must apply to join the platform, and once accepted by an Amazon team member, they can list items for free, with a 12 percent fee on sales. Learn more about Handmade at Amazon in this Business News Daily article. Website: services.amazon.com/handmade/handmade.html

RebelsMarket serves as both an online community and an e-commerce platform for people interested in fashion subcultures like steampunk, goth and pinup. While it doesn't sell exclusively handmade items, the "world's largest alternative marketplace" does offer free online stores for sellers, who are screened by RebelsMarket to ensure only the best in "unique and edgy" products. Website: rebelsmarket.com

Named for the ancient "Silk Road" trade route, Silkfair aims to be a premier destination for e-commerce buyers and sellers. The site features a wide range of handmade items, collectibles and unique vintage pieces. Silkfair provides numerous benefits for sellers, including security features (fraud protection, SSL encryption, McAfee daily certification) and community social tools to connect with your customers. Website: silkfair.com

Storenvy's website says it's more than just a place to shop: "It's about discovering and connecting to amazing brands, people and products." The site focuses heavily on the unique stories of its indie sellers and offers the opportunity to create a free, completely customized store. Storenvy also takes advantage of social shopping trends and promotes products that its community of buyers have purchased and recommended. Website: storenvy.com

Sellers need to apply to Supermarket to join its curated design community, so you'll need to have a great product. There are no membership or listing fees, but the site collects a 15 percent commission on the sales you make. Supermarket also offers help with SEO and inventory managements for its sellers. Website: supermarkethq.com

Yokaboo is based in the United Kingdom and offers three membership levels. The free version allows for only six product listings, but the second level, which costs roughly equivalent to $25 USD, bumps you up to 50 listings. The third level (costing the equivalent of about $35 USD) gives you 500. Regardless of level, the site will never collect any commissions or fees on your sales. With an easy setup process and a wide variety of payment options, including PayPal, Yokaboo boasts that no technical experience is necessary to design and manage your store. Website: yokaboo.com

Zibbet prides itself on featuring individual handmade-only sellers who manage their own creation process, from conception to packaging to shipping. The site eliminates listing and commission fees for its sellers and offers tons of tools and support for sellers. These include a stand-alone, customizable website; Etsy importing; order management; and statistics. Zibbet co-founder Andrew Gray said his site's customer-service philosophy — "If you ask a question, you deserve an answer" — has earned the company an excellent reputation among sellers of handmade products. Website: zibbet.com

Nicole Fallon

Nicole received her Bachelor's degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She began freelancing for Business News Daily in 2010 and joined the team as a staff writer three years later. She currently serves as the managing editor. Reach her by email, or follow her on Twitter.