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12 Etsy Alternatives for Crafty Entrepreneurs

12 Etsy Alternatives for Crafty Entrepreneurs
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Being able to create goods with your own hands is a talent that the e-commerce world has really embraced. Everyone knows about Etsy, with its accessibility and popularity, but there are many other places for creators to sell their handmade goods that you might not know about.

Some specialize in specifically handmade goods, while others let sellers list vintage and antique items, and even crafting tools and supplies. Whatever kind of crafter you are, there is a marketplace perfect for your products. Below is a list of 12.

Aftcra focuses on handmade products that are made in America. The online marketplace is aimed at supporting local artists and artisans and connecting them with customers across the world. There are no listing fees and sellers can list as many products as they would like; however, Aftcra does charge a 7 percent transaction fee for each transaction. Website: http://www.aftcra.com

Crafters from all over the world can come together at this marketplace to buy, sell and interact. ArtFire offers a wide variety of handmade items and offers the option for buyers to post a "wanted" ad if they are looking for something specific to be made. The website also allows for easy searches by category, occasion colors or trends, as well as searching by boutique. Website: https://www.artfire.com

ArtYah allows you to find collectible jewelry, unique style for your home, and antiques and vintage items. There is no membership fee, but there is a $0.10 listing fee per item for 120 days and 3.5 percent of the sales price. According to the website, ArtYah began when they realized that other sites did not provide the kind of marketplace many buyers and sellers were looking for, so they decided to make one. Website: https://www.artyah.com

On Bonanza, creators can start their own e-commerce website and provides resources to help you run your online business and build a brand. Users can sign up for a 14-day free trial to get started. Although there is a monthly fee, there are no transaction fees, free website hosting and designs, built in support for selling on Facebook, and much more. Website: https://www.bonanza.com

Cargoh is a social media marketplace for independent artists and designers. The Cargoh team carefully reviews all seller applications to make sure the right sellers are entering into the marketplace. They look for things like great design, great photos, confidence in yourself and your products, and a unique product. They also have a blog to give potential sellers an insight into the kind of goods Cargoh features. Website: http://www.cargoh.com

Craft is Art started as an online retail store. It soon got inundated with requests from crafters to sell their own products on the site, so the company shifted tits mission to include thousands of sellers. With a premium membership, sellers can enjoy no sales/listing fees, no contracts, and unlimited listings. They do offer a free option, which includes 100 free listings and a 5.5 percent sales commission from each transaction. Website: http://www.craftisart.com

If you create products by hand either as a hobby or professional, DaWanda is the marketplace for you. Even if you collect vintage pieces, DaWanda wants you to be a part of their community. When you sign up as a seller, you get a free online shop to personalize, comprehensive shop statistics and marketing measure through PR, newsletters, search engine marketing and more. Keep in mind that there are listing fees and transaction commission fees. Website: https://en.dawanda.com

Launched in 2008, Folksy calls itself the home of British craft. Only independent designers and makers based in the UK can sell on Folksy, as the site promotes craft skills and small-scale production. Folksy is run by James Boardwell, and the inspiration came from seeing the energy in the craft communities in the UK, North America and Australia. Website: http://blog.folksy.com

Based out of Ontario, Cananda, iCraft only allows sellers who hand-make art, crafts and fashion items. Sellers can even let buyers know that they are accepting custom project requests. Setting up a store is easy, and once you do, you'll have access to marketing services, community blog articles, message boards and arts and crafts events. iCraft has no transaction fees, but the company does strictly review all submitted work to make sure it meets the mission and values. Website: http://icraftgifts.com/who-we-are.php

The website gets its name from the trade routes called "Silk Route" or "Silk Road." Silkfair aims to be a premier destination for e-commerce buyers and sellers. It also provides numerous benefits for sellers including security features such as fraud protection, SSL encryption and McAfee daily certification. The site also offers community social tools like community chatrooms and forums to help sellers connect with potential customers. Website: http://www.silkfair.com

Storenvy's aim is to connect the free spirits of the world with indie sellers. They believe in telling stories through products and the people who create them. Sellers can set up a store in less than five minutes, and get 500 free product listings. When you sign up, you also receive email tools to connect with customers, promotional tools such as discount codes, and all with no monthly or listing fees. However, Storenvy does keep 10 percent of every sale to help grow the platform. Website: http://www.storenvy.com

Home to more than 55 thousand independent creatives, Zibbet features individual handmade-only sellers who manage their own creation process, from conception to packaging to shipping. The site does not have listing fees, nor does it take a commission. It also offers tons of tools and support opportunities for sellers, including a stand-alone, customizable website, Etsy importing, order management and statistics. Website: https://www.zibbet.com

Jennifer Post

Jennifer Post graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. Having worked in the food industry, print and online journalism, and marketing, she is now a freelance contributor for Business News Daily. When she's not working, you will find her exploring her current town of Cape May, NJ or binge watching Pretty Little Liars for the 700th time.