Webby Wednesdays: Where Can I Sell My Crafts Online?

You have your crafts ready. They are finished, packaged, and ready for sale. You have amazing pictures — ones with your adorable kids smiling and wearing (or using) your product, and all your i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. Here comes the big question,”Where can I sell my crafts online?”

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My attempt at making my own dress, and why I depend on sites like Etsy, Hyena Cart, and Artfire for some homemade items.

Etsy

The easiest (and most popular) answer would be: EtsyEtsy is easily one of the biggest craft markets online. With lots of users and buyers, it is a great place to set up shop. See Etsy’s Year in Review: 22 million members, $895 million in sales. In January 2013, Etsy had 800,000 active sellers, and probably has more now. Etsy sellers sell everything from crocheted goods to digital art to hard to find vintage items — Etsy shoppers are all over the map and even include celebrities like Jessica Alba. However, in order to get noticed, you’d better make sure your shop is ready. What does it take to get noticed? Great pictures, more inventory, and well-written product descriptions. Here’s a link for more Etsy tips: Etsy Mentors: Critique Your Own Shop.

As I researched Etsy, one of the biggest complaints I’ve seen is fees. The fees for Etsy are $0.20 USD per listing and 3.5% at the point of sale. Etsy’s Fee Policy

Hyena Cart

Well known in the WAHM cloth diaper circles, Hyena Cart seems to be gaining popularity in niche groups like cloth diapering, custom dolls, and knits. Hyena Cart is not just a sales platform, it is a community and has a pretty active forum.  According to Hyena Cart, it “gives the seller the ability to set a specific stocking time, run auctions or lotteries, and fully customize the look and feel of the cart via style sheets and html coding, if desired.”

While researching Hyena Cart, I came up with some mixed reviews. Some people absolutely love it, while others feel it’s too difficult to use. As I’ve never used Hyena Cart, I am unable to comment, but here is an awesome post from Diaper Pattern Reviews about Hyena Cart and how to evaluate whether or not you’d be a good candidate: How to Succeed on Hyena Cart

WAHM’s seem to like Hyena Cart’s fee schedule more than Etsy’s. Hyena Cart’s set up fees are $10 to set up shop and $5 each month after. Seller Fees: Costs to Sell on Hyena Cart

Artfire

Artfire is another platform with a marketplace and craft community. According to Artfire, they are “an e-commerce company and [they] focus on support of member’s needs by taking a service first approach.”  Their mission is “More than Commerce, Community” and encourages interaction and engagement of their community.

After researching Artfire, I’ve learned that it is a lot like Etsy. There is a debate among sellers which platform to choose: Artfire or Etsy. Some sellers prefer Artfire because they say it is easier to customize where as others prefer Etsy because it has more traffic. Read more about Etsy vs. Artfire here: Etsy or Artfire?

Artfire has a set rate of $12.95 with no listing fees or commissions. Artfire’s Fees

Conclusion

After giving you all this information, I’m sure you are thinking,”Great, thanks. Now what?” Here are my thoughts on Etsy vs. Hyena Cart vs. Artfire. If you are a brand new seller, selling a one of a kind craft that stands out, but don’t have a lot of fans yet, try Etsy because it will give you the most audience. If you are a cloth diaper or custom doll maker, I’d suggest Hyena Cart, and if you are selling high ticket items and have an audience, you may want to try Artfire.

Bonus

You could always sell your products on WordPress by turning it into an e-commerce platform, but this may open you up to a whole new world of headaches.

Please weigh in:

Etsy, Hyena Cart, and Artfire users (or any other type of craft sellers), please weigh in. Where do you sell online and what do you think about the experience?

Ladybug First Birthday Party

Note: Some links in this post are part of the Amazon Affiliate advertising program. I purchased all items with my own money, wanted to share them because they worked well for our party. 

I know this is a little late, but I’ve had such a busy couple of months! Hapa Baby’s first birthday was a huge hit, we had lots and lots of ladybug stuff and Hapa Baby wore a Ladybug Tutu that I made with a Ladybug shirt I bought on etsy that said “This little lovebug is turning 1!” We asked all our guests to wear red and black — everyone wore red and black except DH!

We had 40 people and way too much food. If you are looking for what to feed 40 people, here was our menu:

Entrees:

Hot Dogs
Grilled Salmon with Lemon
Chili
Assorted Grilled Vegetables
Assorted Rolls (Pretzel and Dinner)
Ladybug Crackers
Ladybug Babybells
Cheese Platter
Vegan Dogs
Vegetable sushi
Tofu Salad with Pietro’s Dressing
Dessert:
Ladybug Oreos
Ladybug Pretzels
Ladybug Cake
Madeleines
Strawberries with whipped cream and brown sugar

Enough reading, though, let’s see some pictures! (after the jump)

 

Me with the Ladybug favors

Ladybug bubbles, Ladybug Antennaes,
Pictures of LO taken by JcPenney’s Portrait Studio
We gave away Ladybug Bubbles as favors.
This was the dessert table before the dessert arrived.
I had raided the clearance section of Target for their Valentine’s Day stuff.
(Lovebug stuff is perfect for Ladybug birthdays!)
It had HB’s favorite ladybug toys on display.
HP’s dessert table: Ladybug Oreo Cookies, Ladybug Pretzels, and Ladybug Cake
I added Primrose on either side with Ladybug Confetti.
A closer look at the Ladybug Pretzels and Ladybug cake
(the top was a cupcake we could remove and give to HB to use as a smash cake!)
Ladybug Cake Closeup
To keep with our theme we had red plates, green table cloths, real primroses, black utensils,
boxes we made with ladybugs on them Valentine’s Day tins (that looked like Ladybugs),
and ladybug napkins
Here are our Ladybug crackers and Ladybug Babybells
Ladybug Ritz crackers (Ingredients: Ritz Crackers, Cherry Tomatoes (halved, then halved again to make wings),
Cream Cheese, and Olives for the heads

 

HB gnawing on a strawberry

 

HB had a blast.
She ate strawberries, ran in her little
ladybug shoes and sat in the big pan while pretending to stir herself.
DH, HB, and me wearing our ladybug ears
HB is checking out the cupcake

 

Nom!!

 

I love, love, love frosting!

 

All cleaned up and cuddling with Grandma
Cutting the ladybug cake — it was excellent!

If you have any questions about how I made the oreos or the pretzels let me know!

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