UK Sites Like Etsy
UK Sites Like Etsy
Sites like Etsy are springing up regularly now, so if you are a producer of hand-made items, then you might be looking to get your business online - and looking for sites like Etsy to quickly get your products online. Maybe you're looking to see if there are there any UK sites like Etsy you can sell through.
Once you've exhausted your local outlets of fairs, markets and possibly party plan, then maybe it's time you put your products out for the world to see.
Etsy is the largest company for selling handmade goods online, but they might not suit everybody's needs, sites like Etsy offer you different marketplaces and different countries to sell in. As a major US-based website, even though Etsy have a UK section for UK sellers, you might be interested to know that there are other websites like Etsy available to you - you might find that one of these online stores catering for the UK and European market offers you a better experience.
Many UK sellers on Etsy find that it's not easy for buyers to find goods made in the UK, the search functions don't enable it, so they're looking for UK sites like Etsy to enable their unique products to reach specifically UK buyers.
Alternatively, maybe you're already using Etsy to sell your goods and just want to spread your reach and start selling your handmade goods through other sites like Etsy and other shops like Etsy online.
Below are some other sites like Etsy, where you can sell your handmade goods online easily. If you know of any more, leave a comment and I can add them to the list. These other shops like Etsy might be even better for you.
Below are some other sites like Etsy, where you can sell your handmade goods online easily. If you know of any more, leave a comment and I can add them to the list.
Handmade crafts is a growth industry, with some real talent shining through. If you're in the UK, check out these sites like Etsy that are targetted at more local buyers and traffic.
Of course, some people are simply selling their handmade goods on ebay rather than trying to find UK sites like Etsy - because ebay has a larger reach of the general public. Sites like Etsy attract people who are actually looking to buy, so they provide more targetted traffic, but less chance of impulse buys like on ebay.
Buy Craft Supplies Using Paypal
You can buy craft supplies using Paypal by sourcing what you need on Etsy UK too - one business model is for suppliers to import goods from around the world and sell those craft supplies on Etsy, so you don't have to wait, or worry about duties and taxes on importing. Etsy helps a lot of handmade goods makers find just what they need and get it fast, using Paypal to pay for those goods and having confidence in what they're ordering.
UK Amazon Marketplace for Handmade Goods
In October 2015 Amazon invited existing Etsy sellers to sell through the new Amazon Handmade Marketplace - this is in the US only, through Amazon.com. We can expect that Amazon will roll this out to a UK Amazon Marketplace for handmade goods if they find the US market profitable.
In the first 9 months of operation, the US Etsy sellers were enticed with no fees until August 2016, so after that time we can see what Amazon do next!
Top 3 Online Shops Like Etsy
The top 3 here is defined as the most openly popular. The other shops might just be newer, or more suited to specialist lines. As a seller, you should investigate them all to see which shop styles and terms/conditions/costs suit you and your product range.
The top three online shops like Etsy in the UK are:
- ... and there is no 3rd consistent winner for this postion at the time of writing (2013).
All Things Original:
Products most usually sold on All Things Original are jewellery, bags, clothing, textiles and paper goods.
Date Started: 2007
CLOSED DOWN: All Things Original has closed down.
Buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art, craft and supplies at the UK's handmade marketplace.
With Coriandr you get a free online shop, with a unqiue shop web url so you can promote your goods to your customers. You are billed monthly and can then pay your bill with Paypal. Your shop is easy to set up, using a drag and drop interface. With Coriandr you can sell anything handmade and creative.Listings never expire. Let Coriandr know your paypal address and they will integrate your paypal account and they will start processing your transactions for you.
Coriandr provide sellers with some ready-made promotional banners and adverts to help get them started promoting their site to their customers, or for advertising purposes.
Products most usually sold on Coriandr are accessories, bags, jewellery, items for children, papercraft items and toys.
Date Started: ---
Costs: It costs nothing to become a seller as setting up your online shop is free, then it costs just 20p to list an item plus a 2.5% sales commission when an item sells.
- DaWanda: Unique & Designer products, Gifts, Bags, Baby stuff & more
DaWanda is the marketplace for gifts and handmade products. Buy and sell unusual gift ideas, unique products and handmade things
Dawanda enables anybody who makes handmade products or offers customised and tailor made items to create an online shop and sell through Dawanda. To sell your handmade goods, you just need to register first and then to create your shop. DaWanda is a market place for unique, handmade and customizable products. If you are producing such things, if you are an artist, a designer, a craft maker or part of a small family run business you can become a seller on DaWanda.
You will have your own shop, with a unique web url, where you can send your customers. Items remain listed for 120 days, you can either select to have it automatically relisted, or manually.
Products most usually sold on Dawanda are everything that is unique, customizable and/or handmade. DaWanda is not limited in product categories, it can be anything from furniture, jewelry, digital art, clothes, music, art, toys, etc. as long as the things you offer are not mass-produced.
Date Started: 2006
Costs: Creating your shop is free. there is a 5% fee for any sales you make (they do not charge you 5% on the shipping fees). In the future they might charge a small listing fee, but listing is free at the moment (Oct 2009).
- Folksy :: Solder, sketch, sculpt, carve, sew, cut, go!
Folksy is a place to buy, sell and learn how to make handmade crafty things. From sculpting and carving, knitting and sewing, robotics and printing to physical mash-ups of all kind this is where we celebrate being creative by making stuff!
Get yourself an online shop with Folksy.
Folksy is a service that supports crafters and designers. They will accept handmade goods and short run items.
Products most usually sold on Folksy are from electronics and robotics to 'traditional' design media such as graphics, ceramics, glass, wood, metal and of course 'soft' materials such as felt, wool, cotton etc.
Date Started: 2008
Costs: 20p per item to list your item, then there is a 5% commission payable for a sale. Items remain listed for six months. An invoice is produced at the end of each month and you have to approve the amount in order to pay via Paypal.
- GroovyCart - Build Your Own Online Shop - Sell Your Products Online - Free to 20 a Month - GroovyCar
GroovyCart is an online shop provider with an entry level free service. It allows you to build your own online shop. free online shop builder, shopping cart software, hosted marketplace, create instant online shops
GroovyCart is another UK website like Etsy that is an online shop provider giving you an entry level free service - ideal if you're starting out, or if you just want to try out other sites to see how they compare to your current online shop.
Groovycart allows you to build your own online shop. provides you with a free online shop builder, great shopping cart software, a hosted marketplace and the ability to instantly create your own online shops.
You don't have to upgrade, if the free offering suits your needs, then you can stick with that.
Date Started: 2006
Costs: You can get started for free. There are no listing fees to pay. There are no setup fees and no fees to pay on the goods you sell. There are three levels of service, free, £20 for 90 days and £20 for 30 days - which you choose will depend on how many products you want to list, how many you sell and their value.
- MISI - Buy and Sell Handmade Gifts | Handmade Jewellery | Handmade Wedding Gifts | Christmas Gifts
Buy and Sell handmade crafts | handmade gifts | Buy Gifts, Jewellery, Baby Gifts and Wedding Gifts Browse Craft Shops or chat in the Crafters Forum
MISI is a UK online craft marketplace. Set up by a keen crafter, Web developer and Work at home mum, MISI brings together the UK's craft community, providing them with a place to sell what they make.
On Misi you can sell items which are either handmade or involve a substantial amount of creative input by yourself. Mass Produced or third party handmade products are not allowed. Products most usually sold on Misi are artisan handmade gifts, including Handmade Jewellery , Handmade Patchwork Quilts, Handmade Quilts, Unique Clothing, Unique Baby Gifts, Sock Monkeys, Vintage Style Gifts, Wedding Gifts and more
Date Started: October 2008
Costs: 20p per item listed, and a 3% sales commission when a sale is made. You are invoiced monthly, but if you owe less than £1.50 then you can carry it forward for now. Your 20p listing is published for one year or until the item is sold out. When you sell an item, the transaction fee is 3% of the sale price.
Awards: October 2009, The Mumtrepreneur 2009, Highly Commended Best Start Up Business
For more websites like Misi, keep reading!
Not Mass Produced
Not Mass Produced is a marketplace for beautifully designed and crafted gifts, enabling independent designers to sell direct to buyers online. Not Mass Produced provides an instant online store for sellers, selling handmade products from small producers, offering an alternative to imported mass-produced products. Not Mass Produced makes it easier for buyers to find and buy fun and creative items.
Products most usually sold on Not Mass Produced are jewellery, ceramics, fashion, accessories, stationery, health and beauty, pets and textiles. Sellers are hand-picked.
Date Started: November 2008
Costs: Buyers pay Not Mass Produced and sellers are paid monthly.
UPDATE: This site is no longer operating (March 2016)
- Not on the High Street: Gift ideas, unique gifts and personalised gifts
Gift Ideas, Unique Gifts and Personalised Gifts | notonthehighstreet.com
Not on the High Street
Not on the High Street reject 95% of applications to join them, keeping the quality very high indeed. To be a Not on the High Street seller, your products must be of the highest quality, to satisfy the wants of their ABC1 customers. Not on the High Street have won over a dozen awards, from MSN's Best Shopping Website, through to Barclays Startups Women in Business Award in 2007 and more.
To become a successful Not on the High Street seller, your products need to be exquisitely gorgeous gifts and treats, beautifully presented and irresistible to a discerning audience.
Date Started: 2006
Costs: On application. They do charge a fee to join them, which might be in excess of £550. They take 25% commission per sale plus a processing fee, which is about £1.
Unique Gifts, Handmade Home Accessories, Handmade and Handcrafted Gifts, Personalised Gifts, Swanky Maison
Like a UK Etsy, SwankyMaison sources and showcases high quality, handmade homeware and unique gifts not found on the High Street.
Products for sale on SwankyMaison are selected for their originality, incredible skills, and passion. They are aimed at helping small producers and designers who either don't have the time, money or expertise to create their own online shop, or who simply want to benefit from additional online opportunities.
People who sell on SwankyMaison are all up and coming designer-makers who prefer to spend their time creating, not selling, giving them more time to concentrate on their art.
To sell on SwankyMaison, you apply online and upload a few photos of your products for consideration.
SwankyMaison like it if you include the cost of postage in your prices, so they can be advertised as "free P&P". They also require you to only place UNIQUE and EXCLUSIVE products with them, you should not be selling those items on any other shops.
Date Started: 2010?
Costs: Free for your first year, then £99. They take 30% commission.
My E Hive
MyEHive closed in November 2010
MyEhive provides you with an instant online shop so you can sell your handmade goods direct to your customers. You can use your own domain name, or the shop ulr/address they give you.
Products most usually sold on MyEhive are handmade, reclaimed, recycled, and customised vintage gifts in the UK & Ireland
Date Started: October 2008
Costs: Free for up to 5 products, giving you a chance to try it out. Beyond that, Myehive costs either £4.99 or £9.99 per month depending on whether you want your online store to have up to 25 items or up to 100 items. There are no further fees to pay. You are paid directly by your buyers through the MyEhive site,
With Shopwindoz, you have to apply and be accepted. Once accepted by Shopwindoz you can then create your own store online, which is fully customizable.
Products most usually sold on Shopwindoz are: Fashion, music, furniture, books, jewellery, designer gifts, accessories, gadgets, toys and much more
Date Started: November 2007
CLOSED DOWN: Website was unreachable/down.
UglyBeGone is no longer trading.
UglyBeGone was a UK site like Etsy, selling personalised gifts and handmade gifts made by creative geniuses in the UK! You needed good quality photos of your products to be accepted.
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