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Sites Like Etsy in the UK
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 is a quick way to do it. 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. Even though Etsy has 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 targeted 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 targeted 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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Jon on November 09, 2018:
Not on the high street sucks! they charge way too much and take far too much from sales.
Etsy are greedy and getting worse with taking a cut of the shipping costs and penalizing sellers in search results for charging shipping
Most on this list are no long going and should be removed.
NuMonday and Folksy are good uk alternatives but they dont get enough traffic (alexa ranks) this is probably due to only allowing uk sellers which again, coming from a uk seller, sucks! they should at least allow US sellers.
Until someone else comes along that can really challenge these greedy companies like etsy and ebay we are stuck with them - I would not even entertain "not on the high street", way too anal for charging so much, its not even worth listing for them to take that much!
Daniel on February 21, 2017:
I was rejected from not on the high street but since then took to my own website and etsy and sell over 1000 bespoke items a month. I would not rer apply to not on the high street out of principle even though some of my competitors who sell a quarter of the items i do are on there.
if you get rejected don't take it personally that your items are not good enough, prove them wrong. Etsy is by far the best out there and can't wait for zazzle to come to the UK.
Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on December 23, 2016:
Thanks for sharing the info.
Andrew Kenny on April 20, 2015:
We are EthicalStores.com a non-profit cruelty free marketplace, we offer any business/individual a free store at our online marketplace.
EthicalStores.com has been developed and administrated by volunteers from across Europe, we are 100% funded by donations from individuals and business.
sharon mclean on December 03, 2013:
hi this is fantastic information,i am returning to live in the u.k after many years,and am starting to sell top multy award winning spanish honey,can you advise me on the best e-commerce site where i could start selling this please,i would be very grateful.
Allison Herbert on September 12, 2013:
Hello there, we would love you to include www.love-local.com to your list. It is not for everyone as it only includes designer makers from the South West, but the small is beautiful approach means that products don't get lost. It was launched in October 2011, so showing some staying power!
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on May 31, 2013:
Thanks for your comment Zoe.
Websites like Etsy in the UK have really taken off - and Folksy has become massive. I saw the owner on the morning news the other week being interviewed about the explosion in the marketplace for handmade goods and he was very positive about it, having experienced solid growth from high quality sellers of UK handmade goods across all the crafts and arts.
Zoe Platt on May 31, 2013:
I wanted to sell on Not on the High Street, but I had no idea their upfront charges were so high. I can understand that it means they only accept the best and I am working up to that. I have an Etsy shop at the moment and will open a Folksy one soon.
This is a great list, I'll share it with the foum I belong to. Thx
Michelle on May 19, 2013:
you can also use ezebee.com it's not restricted to handmade stuff and it's free.
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on April 23, 2013:
Thank you for taking the time to comment.
I had a look at ezebee and, while it is International, it's not a "UK sites like Etsy" as promised in the title :)
Their prices are in Euros, not GBP and it isn't solely for selling handmade goods.
Ezebee are also in Beta launch, so, overall, a UK seller wouldn't get as good a start to their ventures as UK-specific sites would give them.
Sorry, but they don't make the list.
All the best
Tina Michaels from Palma De Mallorca, Spain on April 23, 2013:
You could add www.ezebee.com to that list... great community with huge international marketplace...
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on April 20, 2013:
MISI is now under new ownership - so if you were with Misi in the past or have put it on the back burner it's worth checking out what the company's plans are for the future.
They have made some changes/improvements and their traffic has doubled in the last 3 weeks.
wordpress4biz on April 08, 2013:
I always wondered how much Not on the High Street charged and it turned out to be a huge up-front fee. Definitely one for established vendors.
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on April 04, 2013:
SwankyMaison has now been added
Mark on March 01, 2013:
Also came across a new site that supports british designers and makers! It's called www.meganbrown.co.uk and has a growing number of unique and hand crafted products that are lovingly made in Britain...
Marty on November 09, 2012:
Can I recommend www.artulis.com for UK based people? I got a free listings account there which is pretty nice way to start.
monicamelendez from Salt Lake City on August 02, 2012:
Etsy is so great. Hopefully at least one of these sites works as well for our friends in the UK!
Online Childrens Boutique on December 29, 2011:
Thanks so much for this. This is awesome post I ever seen on internet. This is rare to find that’s why difficult to understand. Anyway,
you are definitely someone that has something to say that people need to hear. Keep up the good work. Keep on inspiring the people.
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Amanda Vogel on December 20, 2011:
I have joined GroovyCart its all free and its been very easy to use. I am very happy with it so far.
jinny on December 15, 2011:
This will be very helpful, i have been in easy i was interested in uk market as well
Shalini on December 04, 2011:
Namatovu beatrice on October 26, 2011:
hello,i want to supply you with my art thanks
Megan Lauren on October 07, 2011:
Also It is a US site but they work with designers all over the work and feature a ton of UK work :)
Megan Lauren on October 07, 2011:
I just came across this site Styleoutsidethebox.com! Style Outside The Box is the first exclusive independent designers online shopping site! They feature unique items such as one of a kind womens and mens jewelry, clothing, accessories, baby clothing, home décor and much more! They guarantee to all of our shoppers they are only shopping among juried quality one of a kind products selected from Their elite style council! They proudly stand behind all of Their designers and their amazing products! :)
The Handmade Nation on September 21, 2011:
We are creating a british handmade site called The Handmade Nation , we shall open our doors at the beginning of november all going to plan! See you soon
Stylistic Gallery on August 02, 2011:
We just wanted to drop by and say great article and thanks for the mention earner; much appreciated.
The Stylistic Gallery brings talented designers, innovative creators and discerning customers together with secure online shopping. We're also a sponsor of UK Handmade and offer a free membership option too.
Best wishes from all of us at the Stylistic Gallery :)
Felicity Waters on June 29, 2011:
great list Garden Beet supports independent artists and we try to have a good selection of products that are made by artists or designers - please get in touch if you make garden related products - we love indoor gardening especially - plus we do not charge an up front fee to sell your product
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on June 19, 2011:
I've just been alerted to another UK site like Etsy.
This one's based in London and you can find them at
CASE1WORKER from UNITED KINGDOM on June 06, 2011:
brilliant- this info is well helpful
Rob and Becca on May 24, 2011:
One word... Awesomeness!
crochet-afghans from UK on May 17, 2011:
Thankyou, I'd been looking for just this sort of info.
leeroper from UK on May 11, 2011:
This hub was an eye opener to me, Etsy I had never heard of and the others well they were obviously all a surprise. Thanks for the info.
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on April 29, 2011:
Yes, if you sell handmade goods on these sites you will be able to attract UK clients.
Jad on April 28, 2011:
Great information ... very helpful. I want to open to UK market as well ...
Which website I can sell French theme wooden storage and gifts to attract UK clients. I am not in UK.
mjrpark on April 11, 2011:
Ideal for small retailers who offer gift vouchers
Silver Lady from Dorset on April 09, 2011:
Just started listing vintage and antique jewellery items on one of these newer sites after years of the traditional ones.More homely and more friendly I feel.
Gill Rice on March 30, 2011:
Great info - thank you.
110211 from United Kingdom on March 15, 2011:
Thanks for the great collection of sites, I didn't know there were so many.
Borderline on February 06, 2011:
Really good information - just starting up this is just what I needed
LoosingIt on January 30, 2011:
Lots of information. I liked that you included the terms and costs for each site as well as a general description. Also good that you delete and add-to as needed.
Francesca on December 19, 2010:
*NewsFlash* MyEhive.com closed operations on 19th November 2010.
jill on November 22, 2010:
hi thanks for this site I am just about to dip my toe in the selling pond at least now I have a choice of ponds.
retailer on October 13, 2010:
If you make baby and children's products, then www.kiddiebase.co.uk is another one to be aware of. It's not handmade only but has a lot of handmade sellers on there. It's very new but seems to be attracting a lot of interest.
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on October 02, 2010:
I think it's important for people to try all the sites if they can, to sell their handmade gifts online. Every site has a different audience and you won't know which one likes your style and gifts most until you've tried them all.
In the run up to Xmas, this is now the time to start planning Xmas sales - most people will sell more than half their yearly turnover just for to the Xmas shoppers.
gregtamm from Texas on October 02, 2010:
Shopwindoz is a good place to start an online shop. A friend of mine does quite well with their service.
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on September 09, 2010:
Cheers Scott, if you can mention this UK Sites Like Etsy article along your travels that'd be cool.
Good luck with fabstuff4kids.com
scott on September 08, 2010:
we are about to launch www.fabstuff4kids.com a platform for handmade/crafted kids designers. we have found plenty in the US and OZ but we have been surprised by the lack of designers both here in the UK and Europe.If you are a British/European designer in this field please feel free to contact me to discuss further on email@example.com, many thanks and good luck..
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on August 30, 2010:
Thanks Katie, I've added UglyBeGone now to the list of UK sites like Etsy above.
Katie Smith on August 23, 2010:
Some great suggestions on here, another site that may be on interest is www.uglybegone.com . They also sell stylish gifts etc from makers in the UK.
Hilda Faulks on August 16, 2010:
Great article. Been looking for some original gifts and there's some fab suggestions. Another site I found recently is www.iapetus.co.uk. It's the website for a gallery in my home town of Malvern in Worcester which is full of lovely handmade jewellery & gifts. They're also a lovely bunch in there...very friendly!
adorababy from Syracuse, NY on June 30, 2010:
I think going to the future, online shopping will be the way to do it. With more and more people having less time to shop the traditional way, there is really a growing market to suffice the needs of these online shoppers.
Jackie Hughes on June 29, 2010:
Another good site to try is adflyer.co.uk - not just for hand made stuff, but very easy to use and low fees
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on June 02, 2010:
Thanks for that, I hadn't spotted that Artfire isn't for the UK. This article was supposed to list UK sites like Etsy, to help UK people sell their goods online with the confidence you get when selling in your own country and currency.
I've removed artfire now as it's not a UK site like Etsy. I think I was fooled as it was priced in ££s.
dissapointed on June 02, 2010:
Artfire is not a UK site. It's an american site just like etsy that allows UK sellers. You can't even search for UK sellers on the site. I knew a totally free service seemed too good to be true.
cooltriker on June 01, 2010:
Wow thank you for a great hub, some great information.
freya on May 16, 2010:
Thank You! This is fantastic!
Property-Invest from London on March 21, 2010:
What a great review of all these independent sites for us here in the UK. Thanks so much for the super hub.
britjap on March 13, 2010:
Groovycart is along these lines too.
truly1 on February 16, 2010:
I have been looking at misi, recently, but did not know about the other sites listed. Many Thanks.
Handmade-Crafts on February 02, 2010:
A fantastic hub, with links to some brilliant sites. Thank you for sharing.
eonsaway from New Mexico, USA on December 30, 2009:
This will be very helpful, I have been considering Etsy, this list gives some alternatives. The free site Myehive would be a good one to start out with and get a feel of how to list things. Thanks, good research.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 27, 2009:
These are great information. Thank you, you are fantastic. I never knew all this. Thanks again.