Did you know that many South Africans are making six figure income from the comfort of their home just by selling handmade items or arts, crafts or vintage items?
What is awesome about it is that they are not making income by selling locally – they are actually marketing the craft products GLOBALLY from their own computer!
Check out this podcast for inspiration:
If somebody as far as from God-know-where can do it. You can too!
From handmade to digital to vintage to supplies, you can find tons of craft-related and creative enterprises on the Internet. I personally have sold everything from leather goods my friends made to (digital) invitation designs, jewelry supplies to artwork.
Here is the secret: Sell them on Etsy.
There are four very broad categories of things that sell on Etsy:
Handmade items — do you make jewelry, sew clothes or good at making decorpage, hobby craft, paper craft, quilling, and sequins? Or perhaps your a talented painter or photographer? Are you skilled and artistic? Surely, your friends praised you always and highly recommend you to their friends? Things like doll clothes, artwork, toys, quilts, jewelry, knitted shawls, soaps, and even edibles like candy.
Vintage items — clothing, shoes, toys, accessories, and small items like buttons and jewelry. If crafting isn’t your thing, but you frequent car boot sales or garage sales, and have an eye for vintage treasures, you can sell those too!
Digital products — invitations, photo collages, custom posters, scrapbook layouts, and printable planners
Supplies — yarn, fabric, wooden rings, rhinestones, sequins, candy molds, beads, twine, patterns and stencils, scrapbooking paper, etc.
Etsy.com is an online marketplace for all things handmade. Etsy has lots of traffic. Etsy’s Alexa world rank is 136 (41 in the US), which is pretty awesome.
More Reasons to Sell on Etsy
You will not get the same targeted audience for your products at eBay.co.za, Lazada, Zalora, Redmart or any local online marketplace. You can also set higher prices for your items because buyers on Etsy appreciates crafts and arts, and price tag is not their main concern. The possibilities really are endless. In addition to handmade, you can sell vintage items and supplies for arts & crafts too.
What Others in Your Region Are Selling
- Beads Stitching Patterns. Most clients buy DIY tutorials pdf printables where they can make their crafts on their own. That’s why a lot of pdf downloadable tutorials for beading and jewelry designs are hot items at Etsy.
- Digital Printable. Digital papers, arts and decorations, stickers and personalized can also be downloaded. All you need is to sell pdf or png/jpg downloadable of these items. A lot of clients are needing these stuffs for their scrapbooking, decos, home decorations, business and a lot more where personalized designs are needed.
- Personalized Bags. Personalized gifts and stuffs are often much in demand simply because of personal touch. You can start here.