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Sell Handmade items online – 25 online sites

Online selling : List of 25 websites

In one of my previous blogs ,I had mentioned a few sites where one can sell handmade crafts and items .THis time , I am extending the list of sites which will help all of us to sell our products

1. http://www.ebay.com(or ebay.com.au for Australian artisians )
2. http://www.etsy.com
3. http://www.artfire.com
4. http://www.zibbet.com
5. http://www.ebid.com
6. http://www.quicksales.com.au
7. http://www.madeit.com.au
8. http://www.momswhomake.com.au
9. http://www.madeitmyself.com
10. http://www.gumtree.com.au
11. http://www.myowncreation.co.uk
12. http://www.misi.co.uk
13. http://www.craftisart.com
14. http://www.handmadecatalog.com
15. http://www.folksy.com/
16. http://www.dawanda.com/
17. http://www.icraft.ca/
18. http://www.shophandmade.com/
19. http://www.winkelf.com/
20. http://www.1000markets.com/
21. http://www.artflock.com/
22. http://www.silkfair.com/
23. http://supermarkethq.com/
24. http://www.crobbies.com
25. http://www.momsmarketonline.com

Please note that every single site mentioned above have their own terms and conditions and criteria for supporting handmade.Please ensure to read them carefully before you proceed .
All the best !

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Marketting tip #2 : Craft stalls

I recently put up a craft stall in one of the local community areas .I initially was very sceptical about how my sales will go as I have never tried that before .I was wrong. Happy I was wrong!!.I did make decent money out of the stall – good for a first timer though.

In my opinion any business should be started small to establish confidence in oneself. I paid only $10 for the stall which when compared to Big craft market that are held, is very little amount.

I had put up this stall in one of the churches. I happened to browse through the one of local classified websites and stumbled on this ad.
Lucky me that I did get a place too!!Usually in renowned craft exclusive fairs, it’s really hard to get a stall.

I have been trying to register for specific markets from a long time ,50% of the times; they charge a very high amount for setting up a stall and have to book months in advance.

This trial of mine to sell in one of local small communities taught me some basic stuff about sell handmade items . I learnt that

– If you are trying for the first time , go small scale ( safer)

– Try community fetes /school fetes – no need to pay heavy amounts /no long waits yet profits are good enough to cover the least stall expenses and get some in hand. I did make about $80 within 4hrs which is not bad for first timer !!

My hubby actually encourages me in so many ways ! He is a great support!

He gave me some really valuable ideas that I could do while being in the stall

1. For Jewellery – to have some pliers and beads handy, make and sell then and there
—this idea was good , as I did make and sell quite a few that very moment ūüôā
2. If the customer likes some earrings say ,but wants in a different colour ,make it then and there – Customisation !!
— This idea was awesome one ! Truly fruitful!

3. Deals – be flexible on prices
– Some of the customers did actually buy more when I was able to offer them a deal.
4. Higher the price of the item- fewer number of people buy – Hence make more number of items that you can sell for lower price , and make fewer items that can be sold of higher price .
– This was absolutely true ! More customers do not think twice to buy something that is cheaper ,but are quite choosy when it comes to buying high priced ones .

Hence I made a large number of earrings ( which is my main area) in $2-3 range , which actually maximised my earnings . Also made some few high priced ones which I could not sell much as much as the other.

I do understand the pricing technique /method etc.I do know some artists may feel this is not right.I do understand the concept.

In today’s market ,customers /people are very reluctant to spend money. Usually people have an impression that handmade items are expensive because of their exclusiveness .Hence keeping our profits a bit low will actually attract them .I am not saying to cut costs or use cheap materials ,but suggesting to make handmade market more appealing and affordable .

And for the struggling artists , giving a tip to try even the most simplest market event rather than waiting for big exclusive craft fair .Smaller markets have – low competition , easy availability of stall space + low or no stall fees when compared to the big craft events .

I am sure I will setting up more stalls in future ūüôā

Handmade butterfly all occasion greeting card

HI
Thanks guys for liking my previous blogs .I feel very much encouraged to write more

I once read in internet to one need not have too many items to create beautiful greetting cards.I really feel that is so true .

In this card of mine , I have used only the following items
– Card stock
– A piece of pattern paper
– Acrylic butterfly stamp
– Black stamp ink
– texters
– purple colored paper

Handmade butterfly card

I am also uploading a free card making template that I used for this card.

Though I have made my own card topper (i.e butterfly image) for making this card , one can use any ready made card toppers like stickers to give a different look to this card .
The shape of the card topper can also be changed from square to a circular shape and the card will look totally different ,not to mention various color combinations

This card making template is quite versatile and with minimum alterations and changes a very variatons of cards can be made ..

Since there is no quotation or sentiments written on this card , this card can be used for any occasion like birthdays ,Thank you card , anniversery etc

I guess I have listed one more item to play and explore ūüôā
Have Fun !

New swarovski crystal with glass pearl earrings

Hi,
These earrings are made with swarovski crystals,where i have woven the glass pearls around the crystal using the beading wire.I then have combined them eith glass black bicone beads to make the dangle earrings.
black swarovski earrings

Click here to see more details

Rgds
Chinniabhi

Online Marketing tip #1 – Tags and keywords

Hi All ,

Thanks for supporting my article ” selling online ” that i had posted previously .I did see that some of you guys even posted the link in your blogs. Thanks a lot for liking.

In continuation to “Selling Online” this time , i have created another category in my blog where I have decided to post a few tips for marketing and the following¬† is my first tip

Online selling is more of marketing and attracting traffic into our sites /shops etc.The logic here is more the traffic i,e more users see your site more are the chances for your items to sell

The next question is how to generate more traffic ?

There are quite a few ways
1. Tags and keywords
2. Advertise in other sites /blogs
3. Post links in Social media like twitter ,facebook ,you tube etc
4. Blogging
5. Feeds
6. Posting in sites like stumbleupon,digg, reddit,votehandmade etc

The main focus of this blog is about tags and key words Also known as SEO -Search engine optimisation

In layman’s words , SEO means to write the item description using words that have a high probabilty to entered by users while they search for things in google

The tags also enable to the search engine to crawl to your site .

In most of the online shops provided by sites like etsy ,Artfire ,zibbet etc have a field provided to enter the keyword tags .These tags are those phrases that are likely to be entered while searching in google .

Try this out:

For example try entering ” handmade ” in the google search bar and see what other words are suggested to you¬† by the engine

Enter these phrases into your tag section and you can notice that your site recieves a better traffic than before

The most common tags I use for handmade jewelry are:
-handmade jewelry
-jewelry makingjewelry making ideas
-beading
-beading patterns
-sell online
-buy handmade online

Tags for handmade greeting cards¬† –

-handmade greeting cards
-card making
-card making ideas
-card making designs

The tags given above are only a few basic ones , you can add more to this ..

Hope this information helps – happy marketing!!

-Chinniabhi

Selling online

HI

Ebay – the best and one of the easiest way to start selling our handmade stuff. It is quite effective .With the recent offer where ebay is offering no fees for listing either auction or Buy it now types of listing , it has never been better

So ,coming to the fact how efficient it is easy to sell on ebay – I do think that there are both positives and negatives when coming to sell on ebay

Positives :

1. Easy to list

 2. Higher exposure to customers online

3 . No need to extra marketing4 . No need to set up an online shop in order to sell

Negatives
1 .low profits

2. fees charged per sale

3. sometimes even listing fee .

The low profit margin makes selling handmade goods a heart break where many of the times ,one has to sell for a loss as he /she is actually bound to sell at any cost once a bid has been place

On the other hand selling in sites like Etsy ,Artfire,zibbet etc , the profit margins are quite good as there is considerable reward paid for the effort and labour put in to make any item.

Again in such sites ,one has be to a upgraded member and pay a monthly fees .set up a shop with banner and SEO quality listings .In addition one has to do extra marketing like blogging , tweets , facebook updates and use of sites like stumbleupon,digg, etc

Well this is a just a bird eye’s view for people like me who are just starting to make art and craft to be their business /profession .

The following are some online shopping sites

Ebay.com
Quicksales.com.au
Bidmate.com.au
Lasoo.com.au
Ebid.net

Since I started researching sites which are best suited for selling handmade the following are some sites which allow people all over the world to set up shops with them

Etsy.com
Artfire.com
Zibbet.com
Zazzle.com

Well there are many more ,but I have just listed a few . Will update you guys with more sites the moment I know

Also feel free to add in more sites

Rgds

ChinniAbhi

A picture is worth a thousand words

Hi
A picture definitely speaks more than a thousand words . I have been always suggested that I should edit my pic before I upload into shop.Trust me ,I never had an idea as how much the difference would make till I got my new laptop which has a basic media editor .Previous laptop did run on old version of Windows operating system ,XP I think

My new laptop had Windows vista ,which is very very good .That’s when I discovered editing the pic is not only fun but also great to see the effects .

For anybody who is as na√Įve as me and have no idea as how to edit pics .I have just listed below a few and very basic information /steps that one can do to improve your picture quality

¬†1. Brightness¬† : Though I took pictures from a good SLR camera ,my pics were still not bright as I as expected .That’s when I realised that I had to brighten them up “manually”.Hence increasing the brightness is the first and foremost and very basic editing .One has to be careful to while increasing brightness ,when increased more than required the image will look like a ghost.2. Contrast : This feature or should I say property does not show changes in the picture as much increasing the brightness does.This change goes hand in hand with brightness .Hence a perfect Brightness¬† and Contrast ratio brings out the best of the image

3 .Color saturation /Hues : This ,according to me is a very delicate property ,when done correctly gives the image a very good look .On the other hand ,a slight increase than required can change the color of the image totally .Similar feature is Color temparature .

4. Highlights and shadows  : This feature is good enough lighten the shadows of the object in the picture .It lightens up the shadows of the object in the picture making the background much more lighter

Then there is ofcourse other features like Sharpness which makes the image much more crystal clear.Just beware that anything done more than require actually spoils the image

                       

Hope this helps :)RgdChinniAbhi

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