19 Best Etsy Alternatives for Sellers

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Most people know the name Etsy. It’s mainstream and closing in on the Amazons of the world.

Unfortunately, mainstream also means it’s becoming more commercialized, which has some people seeking out Etsy alternatives.

What is Etsy?

Etsy is an e-commerce company that focuses on handmade crafts, craft supplies, and vintage items. It’s known as a makers’ market that includes everything from handmade jewelry, clothing, personalized gifts, home décor, toys, art, and more.

What it does, it does well. In the handmade crafts market, Etsy is the top dog. Etsy is home to more than four million sellers and over 82 million active buyers.

It's one of the most popular platforms out there for sellers.

Etsy Alternatives for Handmade Sellers

While Etsy is the leading force in the online makers’ market, it has competitors, and none more prominent than Amazon Handmade.

Amazon Handmade

When Amazon decides to enter a market, it puts the entire force of its buying and selling power behind that decision. That’s why it is quickly becoming Etsy’s most formidable opponent.

While Amazon Handmade is not as well-known as its parent company Amazon, it’s getting there in the crafting community.

Amazon Handmade calls itself an artisan-only community. Items sold on the site can fall into various categories, including baby, beauty, clothing, outdoor, jewelry, kitchen, and more. No matter what, they must be high-quality and handmade.

You have to apply to sell on Amazon Handmade, and you must have a professional selling account with Amazon ($39.99/month). Amazon says it will waive the fee for the professional selling account if you’re approved to join the Amazon Handmade program.

On top of the monthly fee, you will also pay selling fees. Amazon charges $1.00 or 15% of the sale price, whichever is higher.

While that’s a steep price to pay, remember, you’re also paying for the millions of customers Amazon attracts each month.

Big Cartel

Big Cartel launched in 2005 and continues to hold its own in the marketplace. The site says it is 100% independent. It works with artists, makers, and other small businesses to help creators sell their crafts.

Big Cartel does not operate with listing fees. Instead, it has tiered pricing. You can list up to five products on the site free of charge. The next tier allows you to list up to 50 products per month for $9.99/month. The highest tier allows you to list 500 products per month for $19.99/month.

Bonanza

Bonanza’s catchphrase is: “Everything but the ordinary,” and the site tries to live up to the statement. Bonanza sells everything from household items to clothing to gardening to jewelry.

The Bonanza site claims that it has lower listing fees than Amazon and Etsy, and if you go without the advertising, that’s true.

Bonanza charges a base 3.5% fee on all sales, but it pushes Google advertising. The more you pay in Google ad fees, the more likely you will sell your item.

Bonanza based its fee structure on the Google Ad rate, which means if you choose to pay a 9% commission, you’re paying the 3.5% base fee and an extra 5.5% for Google Ads. The tiers include 9%, 13%, 19% or 30%.

Aftcra

While not a massive marketplace, Aftcra is starting to gain some notice. The site’s creators wanted to help sell handmade American goods to people worldwide. To sell on Aftcra, you must be a creator based in the United States.

You can list for free on Aftcra, but the site will take a 7% fee for every sale.

Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods is a site that prides itself on finding the most original and unique products on the market. That’s why it’s the perfect place for handmade crafters.

The site runs differently than some of the others you’ll run across. You need to submit your products to Uncommon Goods and can only sell on the site if your product is accepted.

However, Uncommon Goods has earned a reputation for having quality handmade products, and so, if you’re accepted, you’re likely to see more sales in the long run.

Handmade Artists Supporting Handmade

A smaller site, Handmade Artists Supporting Handmade, is another option for sellers looking to reach a new audience.

The site is a subscription-based site for sellers. You can pay $5/month or $50/year for unlimited listings. That’s the only fee you have to pay to sell on the site.

There are no royalties for selling.

ArtFire

One of Etsy’s bigger competitors was ArtFire, at least until it shut down in December 2021.

Like Etsy, ArtFire was an online marketplace designed to bring buyers and sellers of art together. It was similar to Etsy in that it focused on handmade goods, art, crafts, and vintage items.

On its website, ArtFire explained that it shut down at the end of 2021 because of “changes in regulations.” The site also cited the “increasing complexity” of operating the ArtFire online marketplace.

Etsy Alternatives for Digital Sellers

While Etsy is a great place to sell your art or vintage items, it’s not the only place. For some sellers, running their own shop without paying a commission might be more appealing.

Shopify

Shopify is one of the most popular platforms for online small businesses. The Shopify platform helps you set up your shop and run the business online. It can also connect to your brick-and-mortar shop.

Many creators use Shopify because it allows them to make the online store look the way they want.

Best of all, Shopify doesn’t have a sales commission. Instead, you choose a plan. Prices range from $29/month to $299/month, but you’re allowed unlimited inventory listings with all of the plans.

With Shopify, your overhead is a known quantity, which means everything you make afterward is profit.

WooCommerce

If you already have a WordPress site, then WooCommerce may be your next step.

WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin that helps you create and manage an online store. It’s open-source, which means the costs are low.

WooCommerce might be a choice for you because once you pay for the hosting and domain fees, you can run your store for free. If you already have a WordPress site, you’re already paying those fees, and WooCommerce costs you nothing extra.

The only place you might run into a cost is when you choose your storefront theme. Like WordPress’s websites, some storefronts are free, and some are premium. If you select a premium storefront, you’ll have to pay for its use.

Teachers Pay Teachers

One of the more popular sites is Teachers Pay Teachers.

Teachers Pay Teachers is where teachers go to find educational materials for their classrooms. Homeschool parents also turn to the site for worksheets for their young ones.

The site has two different plans. The Basic Seller plan is free, but Teachers Pay Teachers takes a 45% fee for each sale and charges a 30-cent transaction fee on each resource sold. If you’re selling a lot on the site, you could become a Premium Seller.

Premium sellers pay $59.95/year but only pay a 20% fee for each sale and 15 cents per resource when the order totals less than $3.

Design Bundles

Design Bundles is an online marketplace that offers “premium design resources” at an affordable price. SVGs, graphics, patterns, and fonts are all available to buy and sell.

According to the 2022 rates, designers receive a 75% royalty for non-affiliate sales and a 50% royalty for affiliate sales. Affiliates receive the other 25%.

Creative Market

Creative Market calls itself a platform for “handcrafted, mousemade design content.” It was created to sell graphics, stock photos, and other digital items. 

To sell on Creative Market, you must submit an online portfolio and have it approved by the site. Once approved, designers pay no listing fees but pay a 40% transaction fee for each item sold.

Creative Fabrica

Creative Fabrica is another site that allows sellers to list their fonts, graphics, patterns, and other printables. Launched in 2016, the site has quickly gained popularity with crafters.

Creative Fabrica’s seller payment structure is a little different than others. You will earn up to 75% of each buyer you refer to the site and 50% for every sale that Creative Fabrica brings in. You will also earn a small royalty (of an unknown amount) for every download made by a Creative Fabrica subscriber.

There are no fees for creating a Creative Fabrica seller account.

Amazon

If you’re selling ebooks, then Amazon KDP is probably an even better choice than Etsy. Through Amazon, you can reach millions of readers every day. When you include your book in the Kindle Unlimited program, you will also receive payment for each page read of your ebook.

The Amazon royalty fee structure is more complex than a simple fee or percentage per sale. You can find more details here.

IndieMade

IndieMade is another ecommerce platform that helps you design a sales site for your creations.

While the prices for creating a store are lower on IndieMade than on Shopify, there are also some restrictions. For example, the lowest-priced plan, “Basic,” is just $4.95/month, but it only allows you ten listings and five images per product.

The top tier plan is the “Plus” plan, which costs $19.95/month. The “Plus” plan allows unlimited listings and unlimited images per product. The “Standard” and “Pro” plans fall somewhere in between.

Zibbet

Zibbet is a lot like Etsy and Amazon Handmade in that you create your own shop on the site and then sell your handmade goods through that shop.

What makes Zibbet different from the other two is that you can sell on other platforms. Zibbet makes it easy for you to manage your shop on sites like Stitch, Etsy, Facebook Marketplace, and Instagram.

The site charges $5 per month, per platform if you buy the annual plan. It’s $6 per month, per platform if you pay month to month.

Etsy Alternatives for Artists

Amazon Handmade and Big Cartel are two excellent options for artists looking for a place to sell their items. Still, there are others out there that are specifically beneficial to artists.

Zazzle

Zazzle, for example, is a good option because it offers two different opportunities to artists.

As a Creator, you can use your artistic skills and then apply them to existing Zazzle products. When you list your items in the Zazzle marketplace, Zazzle fulfills each order, and you receive a portion of the sale.

Zazzle does not charge you to list your items in the creator program. You will receive a royalty for each sale. You set the royalty into the total price of your item, so you control how much money you make.

You can also sell as a Maker on the Zazzle platform. A Maker will create and fulfill the orders themselves. Zazzle simply acts as a platform for the sale. For every sale that you make, Zazzle pays you 70% of the sales price, less taxes, and a shipping services fee.

Art for Your Cause

If you feel philanthropic or simply create for fun, then Art for Your Cause may be a good choice.

If you choose to print your art on products, Art for Your Cause will print and fulfill the order. The site charges 50% of the retail price to pay for creating the product. The rest of the money is divided up, with 20% going to the artist, 10% going to a nonprofit chosen by the customer, 10% to Art for Your Cause, and 10% to an Art Lover Affiliate.

If you would rather auction off your artwork, Art for Your Cause will pay you 70% of the sale price. 10% will go to the nonprofit chosen by the customer, 10% to Art for Your Cause, and 10% to an Art Lover Affiliate.

In both instances, an Art Lover Affiliate is someone that refers the buyer to Art for Your Cause.

Free Etsy Alternatives

A few of the sites mentioned above are great free alternatives to Etsy. Remember, Big Cartel will allow you five listings for free. If you’re just starting out, that might be a good option.

Aftcra is also a good option since you don’t pay anything unless you make a sale.

Storenvy

If you’re looking for something completely free, try the startup Storenvy.

The site is not just about selling the product itself but the story and people behind the brand.

According to the Storenvy site, there are no listing fees or monthly fees. You only pay for what the company can do for your business.

Because the site is relatively new, the details are still being worked out. You can find out more here.

Conclusion

While Etsy is currently the best site for selling handmade goods and digital products, it is by no means the only option out there. There are several strong competitors, all with different payment plans and royalty structures.

Depending on if you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned pro, there’s sure to be a site to fit your needs.

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Erika Towne

Erika Towne

Erika is a professional writer and journalist who covers Etsy on both Gold City Ventures and Millennial Boss blogs. She has happily found a way to divide her time between her love of writing and her family.
Erika Towne

Erika Towne

Erika is a professional writer and journalist who covers Etsy on both Gold City Ventures and Millennial Boss blogs. She has happily found a way to divide her time between her love of writing and her family.

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