Etsy Alternatives: 5 Places to Sell Your Handmade Items

Etsy alternatives

Looking for Etsy alternatives? Hey, I don’t blame you! It’s always smart to branch out – especially if that means you get to sell your products in multiple places.

After all, the more places you sell, the more chances you have to reach a wider audience and create a following for your handmade items. (That’s called being an ambitious business owner!)

The following Etsy alternatives have been broken down by how much they cost to join (if anything), listing fees, what you’re allowed to sell, and what you get for giving them your business.

Let’s get started!

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1. Scott’s Marketplace

As far as Etsy alternatives go, Scott’s Marketplace, an online marketplace dedicated to local business owners in the United States, is number one in my book. And I’m not just biased, I swear.

You get a professional online store affordably — which means it’s a low-risk option in my book! 

The standout? ‘The Boss’ plan that offers NO transaction fees — which is a really smart option for high-volume sellers and the zero-risk ‘Hobbyist’ plan with no membership fees.

Here’s the lowdown.
  • Monthly fee: $0-100 (depending on which plan you choose)
  • Listing fees: None
  • Unlimited products: Varies per plan
  • Transaction fees: 0-10%
  • Highlights: Marketing support, bulk import and edit, three plans customized to every seller, including a zero-risk plan with no monthly fee and a plan with zero transaction fees for high-level sellers.
  • Allows chains/large retailers: No – only local business owners can sell their products
  • Products allowed: Handmade and vintage welcome, but not restricted to those items
Features:
  • Search engine optimized
  • Discount-code enabled
  • Inventory management
  • Ability to add multiple product images

2. Shopify

Shopify allows you to choose from 100 different themes and gives you a professional-looking online store, but comes with a hefty monthly fee.

Here’s the lowdown:
  • Monthly fee: $29-299
  • Listing fees: None
  • Unlimited products: Yes
  • Payment fees: Starts at 2.9% + 30 cents and goes up from there
  • Transaction fees: 0.5%-2%
  • Products allowed: Handmade and vintage welcome, but not restricted
  • Highlights: Customization of your store
Features:
  • Search engine optimized
  • Discount-code enabled
  • Inventory management
  • Ability to add multiple product images
  • Analytics dashboard

3. Bonanza

etsy alternatives for crafters and handmade sellers

Bonanza allows chain stores and international sellers to sell their products, and provides a free trial. They take a commission based on the price of the item you sell.

Here’s the lowdown:
  • Monthly fee: $20-300
  • Listing fee: None
  • Unlimited products: No, limit depending on membership type
  • Transaction fees: 3.5%
  • Products allowed: Handmade and vintage welcome, but not restricted
  • Highlights: Customization of your store
Features:
  • Inventory management
  • Ability to add multiple product images

4. Cargoh

To sell on Cargoh, you must first submit an application and wait for approval. Their transaction fees are also higher than most, coming in at 8%, but their site is curated and attractive.

Here’s the lowdown:
  • Monthly fee: None
  • Listing fees: None
  • Unlimited products: Yes
  • Transaction fees: 10% of sales.
  • Products allowed: Only handmade sellers, artists, and designers can sell their products, if chosen by the marketplace
  • Highlights: Curated marketplace
Features:

5. Artfire

Artfire allows international sellers and has a similar Etsy-esque feel. You can sell everything from art to art supplies here.

Here’s the lowdown:
  • Monthly fee: $20-40 per month
  • Listing fees: Standard- Up to 250 listings $0.23/item
  • Unlimited products: No, limit to 2,500 listings
  • Transaction fee: None
  • Commission fee: 3-9% of sales
  • Products allowed: Handmade, vintage, craft supplies, and design.
  • Highlights: Customization templates
Features:
  • Inventory management
  • Ability to add multiple product images
  • Analytics dashboard

Get Started Selling!

I hope this rundown of Etsy alternatives has helped you find a new place to sell your handmade items. (Possibly a couple of places!)

Keep in mind, no matter where you choose – or what features your online store comes with – you have to do your part when it comes to marketing or you won’t see the sales you desire.

If you need help marketing your store, whether you’re on one of these Etsy alternatives or another, here are a few blog posts to get you started:

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Share your thoughts: What Etsy alternatives have worked for you? 

 

About the Author

Shannon Willoby

Shannon is the director of content marketing for Scott's Marketplace and has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. (Or crayon.) When she's not blogging, you can find her daydreaming that she's Khaleesi from Game of Thrones.

Comments

  1. says

    Is Scott’s Marketplace allows Etsy sellers to download their Etsy listings yet? I was checking in August, and someone replied that it will be done next month, which is September.

    • Shannon Willoby says

      Hi Kim! It’s our hope to launch that feature still this month but we are working out the kinks and will offer it as soon as it’s ready!

  2. says

    I tried to get a hold of someone at Scott’s Marketplace, but no one ever answered me. I now sell on my own website and Handmade at Amazon. It’s tough to get in, I had to reapply since they had too many “soap” makers. I make other things too and had to convince them to give me a chance. Now my sales are good and I have great exposure.

    • Shannon Willoby says

      Hi Debra! That’s great — glad to hear you found something that works for you! But where did you reach out to us at Scott’s Marketplace? So sorry to hear you weren’t able to get a hold of anyone but you can reach us anytime at sell@scottsmarketplace.com if you still have any questions. Thank you!

  3. Kimberly Foster says

    Does Scotts Market pace allow you to link your other pages such as FB, pinterest and you tube to their shop so that they can get previews of upcoming products? Also do they allow customers to leave product reviews on their shop site?

    • Shannon Willoby says

      Hello and thanks for the great question, Kimberly! Yes, you can share you social networks with Scott’s Marketplace shoppers (we encourage it!), but we don’t allow you to redirect to another site that they can make purchases on. Product reviews will be a feature we re-launch soon as well! If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to sell@scottsmarketplace.com. Thank you!

  4. says

    You may want to add custommade.com to your list. They are all about handmade and custom made products. You do have to pass a review process to get in. The listings are free and unlimited. They accept payments through WePay if you are in the US. They do get a percentage when it sells. Last time I calculated it was about 12% of the sale. So just raise your price to cover it and your’re good to go once accepted. Here is my store there. https://www.custommade.com/by/grantswoodworking/ I also have a store at Etsy.

  5. says

    One error, Bonanza is actually also free. You do not have to have a membership to sell there. I have been selling there for many years.
    I did not know about Cargoh, i will check them out.
    I lost my password for Scotts 🙁 I may just make a new store with you guys.

    • Shannon Willoby says

      Thanks, Carol! I will research that and update the post. You don’t need to make a new store! You can select “forgot password” when you’re logging in. If you have trouble contact sell@scottsmarketplace.com for help. Thanks!

  6. Sherri says

    These are all fine if you are an artist or crafter, but do you have any sites that cater to dropshippers?

  7. Ellen says

    Great article. Thorough and answered ALL of my questions. I love the detail! Great information. Which is why I’m sticking with Etsy. I am a one person outfit that mainly sells to friends and family. I cant afford a monthly fee. Etsy is reasonable, people like it and it allows Paypal, which people like.

    • Shannon Willoby says

      Hi Ellen! Glad the post answered your questions. Just to clarify — Scott’s Marketplace does not currently have a monthly fee — but we do have a 4.99% transaction fee. And we also use PayPal. Thank you! 😀

  8. says

    I sell printable items on Etsy (bowwowcreative). At checkout, the digital items are automatically available for download to my customers. They then print them on their own. Does Scott’s Marketplace offer instant downloads or will I have to email my digital products to my customers? Also, what category would printable items fall under?

    • Shannon Willoby says

      Hi Julie, you can email your digital items to your customers and you could put them in the ‘custom art’ category. If you have more questions, feel free to contact our customer experience team so they can help you at sell@scottsmarketplace.com. Thank you!

  9. says

    There is also Zibbet, I got in when they were still beta testing so I’m locked in to $79/year for the site and they use paypal for payment.

  10. says

    Does your site allow things such as Essential Oils and products made with Essential Oils? IS it completely free? If not, what exactly are the fees. Are the transaction fees per item or per order?

  11. says

    I have an etsy store, but I also recently opened Indie Made Store. The monthly fee is less than Shopify and you can integrate your Etsy products. It still needs a lot of work, it brings less revenue than Etsy, but it is relatively new, so it needs a bit more time and work and hopefully will be worth.

  12. Jessica says

    I just read this article. I found it very fascinating. The comments and your excellent replies caught my interest. I am going to go over and friend request you and then also put up a link for my friends/family on Facebook. I just started some crafts, but not ready to even put anything on FB, but if I get things going I will most definitely come to you! Thank you for the article and all your sweet and intelligent replies.

    • Shannon Willoby says

      That’s great to hear, Jessica! You can definitely join our Facebook group, but first you do have to open a store on Scott’s Marketplace. Looking forward to seeing your products on our site. 🙂

    • Shannon Willoby says

      That’s great to hear, Jessica! You do have to open a store first to join the Facebook sellers’ group, but we’d love to have you! 🙂

  13. christy says

    land of odz or odzbodz.com is a great new aution site. i have done qwll with it. free to list and 3 ;percent of your sale

  14. says

    I’ve been selling on Etsy for several years but it seems like there’s always a hidden fee that keeps popping up. I knew about the 20 cent per item listing fee, and about the % of sales fee, but I just figured out they’re also charging a “threshold balance” fee (or something like that, I can’t remember exactly what it’s called). I don’t sell lots of items, but I don’t make a huge profit because of all those fees. If Scott’s Market Place is a straight 4.99% and no other fees, I’m definitely going to check it out!

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