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  • Is there a UK Etsy equivalent?

    Hello,

    I have just a couple of items which I would like to try and sell for a bit of fun and to buy some materials. I have looked at eBay which most folks here seem to advise to steer clear of due to the 'Something for Nothing' mentality.

    I am new to all this and the number of websites offering to sell craftwork seem quite numerous and confusing to me at the moment. I have looked at Etsy but wondered are there any problems with it being a USA site?

    It would not be worth my while building a website at this time since I don't have enough items to sell.

    Basically as a UK based person what would be my best and most economical way to sell just a couple of items in order to plough any money back into buying materials?

    I have a low income and unless I can maybe sell some items I will find it hard to keep buying wood.

    Hope my question is not a repeat which 1000's have posted before, if so please accept my aplogies, and point me to the most relevant post which fits my circumstances.

    Many thanks.

  • #2
    There is UK based Folksy but it's still in its infancy, and there is also DaWanda which is based in Germany which you could try. I still prefer Etsy, even though most people are ridiculously underpriced on there. I'm not allowed to post URLs yet, but if you just put a dot com on the end, or Google them, you will find the sites quite easily.
    Help me out by entering my raffle for a custom art quilt:http://pennydog.wordpress.com/help-me

    Patchwork patterns shop on Etsy: http://pennydogpatterns.etsy.com
    Illustrations and fabricy gifts on Etsy: http://pennydogillustration.etsy.com

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    • #3
      Thanks for your help Kerry, I will take a look at the sites you mention and see if it's worth my while joining one eventually.

      I like your Jewllery by the way, very nice indeed. I guess Jewellery making must be expensive to get into initially with the precious metals etc?

      Larry

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      • #4
        I'm on Etsy which seems very good (see my signature for the address) however, I too would like to find an active UK based site that is similar - I must look up your suggestions!

        I can recommend Etsy, although much of the time sales can be to the USA - postage is not as expensive as you would imagine and my buyers have understood that delivery may take longer from this side of 'the pond.' It's very easy to use and if you get stuck there is a very lively forum where fellow crafters are very helpful. The only trouble is there are just so may craftspeople on there (i'm talking thousands) that unless you keep updating your stocks regularly or are very active in the forums, you soon become a 'buried' shop! The product viewing counters are quite interesting too.

        Hope that helps. Good Luck!
        My Handmade shop: www.creativecrafteruk.etsy.com
        http://www.creativecrafteruk.co.uk

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        • #5
          Thanks for the tip re Folksy - just had a nose round and it is looking pretty good - hope they make a go of it.
          Ali
          xx

          My Crafty Blog
          Craft Matters at Etsy

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jep View Post
            I'm on Etsy which seems very good (see my signature for the address) however, I too would like to find an active UK based site that is similar - I must look up your suggestions!

            I can recommend Etsy, although much of the time sales can be to the USA - postage is not as expensive as you would imagine and my buyers have understood that delivery may take longer from this side of 'the pond.' It's very easy to use and if you get stuck there is a very lively forum where fellow crafters are very helpful. The only trouble is there are just so may craftspeople on there (i'm talking thousands) that unless you keep updating your stocks regularly or are very active in the forums, you soon become a 'buried' shop! The product viewing counters are quite interesting too.

            Hope that helps. Good Luck!
            Thanks for the advice and help Jep. I think I'll consider Etsy in the short term and maybe later when I get a bit more time build myself a website.

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            • #7
              I have set up shop on Etsy and Dawanda.

              Dawanda covers Europe and has a site in English, French and German. The added advantage at the moment is that at Dawanda you don't have to pay anything to list your items, so it doesn't matter if it doesn't sell.

              At Etsy you have to pay 0.20 cents per listing regardless of whether it sells or not.

              Good luck.

              Val
              ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              Cards, Knits & Gifts with a Personal Touch
              http://Valmade.artfire.com

              http://www.zibbet.com/valmade

              ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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              • #8
                I've been on Etsy for a few months now, also joined Folksy yesterday. Would be interested in how others have found Dawanda too, whether people have had much success on there.

                knit sew crochet hop..........

                my etsy shop www.cloudhopping.etsy.com

                my folksy shop www.folksy.com/shops/cloudhopping

                my musings www.cloudhoppingdesigns.blogspot.com/

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                • #9
                  Blimey, I thought I'd check out Folksy and I can't even get the page to load...have been trying for ages
                  http://www.craftynclothy.com

                  http://www.folksy.com/shops/craftynclothy

                  http://craftynclothy.blogspot.com/

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                  • #10
                    Site has been down all day .. .
                    .


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                    • #11
                      Folksy should be ok now, server problems apparently due to the demand over the weekend, think they're planning a server upgrade.

                      knit sew crochet hop..........

                      my etsy shop www.cloudhopping.etsy.com

                      my folksy shop www.folksy.com/shops/cloudhopping

                      my musings www.cloudhoppingdesigns.blogspot.com/

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                      • #12
                        Yep finally managed to get on it and have signed up.
                        http://www.craftynclothy.com

                        http://www.folksy.com/shops/craftynclothy

                        http://craftynclothy.blogspot.com/

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                        • #13
                          Someone did try to launch a UK etsy called Pinkdoodle (dot com), but it seems to have ground to a halt. The site is full of bugs, and although people are listing new items (it's currently free), there seems to be little evidence of buying. When I contacted support about some bugs I encountered, I had no response, so it may be worth a go, but treat it with caution!

                          I've never seen folksy, must have a look....
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                          • #14
                            Hi, Im new I was looking for an online craft site like Etsy but UK based, I was just wondering if anyone had had any luck on Folksy?

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                            • #15
                              noone has mentioned it yet but i use MISI, friendly forums and quite a lot of views of my items..i think MISI is quite a large community too, there seem to always be more people joining all the time. also does anyone use or know about artfire? thats free to list and there is also no comission fee, tho i'll be interested to hear how anyone has found that, as i was wondering if it might be worth a go...not trying to hijack the thread or anything but its all relevant to the original post!! and as quite a few people have mentioned theres folksy, dawanda and etsy too...although a note about etsy is that apparently you have to have a credit card to set up an account. good luck with which ever you pick tho!
                              fiona
                              For a collection of unique and beautifully made decorative scarves please visit:
                              www.rainbowfizz.misi.co.uk

                              also my new blog:
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