January 5, 2011

Online Crafty Markets to Sell your Silver Charm Jewelry Designs

Filed under: Business — Tags: , , @ 11:53 am

Let’s face it – we all love to shop for unique silver charms and clasps, earring findings, unusual gemstones, and all the other jewelry findings we need, need, NEED! And, as jewelry designers we cannot wait to make all the jewelry that dances through our heads. The harder part is figuring out how and where to market our wares. An entire thesis can be written on this topic and, indeed, people have. (Check out Crafting an MBA and Home Jewelry Business Success Tips). This is not my intention here. The question I’ve been thinking about lately is: What are some good alternatives to Etsy for jewelry designers?

Of course, it’s always a good idea to host your own website, but driving traffic there can be a full time job. Having a shop in a crafty marketplace in addition to your own does some of this work for you. It drives a bit of traffic to your site. But for all kinds of reasons jewelry designers may be looking for alternatives to Etsy. So I decided to do some quick research into the alternatives. The following is a short list of the sites that I found. Throughout the month, I will write a brief overview and my opinion of some of these sites in more depth.

Hmm, Where should I sell my Yoga Spirit Collection online?

For now, here’s the list of what I found this morning:
Ruby Lane
Art Fire
Bonanza (formerly 1000 Markets)
Poppy Talk
Made It
Cafe Handmade
Handmade News Blog

These last two aren’t markets so much as resources. Have fun exploring. Do you have any others you’d like to add to the list?

  • Sue
  • Checked out Ruby Lane for a shop because I have found nice things on there before…I think their fees are so confusing! I would prefer having a commission when things sold as opposed to a required monthly fee and then if things are slow you are not losing profits.

  • Wow thank you for the wealth of information you provide here!

    I have been establishing a good reputation online with places such as ETSY, art fire and my personal jewelry website nadiatrumbo.com; now I want to expand into local fairs and arts and crafts shows!

    If you have any suggestions as to how I can break into this new market I would greatly appreciate any advice you may have.

    I welcome you to follow me on twitter as “locketlady,” thanks again for your help!


  • Hi Nadia –

    Not sure if you’ve already discovered this resource, but it is packed full of valuable information. It is called Home Jewelry Business Success Tips. I rely on it constantly. Check it out. They have a section called Profitable Jewelry Shows that might answer your question.