Etsy.com is an online marketplace for independent crafters to sell their handmade goods. According to their web site, Etsy is a community that offers an alternative to mass-produced objects and supports their members in developing their own businesses. Members sell a huge variety of goods ranging from art, ceramics, clothing, furniture, glass, jewelry, needlecraft, toys, woodworking and much more. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is an online store full of your grandma’s handmade doilies. There is a remarkable level of quality and workmanship to be found on Etsy. And it has had continued success since starting in 2005. In 2010 the annual sales of the site was $314.3 million.
For those that also look to support local producers, Etsy offers the ability to search for artisans by location. And that’s how we find Spokane sellers in Etsy. Spokane seller orangthyme was having so much success selling her bath and body line of products that she left her fulltime job to keep up with the demand of the sales. And she talked her husband into becoming an Etsy seller as well. Batmanlikesme said, “For months she tried to get me to start selling my prints. As my portfolio started to grow and the more prints I started accumulating I need an online venue to sell some prints on the side in between doing shows. I try to do as many local shows around the Inland NW that are affordable. nathanobrien.daportfolio.com/”
Etsy is a great place to look for gifts, decorations for the home, for unique clothing and artwork and more. If you are an artist or crafter and are stockpiling the output of your hobby, think of an Etsy as a means to make some money for yourself and to gain some exposure for your art.
For other Spokane Etsy sellers, see the links below.
Vintage Urban Cowgirl
Mama’s Baby Love