From Hobby to Profits: 5 Products to Sell on Etsy
Whether you need to make a little cash, or you want validation of your craftiness, selling things on Etsy is a great idea. Here are some of the best, simplest ideas for products to sell on Etsy that both make money and win loyal customers:
1. Sewn Goods
Image via Flickr by Katharine Shields
Sewn goods remind people of the past — it’s a labor of love. People enjoy buying homemade curtains, dresses, and artwork. You could sew or knit scarves and hats, or simple dolls for children.
There are so many kinds of jewelry available today. You could make almost anything to adorn the body and there would be a market for it. However, Etsy consumers tend to enjoy filling their home jewelry safe with the following:
- Eco-Friendly Items
- Fine Jewelry
- Kids’ Jewelry
- Men’s Jewelry
Your jewelry could be simple or fancy, handmade or just hand-assembled. Etsy consumers seem to love any kind of body jewelry, as long as it’s unique.
3. Paper Crafts
There are many paper crafts for sale on Etsy. Get in on the market. Here are just a few of the best sellers:
- Place Cards
- Thank You Notes
- Business Cards
- Paper Lanterns
When you consider postcards printing or a business card rendering, remember to choose all of your colors in either the CMYK or RGB color profiles to ensure your prints are perfect. Contact the printer to inquire if CMYK colors or RGB will work best.
4. One-of-a-Kind Items
People love buying personalized items. If you can, offer one-of-a-kind items with personalization. Customers will surely swarm to your Etsy page! Become a hot commodity by crafting one of these goods:
- Personalized Clothes
- Repurposed Antiques
- Vintage Goods
- Wedding Items in a Buyer’s Colors
- Hollowed-Out Book Safes using the Buyer’s Favorite Books
You can personalize almost anything. If you find a way to make any piece of jewelry or decor unique, then people will want it. Make it easy for buyers to imagine the product with their mark on it by offering up at least three different examples of the personalized item.
5. Household Decorations
Image via Flickr by Charles & Hudson
Homeowners spend a lot of money decorating their homes and updating the style each year. Items crafted for a household could include a range of diverse product types. Here are some of the items that are easiest to make and sell:
- Framed Collages
- Personalized Family Trees
- Repurposed Antiques
- Original Photographs
Shop stores like Pier One, Target, and Home Goods for ideas. Take pictures of items you believe you could make yourself, and then try to re-create those popular styles. Shop flea markets and used goods stores for items you can reuse, such as frames and antique keys.
These are just of few of the Etsy customer’s favorite things. Try your hand at making and selling one of these items on Etsy. The only limitation is your own creativity. Take your time and imagine what you could create and sell to others.
What are some of your favorite DIY projects? Share your thoughts and links to projects in the comments below.