The short answer is definitely yes. It’s a pretty cool thing. Etsy, however, has some significant restrictions on its marketplace for furniture. First, the company limits listings to just ten items in any given listing. Second, sellers are banned from selling anything other than their own original creations.
In addition, Etsy’s rules are quite explicit on what constitutes “gifted art,” a category that is a little more open.
What does that mean for the craftsman who crafts me some chairs or bedding for me? I’m happy to let him create and sell on my site, but I don’t want to see his stuff floating around on Ebay, right? There are a ton of companies out there and a lot of different people to talk to, and getting advice can always be helpful, too.
Here’s a list of places I would recommend:
Crafters’ Market. The only way we know of to do business on Ebay (and I’m sure Craigslist is another option) with crafters selling their wares. A friend of mine does this, and she says it goes far better here than Ebay or Craigslist.
Crafter’s Warehouse. A smaller, more family-friendly community for home-improvement crafters looking to sell their wares. I haven’t tried it out myself, but it sounds amazing.
Craigslist. Craigslist may offer a little more anonymity than other online marketplace, but it doesn’t provide the kind of customer service/support that Etsy has.
Amazon. Since there are so many sellers on Amazon, you’ll find both local and national businesses selling items from the community on their e-bay shop.
If you’re going to buy furniture from a local crafter or local merchant, I recommend checking their store out. Many local and online sellers make use of free postage and return labels for their items on ebay.
Here are a few more resources that might be helpful as you decide what to do:
Etsy is my favorite place to shop for crafts. You can find a variety of brands and pieces, but I’ve found Etsy’s listings to be really helpful.
For the more serious crafters, I’ve worked with several companies. Most of the times we get items back, we’re very pleased with the purchase.
Here are a few websites that offer assistance with selling your own handmade furniture:
Cottage Forge. This is an online marketplace that caters specifically to people interested
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