Etsy Selling Tips – 50 Handmade Items You Can Create and Sell on Etsy

Etsy is a great place for creative individuals to make products and sell for extra money. You could even make a full time living just by selling handmade products on Etsy.

If you’re stumped for what to start making and selling, here are 50 items to get your creative juices flowing:

  1. Homemade cups. Got a talent for pottery? Etsy’s a great outlet for your goods.
  2. Hand painted plates & cups. Even if you can’t make cups, you can paint them!
  3. Paintings and drawings. Though you probably won’t get high-end prices for paintings, you can still get decent prices from Etsy.
  4. Hand cased journals. Buy a journal, wrap it in leather, silk, denim or other material.
  5. Handmade handbags. Make a handbag out of interesting materials. Go for the classy or artsy look.
  6. Creative wallets. Make your own wallets with special designs.
  7. Knitted kids shoes. Knit warm and snuggly shoes for kids.
  8. Home printed T-shirts. A great way to express your sense of style.
  9. Hand sewn clothing. You can even offer tailoring if they have specific measurements.
  10. Crochet gloves. Hand-crocheted gloves often feel warmer and cozier than factory made.
  11. Crochet hats. Add a unique design to give it some flair.
  12. Handmade sandals. Sandals are easy to make and offer a lot of room for creativity.
  13. Decorated dolls. Doll collectors and kids love creative designs.
  14. Creative glass decorations. If you’re into glass art, this is a fantastic way to make some money.
  15. Hand sewn pillow cases. Buy some gorgeous fabrics from your local fabric store, sew it into a pillow’s shape and list it on Etsy. Perfect for beginners!
  16. Hand sewn tissue boxes. Be sure to put some stiffer material inside so it keeps the shape.
  17. Handmade silver jewelry. One of the higher priced items on Etsy, giving you some room for markup.
  18. Hand knit coffee cup holders. Who wouldn’t want to slip their daily cup of coffee into a hand-knit cup holder?
  19. Hand stamped guitar picks. Offer to engrave or burn in names, bands or slogans into guitar picks.
  20. Hand carved guitar picks. Carve guitar picks by hand using beautiful wood as a base.
  21. Homemade chocolate. If it tastes great, you’ll probably get repeat sales.
  22. Natural dried fruits. Easy to make with a dehydrator.
  23. Hand carved chess set. These can go for a lot of money (though they’re also a lot of work.)
  24. Handmade wooden pen. A gentlemen’s classic.
  25. Handmade kaleidoscopes. Some wood and a few pieces of glass can produce a world of magic.
  26. Personalized or handmade instruments (guitars, flutes, drums.) A very specialized skill.
  27. Shell jewelry. If you live near a beach, go find the most elegant shells you can and craft jewelry from them.
  28. Leather bracelets. Learning to make buckles or cut leather isn’t difficult; the trick is developing an eye for what kind of bracelets people want.
  29. Custom fitted corsets. For women with more gothic or vintage tastes, this is more of a low-volume high-margin product.
  30. Geek paraphernalia. Video game art and school of wizardry wands generate quite a few sales, believe it or not.
  31. Handmade watches (or watch bands.) Make someone a custom watch with a unique design. If you don’t know how to make watches, just buy the watch piece and custom design the wristband.
  32. Decorated water bottles. Give your customers the joy of going hiking or to yoga with a unique and creative water bottle.
  33. Scented candles. Make unique scents they can’t find in stores.
  34. Woodwick candles. Instead of using a nylon wick, put wood in the middle instead. It burns longer and releases more fragrance. A very niche product.
  35. Strangely shaped soaps (sword, hands, angels.) Gives the bathroom a touch of personality.
  36. Books you wrote. If you’re not officially published, try selling a few books on Etsy.
  37. Handmade bookmarks. Just about anyone can make bookmarks. How well they’ll sell depends entirely on your design.
  38. Animal-free bath products. Mix your own soap, shampoo or toothpaste to cater to the vegan crowd.
  39. Headbands. Knit, sew or crochet headbands.
  40. Hair clips. Though small in size, they offer infinite possibilities in design. Should you add a small glass bird? Perhaps a flower?
  41. Decorated pocket mirrors. A touch of class never hurts when someone needs to do their makeup in public.
  42. Bras and lingerie.
  43. Homemade perfume or cologne. Create better scents with fewer chemicals than commercial varieties.
  44. Creative key chains. Perhaps add a Lego piece for geeks or a dinosaur’s tooth for the wealthy.
  45. Rings. You can cater to just about any audience with rings.
  46. Earrings. First think about who your audience is. Then think about what they want. (Classy? Unique? Sexy? Conversation starters?) Start your design with that in mind.
  47. Pendants and necklaces. Have an interesting center piece for a necklace? Start with the pendant, then the necklace.
  48. Creative belts. Either make the belt from scratch, or buy plainer belts and make them more stylish.
  49. Assorted candy box. If you have a great taste for sweets, perhaps others would like your selections as well.
  50. Carvings. Wealthier clients will love having hand carved products to decorate their homes with.

Of course, this is just the start. Look over your strengths, skills and artistic tendencies and find the best product for you.

Download Momscape’s Free PDF Guide “Getting Started with Etsy” here.
Includes:
* How to register and create your etsy store
* A handy etsy selling checklist
* 50 ideas for handmade goods you can create and sell.

Etsy Selling Tips – A Checklist for Success

If you make handmade products, sell vintage clothes or sell products used for creating clothing and other accessories, Etsy may be the ideal platform for you to sell your products.

Etsy is a website that connects sellers with buyers of artistic products. It has a very special sense of community and really strives to make the experience personable.

Once you’ve set up your etsy store, there are many things you can do to increase your Etsy success.
(Download our “Getting Started with Etsy” pdf here if you need help getting registered to sell items on etsy.)

You need to setup an appealing storefront, create high quality, unique products, list them properly and constantly monitor a number of things to make sure your sales continue to increase.

Here’s a checklist to help you through the process. Some of these tips only need to be reviewed every once in a while, while others will affect how you list each item every time.

Research, Market Selection, Setup

  • Start with your passions. Come up with 20 or so product ideas that correspond with those things you love to create and sell. From there, use your customer’s feedback to keep expanding your store.
  • Who else is in your market? Before you get started, do some careful market analysis. What are other artists in your industry doing? How do they handle their pricing? Take all of these details into consideration when you create and price your own products.
  • How are they selling? You can somewhat gauge how well someone’s work is selling by dividing the amount of time the store has been open with the feedback  they have. This will also help you gauge the health of the market.
  • Pick a name that grows with you. Don’t pick a name that works only when your store is small. Instead, pick a name that will sound great even further down the line.
  • Many etsy experts advise newbies to launch a store with 20 items. If you have only 3 to 5 items when you start, you might not have the level of selection you need to keep people interested in your store.

Profile & Shop

  • Have a great banner that relates to what you sell. (Hint: Don’t use a generic banner.) Make sure that others can tell what kind of products you offer just by glancing at your banner.
  • Use an avatar that conveys trust. People should feel subtly more confident in making a purchase after having seen your avatar.
  • Make your shop title short, but also sweet and catchy.
  • Make your announcement short but sweet, as well. If your prospective customers can’t see your products in the first screen, your announcement is too long.
  • Set your City, State, Country. Don’t make the mistake of skipping this one. People search for local artists and will often send invitations to local events based on Etsy listings.
  • Store policies. Having clear store policies can save you a lot of trouble down the line. Browse other stores to see how others have setup their policies.
  • Change your featured items twice a week. Pick 3 each time. This will give your viewers a fresh look at your products every time they come back.

Listing Items

  • Description. Go into as much detail as possible. Remember, you can see and touch the item, but they can’t. Use as many senses as you can in your description and address any questions you think your prospective customers might have.
  • Photos. Use all 5 photos and give visitors as many different angles as possible. Take photos from the inside, from the side, from the top, bottom, etc. Make sure all photos are crisp, clear and uncluttered. Use sunlight whenever possible, but make it well lit.
  • Use all 14 tags. Make all the tags relevant and try to think of what others would search for to find your items. Colors, textures, etc are all great tags. Consider tagging in other languages if your item sells internationally. Use different tags in multiple listings so a wider range of audience is exposed to your products.
  • Feedback. If you don’t have any feedback yet, buy a few inexpensive products on Etsy. The items can each cost less than $5 and will give you the benefit of experiencing the buyer’s side of Etsy.

Renewing Items

  • Renew often. With thousands of listings being added every day, yours will get pushed off the front page of search results and categories quickly. Renewing will get your items in front of more eyeballs.
  • Track your renews in an excel spreadsheet. Know what’s selling and what isn’t selling and calculate your real cost per sale in listing fees by tracking each listing.
  • Change photos of underselling items that you think should be selling. If you think an item deserves to be making sales but it isn’t, change your photos or title before renewing.
  • New items get more views than renewing. Instead of renewing all the time, try creating a new item.

Packaging, Delivery & Fulfillment

  • Packaging matters! The packaging for your product is the first impression your customers get. It only costs a few cents to personalize it, so don’t skimp on packaging.
  • Try Carrier Pick Up from USPS. Instead of dropping off your product every time you need to ship, USPS will just pick it up for free!
  • Customer service. Service is essential for making repeat sales, getting referrals and getting other people to send traffic to your store. Always aim to reply to inquiries within 24 hours.
  • Sell International. Yes, it’s a bit more effort to figure out all the shipping options and costs, but Etsy is truly an international website and if you’re not shipping internationally, you could be losing out on a lot of business.

Marketing & Promotion

  • Join a team! Teams are powerful alliances for store owners to co-promote each other’s stores.
  • Participate in Etsy forums and blogs. Don’t post just to get exposure, but if you participate intelligently people will naturally want to check out what you have to offer.
  • Survey your old customers. What did they like about buying from you? What could be improved? Always aim to better your store.

Download Momscape’s Free PDF Guide “Getting Started with Etsy” here.
Includes:
* How to register and create your etsy store
* A handy etsy selling checklist
* 50 ideas for handmade goods you can create and sell.

 

Things We Love – Jambu Shoes

Every year, I look for the perfect summer shoe.

Here are my criteria: It has to look nice with my dressier capris – or even a sundress – but it has to be comfortable enough, “meaty” enough, durable enough, and with enough traction – so that I can keep up with my kids. That means, it has to endure entire, long days of impromptu bike rides, multi-mile walks into town, and hikes in the alpine forest near our home. Plus, the camping and traveling and whatever else the summer has in store.

I’ve long resigned myself to the fact that all those cute strappy sandals are out. But I don’t want to walk around in sneakers or water sandals either.

Two years ago, I found a pair of J41s, and I promised myself never to wear anything else in the summer. So comfortable. So ready-for-anything. So non-stinky. I could walk and walk forever and ever – over any kind of terrain.

But, alas, they are a little expensive, and I wore them out by the end of that summer. So I tried a few (many) substitutes and none were as comfortable. Not nearly. So I decided to bite the bullet and order the shoes again this year.

I soon discovered that a few things have changed: J41 is now Jambu. Several of the shoes come in both mesh and leather, and this year I’m opting for leather. I don’t do much river wading in my shoes, and I am hoping they’ll last a little longer, though I did put many-a-mile on those poor shoes.

Jambu makes shoes that are downright dressy, as well as shoes that are a little more casual than what I like. But they also make the perfect shoes that fall right in the middle. And they are environmentally-minded, too.  Jambu outsoles are made with partially recycled and re-usable compressed rubber. Many shoes come with a memory foam footbed, which enhances your comfort all day long.

Now, it’s pretty hard to find these on sale. (Trust me!) Occasionally, you can find them on clearance at 6pm.com, but generally only in obscure colors and sizes. For me – a size 9 who wants ‘em in black – I’ve never had any luck.

The best you can do, usually, is to order them from a site where you can find a shoes coupon code (shoes.com) or a site that offers free overnight shipping (endless.com)

Here are four of my favorites from the summer Jambu line.

Jambu Women's Plum Slip-On

Jambu Women’s Plum Slip-On

Love the contoured insole and breathable leather upper, plus the rubber traction sole.

Jambu Women's Taurus Sandal
Jambu Women’s Taurus Sandal

The leather upper features cutouts and contrast stitching, and the Velcro ankle strap holds your foot in place.


Jambu Women's Cherry Sandal
Jambu Women’s
Cherry Sandal
Available in leather and mesh, in a variety of colors.

Jambu Women's Stingray Fisherman Sandal

Jambu Women’s Stingray Fisherman Sandal

These are the shoes I just ordered from Endless (except mine are black). So they’ll ship overnight for free.

Now if it would just stop snowing in the Colorado Rockies, I’ll be able to wear them! We can’t wait for summer around here!

Things We Love – Playing for Change

My Uncle Steve just sent me a link to something that I want to share with you.

This is what is created when two music producers/engineers travel the globe and record street musicians playing the song “Stand by Me.” They then overlaid and mixed the voices with one another.

Listen to this gorgeous piece of sound engineering:

I could listen to Grandpa Elliot’s voice all day…such warmth! Really, the whole thing is worth a listen. Then share this post with someone who stands by you!

In addition to Stand by Me, the multi-media charity art project of which this is a part (Playing for Change) has recorded more beautiful songs, including Don’t Worry, Amazing Grace, and a version of Imagine that makes me want to cry. See all of Playing for Change’s videos on YouTube.

You can also order CD/DVDs on Amazon:

Songs around the world, Voume 1
Songs Around the World, Volume 1

Songs around the world, volume 2
Songs Around the World, Volume 2
(available for preorder. Release date: May 31)

Things We Love – New Beauty Products to Help You Get Ready for Summer

Here are some wonderfully innovative new beauty products to help you get ready for summer:

Smart sunscreen – Get the latest advances in protecting your skin from the damaging rays of the sun.

Fortify your hair – Protect your tresses from the harsh summer sun with one of these powerful hydrators.

Teeth whiteners – Here are the latest in whitening, brightening options. Easy and effective.

Polish your skin – Sooth and hydrate your skin after a long winter by adding one of these body buffers and smoothing solutions to your weekly regimen.

For a limited time, you can save 15% on all of these beauty products by shopping through this link and using code SUN15 at SkinStore.com

Or see all current SkinStore coupons here.

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas – Quick, Healthy, Cheap, and Easy

One way to cut back on your meat intake is to eat a meatless lunch, at least a few times a week.

Vegetarian lunches tend to be quick, cheap, and easy. The challenge with these vegetarian lunches is to make sure you are still getting enough protein. When meat is absent, it’s more important to choose food staples that will provide enough to sustain the body’s daily needs.

Here are some tips for preparing quick, healthy vegetarian meals.

Plan ahead – Stock your pantry with all the staples that you need to make as many different meals as you need to provide lunch for the entire week.

Prep food – Whatever needs to be cooked, if you can get it ready ahead of time this will cut down on what you have to do to get ready each day. This can include chopping vegetables, making pizza crusts or tortillas, slicing fruit, cooking beans or rice.

Here are some quick vegetarian lunch ideas, hot and cold.

Cold Vegetarian Lunches

* Veggie sub – Make a foot-long sub on Sunday and cut it into three or four pieces for lunchtime meals. Try onions, lettuce, Portobello mushrooms, banana peppers, tomatoes and a low-calorie mayonnaise. Carry the mayonnaise in a small container and spread it on just before you eat.

* Pasta salad – Pasta makes a filling and quick meal anytime. Use whole wheat pasta to maximize your intake of whole grains. Add, olives, onions, celery, parmesan cheese and toss with Italian dressing for a zesty quick lunch. Spoon it into lunch-size containers for easy transport. Because it’s made to eat cold, you can eat it on the run.

* Hummus and chips – You may just want something light one day for lunch. You can buy hummus or make your own. Grind your own chickpeas; add healthy oil and flavoring to get just the taste you want. Toast pita chips ahead of time and store them in an airtight container for up to a week. Place a few in a snack bag to eat with your hummus dip.

Hot Vegetarian Lunches

* Vegetable soup – Make a pot of vegetable soup or chili on Sunday and eat it during the week. You can take it hot in a thermos, or heat it for a few minutes in the microwave at lunchtime.

* Veggie pizza – Make personal pizzas crusts ahead of time and freeze them until you need them. Top with your favorite veggies. For best results, prebake the crusts before freezing.


Vegetarian Lunch Recipes to Try

Arugula Pesto
Yields about 1 cup
2 cups of packed arugula leaves, stems removed
½ cup fresh Parmesan cheese
½ cup walnuts, chopped
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
Salt

Place all ingredients (except olive oil and Parmesan cheese) into a food processor. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, while at the same time pulsing the mixture. Remove from the food processor when the right consistency is achieved, place the mixture into a bowl and stir in the cheese. Serve over pasta of your choice (or in the recipe below.)

Wheat-Free Rice Pasta Salad

4 cups rice pasta
3/4 – 1 cup basil pesto or arugula pesto
2 tbsp green olives, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts
12 oz cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup fresh or frozen and defrosted peas
1 tbsp olive oil
Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper

Cook the rice pasta according to package instructions. Drain and arrange in a large serving bowl. Add the olives, pine nuts and pesto and gently toss. Then add the cherry tomatoes, peas, parsley and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss.

Black Bean Quesadillas
Serves 4
1 can (15oz) black beans, rinsed
½ cup shredded cheese (preferably Monterey Jack)
½ cup salsa
4 (8″) tortillas (ideally whole-wheat)
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced

In a bowl, mix together the beans, cheese and half of the salsa. Place the tortillas flat on a work surface and spread with ½ cup of the bean/cheese filling. Then fold the tortilla in half and gently press down to spread out the mixture evenly.

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil and cook the tortillas on each side until lightly browned, about 2 minutes each side. Serve with the remaining salsa and the cut up avocado and a tossed salad.


Avocado and Tomato Salad

Serves about 4
1 cup fresh mozzarella, cubed
1 large ripe tomato, diced
½ cucumber, peeled and diced
¼ cup red onion, diced
1 avocado, diced
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt

Arrange the tomato, cucumber, red onion, avocado and mozzarella in a serving dish. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
Serve immediately, as avocado slices will turn brown.

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Things We Love – TheYogaTutor.com

Basic Yoga Trainer Course, by TheYogaTutor.com
Where to buy: http://www.theyogatutor.com/
Review by: APCmomma

There’s a whole list of reasons why yoga is good for your health and your overall well being. It has been practiced for thousands of years and still, to this day, finds lots of followers. Yoga is about becoming more energetic and more fit, but it’s also about calming your mind and allowing you to relax and de-stress. It’s about going through your yoga poses – and your day-  with intention and a sense of peace.

Given the busy lifestyles we lead these days with jobs and families, I find this is especially of great importance.

Many of us find it difficult to find time to go to regular yoga classes. The Basic Yoga Trainer online is – in my opinion – a great alternative to joining a class. With the help of the online Basic Yoga Trainer course, you will be able to learn the basics of yoga from the comfort of your home. The course is divided into 21 lessons, ideally over 21 days, but you can take as long as you want. It is very detailed and covers a lot of ground in those 21 lessons.

A great addition is the streaming video, which demonstrates the individual moves. Every lesson starts with a bit of information on Yoga, such as Yoga Diet, History of Yoga and then specific yoga moves and techniques. Once you sign up online, you will have instant access to the course material, downloadable instruction guides and everything else you might need to make this course as convenient and worthwhile as possible.

Overall, if you are interested in Yoga and want to start learning how to incorporate it into your daily lifestyle, the Basic Online Trainer Yoga Course is a fantastic resource. It is easy to use and will give you the benefits of a healthy body and mind. I think that this course would benefit a variety of people, from complete yoga beginners to people already enjoying the benefits of yoga.

Learn more about The Yoga Tutor http://theyogatutor.com
A step-by-step yoga learning program, complete with videos that help even a complete newbie to develop their own safe and healthy yoga practice at home.
On top of the lessons, The Yoga Tutor provides great all-around support with a Q&A forum, monthly yoga webinars, and lots of really unique yoga learning resources.

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Here are a few more related special offers you may be interested in:

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* FREE 10 day Trial to the Gaiam Yoga Club. Learn how to master 75 different yoga poses through videos, podcasts, downloadable pose guides and more.

* Free Trial of the Basic Yoga Training Course from TheYogaTutor.com

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Yoga for Weight Loss – Can Yoga Help You Lose Weight?
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Yoga DVD for Kids – Product Review

Things We Love – Discovery Girls Magazine

 

Discovery Girls Magazine
Discovery Girls  – A Magazine for Girls 8 and up
Where to buy: www.amazon.com
Recommendation by: KellyAPL

At a certain age, kids love receiving monthly magazines to browse and read through. Discovery Girls is a magazine for girls aged 8 – 12. It covers lots of articles on topics that this age range of girls are interested in. From sports, fashion, real-life stories to quizzes and lots of other fun stuff to read up on.

The articles in the magazine are age-appropriate and designed for girls of this pre-teen stage. For example, it talks about natural hair and skin care and other “beauty” tips. Girls that feature in the magazine are normal girls that your daughter can relate to. What I like about this magazine is the fact each of the magazines is, in part, written by youngsters like your daughter/niece/granddaughter. The magazine crew travels each month to a different State and finds girls in that age group who have inspired others or have something interesting to say and write.

Overall, this is a magazine that a lot of girls would be keen to read. Obviously, every child is different in terms of interest and maturity. It does give 8 – 12 years as an appropriate age group, but from my point of view, I would wait until your daughter hits the pre-teen stage, i.e. 11/12 before subscribing to Discovery Girls to get the most out of it.

For this age group, we also like:

American Girl Magazine

American Girl Magazine
Created especially for girls age 8 and up, American Girl is an appealing, age-appropriate alternative to teen magazines. Features advice, crafts, contests, puzzles, games and more.