Best Selling Handmade Items


Many people are considering opening their first handmade shop or just getting started.  One common roadblock many sellers face early on is deciding which products to sell.  I personally struggled with this issue myself.  I have had several people ask me which items or categories are popular, so I decided to make a few posts dedicated to that subject.  This post details the best selling handmade items.  I wish that I had read a post like this when I was starting my handmade shop.  I hope it helps you gain some inspiration on products to sell so you can start or continue building a thriving handmade business!

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This is a list of some of the popular handmade items currently being sold on Etsy and other online handmade marketplaces. There are thousands of popular items, so this list focuses on the best of the best.  You can use this list to discover some ideas for items to sell in your handmade business.  I have broken all of the best selling handmade items into 5 popular categories.  I have included a list of the categories below:


  1. Children
  2. Jewelry
  3. Needlecraft
  4. Clothing
  5. Accessories

I suggest reading more about these categories on my post of The Best Selling Handmade Categories.  I have tried to list at least three popular handmade products for each of these categories.  I hope this helps you come with some ideas for products to sell.


  1. Bows & Tutu’s: There are several popular shops selling girl’s bows and tutus.
  2. T-Shirts: Big brother and big sister t-shirts appear to be extremely popular right now.
  3. Baby Books: There is one shop that is extremely successful at selling baby books.  I think this is a great idea.


  1. Metal Stamped Jewelry: Bracelets, necklaces, and rings that are made out of metal and have been customized with stamped letters.
  2. Money Clips & Key Chains: Similar to above, these are metal items that have been customized to include initials and important dates.
  3. Custom Stone Jewelry: These popular products include jewelry that includes birth stones and other custom stones placed in necklaces, rings, etc.


Embroidery & Patterns: Funny quotes, unique patterns and other embroidery are pretty much the only popular products included in this category.


  1. Kid’s T-shirts with Witty Phrases: Kid’s t-shirts with witty phrases and bright colors are extremely popular.  This matches the popular items in the Children category above.
  2. Tank Tops with Unique Graphics: Some shops are making a ton of money off of simple tank tops with unique animal and nature graphics.  Many don’t include words.
  3. Adult Shirts with Witty Phrases: These are similar to the kid’s shirts, and include funny phrases and puns usually paired with associated graphics.


  1. Buttons:  The most popular shop in this category sells buttons with funny phrases.  The popularity of these buttons really surprised me.
  2. Bows and Headbands:  These are usually for small kids and babies.  Bows are showing up in multiple categories, big surprise!
  3. Unique Keychains & ID Badge Holders:  This actually surprised me.  One shop has mastered selling unique kechains and ID Badge Holders.  You can visit this shop, BadgeBlooms, to see some of their products.

Some Observations

Here are a couple of observations that I wrote down while I was completing some analysis for this post.  These observations could also be labeled as tips for success if you use them correctly.

Customization is important

Many of the popular items mentioned above have the ability to be customized.  This is an easy way to sell more products.  Offer customizable options for items you are planning on selling, and you have a great chance of selling more items!

Unique Niches

Many of the popular shops have chosen popular categories to sell products in, and they have found a profitable niche within that category.  This is a great method for having a successful handmade shop that works time after time.

Differentiating Products

Many successful shops may operate in a crowded niche, but they have found a way to differentiate their products versus their competitors.  It is important to be creative and try different ideas.  Worst case scenario your products won’t sell and you can change to something else.  Be flexible!


You can analyze some of the best sellers on the website craftcount.  This is an outside website that is not affiliated with this community.


This post has listed some of the best selling handmade items by popular categories.  I hope that this information will help you discover which products you should be selling to help your handmade business thrive!  Feel free to contact me with any questions.  I answer all questions as soon as possible, and it is usually within 24 hours.

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Best Selling Handmade Items: Comments

Do you have any ideas related to best selling handmade items?  Are there products that you know are currently trendy and becoming popular?  Please share your ideas with the community in the Comments section below.  It helps us all grow!


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