Open an Etsy Shop

open an etsy shop


Many people start making handmade items, but they don’t know where to sell them.  There are several handmade marketplaces where shop owners can sell their products, and buyers can purchase high quality handmade gifts.  This post is dedicated to explaining the best way to Open an Etsy Shop.  It includes a step-by-step guide.

You can discover other Handmade Marketplaces on my separate posts. Continue reading “Open an Etsy Shop”

Etsy History

etsy history


Etsy is a well-known handmade marketplace that has expanded rapidly over the past few years.  The company has grown so rapidly, many people are unfamiliar with Etsy History.  I have dedicated this post to explaining the colorful Etsy History.  This is another story where a company with humble beginnings treated customers the right way and started to thrive!

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Top Handmade Selling Tips

top handmade selling tips


Many handmade shop owners struggle to discover ways to improve sales.  This post contains the Top Handmade Selling Tips.  This is one of the most valuable posts on the HBU website, especially for handmade shop owners.  You can use these Top Handmade Selling Tips to help ensure that your shop thrives and your sales increase rapidly!

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Sell Handmade Items Locally

sell handmade items locally


Many handmade shop owners fall into the trap of only selling their products online.  I feel that selling solely online is a mistake, and it is a better idea to Sell Handmade Items Locally as well.  Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely focus on selling your handmade items online to reach more buyers.  I feel that you can benefit from selling some items locally as well.  I enjoy having a local presence, and I feel that my handmade items help contribute to the local community because they are unique.  You can read more about choosing to Sell Handmade Items Locally in this Ultimate Guide.

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Renew Etsy Listings

renew etsy listings


Many Etsy shop owners are constantly looking for ways to increase their sales and the exposure of their products.  One simple method for this is to strategically Renew Etsy Listings to help improve the search results of your products.  This post is dedicated to detailing How to Renew Etsy Listings to Improve Product Exposure.

Discover The Reasons to Buy Handmade in my separate post. Continue reading “Renew Etsy Listings”

Etsy Promoted Listings

etsy promoted listings


Many handmade business owners are constantly looking for ways to increase the visibility of their products.  One possible way to pay to market items is Etsy Promoted Listings.  This post is dedicated to explaining Etsy Promoted Listings.

This post contains unbiased information pertaining to the Etsy Handmade Marketplace.  I do not own stock in Etsy or any other handmade companies.  All of the information contained in this post is independent and unbiased.

Read my post describing the Benefits of Handmade Products. Continue reading “Etsy Promoted Listings”

Best Selling Handmade Categories

best selling handmade categories


I wanted to start off this post by stating that I know that best-selling has a dash when used as an adjective.  I haven’t included the dash for SEO purposes.  As handmade sales continue to boom, more people are opening handmade shops online.  One of the most common questions I get asked deals with the best-selling handmade categories.  I hope this post helps you discover the Best Selling Handmade Categories.

I also suggest reading my List of Best Selling Handmade Items!


I decided to examine sales from the most popular handmade marketplace, Etsy.  To calculate the best-selling handmade categories, I added up the sales of the top 5 shops in each category.  Here are the results:

  1. Paper Goods
  2. Children
  3. Graphic Design
  4. Jewelry
  5. Needlecraft
  6. Clothing
  7. Patterns 
  8. Accessories
  9. Party Supplies
  10. Weddings

I decided to cross out Paper Goods, Graphic Design, and Patterns because I do not view those categories as strictly handmade.  As a result, I included the next three categories to round out my Top 10:

  1. Art
  2. Bath and Body
  3. Home and Living

I have included a detailed breakdown of each of these Top 10 Best Selling Categories below.  I have also included the number of sales for the Top 5 Sellers.  The number of sales is for this year, 2017.

#1.  Children

Total # of Sales (Top 5 Sellers): 786,682

I really wasn’t surprised to see this category near the top of this list.  Many people focus on their children as their number 1 priority, and they spend a lot of money to keep them happy!  Popular items in this category include bows, tutu’s, and t-shirts.  You could probably differentiate yourself by providing items for little boys, but it may be more difficult to obtain sales.

#2.  Jewelry

Total # of Sales: 690,802

This was another category that was not a surprise for me.  I have noticed that jewelry is an extremely popular category.  Every time that I think that the market is saturated with handmade jewelry sellers, more shops pop up and start making money.  There may be some easier categories to start out in, but there is a lot of money in jewelry.  My gut tells me that this category will remain extremely popular for many years to come 🙂

#3.  Needlecraft (Sewing)

Total # of Sales: 644,830

I originally wondered how needlecraft was different than clothing.  I found out the answer when I began looking at the popular products in needlecraft.  Needlecraft is closely related with embroidery and sewing.  These are supplies that you can use to make clothing and other products.

#4.  Clothing

Total # of Sales: 639,226

It makes sense that Clothing would be a popular handmade category, because it is a popular category of items sold online in general.  Some of the popular items in this category overlap with the popular items in the Children category above.  Popular items include kid’s t-shirts with witty phrases, tank tops with unique graphics, and adult shirts with unique phrases.

#5.  Accessories

Total # of Sales: 382,005

At first glance, I thought that this was an extremely broad category.  After some analysis, I discovered that this category mainly encompasses clothing accessories.  Popular items include bows, buttons, and keychains.

#6.  Party Supplies

Total # of Sales: 366,158

This category’s popularity was another one that surprised me.  Although many shops sell individual products, many of the products are sold as package items for special occasion.  For instance, you can purchase complete party packs for themed birthday parties, office parties, and holiday parties.

#7.  Weddings

Total # of Sales: 357,720

This is a popular category with great margins.  If i was opening a new shop today, I would open a shop that sold items in this category.  i have found a niche in bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts to be popular and profitable.  The key is finding unique products within this category.  You can make a lot of money if you discover an under-served niche within this category.

#8.  Art

Total # of Sales: 342,147

I was surprised that this category was not higher up on this list.  I’m sure the order of these categories changes throughout the year, and maybe this category is more popular late in the year.  There are many unique products in this category.  The shop with the top sales currently sells collages.

#9.  Bath & Body

Total # of Sales: 341,461

Bath and Body can be another profitable category if you choose the right products.  Essential oils are very popular products within this category.  Handmade soaps and lotions are also very popular.

#10.  Home & Living

Total # of Sales: 336,348

This is an extremely broad category that contains many different shops and products.  Finding a niche in this general category is key, and it isn’t too difficult.  I have personally sold some items within this category, and they were some of my most profitable products.  Popular items include engraved cutting boards, customized coasters, and engraved glasses.


I hope this post has given you some insight and helped you discover some of the popular handmade categories.  You can use this information to help take your handmade shop to the next level!

Best Selling Handmade Categories: Comments

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Best Selling Handmade Items

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!

Discover the Benefits of Handmade Products!


best selling handmade products

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!


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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.

Read about some of the Reasons to Buy Handmade Gifts!

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!


Reasons to Buy Handmade

reasons to buy handmade


There are hundreds of reasons that people purchase handmade items.  These reasons have helped propel handmade product sales over the past few years. This trend is continuing and shows no signs of slowing down.  As a result, large retailers and marketplaces like Amazon have started promoting handmade items as well.  This post focuses on listing 5 of the top reasons to buy handmade.

I also suggest reading my post on The Benefits of Handmade


reasons purchase handmade

As stated above, there are hundreds of reasons people purchase handmade. The reasons vary based on each individual’s personality. As a result, I tried to list the primary reasons a majority of people purchase handmade products.  I asked many members of this community along with some personal friends, and I came up with the following list:

Supporting Smaller Businesses and Individuals

One reason that people enjoy purchasing handmade items is because they like contributing to smaller businesses rather than large companies.  When you purchase handmade goods, you can see where your money is going and you know who you are benefiting.  Large corporations usually benefit their rich shareholders more than anyone else.

Reasonable Price for Items that Last

It is true that handmade items can be more expensive that mass-produced machine products, but you are buying products that last.  Handmade items are made with pride and are made to last.  They usually use superior products and have superior craftsmanship.

Products Made with Love

I personally enjoy knowing that the product that I am purchasing was made with love.  I know that sounds a bit cheesy, but handmade items are definitely made with love.  I have never met a seller that did not feel affection for each product that they made with their own hands.  They take pride and put a bit of themselves into each product.

Appreciation of the Craftsmen & Craftswomen

The men and women selling their own handmade products show immense appreciation for my support.  They take pride in their work and they are thankful that you chose to purchase their item over someone else’s.  It is personal to them, and they show it.  I receive handwritten “thank you” notes from handmade sellers.  Try getting that from someone at Walmart!

Better Service

I always receive great service from handmade sellers.  They provide a level of customer support that cannot be matched by larger companies.  When I have questions, they are quick to answer and provide accurate information.  Many people state that the larger a business gets, the less-intelligent it becomes.  That is the PC version :)!  I love getting responses from the individuals that have made the product that I purchased.


I hope that this list has given you some reasons to buy handmade.  Help improve your local economy and make your next gift purchase a handmade product.  You’ll feel better and the recipient will enjoy the unique and high quality gift!

Read about some of the Best-Selling Handmade Items

Reasons to Buy Handmade: Comments

Do you have other reasons that you have chosen to purchase handmade items?  Please share your ideas with this community and help it grow.  I sincerely appreciate your support!