I recently purchased some yarn from an online store on Artfire.com. It’s a marketplace for Handmade, Vintage, Supplies and more. Its similar to Etsy and I was surprised that I’ve never heard of it (especially since its ranked right behind Etsy at #2).
I looked into the company and was very impressed. Even though I have an Etsy storefront, I decided to try their 30 day trail period. So far I’m glad I did.
The studios are easy to work with and I love that they don’t charge for listing or commission fees. This works out great for those with a lot of items. There is a monthly flat fee after your trial of $12.95 (that’s it). They have a wonderful support system & guide to help you every step of the way.
After setting up my Artfire shop I decided to checkout their Forum and I wrote an “Introduce yourself” post. I didn’t think anyone would read it, so you can imagine my surprise when other shop owners immediately welcomed me and by the second day there was over 200 views. They also also gave me wonderful advise and many kind words. They actual went to my shop and looked.
I made the inital mistake of thinking “oh this is just another Etsy.” But its not. The vibe at Artfire was surprising different, I didn’t feel like I was in a sea of many (even though it’s a huge marketplace). They really treat you and your shop like an “Online Business”. I like this place.