Additional Craft Information:
You can sell handmade crafts either through a third party site (that's owned by someone else, such as eBay) or through your own website.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
Third Party Websites:
Though eBay is a very good site, many people feel they have to struggle a lot with the “garage sale” mindset of buyers who buy on eBay. It is because most people log on to eBay with the intention of getting a bargain.
This website is solely for the sale of handmade crafts. Etsy is popular because it has very nominal selling fees, a very supportive community of artists and a simple and easy to set up online store. Though there might be some sellers who put their crafts at low prices at Etsy, generally you will not find underpriced crafts or sellers with slim profit margins. People buy from Etsy for the originality and quality of the handmade products. That's why they don't mind paying extra for the handmade crafts.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
Rubylane.com is a website where you can sell handmade jewellery. Though the selling fee at Rubylane.com is higher than Etsy, you will find high-end buyers who do not come with the intention of bargaining. Sellers who price their products at lower value are actually discouraged to put their items on sale at Rubylane. There is a note for sellers saying that they cannot price their products below a certain value.
Your Own Site
The biggest advantage of your own website is that you will control and own site. Therefore, you won't be subjected to the changes and regulations of a 3rd party website which might significantly impact your business. You would have full control of the policies on the website, and unlike selling your products on a 3rd party website, once you have buyers coming to your website, you won't be competing with other sellers on the 3rd party websites.
One of the major reasons people opt to sell handmade crafts through a 3rd party website instead of their own site is that they think they will automatically have buyers for their products because 3rd party websites, such as eBay, already has plenty of customers. There are a lot of good strategies to promote a handmade craft website. But it will require an investment of your energy and time.