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Running a handmade business isn’t easy. You have to spend time creating your beautiful products, photographing them, writing descriptions, finding keywords, and writing a powerful title to ensure you rank in Etsy’s strange SEO algorithm. Where do you find the time to do all that?
Is there an easier way to increase your listings on Etsy and get more customers? Luckily, there is! You can list the very same craft supplies you’re using on Etsy without breaking their terms of service!
That’s right: craft supplies are one of the exceptions to the “handmade only” rule on Etsy. What qualifies as a craft supply? Etsy has stated that a craft supply should be something that can’t be used on its own. There is some ambiguity there, but that basically means that if the item must be combined with another item for it to be used, then it’s a craft supply.
I’m one of many supplies sellers on Etsy, and I get consistent sales without artificially lowering my prices. Some supplies sellers only make a few pennies per purchase, which just seems so stressful to me! Why would you spend so much time packing and shipping items for a 10 cent return on investment?
In this post, I’ll be revealing 9 profitable craft supplies that you can sell on Etsy for real money, not just pocket change.
This one is the best choice if you want a truly passive Etsy shop. Once you upload your clip art, you don’t really have to touch it again unless you need to work on your titles or tags. Etsy handles the downloads for you.
This is, however, the one area where craft supplies should only be made by you. You don’t want to sell someone else’s clip art, because that is copyright infringement!
Some good ideas for clip art:
- Trendy animals (sloths, llamas, etc)
- Animals that are always popular (dogs, cats, etc)
- Clip art for teachers
- Wedding couple clip art
- Planner clip art
- Holiday clip art (Halloween clip art and Christmas clip art are the most popular!)
And that’s just the beginning!
You can either offer your clip art only for private use (which means it can’t be sold or used on items that are sold) or you can offer a commercial license for an increased price.
Slime supplies are some of my most popular products. I mostly sell mix ins for slime, like cabochons and glitter. These are most popular in the colder months in my experience, which may be because teachers are buying them for their students to use to make cool slime.
Craft supplies for slime that you can sell:
I love selling silicone molds, because my customers tend to show me awesome photos of what they made! You meet a lot of cool people when you sell these, too. Bakers, people planning weddings or baby showers, teachers, and other Etsy store owners all buy silicone molds for their different crafts.
What that means for you is that silicone molds are a great opportunity to sell and network with other people! If you like to strike up a conversation, you can start with what your customer plans to use their molds for.
Here are some types of silicone molds that you could sell:
- Fondant baby molds for baby showers
- Wedding topper molds
- Shaped molds for resin
- Molds for baking
If you need more inspiration, I have a list of silicone molds for people who love mermaids and the sea.
Painting is one of the most commonly used craft supplies, and everyone from teachers to parents to professional artists need to keep them in stock!
That means there are a lot of people looking to buy painting supplies. Those customers are looking for unusual colors, large numbers of colors, or easy to use products.
Some good ideas of paints and painting supplies you can sell on Etsy:
Bullet Journal Accessories
Bullet journals and planners can be a very minimalist organizing tool, but a lot of people like to decorate their planners too!
There are so many planner accessories that you could sell on Etsy:
Some of the best selling options in this category include:
Small Decorative Bottles
These are so popular with a lot of different people! They’re cute ideas for wedding favors, make adorable decor, and are used by witches and pagans for their spells. Remember to only sell the empty bottles, though.
Beads and Charms
This Etsy niche is the hardest one to get into for supplies sellers, because everyone wants to sell these things. But if you can find a weird or unique bead or charm, you’ll find your audience in no time.
This is a supply that is very popular for planners, bullet journals, Filofax lovers, and students who like their study notes to be beautiful.
Washi tape comes in many different colors, prints, and patterns, so there’s an option for everyone.
9 Craft Supplies You Can Sell On Etsy For Massive Profits!
Of course, when you sell these you still need to be aware of what copyrights and trademarks you may be dealing with. If you aren’t sure about the legality, it’s best not to sell it! Or at the very least, talk to an intellectual property lawyer before selling it.
And don’t forget that it’s always best to thoroughly research your keywords. Craft supplies is a competitive niche on Etsy, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to break into. New craft supply stores are becoming profitable every day, and yours could be next!
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