These days, you only have to go ‘gallery hopping’, hoping to influence the next curator to give you a show or set up a table outside of The Met to sell your artwork if you want to. The internet makes just about everything accessible to anyone and that includes art. There are literally hundreds of places online that provide you with platforms to open up shop, virtually, and make a real income selling your work. Here’s a list of 10 places online to help you go from starving artist to savvy seller:
- Etsy: The #1 place for all things handmade and vintage, Etsy is the most popular place for artists looking to open up shop, network and build a great web presence.
- Artfire: Similar to Etsy, Artfire lets you open up a virtual shop with a special name and set prices, the only difference is that it allows businesses, like art stores, to also open shop and sell items from other producers.
- Ebay: Despite popular belief, Ebay is a great place to sell your art. The world’s largest auction site will provide you with a large audience of curious buyers that are always hunting for things that are unusual, new and original.
- Cafepress: If you’d like to get your images onto mass produced items like mugs, t-shirts, and pins then Cafepress is the perfect place for you. Just make sure you upload super, high-quality images so you don’t compromise the product.
- Adwords: If you’re already independently running your own website/shop, Google’s advertising program is extremely effective. Sign up to run ads of your online store to some of the most highly trafficked sites on the internet.
- Foliotwist: Foliotwist gives you ready-made art website templates that come with built-in Paypal shopping carts.
- FineArtAmerica: High quality prints are quite popular among people that can’t afford to buy originals. Also, it allows you, the artist, to distribute on a very large, affordable scale to gain some recognition in your field. You also get to set your price.
- Craigslist: Its a fact: people use Craigslist for everything, even buying art. Just post an ad and wait (shortly) for a response.
- Yessy: Browse, search, buy and sell art. Yessy makes it extremely easy to create an online gallery and start selling work fast. The only downside is that there are monthly fees.
- Amazon: Similar to that of Ebay in the sense that you have access to a very, very large audience of buyers. And, with Amazon’s new platform AmazonArt, selling your work and marketing yourself is easy and totally worth it.
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