Tired of Etsy, or maybe just looking to branch out when you’re selling or shopping for crafts? The Brits have launched their own version of the Stateside craft side, Folksy. It’s like Etsy…but more English.
Getting Folksy with Crafts
Folksy bills itself as “modern British craft.” The sleek website has a pretty standard layout. If you use Etsy, you’ll feel right at home. Search for crafts by category in topics that include home, clothing, art, weddings and supplies. Like Etsy, the wedding section is extensive. Unlike Etsy, you won’t find a lot of royal family-related crafts. Americans are far more fascinated with House Windsor than those who live much closer to the castle, it seems.
Selling Crafts Across the Pond
Folksy hasn’t quite reached the enormous cult following that Etsy has gained, but the site shouldn’t be ignored. More than 15,000 individual craft sellers have already set up storefronts on Folksy. The main difference in the two sites is the cost. Folksy charges sellers money for listing and a percentage for sales commission, though a year-long membership wins you a greatly reduced rate.
Buying Crafts on Folksy
Folksy is well-arranged. Buyers may even search for handmade items by room. The site offers keyword searches and makes it easy for shoppers to keep track of their favorite sellers. But for American shoppers, there’s a conversion rate. Extra shipping rates apply, of course, for items sent overseas.
Crafting is becoming more popular, possibly as a side effect to economic troubles, and everyone’s embracing the trend. Explore sites like Folksy to get ideas, sell products, buy supplies and maybe even communicate with other crafters. Even if you don’t plan to shop, crafting sites have a lot to offer.