Etsy.com started in June of 2005 as a way to connect creative individuals, crafters, and artists with the people who wanted to buy their one-of-a-kind handmade creations.
According to Etsy’s about page, there are now over 100,000 Etsy members (from all over the world) who use Etsy.com as a place to display and sell their work.
While it’s not solely a fine art site (the focus is really on crafts and handmade items) it’s certainly possible for fine artists to use Etsy to display and sell their art.
So what do WE think about Etsy?
If you can find a way to bring your own potential buyers to your Etsy shop (through an art blog, by word-of-mouth, or in some other way) then you’ll be a step ahead of the rest. Don’t JUST depend on the Etsy community to buy your work.
You’ll also want to see if your art fits in with the “style” of Etsy. . . Most artwork on Etsy is smaller, often more folksy or whimsical, and priced far more affordably than traditional fine art. In other words, it’s not so expensive that people would flinch at buying it over the internet.
I would say that if you are a serious fine artist, not to use it as it devalues your work. The site was intended for crafts and easy to sell, hand made goods for affordable prices. If you make jewellery or screen prints, original drawings or knit things, go for it! Combined with a solid social media network and website, it could be another way to make a bit of extra money!
As always, read their terms and conditions, as you don’t want to be surprised later with listing fees and their sales commissions!
Best of luck, readers!