Have you been considering starting an Etsy business? There are so many different categories of items being sold on Etsy, from new and handcrafted items to vintage items. Here are five small items that sell big on Etsy
I don’t know about you, but I had a huge sticker collection as a kid. I had a sticker album and loved collecting different stickers. Well, that hobby has continued as an adult, though I no longer use a sticker album. Instead, I love buying unique stickers to use in journaling, in my planner, and on cards and gifts for others. And Etsy is a great place to get stickers. To be a sticker maker, you don’t need much. Some sticker makers use a Cricut or Silhouette machine, others outsource their designs to a site like StickerMule. Either way, if you’ve got a few creative ideas, you can start up a sticker business.
If you’re not crafty, a small item that sells big on Etsy are craft supplies. After all, all of those crafters selling on Etsy have to get their wares somewhere, right? More importantly, a lot of times, it’s hard to find craft supplies in small batches. You need a small packet of glitter, but all you can find are giant jars. On Etsy, you’ll find sellers with unique colors of glitter in small batches. Something very popular I’ve seen lately are “gems” for diamond paintings. People order diamond painting kits and realize that they don’t have enough of the little diamonds, either because they knocked a tray onto the floor or because the original seller didn’t send everything they needed. You can very easily stock up on these little gems from AliExpress, sort them into smaller batches, and offer them for sale.
Now that in-person weddings are back on, brides (and grooms!) are looking for cute wedding favors for their guests. Everything from luggage tags to candy to packets of seeds can be found on Etsy. Some vendors even make cute little mints with custom tags – something quite simple to make and sell. The wedding industry is definitely a profitable one, and these are small items that sell big on Etsy.
Enamel pins are incredibly trendy right now. People are putting them on bags and jackets. You can even buy special bags designed with a display pouch for your pins so they can be seen without risking loss! And there are some amazing enamel pins to be found on Etsy. As with stickers, if you have an idea, you can make it into a pin. This is likely something you will need to outsource to a manufacturer, but with the right subject matter, you can absolutely make a tidy profit selling enamel pins on Etsy.
Etsy is one of my favorite sites for greeting cards. I buy a lot of birthday cards there. Sure, I might spend more than I would at Hallmark, but I can get something much more unique, and often incredibly clever (or even personalized). Greeting cards are easy to make. You need a printer, cardstock, and an idea (and envelopes). Often, best selling greeting cards are timely, and when holidays come up, you can absolutely do well selling holiday cards on Etsy.
There are plenty of small items that sell big on Etsy. Take a look, consider where your skills lie, and consider opening up your own Etsy shop!
Megan is a 40-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.