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25 Best Online Marketplaces To Sell Your Art & Crafts (And Buy Affordable Art)

25 Best Online Marketplaces To Sell Your Art & Crafts (And Buy Affordable Art)

So, you’re an artist and you want to sell your craft? Great!

Or maybe you’re just looking for some affordable art to put in your new apartment? Also great!

The internet is chockfull of sites on which artists can sell their work, and these same websites offer art collectors on a budget a great way to get prints and original artwork at a fraction of the cost if they were to browse galleries. These are our 25 favorite sites to sell and buy art.

1. Etsy

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    Etsy is one of the most popular sites for buying and selling art and crafts. Etsy sellers offer everything from handmade furniture to vintage purses to one of a kind artwork. Often, this artwork is priced to sell, so buyers not only have a lot of selection, but access to some pretty good prices as well. Etsy has apps for iPhone and Android for those of you looking to buy and sell on the go.

    2. Society6

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      Society6 is another popular website. Vendors can sell their artwork as prints, pillows, iPhone and Android cases, and t-shirts. For buyers, this site is a great way to get framed or unframed prints at a low price. Plus, if you find an artist you like, you can get their artwork in a variety of forms!

      3. Zatista

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        Zatista is a great place to find original paintings, photographs, and mixed media artwork. This site allows you to refine your search by price, size, and type of artwork to ensure that you find just the piece you’re looking for.

        4. IndieMade

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          IndieMade helps artists create professional looking websites in order to better sell their artwork. The site helps you set up your site and helps you attract potential customers, and since it’s designed specifically for artists the websites are all tailored to be as navigable and attractive as possible.

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          5. CollegeArtOnline

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            CollegeArtOnline is a place for students to sell their artwork. Because of this, the prices are often lower than they would be at a gallery, and each purchase goes towards supporting a budding artist. The site also allows student artists to sell their artwork.

            6. Threadless

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              Threadless is another great site that allows you to buy and sell your artwork, but there’s a fun catch. Unlike some of the other websites listed here, this site does not allow you to simply submit any artwork you want. Instead, you submit your designs and if the Threadless team likes it, they’ll put it on their merchandise. According to their website, many of their chosen artists have gone on to start business themselves, so getting chosen is a major accomplishment!

              7. Hey Prints

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                Hey Prints has tons of reasonably priced posters. That’s all the look of a high end painting without any of the cost! Plus, artists are encouraged to send in their artwork. The site emphasizes a partnership in which artists are able to get their art and name out there.

                8. Redbubble

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                  Redbubble is another great place to buy art in many different formats. Designs are available on t-shirts, stickers, hoodies, prints, tote bags, and phone cases. Artists can sell their artwork on the site for free.

                  9. INPRNT

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                    INPRNT sells prints of submitted and approved artwork. With over 900 pages’ worth of prints available, the selection is huge. Artists interested in selling with INPRNT should make an account on the website and submit three pieces of art for review. If the people at INPRNT like what they see, artists are offered a chance to sell on the website.

                    10. Big Cartel

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                      Big Cartel helps artists set up websites on which they can sell their artwork and crafts. The sites can be as customizable as you want, with options ranging from already-designed themes to sites that can be customized using code. Big Cartel also provides its users with statistics, which allow them to keep track of site traffic and sales. An iPhone app is available.

                      11. Displate

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                        Displate sells unique artwork that is printed on metal sheets. The company also allows artists to sell their designs on Displate. All artists have to do is make an account and upload their artwork to the site. Once their art sells, they make a 25% commission. All profits are paid using PayPal.

                        12. Vango

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                          Vango is a great place to buy original art. The company has high standards for the artwork that it will sell: it must be original, easy to hang, and not created digitally. Photography is currently not accepted. For those who want to sell their artwork with Vango, simply create an account to get started. Artists keep 80% of the profits. Vango emails artists shipping labels to make shipping artwork faster and easier.

                          13. Craigslist

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                            Craigslist isn’t usually known for its art and craft selection, but a lot of people use the site to sell their work. Buying and selling with Craigslist is simple. However, be wary of scammers — the site has gotten an iffy reputation over the years for being home to less than honest business practices.

                            14. Artfully Walls

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                              Artfully Walls sells high quality prints and has a wide variety of artists, styles, and print sizes. Artists wishing to sell with Artfully Walls can do so at no cost. Each piece sold generates commission, and Artfully Walls is nonexclusive, meaning that artists can sell their artwork elsewhere.

                              15. Nuvango

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                                Nuvango sells prints, stretched canvases, and skins for iPhones, iPads, Samsungs, iPods, laptops, and Kindles. Artists are encourage to sell their artwork on the site with a free account, plus 20 percent of every sale. Nuvango takes care of production and shipping, so artists are left to doing what they do best: creating more art.

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                                16. Skreened

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                                  Skreened sells a wide variety of t-shirts, hoodies, and other apparel. Those looking to buy on the site can search by what’s popular or trending, or by using the topic filters provided. Artists can sell their artwork by setting up a free shop with Skreened.

                                  17. deviantART

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                                    deviantART is a very popular site that offers a large selection of artwork, including prints, photographs, and other artwork. Popular categories are listed on the site for fast browsing. Artists can sell their work on deviantART using a free account. According to the site, deviantART is the largest art community in the world, so artists can expect to get a lot of attention on the site.

                                    18. Smitsy

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                                      Smitsy sells original artwork, including paintings and sculptures, as well as prints. Artists wishing to sell on Smitsy must submit a resume, artist statement, and 3-5 images or a link to a website portfolio.

                                       19. Houzz

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                                        Houzz sells home goods, from cookware to lighting to rugs to tables. If you’re in the home design business and want to sell with Houzz, create a free vendor profile to get started.

                                        20. Luulla

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                                          Luulla sells a wide variety of clothing, jewelry, phone cases, and accessories. There’s even a “Below $20” section for all of the bargain hunters out there. Those wishing to sell on Luulla can either opt for a pay as you go plan, which involves paying $0.20 per listing, or a monthly plan, that costs $9.90. Each has a 4.5% selling fee.

                                          21. FarmMade

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                                            FarmMade has a little of everything: apparel, artwork, food, jewelry, seeds, and more. The company focuses on handmade and homemade products. Potential sellers must have a PayPal account and must meet the requirements of being what the site calls “farmers of all types and sizes.” This loose definition includes more than you might think, so check it out.

                                            22. DaWanda

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                                              DaWanda sells apparel, accessories, home goods, bags, and more from a number of sellers. DaWanda offers sellers a free shop and gives sellers the freedom to choose photos and descriptions of their crafts, plus their choice of several payment methods.

                                              23. GLC Mall

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                                                GLC Mall sells art, jewelry, lingerie, sportswear, craft supplies, and much more. Potential sellers will be happy to hear that a limited shop can be set up free of charge. This allows sellers to list up to 12 items. Fees apply for those who want to list more than 12 items.

                                                24. BRIKA

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                                                  BRIKA offers jewelry, art (including prints), accessories, and more. Artists and craftspeople interested in selling with BRIKA must fill out an application on the company’s website.

                                                  25. Cargoh

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                                                    Cargoh sells jewelry, art, bags, home goods, and much more on their site. The company welcomes artists and craftspeople who are passionate about their work and who have a strong sense of themselves. Applications can be found on the Cargoh website.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Marcia Furman via flickr.com

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                                                    How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                                    How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                                    Personal finances can push anyone to the point of extreme anxiety and worry. Easier said than done, planning finances is not an egg meant for everyone’s basket. That’s why most of us are often living pay check to pay check. But did anyone tell you that it is actually not a tough task to meet your financial goals?

                                                    In this article, we will explore ways to set financial goals and actually meet them with ease.

                                                    4 Steps to Setting Financial Goals

                                                    Though setting financial goals might seem to be a daunting task, if one has the will and clarity of thought, it is rather easy. Try using these steps to get you started.

                                                    1. Be Clear About the Objectives

                                                    Any goal without a clear objective is nothing more than a pipe dream, and this couldn’t be more true for financial matters.

                                                    It is often said that savings is nothing but deferred consumption. Therefore, if you are saving today, then you should be crystal clear about what it’s for. It could be anything, including your child’s education, retirement, marriage, that dream vacation, fancy car, etc.

                                                    Once the objective is clear, put a monetary value to that objective and the time frame. The important point at this step of goal setting is to list all the objectives that you foresee in the future and put a value to each.

                                                    2. Keep Goals Realistic

                                                    It’s good to be an optimistic person but being a Pollyanna is not desirable. Similarly, while it might be a good thing to keep your financial goals a bit aggressive, going beyond what you can realistically achieve will definitely hurt your chances of making meaningful progress.

                                                    It’s important that you keep your goals realistic, as it will help you stay the course and keep you motivated throughout the journey.

                                                    3. Account for Inflation

                                                    Ronald Reagan once said: “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hitman.” This quote sums up what inflation could do your financial goals.

                                                    Therefore, account for inflation[1] whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far into the future.

                                                    For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years from now, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is a mere 3%. Always account for this to avoid falling short of your goals.

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                                                    4. Short Term Vs Long Term

                                                    Just like every calorie is not the same, the approach to achieving every financial goal will not be the same. It’s important to bifurcate goals into short-term and long-term.

                                                    As a rule of thumb, any financial goal that is due in next 3 years should be termed as a short-term goal. Any longer duration goals are to be classified as long-term goals. This bifurcation of goals into short-term vs long-term will help in choosing the right investment instrument to achieve them.

                                                    By now, you should be ready with your list of financial goals. Now, it’s time to go all out and achieve them.

                                                    How to Achieve Your Financial Goals

                                                    Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a two-step process:

                                                    • Ensuring healthy savings
                                                    • Making smart investments

                                                    You will need to save enough and invest those savings wisely so that they grow over a period of time to help you achieve goals.

                                                    Ensuring Healthy Savings

                                                    Self-realization is the best form of realization, and unless you decide what your current financial position is, you aren’t heading anywhere.

                                                    This is the focal point from where you start your journey of achieving financial goals.

                                                    1. Track Expenses

                                                    The first and the foremost thing to be done is to track your spending. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you will be surprised by how small expenses add up to a sizable amount.

                                                    Also categorize those expenses into different buckets so that you know which bucket is eating most of your pay check. This record keeping will pave the way for cutting down on un-wanted expenses and pumping up your savings rate.

                                                    If you’re not sure where to start when tracking expenses, this article may be able to help.

                                                    2. Pay Yourself First

                                                    Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classic mistake when setting financial goals. We pay ourselves last!

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                                                    Ideally, this should be planned upside down. We should be paying ourselves first and then to the world, i.e. we should be taking out the planned saving amount first and manage all the expenses from the rest.

                                                    The best way to actually implement this is to put the savings on automatic mode, i.e. money flowing automatically into different financial instruments (mutual funds, retirement accounts, etc) every month.

                                                    Taking the automatic route will help release some control and compel us to manage what’s left, increasing the savings rate.

                                                    3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick With It

                                                    Learning to create a budget is the best way to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be organized

                                                    Nowadays, several money management apps can help you do this automatically.

                                                    At first, you may not be able to stick to your plans completely, but don’t let that become a reason why you stop budgeting entirely.

                                                    Make use of technology solutions you like. Explore options and alternatives that let you make use of the available wallet options, and choose the one that suits you the most. In time, you will get accustomed to making use of these solutions.

                                                    You will find that they make it simpler for you to follow your plan, which would have been difficult otherwise.

                                                    4. Make Savings a Habit and Not a Goal

                                                    In the book Nudge, authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein advocate that, in order to achieve any goal, it should be broken down into habits since habits are more intuitive for people to adapt to.

                                                    Make savings a habit rather than a goal. While it might seem to be counterintuitive to many, there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

                                                    • Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Weekends are more expensive.
                                                    • If you are a travel buff, try to travel during off-season. You’ll spend significantly less.
                                                    • If you go shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

                                                    The key point is to imbibe the action that results in savings rather than on the savings itself, which is the outcome. Focusing on the outcome will bring out the feeling of sacrifice, which will be harder to sustain over a period of time.

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                                                    5. Talk About It

                                                    Sticking to the saving schedule (to achieve financial goals) is not an easy journey. There will be many distractions from those who are not aligned with your mission.

                                                    Therefore, in order to stay the course, surround yourself with people who are also on the same bandwagon. Daily discussions with them will keep you motivated to move forward.

                                                    6. Maintain a Journal

                                                    For some people, writing helps a great deal in making sure that they achieve what they plan.

                                                    If you are one of them, maintain a proper journal, where you write down your goals and also jot down the extent to which you managed to meet them. This will help you in reviewing how far you have come and which goals you have met.

                                                    When you have a written commitment on paper, you are going to feel more energized to follow the plan and stick to it. Moreover, it is going to be a lot easier for you to track your progress.

                                                    Making Smart Investments

                                                    Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However, savings, when invested wisely, can do wonders.

                                                    1. Consult a Financial Advisor

                                                    Investment doesn’t come naturally to most of us, so it’s wise to consult a financial advisor.

                                                    Talk to him/her about your financial goals and savings, and then seek advice for the best investment instruments to achieve your goals.

                                                    2. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

                                                    Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about the common ones, like a savings account, Roth IRA, and others.

                                                    Just like “no one is born a criminal,” no investment instrument is bad or good. It is the application of that instrument that makes all the difference[2].

                                                    As a general rule, for all your short-term financial goals, choose an investment instrument that has debt nature, for example fixed deposits, debt mutual funds, etc. The reason for going for debt instruments is that chances of capital loss is less compared to equity instruments.

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                                                    3. Compounding Is the Eighth Wonder

                                                    Einstein once remarked about compounding:

                                                    “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… He who doesn’t… Pays it.”

                                                    Use compound interest when setting financial goals

                                                      Make friends with this wonder kid. The sooner you become friends with it, the quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

                                                      Start saving early so that time is on your side to help you bear the fruits of compounding.

                                                      4. Measure, Measure, Measure

                                                      All of us do good when it comes to earning more per month but fail miserably when it comes to measuring the investments and taking stock of how our investments are doing.

                                                      If we don’t measure progress at the right times, we are shooting in the dark. We won’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not, whether the financial advisor is doing a decent job, or whether we are moving closer to our target.

                                                      Measure everything. If you can’t measure it all yourself, ask your financial advisor to do it for you. But do it!

                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                      Managing your extra money to achieve your short and long-term financial goals

                                                      and live a debt-free life is doable for anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort. Use the tips above to get you started on your path to setting financial goals.

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