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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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                                                    Published on September 17, 2018

                                                    How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                                                    How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                                                    Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                                                    With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                                                    So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                                                    1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                                                    It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                                                    You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                                                    So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                                                    2. When you want something big, wait

                                                    Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                                                    It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                                                    We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                                                    A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                                                    So, you get the itch.

                                                    You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                                                    Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                                                    Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                                                    Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                                                    It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                                                    The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                                                    3. Live smaller than you can afford

                                                    You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                                                    You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                                                    That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                                                    Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                                                    Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                                                    The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                                                    But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                                                    4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                                                    Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                                                    But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                                                    Create a grocery budget

                                                    Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                                                    Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                                                    I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                                                    Make a list… and never deviate

                                                    Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                                                    You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                                                    These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                                                    Eat before going grocery shopping

                                                    It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                                                    If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                                                    After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                                                    Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                                                    However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                                                    This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                                                    5. Cancel your gym membership

                                                    Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                                                    The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                                                    Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                                                    I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                                                    Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                                                    Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                                                    For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                                                    Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                                                    There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                                                    It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                                                    I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                                                    Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                                                    The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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