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Indie Crafters Selling Handmade Goods on Web

Kathi Palmer Kathi Palmer
Michelle McCall Michelle McCall
Angela Kennington Angela Kennington

Sep 12, 2007 06:10 PM

By Cindy Cha

(KHNL) - If you're looking to buy or even sell a handmade item, there's a website created just for Indie Crafters.

This site is a user driven online marketplace, with thousands of international homemade items. It's only two years in the making but people are already saying it could be the next big thing on the net.

Move over Ebay, here comes Etsy.

Local crafters are going global on Etsy.com, a site to buy and sell all things handmade. But unlike Ebay, Etsy uses set prices rather than an auction-based system and everything must be handmade.

With thousands of sellers hailing from around the world, there's a whole list of unique things . From jewelry to blankets and artwork. And that's not all, there's even cupcakes on there.

In Hawaii alone, there are 55 sellers. Kathi Palmer is one of them. She's the creator of Isabella Smiles.

"I personally sell jewelry that I handmade myself," said Palmer.  "I sell earrings and bracelets and necklaces."

Michelle McCall sells origami artwork and Angela Kennington sells baby items plus she's working on a line of hand bags.

But these local crafters say Etsy is more than just a place to sell and buy things, it's a community forum.

"Alot of sellers are supportive of each other," said McCall.  "You can get a lot of input. It's an inspiration. They inspire you to do something you wouldn't normally do."

And what you wouldn't normally find at your local store, you'll find on Etsy.

"Why spend your money on stuff in Walmart that looks like everything else when you have something special that someone created with love, " said Kennington.

Anyone can set up a free account on Etsy. There are currently 200,000 members internationally and about 38,000 of those use Etsy as a marketplace to sell their handmade goods.

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