Seller Michael Brown says he’s selling handmade goodies at a Seattle-based online store called Etsy.
Brown said he’s sold items from his handmade furniture and books to customers in Seattle and other states, and he’s been making a “shipping miraculous” run.
“I’ve been able to get to these people and say, ‘Oh, you guys have the right furniture,'” he said.
“They’ve never seen a piece like this before.”
Brown said Etsy sellers, who make a lot of money from selling their handmade items, are in a good spot because they can afford to hire an agent and pay a small commission, while the company that makes the goods, iWear, charges a flat fee.
But what makes Etsy so popular is that it’s very easy to sell.
The company allows buyers to upload pictures of their handmade goods to create a profile.
Brown can sell items that are similar in design and size to those that have already been sold online.
He said the products he sells at his Etsy shop are made with just a few basic items.
“We’re making things that you would find in a normal home,” Brown said.
Brown, who has a background in woodworking and design, said he sells everything from handmade goods like a “pancake maker” and “carpet maker” to furniture, such as “a china table” and a “mushroom table.”
Brown has sold items to customers that he described as “sales of a lifetime.”
One customer, Jennifer, told CBC News she was impressed with how the items were made.
“Everything was so beautiful, so simple, it was just beautiful,” she said.
The couple had purchased the two chairs from Brown and a friend.
“The quality is very high,” Jennifer said.
She was able to order a large pair of chairs and the first one arrived two weeks later.
She said she was thrilled that she was able and paid a reasonable commission for the chairs, which came in a box with a sticker that said “Handmade Made in the USA.”
“I’m sure there are other people out there who would be able to buy these and sell them for a much higher price,” she added.
Brown and his wife, Jessica, who is also an artist, have had to cut back on their spending to make ends meet.
“Our income has been pretty low,” Brown told CBC Seattle.
“That’s the reality of the way that life works.”
He said he can’t afford to buy new furniture and that he plans to sell his furniture at some point in the future.
“What you need is something to hold you over,” Brown explained.
“You can’t just go into your garage and throw stuff away and go shopping.”
He’s also working on a new product that he says will allow people to wear their handmade crafts with confidence.
“It’s a wearable art piece,” he said of the new product.