In 2015, Amazon quietly launched a new division called Amazon Handmade. This division was for people who make/sell handmade art, crafts, jewelry, baby items, clothing, handbags, stationery, toys and other items to sell their wares. If you’ve ever heard of Etsy, this is a similar idea, only on Amazon’s huge platform.
Over the past year, Amazon Handmade has been growing nicely. I actually have a store there as well. I sell upcycled art prints. It’s actually one of my biggest income sources.
If you are looking for a unique gift for a birthday, Christmas, or other special occasion, consider checking out Amazon Handmade. There are hundreds of amazingly talented artists and craftspeople who make beautiful and unique items by hand.
Keep in mind that since these items are handmade, some items make take a few extra days or even weeks to create and send to you. In most cases, these are not mass produced items. So, if you are considering something handmade as a gift, be sure to give yourself plenty of time. Of course there are some items on Amazon Handmade that are available to ship immediately. But, not everything is.
As the big Christmas season approaches, consider ordering early. I know many artisans will get overwhelmed quickly and may have to stop taking orders by early December so that they have time to actually make and ship everything before the holiday. You don’t want to miss out on a beautiful and unique gift because you procrastinated.
Plus, by shopping Amazon Handmade, you are much more likely to be supporting a small business. Sure, it’s on Amazon’s platform and Amazon isn’t a small business. But those of us who sell on Amazon Handmade typically are. Many of us are one-person shops who use these sales to support our families.
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