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      05.02.2012 01:25
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      A fabulous site for British people to buy and sell

      For those that don't know. There are two popular online sites that are effectively arts and crafts marketplaces where everyday people can list their handmade items. There a few other websites, but I find their names are not as recognised.

      Folksy is based in Britain, unlike the other popular online marketplace for arts and crafts. I find that this has benefited me because I do not have the problem of finding a fantastic item and scrolling to the bottom only to find out the postage is £10 to ship a unique bracelet from Australia or Thailand. Even if the postage is reasonable, it involves me relying on another country's postal system. When I find a fantastic bracelet on Folksy I scroll down and find it costs 90p to send as a large letter. Yay!

      The front page has listings picked by Folksy staff. They usually follow a theme. The site is very easy to navigate. I need not explain it. It is self-explanatory.

      I will be making a few comparisons in this review regarding the other site so you can establish whether it is a decent site or not.

      Opening an account and shop is very simple, it is just like any old registration process. The basic information needed is your Paypal email, address and name. You do have the option to upload your own picture. Using the search facility is simple: type and press enter and you get a list of the products related to your search. Click on them and browse at your leisure. In the top right of the screen when you view a listing is an 'add to basket' button in green. Underneath is the option to favourite the item. I favourite a lot of items that I like the look of, intend to buy later, or consider a good birthday or Christmas present. Opening an account does not cost. I have bought twice on Folksy, and both times the experience has been fantastic and speedy with great communication. I am currently waiting for a personalised painting to be finished! I can't wait.

      You get the option to add a biography to your profile. Again, I recommend this because it is personal. It shows you are dedicated to your craft. Mine simply says I like to crochet and it contains my refund policy as a seller. I have also linked to my blog.

      Setting up a shop is very simple. You get the option to upload a banner which I highly recommend; it gives your shop a more professional appearance. Unlike the other site, there is no pressure to present your items using professional-looking photos using a £400+ camera. Obviously, quick photos taken on your phone under flourescent light are no good, but there isn't as much pressure to teach yourself professional photography in order to sell or get on the front page.

      I read a review on Folksy suggesting that Folksy sellers get blog to help promote items and sellers' crafts. I had never seen nor experienced the benefit of blogging, but I did after I took her advice. I started a blog that gives updates on projects I am currently working on, craft fairs I attend and I post photos of my finished projects. I have sold an item due to updates on my blog. I hadn't done any blog networking either! I had just posted updates and she stumbled upon my blog. I was so down because I had tried selling on an auction site and the other craft site. I sold nothing. I paid for advertising on the craft website and all I got was a few more views and seller fees to pay. I advertised my products on photo sites and included a link to my shop. I even had business cards. I decided to give one more site a go and I chose Folksy. I put up a few items. I was reluctant to put all of my stock online in case I did not sell anything but had fees to pay. My first item sold in three weeks (one customer ordered two items). I was so happy. It made my day. I sold another item a week later due to my blog posts. I sold a soap saver a couple of weeks after that.

      Your username and shop name can be different or the same. You can change your shop name. At one point my username, URL and shop name were different. This can confuse your customers and you, so chose wisely.

      There is also an option to put your Google Analytics information in so you can see how many people have visited your shop.

      You can sort your items into categories. If you are known as the woman who knits hats, you can sort your hats into categories:

      Wild
      Colourful
      Baby
      Toddler
      Adult
      Teen

      This makes it easy for a woman searching for hat who doesn't want to browse through hats that don't fit her or aren't to her taste.

      Listing an item on Folksy costs 20p. You can list in quantities of up to five items. Listing one of an item costs 20p and listing five of the same item in one listing still costs 20p. This is fantastic value. Please also allow for Paypal fees. This is the only method of payment for buying and selling. You get billed every month, but until it gets to that time your fees are always shown on the seller dashboard menu on the left.

      Each listing remains on the site for six months or until it is sold out.

      Folksy takes 5% commission and this is only taken from the price you list the item up at. It is not taken from the total including postage.

      The forums are fanstastic. They have threads where you can talk about crafting, your experiences and absolutely anything irrelevant. There are plenty of threads informing crafters of fairs in their local area. For example, there's a thread labelled 'East Midlands' and clicking on it will show you the fairs taking place in the East Midlands. I find this priceless because I never knew where to find a huge database of craft fairs local to me and what type of stall holders they were looking for. You hear about the little fairs that cost £5 to sell at, and the big ones that cost £90 for a weekend.

      Support crafting in Britain by using this site!

      My shop - folksy.com/shops/standout

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        29.01.2012 15:23
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        Well worth a look!

        Why has it taken me so long to find this website? I have always been a 'crafty' person and love making things and really really love recieving things that are handmade. The craft revolution is on the up with lots of TV programmes and magazines coming thick and fast to our nation.
        This website allows people with talent and passion to get their stuff out to the world and be appreciated for the very talent and passion that this website promotes. It is so easy to navigate through the website and pictures and descriptions are clear and well done. It is easy to purchase and i have bought a few items which are beautifully crafted and well made, It was so easy to do and I was really pleased with my purchases. It is now my first choice when browsing for presents and supplies for my own crafting.
        Have you ever had a birthday creeping up on you and you know you want something special and different? This is where you should shop for it. There is every concievable type of thing here for everyone and it so many different varieties as well. From stationery, jewellery, household items, garden items, useful and decorative and some rather quirky.
        For those of you who like to sell and have a crafty talent, this is where you should do it because it allows your items the showcase they deserve on a website specially tailored for the purpose of selling to those who like and appreciate handmade. It is easy to upload your items, they are listed for 6 months at a time, uploading costs are 20p per item, regardless of the selling price. Folksy take a small percentage of your selling costs and it is all done through Paypal. If you are a crafter you can also find supplies and materials for your own projects. And there are evn tutorials for handmade items for you to have a go at and make yourself. Easy peasy!
        The website is attractive and easy to navigate as i've said. It is definately worth a browse. Top marks.

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          28.12.2011 21:05
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          Great site to find something unique

          Folksy.com is a site with loads of talented british sellers whom create and sell their good quality, unique handmade items.

          You can find presents for women, men, babies and children, lovely things for the home and garden, art and cards, etc. You can also find supplies if you are a crafter as well.

          The community of the site is very nice. They have their forums where you can get advice about any crafty questions you may have, you can also learn a lot about promoting your crafty business, making good product photos, etc. On the forums you can also find promotions and offers if you are after a bargain.

          The site is for sellers from Britain only, but if you live abroad and would like to buy something you are allowed to register. The registration is very simple. Payments can be made by PayPal, but you can also pay if you are not registered with PayPal, as you can pay through PayPal with your credit or debit card.

          For sellers, each listing cost 20p and valid for 6 months, and if you sell something Folksy takes 5% of the price of the item.

          The sellers state the price of packaging and postage so you will know what you pay before you decide to buy an item.

          The disadvantage of this site is that is mostly known by sellers, unfortunately not that known by the public yet. But hopefully this will change by time.

          It's not enough to list an item and wait for it to sell, you have to promote a lot to get seen. And it's very important to write a good product description and keywords, which are the colours and materials.

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          11.10.2011 18:34
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          Should be more protection for buyers.

          When I first came across folksy I was very happy. I thought what a great place to find really orginal items. I found a lovely swan wedding cake topper in May for my wedding this month. I paid £65 for the item via paypal and emailed the seller about the details and she seems really nice and we had several emails up until August. She said that she liked to make the topper no more than 3 weeks in advance of the wedding. She said to email her again in September to remind her. So last month I emailed three times and twice this month and received no reply. I emailed the support team at folksy who said the seller's account had been frozen due to unpaid fees. So, 2 weeks before my wedding i've no cake topper and lost £65 because as I've paid more than 45 days ago i can't get a refund via paypal. I just wanted to let people know that they should not pay in advance (at least not the whole amount) or you may have the same unfortunate experience that I had. I think folksy need to change their policy so that payment isn't made until goods have been dispatched.

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          12.09.2011 17:21
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          Go for it but wait for sales until you start producing too much stock!

          Folksy is an online store for sellers to sell their handmade products for buyers to purchase. I have more experience on the selling side of things so I will be focusing on that.

          I've been into paper crafts for quite a long time and really wanted to set up my own little business. For me, I hadn't heard of any sites to sell them on other than ebay. But ebay wasn't really the kind of image that I wanted to portray. Eventually, I came across Folksy. Folksy is a UK site and is similar to Etsy, the American handmade craft site.

          I was very undecided as to whether to open a store on Folksy or Etsy. Folksy has the advantage of being mainly UK customers so this made postage and packaging a lot simpler. However, it isn't as well known as Etsy, which attracts a lot more traffic. Eventually, I settled on using Folksy because I thought it would be easier and I wanted to support a UK site anyway.

          Setting up a shop was relatively easy. It costs 20p per listing and this lasts for 6 months. You can have a maximum of 5 images for each listing. However, they are square images, so if your image is not square, it will get cut off.

          When an item sells, Folksy take 5% comission. Payment to the seller is via paypal so you will also be charged the usual paypal fees.

          If an item doesn't sell, you don't get your listing fee back.

          So far, I have had little luck with Folksy. I've only made 1 sale and it doesn't seem to be that well visited. Although the 1 sale I made was actually a very big sale. And I've only had 1 sale on my etsy site as well but I've had loads of traffic.

          I'm about to embark on a lot of self promotion and marketing though so hopefully that will encourage more sales.

          Folksy is a great site for handmade goods but don't expect the sales to come flooding in. The site is there to give you a platform to launch a mini business, but the rest is up to you. Marketing your business is key.

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            22.09.2010 09:56
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            Brilliant. My new favourite website

            I only discovered folksy this year. It is a website where you can buy and sell handmade goods, anything from cards and jewellery to knitted hats and bags.

            I joined to make a bit of extra money for myself, as I am very crafty and love creating things.
            To set up a shop you need a shop name, avatar and shop banner. To list an item cost 20p but your item stays on there for 6 months. Folksy also take 5% of your final selling price once sold. Payment is made through PayPal so the usual PayPal fees apply. The buyer pays postage.
            I listed handmade jewellery and I never got any sales in 4weeks. I was ready to give up but while looking on the folksy message board I noticed people saying that they advertised themselves on blogs, face book and twitter. So I created a blog and ever since I have at least 2 sales a week.
            It is a little bit like eBay in the fact that you leave each other feedback. This is a great way to see how reliable the seller is.

            As well as buying handmade goods on Folksy you can also buy supplies. Beads, paper, ear wires, glue, you name it, it is there. Obviously these people are looking to make a profit so you can often buy it cheaper elsewhere. But there are some quirky bits on there.

            I only ever purchased from Folksy once and it all ran smoothly and I loved my new knitted hat.

            I will say the items on Folksy that sell well are very unique and different, or a bargain. I found it quite hard to price my items as there is always someone selling a similar item for less money. You just have to rely on your product looking better quality.

            I think Folksy is a brilliant idea, when someone buys one of your items it will put a huge smile on your face.

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              04.03.2010 21:01
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              so much beautiful stuff so little time

              I'm sure that lots of you may not (or may) have heard of Folksy.com. It is the place on the Internet to buy quality handmade items. You may have heard of Etsy if you are into crafting which is a similar American site. Folksy is less well known but very similar and British so all prices quoted etc are in sterling rather than the US dollar.

              So what is it? Basically crafters register as sellers (much like ebay) but they open a shop. Once your shop is open you list your products as you would on ebay. You need to tag all of your items with keywords so that they are easily found. Compared to lots of places the sellers fees are very low. They charge a listing fee of 20p which will keep your item listed for 6 months and then charge 5% of the total selling fee aswell which I don't think is too bad.

              To buy on Folksy you have to register also but it is a simple process. Much like any other online shopping place really. Payment is by Paypal and all sellers clearly list P+P charges so you know exactly what you are paying. There is also a feedback system in place where you rate your transcation once complete. This gives everyone confidence when buying and selling on there. Many of the sellers also take commissions so there is the option on there to message them if you would like something in particular making.

              The website itself is a very simple design and unlike some more complex ones still runs in Beta. There is no problem with this. It is always fast to download a page and I have never experienced any technical difficulties whatsoever.

              The homepage is generally based around some sort of theme -and features sellers selling products based around it. In the last week it has been Alice in Wonderland to co-incide with the film release and now ther eis kind of a mothers day theme going on.

              Items are categorised into jewellery, accessories, toys, etc as you would expect but if you are looking for a particular item it can sometimes be quite hard to find as it depends what the seller has tagged it as. Personally I like to have a casual browse on there - it's amazing what some people list as it's simply wonderful. There are hell of a lot of talented people out there! Some people also sell craft suplies on there as well so it's a brilliant place if you are a bit crafty!

              There is also a making section with simple to follow tutorials to make something. These range form felt hair slides, bath melts and a finger knitted scarf (my next project to have a go at!). All instructions are clear with a clear list of what you will need to make it and some colour photos. You can also post what you thought of the 'make'. These are all written by members who use the site so they may vary in content and quality. A great place even if you don't buy anything as there are so many ideas all in one place.

              if you enjoy crafting have a look in their online forum. It's really friendly and a great place to make new friends and talk about your crafts. I find this especially good as I don't have any friends local to me who do anything like this. There is a wealth of advice on there and I can guarantee that your craft will have a fellow crafter no matter how unusual it is.

              Overall a fantastic community led site which is great for both buyers and sellers. It is a fantastic place to treat yourself or find an unusual and unique gift for someone. You name it it will be on there. Prices have a huge rang -starting at a couple of quid for some small items and obviously much more expensive for larger things.

              My craft is making baby gifts and secondly also upcycling random otherwise useless items (basicically its recycling but taking something of virtually no value and making it slightly more valuable!) so I hope to open my own Folksy shop soon.

              Go on, have a little browse but I will warn you time will fly by so quickly that you have soon spent several hours on there looking at the amazing work! It really makes you appreciate how much time and effort goes into some of these pieces.

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