Where is Etsy.com Growing in Crafts and Art?

Etsy.com’s site data indicates many people are out there selling what they make, and the number is growing fast. This site for selling handmade and vintage items now has more than 12 million members worldwide (as of 11/30/2011), nearly twice what it was a year before. Etsy’s gross sales were more than $500 million in 2011. Go to http://www.etsy.com/blog/news/tags/weather-report/ for monthly details.

Etsy categorizes what they sell into handmade, vintage, and supplies. The handmade super category is about 70% of the total. Note these are Hart observations of site data, the data changes constantly,and categories may overlap, so use it for relative size and trends and not absolute answers. The dates are not a precise year apart because we just happened to look at them then. This table updates what Hart included the CODA report Craft Artists, Income, and the US Economy 2011.

Number of items for sale on Etsy.com in handmade categories that fall under crafts and art, plus a comparison of the three super categories:

Handmade category Number of items, 2/6/2012  Growth 12/15/2010 to 2/6/2012
Jewelry

     2,629,140

50%

Art

      1,120,323

65%

Accessories

         798,566

66%

Housewares

         472,210

84%

Clothing

         372,641

51%

Bags and purses

         268,962

44%

Crochet

         217,266

96%

Knitting

         137,574

49%

Glass

         124,165

44%

Ceramics and pottery

         119,930

46%

Dolls and miniatures

         108,800

57%

Woodworking

            88,840

77%

Needlecraft

            76,225

61%

Toys

            64,294

52%

Books and zines

            55,063

30%

Quilts

            50,236

61%

Candles

            44,694

49%

Furniture

            23,555

90%

Other handmade categories

      2,602,312

 NA

All handmade items

       9,374,796

66%

Supplies

      1,901,338

96%

Vintage

      2,078,581

117%