Benefits of Selling on Conscious Crafties
1. Dedicated craft selling site, supporting talented people who are Chronically Ill, Disabled or Caring for those affected.
2. Full support with product listings, plus help and advice on how best to sell your crafts.
3. We promote your handmade items through our social media platforms (Facebook Page, Pinterest board or Twitter).
4. Fancy techie stuff ensures your items get found by buyers in an uncrowded marketplace.
5. We understand what it's like to feel unheard, so share your story on our Meet the Crafties page to help raise awareness and offer inspiration to others.
6. Meet new likeminded friends in our supportive community, who love craft and understand the difficulties life can throw at us!
Getting to know you
We are a community and like to get to know you. Conscious Crafties isn't just about selling your beautiful handmade crafts, it's about sharing your story and raising awareness of illnesses and disabilities. We feature your story in our Meet the Crafties page and also in the Seller section on every product you list. This allows buyers to read about your journey and how, despite everything, you have created something truly beautiful. Chances are, your story will be passed on to friends and family when people notice your customers item. Step by baby step - we will raise awareness!
It's FREE to list your handmade items for sale on Conscious Crafties.
There is no monthly membership fee and no limit to the number of items you can list. You aren't restricted to listing for a set time period either, once your crafts are listed, they're listed (you can of course remove or put your items on hold at any time).
We take a small fee (10%) when your item sells. So that's 10 pennies for every £1. Paypal, as with any online transaction, will automatically take a transaction fee (3.4% + 20 pence per transaction).
How will I get paid?
When your items are sold, Paypal will take their normal transaction fee, then your funds will immediately be transferred straight into your Paypal account (minus the 10% selling fee). As with any online selling platform (eg Etsy or Ebay), if you start making a profit, you may need to tell the tax man or benefits agency. Disability living allowance (DLA), personal independence payment (PIP) and attendance allowance are payable whether or not you are working. They are not means tested, so earnings do not affect the amount of your benefit.
When listing each of your crafts, you add the number of days it will take to hand make and dispatch. Everyone sets their own timeframes, as we are all dealing with different difficulties. Please be kind to yourself and take into account the good and bad days, giving yourself plenty of time to post items. Some items will be handmade to order, so set the buyers expectation in your product listing. You add your own postage costs within your own country, plus overseas if your choose to post internationally. We advise all our Crafties to request a signature on delivery.
What about returns?
As Crafties run their own shop on Conscious Crafties, you're required to clearly let buyers know how you will handle any refunds, returns and exchanges. If you don't have a returns policy, you can use our Sample Returns Policy. Please note, for any online transaction, unless an item is personalised, customers have a right to a refund if they change their mind. We ask that you contact the buyer within 48 hours after they have contacted you about a problem.
I hate rules as much as anyone, but these are really important:
Rule 1: Please can I ask everyone NOT to post links to their Facebook pages or Etsy shops etc on the Conscious Crafties Facebook groups
Rule 2: If you wish to buy items made by fellow Crafties (so much gorgeous stuff!), then please support the website and help keep it going by purchasing items via the Conscious Crafties website. Otherwise, it could mean I can't afford to keep it going and that would make lots of us very sad, as Conscious Crafties is giving hope to many xx
Rule 3: Be kind, we are all dealing with our own daily struggles. I reserve the right to immediately remove anyone from our supportive groups and/or the website if there is any form of bullying or hurtful comments posted. Please treasure our supportive community, it's there to help us all 🙂
Things we can’t sell
1. Copyright items (when things aren't your own design) or Trademark items (branded items eg Disney)
2. *Beauty products or food (unless you can provide safety and/or hygiene certificates)
3. *Toys (unless they've passed CE safety tests)
*Please note if you live OUTSIDE THE EU and only intend to sell to your own country, you may be able to sell beauty products, food or toys without safety certificates due to different laws.