Not too long ago, I got the bug in me to start an Etsy shop. I was inspired by all the cool, unique, sometimes ordinary things people sell on there.
What I realized as I was researching all the different categories is that there are quite a few things you can sell that are actually free. I couldn’t believe it!
The frugal person in me went berserk brainstorming all the things I could get for free that might sell. But first I wanted to make a list of ACTUAL free things people are selling on Etsy and go from there.
Items You Can Get or Make for Free and Sell on Etsy
Here are the top three free things people are selling that stood out to me as items I could see myself selling as well. You could base a whole shop around these ideas or just as one of many items you plan on selling.
- Etsy Shop Idea #1: Pine Cones – Tammy Ward of Blissful Silks is the REAL DEAL. With over 1,00 items listed for sale and over 12,000 sales to date, she knows what she’s doing. This is perhaps my favorite listing of all time on Etsy. It’s so obvious I feel kinda silly that I didn’t think of it sooner! :=) I step on pine cones nearly every day of my life, but I never thought of them as money-makers until I saw this listing! If you like nature and would find it fun to gather these up, then this wouldn’t even feel like work to you!
- Etsy Shop Idea #2: Pressed Leaves – Louise from North Carolina has found the perfect Etsy niche. She has a shop called Leaf Decor, and one of the items she sells is pressed leaves. Just take a look at her Sold items, and you’ll see that these pressed leaves really do sell on a regular basis. If you live in an area where beautiful fall leaves are plentiful and you already find walking around gathering leaves to be relaxing, then this Etsy shop idea is made for you!
- Etsy Shop Idea #3: Photos of Hearts or Sayings Drawn in the Sand – This one is pure genius. If you have good photography skills and live near the beach, you come up with endless photos on the themes of love, hearts, marriage, etc to sell. Here’s an example collection of sand art from Lauren Garner of the shop Flash Forward. If you live in a cold climate, I don’t see why you couldn’t do a similar listing using leaves or even snow? Whaddya think?