A few years ago, I had a shop on Etsy selling my illustrated handmade goods such as notebooks, tumblers, stickers, and other paper goods. As much as I like unwinding by making stuff by hand, my purpose for selling on Etsy was not to uplift the handmade movement or whatever, but because I liked having my work on tangible products and making it accessible to whoever’s interested in owning something with my design on it. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and a shift in priorities, I closed shop almost two years ago. Making things with my illustrations on them was taking up the time I should be illustrating.
Society6 solves that problem. A few months ago, I signed up on Society6, a place where artists can upload their work and have customers buy their artwork as prints, shirts, canvas bags, and iPhone cases, among others. Society6 produces and ships the merchandise for the artist so all the artist has to do is prepare the work and upload it on the site. I thought I’d try it out, and fortunately, I’ve had some luck with sales there even with hardly any promotion from my end (some of my illustrations got selected to be showcased on the Society6 shop, so that helped a lot).
Here are some of what’s available on my shop:
Art prints and tote bags – this design is currently my bestseller.
Hoodies and t-shirts
iPhone cases. I have the one on the left.
Canvas tote bags
Society6’s newest product, throw pillows
To be honest, though, since I’m overseas and Society6 is based in the US (read: shipping can be expensive), the only thing I’ve tried ordering from them is an iPhone case. I found the print quality to be pretty good, though. I’ve yet to see the quality of their other products in person, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about them.
Another good thing about Society6 is that every so often, they run artist promotions where they enable artists to offer discounts for their customers, and sometimes they offer free worldwide shipping on all orders, too. I took advantage of the free shipping promo when I ordered my own iPhone case, actually.
Check out my Society6 shop (I’ll be adding new and old designs every now and then) and LIKE my Facebook page as well so you’ll be the first to know whenever there’s a discount or free shipping promo being offered. 🙂