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When you’re dreaming up an Etsy shop to start there’s no shortage of amazing Etsy shops to be inspired by. They all started with an idea, a desire to lean into what they love, followed by some hard work, consistency, and drive to evolve and improve. What’s the one thing you need to start? An Etsy shop idea! Etsy shops that thrive serve a niche market, they are profitable and have created a brand that people want to come back to. These 10 Etsy shops inspire me and we can learn something from each of them. Let’s dig into what these amazing makers have created and celebrate their inspiration. Here are 10 Etsy shop ideas to be inspired by:
Angela of Minty Paperie has grown a template shop to over a quarter of a million sales! It’s no wonder her shop is one of our top 10 Etsy Shop Ideas. The shop sells wedding, bridal, baby, kids and special moments paper goods. The amazing thing is Angela uses the application Templett to allow her customers to fill out their own details on their invites, announcements, etc. Then they have the file and can print the digital downloads themselves. Try out the application here. https://bit.ly/2yeFlCD Angela also sets some amazing boundaries as an Etsy shop, stating she’s available to customers during business hours: Mon – Fri 9am-4pm EST and is closed on weekends & holidays. This is passive income at its finest.
The team at Autumn Lane has built a beautiful business helping entrepreneurs create branding for their businesses. They offer services to create logos and branding kits. I weirdly swoon over their listing descriptions. They really know how to set expectations upfront and their amazing service shows in their reviews. They are really good at laying out expectations for their customers and their amazing reviews reflect that. If you love working with others, especially entrepreneurs, business branding in the digital format may be a great business for you.
Pri of 88 prints has built a boho minimalist digital art download shop. Pri has a style that empowering and simple, showing how makers can be a pioneer in body positive and mental health art. I love the way Pri displays her art in different scenes to show how versatile her art can be. Pri has built her digital download shop to over 25,000 sales. All Pri’s sales are passive, Etsy automatically delivers the digital prints to her customers upon each sale. I love this business model and it’s one of the reason’s Pri’s shop lands in the top 10 Etsy Shop Ideas.
Prevail and Braille is an Etsy store started by Nicki, she’s really narrowed her niche and serves those who are visually impaired. Nicki was inspired to create empowering art for those like her two nieces that are visually impaired. She bought a braille machine and has been designing and printing braille designs for customers all over the world. Nicki has taken her unique idea and is shipping her braille prints all over the world. Talk about a niche market, her fans are raving and she’s quickly becoming a known artist among teachers of the visually impaired.
Dani has inspired me with her planners that are minimalist designs that help organize your day while also prioritizing yourself. Dani started her Etsy shop, The Daily Page in 2010 just like me and uses a local printing shop to help with printing. I am using Dani’s Daily Page planner and forever planner wall calendar this year and couldn’t be more excited. Furthermore, Dani has leaned into passive income by offering digital planners. If you love getting organized check out Dani’s shop, she has both an Etsy shop and a website, https://dailypageshop.com/collections/all-products. I know you’ll gain inspiration from her story and shop.
I absolutely love the Etsy shop that Angga has built, SansandSons. The fonts that Angga creates are stunning, she offers font combinations that really compliment each other. Angga is always inspiring me to up my branding and incorporate her fonts into my work. Therefore, if you love design and typography opening a font shop is an amazing way to lean into your creative side and earn passive income. Angga sells on multiple platforms including Etsy, Creative Market, and has her own website. I love how diverse Angga is in her business models, this is one of the reasons her shop is in the top 10 Etsy Shop Ideas.
I recently fell in love and purchased this print of a gentleman ice skating from NorthPrints. NorthPrint beautifully displays vintage art and offers it for people to download. I swoon over the way Karen curates groups of vintage paintings to show what a gallery could look like in customers’ homes. Did you know that Any work published before January 1, 1923, is in the public domain. Any work created between 1923 and 1963 with a notice but copyright wasn’t renewed, is in the public domain. Therefore, check out all these works available in the public domain that you could digitally remaster and offer for sale.
I’ve loved Clare’s work for years, you can somehow see yourself in her paintings. Clare had mastered the printing of her original artwork, she offers multiple sizes of prints of her artwork. You fall in love with the maker as soon as you read her shop announcement. She offers to send free prints to those who are supporting Black Lives Matter, she writes: if you are Black, Indigenous or a Person of color, or helping the Movement in any way I’m happy to send you a free print! I’m also available to print posters for activists! Just send me a message:) Clare also offers artwork to those who can’t afford to pay full price. Original paintings and “Pay What You Can prints” are available here. I just love Clare’s artwork and her beautiful giving spirit. We can learn and get inspiration from her shop.
Persephone sells special vintage and reconstructed vintage clothing and accessories, the way she photographs and models the vintage pieces makes me want to buy every single one. For instance, all the vintage pieces are curated in a way that has modern-day relevance. It’s so inspiring, the way the shop styles and photographs their pieces. The price points make you appreciate the find and create a sense of urgency if you want to purchase because there are only one of these pieces. If you love vintage wears a shop on Etsy may be right up your alley. Anything made over 20 years ago is considered vintage and you can sell in that category on Etsy.
SunflowerStateGoods was opened by Sarah, she’s the wife of a good friend of mine and I’m so inspired by how fast her shop has grown since she recently opened it. With over 17,000 orders in 18 months, Sarah is really showing the power of selling on Etsy. Sarah sells quirky, sometimes hilarious, and heartwarming stickers. For instance, Sarah’s ability to photograph and use video to show her stickers has given her an edge over other sticker sellers on Etsy. If you love digital design and want a fun creative outlet, creating stickers may be a great fit for you. And, hey if you have a sense of humor it’s an amazing fit.
There we have it, 10 Etsy shops that really inspire me. In conclusion, there’s inspiration everywhere and there’s no shortage of shops to inspire you on Etsy. If you want more Etsy shop ideas along with the supplies you will need to start download my “nail your niche and Etsy Shop idea” guide, here. It’s gold and can be the momentum you need to open your own Etsy shop!