What can I sell on Folksy?

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Small-scale crafts supplies sellers who are resident in the UK are also permitted.

You must be a self-representing artist, designer or maker AND resident in the UK to sell on Folksy. 

If you are a group, collective, charity, social enterprise or similar, please email us at support@folksy.com before setting up your shop to ensure you are eligible to sell on Folksy.

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I'm not in the UK, can I sell on Folksy?

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This page outlines the criteria for what is allowed to be listed on Folksy and also some specific examples of what is not allowed. This content constitutes our policy on "handmade" as referred to in the Terms of Use.

Folksy polices the policy on handmade through a process of moderation - sampling products and reviewing items that are reported.  

Defining 'handmade' is difficult and we continually look for ways to improve this definition so it is easy to understand and workable. If you have suggestions on how to improve our definition of handmade we'd love to hear it - please do let us know by raising a support ticket.  

Handmade goods

At least one of the following criteria must be met to list an item on Folksy:

  • Majority Handmade: The item is handmade by you through a craft practice, for example knitting (either using a pattern you have created or one that you have permission to use) or woodturning or sewing. Full list of Supported Craft Practices.
  • Original Design: The item has an original design. For example, we allow prints of illustrations, greetings cards featuring your own original design and decals of original artwork, even if you have outsourced the printing. However, these must be your original design, not somebody else's, or a copy of someone else’s. We also allow jewellery designs using mass produced beads where more than one element is involved in the defining feature of the finished product. Please see our note below about ‘assembled’ jewellery. 

Craft supplies

You can sell craft supplies on Folksy, whether the items are handmade by you or mass produced. Supplies can be anything which can be used for crafting, as long as they don’t break any laws within the country of origin and the sales destination. Pre-bought items that you are re-selling must be listed in the 'commercial supplies' category, the 'handmade supplies' category is for items that you have made yourself.

You must list your item as a Supply if it is one of the following:

  • A commercial supply
  • A handmade supply such as buttons, fabric etc.
  • A kit
  • A Pattern or tutorial 

Specific examples of things you can’t sell on Folksy

To make things a little easier, we’ve also compiled a list of things that cannot be sold on Folksy, below. Please do read through this list as we won’t be able to refund any items that are listed on Folksy that breach this list of prohibited items. Thanks for looking and helping us keep Folksy the best place for handmade work in the UK.

1. Items which infringe copyright

See our copyright page for information on copyright infringements including a list of known products and terms.

2. Assembled items

We don’t allow items on Folksy that have been simply ‘assembled’ from mass produced components with little or no original design involved, for example:

  • Nappy cakes, gift baskets etc.
  • Assembled jewellery, where the defining characteristic of the item is the charm or mass produced piece on it, for example, a mass produced charm attached to a chain.

3. Vintage Items

Vintage items can only be sold on Folksy if the item is:

  • Upcycled (its original function has been significantly altered)
  • Re-upholstered
  • Painted, printed or decoupaged.

Refurbishing and restoration of an item such as furniture is not classed as a significant change and therefore not suitable for sale on Folksy, and we therefore exclude all simply repaired, cleaned, polished, or waxed furniture.

4. Handmade items that have not been made by you

You must have made the product you are selling (unless it is a commercial craft supply), or you must be able to prove that you designed the product. Folksy supports individual designers and makers, Folksy does NOT support re-sellers.

5. Adult content, swearing and pornographic items

Items which are deemed to be pornographic or of an “adult nature” (interpretation of which is determined by Folksy) are prohibited. If unsure you are recommended to contact us before listing.

Items featuring swear words are allowed on Folksy but we do ask that item titles/descriptions and the first image of each listing are family friendly in case young children are browsing the site unsupervised. You must remove the first vowel from any use of swear words in the title and description. You must also edit the main product image for these items to cover up (e.g. with a star), block out or completely blur the vowel. You can have an uncensored image as the second image if you wish.

6. Illegal or hazardous or dangerous Items

Items which have been gained illegally or which are stolen or for which it would be illegal to trade [e.g. drugs, items sold as toys without the necessary license, copyrighted work or reproductions of copyrighted work without permissions]. Hazardous or dangerous such as weapons, knives or chemicals are not allowed. Weapon-related items are also not allowed.

7. Non handmade/homemade foodstuffs

Only homemade food can be listed.

8. Found Items

Found items such as driftwood, stones or fossils can be sold on Folksy but can only be sold as a supply, not a handmade item. Exceptions to this would be if the driftwood has been made into something new (eg a chandelier) and the use of techniques such as lapidary when a stone or mineral is formed by carving or polishing and made into a decorative item. These items can be listed as handmade.

9. Human or Animal parts

We do not allow items made using real animals or animal parts [eg taxidermy or real fur]. Human or animal ashes may not be sold but sellers may create items (for example jewellery) that incorporate ashes provided by the buyer. 

10. Music & Film

We don’t allow the sale of music, film, CDs, DVDs, other music-related or film-related items, with the exception of tutorial DVDs which can be listed under Supplies.

Our intention with this handmade policy is to provide a buying experience that meets or exceeds the expectations of most consumers. They want to see things that they think are handmade, and our policy looks to reflect this. If you are still unsure, please contact Folksy Support with examples of your work.

11. Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages (which, by law, require a license to sell) are not allowed to be listed or sold on Folksy.

12. Nicotine, E-cigarettes and E-liquids

Any products which contain nicotine are not allowed to be sold on Folksy. Additionally we do not allow vaping equipment including e-cigarettes or e-liquids, whether or not they contain any nicotine.

13. Hate

We are not willing to host products which promote hatred or bigotry, or support organisations which are involved in campaigns that are intimidating to members of any group or section of the community.

We reserve the right to update or amend this list at any time and without warning.

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