CustomMade is a unique marketplace that allows users to buy and sell handmade items. The site provides users with a collection of items that make original gifts that cannot be purchased at chain stores or other common gift buying locations. The user can search for custom made items and learn more about the people who make them. The user can also request a custom quote for a special item. The site includes a variety of items from metal and wood furniture to gun accessories, pens and jewelry. When requesting a quote, the user can specify a timeframe and budget. Items that are already made can also be purchased. The user can obtain contact information for the crafter and view images as well as other items created by the same individual.Show more screenshots »
CustomMade was founded in March of 1996. The website has attracted many visitors since then, including a wide variety of skilled craftsmen and women. Some boast CustomMade as “Etsy for woodworkers” however that title limits the scope of the site. The current market includes many trades utilizing many materials, from metals and wood to synthetic material, stone, glass and clay. The variety covers just about any style and color the user could be searching for.
CustomMade is much like other online handmade marketplaces, including Etsy. The main difference is the site’s focus on custom made items. Users can actually submit a quote for an item made to their specifications and budget. The site also includes a contact option for users who want to ask questions just like Etsy, however it also provides an actual custom quote form for users seeking out specific hand made gifts.
CustomMade features a calm red and white color scheme that allows images of handmade items to take all the attention. The design is clean and allows the user to shop unhindered. There are no flashy design elements or annoying advertisements to detract from the items sold on the site. Although the design doesn’t feature anything remarkable, it certainly works for the site’s purpose. Users can quickly search for custom made items without wading through unnecessary fluff.
A visitor can search CustomMade as much as they like without registering. Users who wish to make a purchase or become crafter for the site can click the red “Login” tab in the upper, right hand corner. The next page includes two buttons along the right side. One is for “Makers” and the other is for “Shoppers.” The user can click the one that applies. Both are asked to provide a display name, email address and password.
Shoppers on CustomMade will have to pay whatever fee they agree upon when setting up a custom project or placing an order with a Maker. Users can pay with Paypal or a check or money order. Makers are required to purchase a subscription to market their services on CustomMade. The Maker subscription costs $19 per month and allows the user to post their products and services on CustomMade. An additional 10% fee for each completed sale is also listed on the site’s FAQ page.
CustomMade is ideal for anyone who is searching for a custom made item as well as crafty individuals who can make items. The site is vast in its merchandise options, users can sell jewelery, home décor, furniture and much more. The search feature is very easy and shoppers can access a custom quote form to find out the cost and time required to build an item to their specifications.