photo credit: Michelle's Charm World
With the popularity of the handmade movement, more craft fairs have been popping up in the City as well as a surgence of online marketplaces. Shoppers now have more choice than ever to buy handmade goods and sellers can choose which marketplace fit their needs best. Vancouver based, Diana and her brother Mark started efreeme.com in May 2010. Diana was a craft and vintage enthusiast that started posting and selling items as a hobby, but was disappointed by the monthly bill that arrived at the end of each month. She enjoyed finding or making things that somebody would want to buy and loved the idea of providing a free venue for others to do so as well... Efreeme was created.
As of July 1st, there are over 1400 items and over 110 stores currently on the website. Efreeme is an online marketplace that has no listings and commission. They have a current offer where they will give each seller $5.00 when they list 20 items or more. They accept only vintage or handmade items as well as supplies. Diana says "We're still refining categories as well as working on implementing a reporting and ranking feature that, based on user feedback, will automatically remove inappropriate items. This will keep the site fresh and relevant to buyers."