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Listing Handmade and Made-to-Order Items
BonanzaShelly May 17, 2022

Listing Handmade and Made-to-Order Items

Do you have handmade or made-to-order items and struggle with all the settings to list them? We have created this blog as a guide to improve your Bonanza listings and the Etsy listings you've already imported to Bonanza.

What items are considered handmade or made-to-order?

These are items that you or a worker affiliated with your business has made. That could mean making French Macarons or sewing a costume using a buyer's measurements.


Use your own images when listing a product. If the actual item ordered has not been made yet, note clearly in the description that the images shown are purely for example. Never use any third party's images, as they may infringe upon intellectual property rights.


  • Where possible, list your item in a "Custom," "Handmade," or "Handcrafted" subcategory, for example "Jewelry & Watches >> Handcrafted, Artisan Jewelry"
    • If a "Custom," "Handmade," or "Handcrafted" subcategory does not exist for your type of item, the Brand can be listed as "Custom," "Handmade," or "Handcrafted"

  • Check your listing's description to be sure it accurately states the lead-time for made-to-order items; that is, the amount of time it takes to complete production before the item is shipped to the buyer. You can also use the "Ships Within" field to reflect production time.

How Made-to-Order is different from Pre-orders

A "pre-order" or "pre-sale" is an order for an item that has not yet been made commercially available. For instance, a Nintendo game that will be released next month is considered a "pre-order" item and cannot be listed until the game is actually available. Pre-order listings are prohibited on Bonanza.

Tell your story

When you buy a handmade item, you are getting an item from the heart of the Artisan. The creation took thought, love, and passion to come to life. It gives you a glimpse into the creator’s mind. Yes, Handmade may cost a little more…but there is a story behind the creation. A story you take part in just by owning the item. A story you can share with generations to come. There is a real person and real thought behind each handmade item.

Bonanza lets you tell your story in several different ways. On your profile page you will find a field called "About Me". Go to your Account drop-down menu on the upper-left hand side of any page. Click “Profile”, then click "Edit" in the About Me box.

You can also add all or part of your story in the listing's description field. Check out some of our artisans from their About Me page clipped below:

HG Art Works

Locally Owned and operated for over 10 years

The idea for Heaven’s Gate Artworks stemmed from our combined passion for digital art, metal fabrication, and the desire to keep the family close together.

What drives us forward is the ability to turn an idea into reality as we take the beauty of the world around us and forge it into a piece that can last a lifetime. We love seeing the smiles on our customer’s faces and hearing the stories of how they’ve incorporated our pieces in their homes and businesses.

Our customers are dreamers, makers, and doers. They strive to live their life to the fullest and enjoy the beauty of the world around them. They inspire us to push ourselves forward to ensure each design is a piece of art worth telling a story about.

Heaven's Gate Artworks is veteran-owned and operated and all products are proudly produced in the USA.

Saving Shepard

We are a small, family-run business incorporating our decades of experience in the business world with our passion to share some of our favorite products which adhere so strongly to our beliefs. We offer many local Amish handmade items – from home décor to children’s toys to outdoor games to herbal tinctures and much more. All made in America by devoted craftsmen.

Our Amish craftsmen and the products they allow us to offer to you harken to a simpler, yet better time. It was a time of togetherness and bonding. A time when family and friends gathering together were daily occurrences, not rare occasions. A time of neighbors helping neighbors. Let us bring the best of generational Amish craftsmanship to your front door!

Thanks Again ~ Saving Shepherd

Frog and Bear Collections

Custom handcrafted wire wrap and beaded jewelry - Scrimshaw pendants - Custom Carved Cabs - Wire wrap on commission - please inquire for custom pieces - Lapidary rough - gemstone slabs & cabs - I have been selling online since 1998 and on Bonanza since 2008 using Paypal as my payment processor.
My design style for all of my jewelry developed thanks to these books:
"Moods in Brass And Glass" by Ellsworth “Ed” Sinclair
"Moods in Wire" by Ellsworth “Ed” Sinclair
"Wire Wrappings - The Basics and Beyond" by Jim Mcintosh
"Wire Wrapping" by Linda Chandler & Christine Ritchey
"Wire Work" By Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

Norma's Bath and Body

Thanks sooo much for reading my profile! I love making (HANDMADE SOAP AND OTHER HANDMADE BATH PRODUCTS). it's delicious smelling in the land of the bath and body!

********* First of all, I know that some people have SENSITIVE SKIN. So I have tea tree products for problem skin.

********* Secondly, I know that some people hate strong scents. So I can make any product UNSCENTED per your request


Support small businesses in tandem with local artists here on Bonanza! If you make handmade or made-to-order items on Bonanza, feel free to drop a link to your booth below. Any questions about listing practices can be sent to [email protected]

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16 responses to Listing Handmade and Made-to-Order Items

A-Rose-Designs says: 05/17/22 at 08:01:27

I paint birds on wood slices that my husband cuts from local wood. Our friends and family love them so much they call us now when they cut a tree!
I also sell press-printed cards and wall prints of my photography and other art.


BonanzaShelly says in response: 05/17/22 at 08:29:03

Very nice, A-Rose-Designs! I like this ornament: https://www.bonanza.com/listings/Blue-Jay-wood-slice-magnet-ornament-made-to-order/1014509852

jenny43 says: 05/17/22 at 09:19:32

Thank you for telling me about handmade items.I have several on Bonanza and I decided to list as I do commercial made products. I will now list them as Handcrafted. And I would love to tell my story behind these listings.

BonanzaShelly says in response: 05/17/22 at 12:20:34

Glad you found the blog useful Jenny!

OlikoOliko says: 05/17/22 at 09:27:58


Kitten12 says: 05/17/22 at 10:54:56

I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands. Painting and putting bits and pieces together is something I enjoy doing. I’ve done a little bit of everything.

BonanzaShelly says in response: 05/17/22 at 12:23:02

Sounds like you’re pretty handy, Kitten12!

PrintProps3D says: 05/17/22 at 11:11:51

Hello! We’re making prop replicas for cosplay, home decor and bridal bouquet holders. Always open for custom orders, every new project give new experience.


BonanzaShelly says in response: 05/17/22 at 12:25:19

You’ve got a lot of cool items in your booth, PrintProps3D!

BBsAmazon says: 05/17/22 at 12:07:21

I handcraft crocheted pens – everything including Amigurumi, clothing, blankets/afghans, and doilies. This was a great article because I’ve been struggling with this for quite a while! Time to go change listings, huh?

BonanzaShelly says in response: 05/17/22 at 12:27:36

Love the gnome! https://www.bonanza.com/listings/Amigurumi-Gnome-crochet-/998754716

KeeneFx says: 05/17/22 at 13:26:41

As a fine artist, my creations are naturally andmade.
I also enjoy building wood trunks, and historical as well as fantasy sign recreations.
The detailed 3d architectural models are a hit too.

While new to Bonanza, I have many years creating for happy customers!


BonanzaShelly says in response: 05/17/22 at 13:47:17

You have a great selection of wizard wands! And so reasonably priced! https://www.bonanza.com/listings/Full-Size-HP-Wizard-Wands-with-Unbreakable-Charm/1236188108

RuwanT says: 05/17/22 at 23:12:38

its good. i like it

RitzieJewels says: 05/18/22 at 04:47:21

Thank you for telling me about ‘made to order’ listings.Nicely explained.

BonanzaShelly says in response: 05/18/22 at 09:21:27

You’re welcome, RitzieJewels!

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