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Getting Prepared

Applied and approved and ready to go! Read on for suggestions in getting shop and product ready.

Setup Wizard

Our quick Setup Wizard will guide you through some basic settings to get your shop prepared for sales.

Setting Up Stripe

Getting your store setup with Stripe is required to receive payment for your sales. Quick, secure and easy!

Application Complete

If you have met the requirements to become a seller on Shop Handmade Hawaii, there is a short waiting period while your application is reviewed.

Apply to Become a Seller

To become a Seller on Shop Handmade Hawaii there are two requirements that must be met.

The Seller must reside in the state of Hawaii

This website was specifically created to support the local handmade market in the state of Hawaii. To create an online store on this marketplace you must be a resident of the state.  An invitation is extended to military families and college students with local roots that are currently residing outside of the state.

The products offered by the Seller must be made locally

This means that the products you sell must be designed and produced by the seller, or a small group of individuals, or employees. Sellers may alter ready-made physical and digital goods with their own designs but production should not be outsourced or mass produced, with exception to the use of printing services for items like: art prints, apparel, books, stickers, stationery goods, etc.

Exceptions

Shop Handmade Hawaii also allows the sale of supplies that can be used for creating handcrafted goods. Supplies do not need to be handmade, but must ship from Hawaii. Manufactured items can be used in curated gift boxes/baskets. Drop shipping is prohibited.

What is Drop Shipping?

Drop shipping is defined as a supply chain management method, in where the retailer/seller does not fulfill the orders. Orders are collected by the retailer/seller, then forwarded to a manufacturer, supplier or wholesale who then ship the goods to a customer.

Shop Handmade Hawaii does not allow drop ship retailers. All orders need to be crafted(with the exception of aforementioned exceptions), packed and shipped or delivered locally.

If you meet these qualifications, please submit your application to become a seller. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.

Related Questions

The purpose of this site is to promote and celebrate Hawaii’s handmade market. For this reason, only Sellers that reside in the state of Hawaii are eligible to participate. However, an invitation is extended to military families(mahalo for your services!) and college students with local roots who are currently residing outside of the state.

The purpose of the product guidelines is to encourage quality and trust. Since this site promotes handmade products from Hawaii, we want to ensure that the products sold indeed fit the bill.

We have the hope that our sellers will be fairly compensated for their creative works without being undersold by someone selling “Made in Hawaii” products that were actually produced elsewhere. Having these guidelines in place help us to maintain quality control to create a marketplace that you can trust.

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