This site lets you commission custom made items from vetted artisans who create everything from chairs to earrings.  If you need inspiration click on a category and see all the artisans and their products.  There are two ways to request a product – directly from an artisan you find on the site, or by describing your idea with words or photographs and asking for bids from makers.

To date, there have been over 5,000 completed custom projects, and there are over 10,000 artisans ready to create for you.  Etsy also makes custom made items, but there are major differences between the two.  Etsy primarily sells small scale items.  The average sale is in the $25 range.  CustomMade’s items can be big ticket, like a dining room table or an engagement ring and the average sale is in the $1300 range.  CustomMade vets all its producers to make sure they are legitimate, and all the producers are professionals. CustomMade’s products are high quality, hand made and customized.

CustomMade receives a 10% fee from each completed project.  The site guarantees each project and intervenes if a project does not meet agreed-upon expectations.

Go on, design your perfect kitchen knife, turn the idea for the perfect picture frame into reality, or finally get the cuff bracelet you can’t find anywhere made specifically for you!  Enjoy the by-product of supporting independent artisans.

www.custommade.com