Everybody gushes over the handmade sweaters you give out to all of your friends' grandchildren. Your pumpkin bread has won the blue ribbon at the county fair five years running. And you haven't even begun to tap your fruit-canning potential. Instead of giving away all of those homemade treats and crafts during your retirement, why not turn it into a six-figure income?
Etsy.com is an online marketplace for handmade crafts and foods. Top sellers on Etsy -- hawking everything from oversized scarves to ceramics -- can earn more than $200,000 a year through virtual craft shops hosted on the site [source: Williams]. To make that kind of money, you'd have to be willing to knit baby sweaters 15 hours a day, seven days a week. That said, you can still pull in some solid spending money by simply selling the things you already have the time and energy to produce.