I would have thought you would be able to find "traditional crafts" with the search function
I'd much rather prefer as a buyer that Etsy take the time they'd spend creating how-to's videos, articles, cupcake parties, etc. and go through the million shops, items, resellers that have been flagged.
Recently I discovered the shocking amount of mass produced junk, and I'm not talking about supplies or vintage, being sold here under the notion it's handmade. When I can go to a reseller website and within minutes purchase 100 of the same item being sold on Etsy, I lose entire faith in this website.
I've drastically cut back my buying, preferring to stick with a few sellers I'm confident with and take my other purchasing elsewhere. I refuse to purchase something under the disguise of handmade and to later discover it's produced in a sweat shop. The aisles of Etsy, to me, are eerily beginning to resemble the aisles of Walmart. And we all know how much Etsians despise Walmart?
How about Etsy eat cupcakes while going through the flags? That would be a party!
For now I'm changing my old Etsy motto "Show me something I want (that isn't factory made)".
If Etsy was juried
Incestuous jury selection - If Etsy picked its jury like it picks the rest of its employees, they'd all be Brooklyn 20-something hipsters and the whole site would be packed with American Apparel tshirts, knit scarves and rock n roll belts, possibly of a certain amount of ironic hideousity. Artists with different "visions" might be excluded.
Sad but true
hope breaks your heart on this site.