We use Etsy pretty consistently as a source for artist-made objects, craft supplies, fabrics, and vintage housewares. Over just five years, it's managed to become one of the largest online retailers of handmade and vintage goods, with hundreds of thousands of sellers.
Etsy's mission is "to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers." To this end, they operate by charging small listing fees to sellers who, in turn, use the site to establish an online store. Many people use Etsy as a side job, selling crafts or thrifted finds for a profit.
Our main complaint is that there's so much stuff that sifting through the—what's a nice way to say it? eclectic selection?—can be overwhelming. We get around this by bookmarking stores we like and coming back to them again and again. We also like the Shop Local search feature, which connects shoppers with sellers in their area.
We've listed a few of our favorite Etsy shops below. (Click on the photos above for links to specific products.) Add your favorite Etsy sellers in the comments!