DIY — Natural Dyes Using Vegetables and Other Pantry Staples

DIY — Natural Dyes Using Vegetables and Other Pantry Staples

If you’ve ever logged in to Pinterest, you’ve probably seen at least one reference to dyeing fabric naturally. The idea of dyeing fabrics without harsh chemicals really appeals to me and since I’m a vegetarian, I decided why not try using the contents of my fridge to dye fabric too?

Many of the DIYs I had read about took many hours to complete, but I was on the lookout for a solution that wouldn’t be a huge time commitment. For me, dye projects are a way to save money by refreshing a faded, stained or secondhand item. Keeping my costs down was also an important factor in this project. I wanted to avoid spending a lot of money on food dyes, which would defeat the purpose of not buying something new. Read on to hear about my DIY adventure in dyeing fabric naturally

In Search Of — Daybeds

In Search Of — Daybeds

Photo: Blackdukeandcashman.com

Welcome to the daily series, In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today we’re looking for daybeds.

Whether it’s in your living room or bedroom, daybeds are great, multi-functional furniture. These chic finds will have you wanting to curl up and relax

In Search Of — Grey Furniture

In Search Of — Grey Furniture

Photo: Embellishandrestore.blogspot.com

Welcome to the daily series, In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today we’re looking for grey furniture.

Okay, so it’s definitely a few less than 50 shades, but still plenty of the trendy hue to choose from nonetheless

Giveaway! Win 2 Tickets to Foodie Celebration, The Good Festival in Brooklyn

Giveaway! Win 2 Tickets to Foodie Celebration, The Good Festival in Brooklyn

CSA Local Roots NYC is celebrating the spring primavera with their biennial party, The Good Festival. The event will feature urban farmers, local artisanal purveyors and one-of-a-kind local music. Ticket sales will go to fund CSA in the Classroom. Krrb and Local Roots NYC are giving away two tickets to the event this Saturday, April 26.

Enter to win by liking both Krrb and Local Roots NYC on Facebook and sharing your favorite kale recipe on the Krrb Facebook wall. Winners will be chosen and notified on Friday, April 25

Earth Day 2014 — Get Involved Roundup

Earth Day 2014 — Get Involved Roundup

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Since today is Earth Day, we round up some of our favorite pointers that focus on helping out our sweet mother Earth. It’s important for all of to get involved in any way that we can, big or small. Krrb has always been focused on living green from DIY projects to eco-friendly cleaning methods, and has gather plenty of informative posts below! Whether you have lots of excess time to contribute to the green movement or are limited in time, we think you’ll find some way to successfully contribute. Our helpful guides include all types of topics ranging from green cleaning tips to growing your garden to selling your secondhand goods (of course!) and so on. Happy Earth Day friends

In Search Of — Stools

In Search Of — Stools

Photo: BanditBlog.com

Welcome to the daily series, In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today we’re looking for stools.

Give your style a boost with these top seaters

Member Spotlight — Misha Chernov of River Run, Weekend Treasure Hunter

Member Spotlight — Misha Chernov of River Run, Weekend Treasure Hunter

Photo by Kim Praast Photography

Full time elementary music teacher, Misha Chernov devotes her weekends to hunting for secondhand finds. Every Saturday and Sunday, she hits her circuit of thrift shops to scour for goods. Misha is counting down the days to the weekly yard sales in Reston, Virginia, the first post-war residential community. Once school’s out for the season, Misha will be rolling up her sleeves and refinishing some of the pieces she’s acquired. “Even if I fail dabbling in the DIY world, I know I’ll at least have a good laugh while trying,” she says.

Misha Chernov took a moment out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for us. Thank goodness she did! We couldn’t think of a better person to ask about finding high quality vintage finds. Her Krrb corner, Riverrun is one of two sites (she also sells on Etsy) she keeps stocked with beautiful and unique items at reasonable prices. Check it out for yourself

In Search Of — Parsons Design Furniture

In Search Of — Parsons Design Furniture

Photo: www.hardwoodshop.com

Welcome to the daily series, In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today we’re looking for Parsons-designed furniture.

The Parsons table was designed by Jean-Michel Frank whilst he was working at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design, then known as the Paris Atelier. Now, the design can be all yours with these lovely pieces

I Want This — Myers End Table

Since I was kid, I have always kept my room neat and organized. My sisters can attest to my “neat freak” tendencies, even to the point of them becoming rather silly. As I have grown older, I’m no longer as rigid as I used to be when it comes to my stuff, but I still take pride in that everything I own has a place. But lately I realized that I’m missing a resting place for all those small items that you seem to drop off at the door.

That’s where the Meyers End Table by Kith & Kin comes into play. This elegant walnut and steel table would be perfectly suited for your home’s entrance working in a way, as a tiny mud room. The streamlined drawer can hide the dog leashes and the spare keys; add a tray to the countertop to hold the mail and the morning paper. And since Kith & Kin welcome customization, I might even suggest adding a lower shelf to tuck away an extra pair of shoes or a briefcase.

Stay organized at home with the Meyers End Table from Kith & Kin. $715.

Selling Successfully — A Guide to Selling Your Used Items Online

Selling Successfully — A Guide to Selling Your Used Items Online

Image: Socialmonsters.org

Nobody said decluttering was easy. We know about the emotional attachment syndrome linked to our inability to let go of things. We’re aware of the comfort and sense of identity attached to acquiring (lots of) possessions. Like dating and eating healthily, emotion can overrule our intellect and dictate some less-than-smart decisions. Lifehacker, the online authority for getting things done, puts it this way: Decluttering is tough because we look at an item we don’t need and recall the time, energy and money it cost to have. Replace the memories that are holding you back with the prospect of money and start selling.

Krrb is your outlet for earning some extra cash by offering old items for sale online. Get minimal and embrace your inner merchant by selling your stuff. Here’s how to get started

Look for These 5 Signs of Quality Workmanship in Vintage Furniture

Look for These 5 Signs of Quality Workmanship in Vintage Furniture

Photo: hermanmiller.com

Purchasing vintage furniture may be a bit of an intimidating task. If you’re looking for a vintage piece, then you’re already aware that an older item may have some natural wear and tear from over the years. In order to get the most bang for your buck, you should be looking for certain characteristics of the furniture that show its true colors—its overall quality

In Search Of — Barbecue

In Search Of — Barbecue

Photo: divaq.ca

Welcome to the daily series, In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today we’re looking for barbecue.

It’s never the wrong season to enjoy smoked (and sauced!) meat, veggies and cornbread. Oh the cornbread

In Search Of — Baking

In Search Of — Baking

Photo: www.etsy.com

Welcome to the daily series, In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today we’re looking for all things baking!

The temperatures outside are not the only thing rising! Get ready for your spring holiday with these great baking supplies

Show Us Your Krrb and Get $25 Off Your Next Purchase

Show Us Your Krrb and Get $25 Off Your Next Purchase

Krrb was built for buying and selling secondhand goods. Each new owner contributes to the history of the item. Each new home exudes its own individual style. Nothing gives us greater joy than to see a Krrb find that’s given a second life.

That’s why you’ll get cash back on your next purchase when you #showyourkrrb. Share a photo of your Krrb purchase in its new home on Krrb’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tagged with #showyourkrrb. For a limited time only, you’ll receive $25 cash back on your next purchase over $100 on the Krrb classifieds. You might even be featured on our social media pages!

How to Participate

1) Take a photo of your Krrb purchase.

2) Share the photo with Krrb on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. Make sure to tag your entry with #showyourkrrb.

3) Krrb will confirm your cash back offer, which you can redeem on any purchase over $100 on Krrb classifieds.

Offer is available for a limited time only. One entry per person. Cash back offer must be redeemed no later than 11:59pm on July 6, 2014.

Chicago Magazine Curator — Interior Designer Tiffany Brooks

Chicago Magazine Curator — Interior Designer Tiffany Brooks

Photo provided by HGTV.

Krrb is excited to continue our local tastemakers feature with our partner site, Chicago Magazine Classifieds. Every month we will feature local tastemakers and their favorite vintage and secondhand finds from Chicagoland. This month our guest curator is Tiffany Brooks.

You may be familiar with Tiffany Brooks from her most recent achievement of winning the title of “HGTV Star” and also becoming the designer and host of the network’s newest show “HGTV 2014 Smart Home Giveaway.” These latest accomplishments didn’t come without of a lot of previous work and passion though.

Brooks’ career started with 10 years spent in high end residential property management and staging. It was when she designed an award winning model that she started focusing her attention solely on interior design. After putting in the time and work, she was able to launch You and Your Decor in 2007 and went on to work on both residential and boutique projects in cities spanning the country.

Brooks’ number one goal is putting her clients individual needs first by creating living environments that cater specifically to them. Her aesthetic is a mix of modern and classic with bright colors and patterns thrown in to create a mixture of both sophistication and eccentricity. Check out her picks from the Chicago Magazine Classifieds and see for yourself

5 Apps for Spring Cleaning Your Digital Life

5 Apps for Spring Cleaning Your Digital Life

Photo: Apartmenttherapy.com

Spring cleaning is more than a ritual. The physical act aids our mind, body and soul and invigorates us. It helps us to feel lighter, organized and more prepared. Your tech life is no exception. These five services will aid you in your quest to simplify and ease your transition to spring. Did we mention they’re all free? Just remember, as technology changes, so will your habits and digital organization plans. Luckily, spring cleaning comes every year and with it, new apps and services to keep you up to date and ready to go, even on the go

In Search Of — Shells

In Search Of — Shells

Photo: milagroroots.com

Welcome to the daily series, In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today we’re looking for shells.

Summer will be here soon enough and you’ll be able to comb the beaches looking for shells. Until then, there are these gorgeous finds to satisfy your shell needs

How-to — Spring Cleaning Your Diet

How to — Spring Cleaning Your Diet

Photo: Weismarkets.com

For those of us living on the Northern Hemisphere, spring has sprung. Gone are the heavy winter coats and never-ending snow tracks across our floors. (Well, at least for some of us!) So I invite you to ponder as we shed our outerwear and give our homes a clean start, why not lighten our wintry diets as well? Sure, heavy, filling foods helped us survive the frigid temperatures that come with the snow boots and parkas, but now lighter options are looking more and more appetizing as we embrace the change of the season. Read on for my tips on how to transform your dietary mainstays into their less dense, yet equally satisfying counterparts

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