The History of Garage Sales

The History of Garage Sales

Harris School Rummage Sale, Chicago in 1961 Photo: Publicbooks.org

As far back as the 16th century, people have been unloading their wares on their neighbors. Of course, it wasn’t as simple as setting out a few tables in your driveway and sitting back. While the details are a bit murky, the modern garage sale stems from the word rummage — no coincidence, our favorite activity to do at these sales.

During the 1500s, ships going back and forth over the seven seas were busy making deliveries. At the time, “romage” was a nautical term that described how cargo was packed into the hold of the ship. It later went on to also refer to the search for cargo and the odds and ends packed into the ship. “Rummage” sales developed as captains sold excess and unclaimed cargo at the ports, according to the History Bluff

In Search Of — Trunks

In Search Of — Trunks

Captain Jack Sparrow wants a pretty trunk, too. Photo: Uconn.edu

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, it’s all about “Trunks” and we’ve got loads of them.

You don’t have to be a pirate to love a good chest or trunk. Whether it’s made of wood or metal, vintage trunks create extra storage space, can be used as coffee tables and preserve all your favorite family mementos. Plus they have a history of their own, sometimes covered in stamps and weathered for travel. Here are a few of our favorites on Krrb

Krrbside Roadshow — Vintage Ashtrays and Dish Set

Krrbside Roadshow — Vintage Ashtrays and Dish Set

Gotta love those happy reactions on Antique Roadshow. Photo: Ohmygoff.tv

One of the greatest joys of shopping garage sales is landing an undiscovered valuable find. Since it’s garage sale month on Krrb, there are plenty of opportunities to go mining for heirlooms. But we can’t think about profitable revelations without thinking about Antique Roadshow. The PBS show is known for its appraisal surprises — when owners found their collections to be worth far more than they imagined. Following the fun nature of Antique Roadshow, we asked Krrb member Mer of Swirling Orange, an experienced seller of vintage home and kitchen decor to appraise a couple Krrb finds. Read on to learn more about these secondhand finds and their value

In Search Of — Gold

In Search Of — Gold

Panning for gold. We’re looking for furniture, dishes and housewares covered in that shiny, shiny gold. Photo: Wikimedia.org

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, it’s all about “Gold” and we’ve got loads of it.

Just call us prospectors because we’re hunting for anything and everything gold-leafed, gold-dipped and gold-accented. Gold accents are so hot for fall 2013 and we can’t get enough of the Midas touch. Find a way to incorporate a little gold into your home to make it feel extra special

In Search Of — Vintage Fabric

In Search Of — Vintage Fabric

Vintage fabric transforms plain furniture and can create gorgeous quilts. Photo: Fabulousvintage.com.au -

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, it’s all about “Vintage Fabric” and we’ve got loads of it.

In thrift stores and at garage sales, piles of fabric are left discarded and alone. No more. Vintage fabric can be one of the cheapest and most beautiful ways to reupholster a chair, sew a pillow, or even make a handbag. We’re seeing one-of-a-kind vintage fabric pieces all over Krrb

Garage Sale Hacks — How to Organize Everything to Sell Big

Garage Sale Hacks — How to Organize Everything to Sell Big

Photo: Blog.ourthriftynickel.com

It’s Garage Sale Month here at Krrb (fill out this form to register your sale!) and we want to hear about your best tips. Check out some of our tips collected from Krrb staff as well as advice from garage sale pros.

Seasoned garage salers can tell if they want to stop at your sale within the first few moments of reading about it online or driving by. Make sure your messages are clear, your sale is enticing and the layout is inviting for people to stroll and stay awhile

I Want This — Chic Chevron Coffee Table

I Want This — Chic Chevron Coffee Table

Like many New Yorkers that have come before me, I spent the weekend lugging everything I own up five flights of stairs to our new apartment in the East Village. I admit I was a bit naive in thinking all the furniture from my 1200 square foot Washington DC apartment would fit in my new “cozy” 450-square-foot apartment. Unfortunately, we are losing a few key pieces including our coffee table that is too square and too big or risky having a space that’s more cramped than cozy. The silver lining here, of course, is that I get to shop for a new one! I’m currently swooning over Kenzie Lynn Design’s custom painted chevron table.

Not only is the piece the right size for my itty-bitty abode, it’s been freshened up with a trendy chevron design that Kenzie hand-painted herself. Now I only need to convince her to ship it to NYC.

Update your living room with a chic Chevron Coffee Table from Kenzie Lynn Designs. $300.

In Search Of — Stools

In Search Of — Stools

Inviting bar stools. Photo: Inflight.squarespace.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, it’s all about “Stools” and we’ve got loads of them.

In every material possible and for every decor imaginable, stools sit at bars, desks and around kitchen islands. So pull up a seat and check out some of the coolest stools we’re finding on Krrb

Budget Vs. Splurge — Closet Organization

Budget Vs. Splurge — Closet Organization

Photo: Shoppingsmycardio.com

One of the best moments ever on that guilty pleasure show, MTV’s “Cribs,” was the time Mariah Carey walked into her obscenely lavish closet and sighed, “I worked hard for this mess.” Her walk-in dressing room, styling center and wardrobe occupied more space than most of my friend’s New York apartments. While not all of us are so lucky to have a walk-in closet (or those vocals), I remember how organized and planned out Mariah’s dressing room was. Everything had a place. I think we can all learn from the starlet. Whether you have the budget of a celebrity or one of a Brooklyn blogger, here are a few pieces of closet inspiration

Kate the Secondhand Collector in Bethany, Oklahoma

Kate the Secondhand Collector in Bethany, Oklahoma

Kate and Ronnie from StayingVintage

Monday through Friday, Kate and Ronnie from StayingVintage run a computer business out of their home near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. But on the weekends, this couple gets off line and spends hours hunting through garage-sale for their vintage, secondhand furniture and collectables business. When this scavenging team isn’t searching high and low for secondhand finds, they’re in their own garage refinishing and repairing fixer uppers. Kate shares some of her tricks of the trade and tips on running a vintage business

In Search Of — Carafes

In Search Of — Carafes

Vintage Fiestaware carafes. Photo: Vintageamericanpottery.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, it’s all about “Carafes” and we’ve got loads of them.

In France, asking for a carafe of water shows the waiter you’d like your drink from the tap instead of from an expensive bottle of sparkling water. Carafes typically hold water or wine, but can also be used to serve coffee and bottomless martinis. In glass and ceramic, we’re finding carafes all across Krrb

Garage Sale Fever — Sell Everything in the Month of August

Garage Sale Fever — Sell Everything in the Month of August

Photo: Keepmeschenectady.files.wordpress.com

Let’s consider the garage sale as a noble act of community building. Setting your wares outside for sale somehow suggests trust and openness, bringing people together and cutting across social and economic boundaries. Sure, these are heady thoughts for what usually amounts to cast-offs sitting forlornly on concrete floors or front yards, but when cities like Detroit are declaring bankruptcy, garage sales are a good way to bring the economy back to the local level.

Garage sales are a win-win. The seller gets rid of what they no longer want and ends up with some cash as a result while the buyer gets what they need for pennies on the dollar. So what are you waiting for? The weather is right for (re)connecting with neighbors over secondhand toasters and television stands while sharing some lemonade or a beer. Whether you’re saving for a trip or trying to pay some bills, garage sales can bring in between $500 and $1000 in funds and reveal long lost treasures. Garage sales as the ultimate expression of content, community and commerce — now that’s an idea we can get behind!

Have a Garage Sale

During the month of August Krrb wants to celebrate garage sales! Make a bit of extra cash while cleaning out your home and hosting a garage, stoop or tag sale. Fill out the form to register your sale with Krrb, and we promise to help you make it a success through promotion, tips and even free Krrb credits!

Brooklyn Artistry — Art and Craft Bazaar on August 10

Brooklyn Artistry — Art and Craft Bazaar on August 10

Check out geometric jewelry and other handmade goods at the BACo. Bazaar on August 10. Photo: Facebook.com/BrooklynArtistry

Calling all Brooklyn arts and crafts lovers: The BACo. Bazaar is a rooftop celebration of handmade objects sponsored by the artist collective Brooklyn Artistry in Fort Greene. Take part in celebrating and supporting the artist community of Brooklyn by shopping for jewelry, artwork, hand-sewn clothing, cosmetics and strange crafts on August 10.

We can’t wait to try on the geometric jewelry from NCKLPCKL, sift through bizarre odds and ends from Fly Knickknacks and sip coffee from Organo Gold. Stay tuned to Krrb as we round up the best to come from this art affair.

A $5 general admission gets you in, or spend $15 for access to an open bar of wine and Brooklyn Brewery beer all night long.

Visit the Bazaar

August 10th 7pm
143 Waverly in Fort Greene, Brooklyn
BACo. Facebook
Event Page

I Want This- Peruvian Herb Organic Crew Tee

I Want This  Peruvian Herb Organic Crew Tee

Summer is a time when less is more.. I’m speaking of clothes, of course. That is why the Peruvian Herb Tee by earth-friendly company The Tafari caught my eye. Just beyond the cool botany graphic, you’ll find a fabric that is so incredibly light and breathable, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better shirt to spend your summer in. Not to mention, it’s 100% organic, features water-based inks and low impact dyes, and comes wrapped in a recycled paper. When it comes to style naturally sourced, this tee can’t be beat — take it from me, I live in my Eco crew shirt.

Do your part for the environment by staying cool this summer in this Peruvian Herb Tee from The Tafari. $54.

3-Step Green Cleaning for Secondhand Furniture Finds

3 Step Green Cleaning for Secondhand Furniture Finds
When vintage credenzas, armoires and chairs — sometimes up to 20 pieces a week — pass through the Furnish Green studio, they have to be restored to their former glory. Like most curbside finds and estate sale scores, these pieces are musty, sometimes dull and watermarked and in need of a fresh coat of paint. This Midtown Manhattan-based shop shared their eco-friendly, 3-step cleaning process to make the restoration process safer on the environment

In Search Of — Coffee Tables

In Search Of — Coffee Tables

Photo: Stardust-decorstyle.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, it’s all about “Coffee Tables” and we’ve got loads of them.

A coffee table is a gathering spot. A style spot. A spot to display your favorite photo books and magazines. And to set your coffee cup on a Saturday morning and rest your feet on a weeknight. Check out these coffee tables, where personality and lifestyle come together for one cozy, welcoming area

[Closed] Giveaway — Furniture Makeovers by DIY Guru Barb Blair of Knack Studios

[Closed] Giveaway — Furniture Makeovers by DIY Guru Barb Blair of Knack Studios

Six years ago, Barb Blair opened Knack, a working studio and a retail shop located in Greenville, South Carolina. She recently release Furniture Makeovers, an all-compassing guide to fixer-uppers and tips to do it yourself. Photo by Carlton Riffel.

We recently chatted with DIY enthusiast Barb Blair to get tips and tricks on making the most of your curbside finds. Win a copy of her recently release book Furniture Makeovers by tweeting at Krrb with a Krrb listing you would makeover. Read on to see how this DIYer made a career of polishing those diamonds in the rough

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How-to Photograph an Unstructured Item for Sale

We know you have no time for long-winded how-to’s, so we’ll keep it short. In under a minute, Quick Tips are here to help you with life’s little lessons. So unless you get caught up watching hundreds in a row, which – warning – you just might, you can quickly get back to monitoring your news feeds or whatever you were doing. Check out the full video series here.

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How to Photograph an Unstructured Item for Sale

Krrb member Amber Marlow is a professional photographer based in Brooklyn. She gave Krrb a few tips on photographing listings. When selling an item online, a great photograph can do most of the selling for you. First up in Amber’s 3-part tutorials is photographing a item without structure like a shirt, blanket or curtains. Start with good lighting so you’re able to capture details that make your listing one of a kind. Get a few shots that focus on special features of your item. Be sure to capture the scale of your item. Have a friend hold it so the buyer can see the true size in relation to a person

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