3 Tips for Haggling Like a Pro

3 Tips for Haggling Like a Pro

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In the world of secondhand, haggling is a sport. Suit up and get to practice or you could miss out on that one-of-a-kind find. Here are three tips to haggle like best of them. Whether you’re at a flea market or shopping resale online, these tips will help you walk away with a great deal and huge savings

I Want This — 1980 Sachs Moped

I Want This — 1980 Sachs Moped

There’s something about a fixer-upper that calls my name. That feeling of satisfaction only happens when you take something old and make it new again. And what better project to set my sights on than a vintage 1980s Sachs moped? A sought out brand among motorcycle enthusiasts and collectors, Sachs is one of the oldest motorcycle and moped manufactures with roots dating back to the 1800s. This moped’s body is in great condition with all original parts including the classic Jawa seat, flip down passenger pegs and a brilliant blue paint job and logo. Now only to make it run…

With a little hard work and a lot of elbow grease, you can ride this 1980s Sachs moped home in style. $300.

In Search Of — Best of Blue

In Search Of — Best of Blue

All our favorite blue items. Photo: Houzz.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 blue, blue, blue and we’ve got loads of it.

Aqua, teal and sapphire painted items are popping up all over the classifieds. In furniture and home goods, we’re finding true blue hues everywhere

The Savvy Scavenger — Vintage Finds at Long Island City Flea and Picks of the Week

The Savvy Scavenger — Vintage Finds at Long Island City Flea and Picks of the Week

My pendant lamp (currently getting some TLC) and a patina drawer handle I plan to use as a towel hook.

One of my favorite things about living in New York City is stumbling upon countless resale shops on every corner, stoop sales and flea markets. There’s just so much to uncover and even if I don’t find anything to bring home, the browsing part is enough to keep me happy. That said, this weekend I scored big

5 Questions with Expert Vintage Scavenger Guide Tom Conrad

5 Questions with Expert Vintage Scavenger Guide Tom Conrad

The Treasures of Europe group will head to Bamberg, Germany for a one-day only flea market.

Every year Tom Conrad, a former antiques dealer, takes a group of 12 or so vintage hunters through Europe on the search for the best secondhand finds and arranges to bring their finds back home. Leading the way on an “off-the-beaten-path” route, Tom guides his scavengers though dusty barns, cozy resale village shops and flea markets. From now through Thursday, September 5, Tom’s group Treasures of Europe Tours is offering Krrb members $300 off the tour package. We caught up with Tom as he prepares for the rapidly approaching nine-day trip (from September 25 through October 4). Read on to find out what cities on the itinerary are flea market gold mines, what essential items travelers should pack and the strangest items Tom has ever shipped home after a trip

In Search Of — Unique Shelving

In Search Of — Unique Shelving

Make storage beautiful. Photo: Walkingpaper.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 shelving and we’ve got loads of it.

Shelving is the most useful furniture in any apartment, but that doesn’t mean it needs to consist of just boring bookcases. We’re finding beautiful wood, metal and glass shelving and even one piece made from car parts

The Savvy Scavenger — A Field Trip to Red Hook, Brooklyn and Mid-Century Modern Madness

The Savvy Scavenger — A Field Trip to Red Hook, Brooklyn and Mid Century Modern Madness

Sampling Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie, a Red Hook favorite.

There’s quite possibly nothing better than the joy of discovering cool things in your own backyard. When I heard about Field Trip Day, an afternoon of exploration with the help of a smart phone — I signed up immediately to delve into Red Hook, a nearby neighborhood. After downloading the app on Saturday, we set about sampling artisanal goodies like Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie and a little wine from Red Hook Winery. In between mouthfuls of local deliciousness, we took in the architecture, the bluegrass music scene and the neighborhood’s importance during the Revolutionary War. Turns out Red Hook was the site of the Battle of Brooklyn

In Search Of — Reading Lamps

In Search Of — Reading Lamps

I crave a good reading nook complete with comfy chair and natural, soft light. Photo: Amazinginteriordesign.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 reading lamps and we’ve got loads of them.

There’s nothing cozier than flipping on a reading lamp and having a bit of time to yourself, curled into a blanket and slowly paging through a brand-new novel. Reading lights can sit atop desks or stand alongside a table. Here are a few we love

Krrb Forums — Talk Furniture Design with Andrew Wagner, formerly of Dwell and ReadyMade Magazine

Krrb Forums — Talk Furniture Design with Andrew Wagner, formerly of Dwell and ReadyMade Magazine

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Since the beginning of Krrb.com, we’ve aimed to build a hyper-local community of neighbors. Our mission has always been to turn local strangers into friendly neighbors. After all, the strength of Krrb Classifieds is woven from the conversations between homemade soap makers and furniture resellers. In order to give members more room to discuss everything and anything from delivery recommendations to upcycling ideas, we’ve launched the Krrb Forum

In Search Of — Secretary Desks

In Search Of — Secretary Desks

Vintage secretaries needed vintage secretary desks. Photo: http://xaxor.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 secretary desks and we’ve got loads of them.

In official terms — if you can call them that — secretary desks feature a base of drawers with a desk on top that can fold away behind a hinged door. A doored bookcase tops the desk. Often, simple hide-away desks are also called secretary desks. In any case, we’re finding them everywhere and they are quite convenient for small spaces

Exclusive Discount — Shop Antiques and Vintage Across Europe with a Guided Tour

Exclusive Discount — Shop Antiques and Vintage Across Europe with a Guided Tour

Vintage shopping through Europe is every scavenger’s dream. Treasures of Europe Tours is offering Krrb members a guided, off-the-beaten-path tour through barns, factories and mom-and-pop shops at a discounted rate.

From now through Thursday, September 5, Krrb members get $300 off the tour package. Spots in this intimate group trip are limited so you better act fast!

The state-side touring company hits Eastern Europe for nine days of scavenging—lead by expert guide Tom Conrad—from September 25 through October 4, starting in Germany and ending in Austria.

Treasures of Europe is registered with the European Union customs and will arrange shipping for shoppers ranging from small boxes to pallet shipping to mixed container shipping, as large as 40-foot containers. Attendees of the tour range from hobbyists shopping to furnish their homes to business owners sourcing inventory.

To see the full tour package description and find out more about this exciting trip, visit Treasures of Europe Tours. To reserve your spot, email Tom at info@treasuresofeuropetours.com with a link to your Krrb corner.

I Want This — Antique Card Catalog

I Want This — Antique Card Catalog

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I am so in love with this card catalog. I can just imagine it holding my little bottles of essential oils, my earring collection and favorite notes and letters. There are drawers for everything and that gets my storage instincts excited — having one of these around would help me organize everything. If I had a huge apartment, I’d make it the focal point of my living room. But for now, I can just dream!

I found it on LP’s corner in Glen Ridge, New Jersey for $2,000.

Want to see how others have refinished, restored and reused old card catalogs? InspireBohemia has a great roundup of catalogs around the home and Apartment Therapy lists ten ways to use them.

Krrb Presents How to Make Almond Milk

Krrb has been sharing fun lessons every day as we get back to school. Here today is Stef, a raw foodie to show you how to make almond milk at home. This budget-friendly how-to requires just a little prep and a blender or vertical juicer. When buying nuts for almond milk, be sure to to get them raw and free of seasonings. After you’ve made almond milk, you can add spices and natural sweeteners to taste.

Krrb Presents How to Make Almond Milk

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We Need Your Thumbs — Vote for Krrb’s Panel at SXSW 2014

We Need Your Thumbs — Vote for Krrbs Panel at SXSW 2014

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You have heard of South by Southwest, an awesome annual Austin festival that highlights the coolest conversations online and in design, music and film. Krrb wants to be part of it in 2014 and we need your help. All we need is your thumbs up.

We are proposing a panel discussion that features startups Krrb and 3 Taps, both of whom have faced threats from content-giant Craigslist. If you believe you own your own content, vote to make conversation a part of SXSW.

Also invited to be a part of the Krrb panel are guests Robin Chase, founder/CEO of peer-to-peer car sharing service Buzzcar and co-founder/former CEO of Zipcar along with Harvard Law School Internet law professor, Jonathan L. Zittrain. And we even invited Craigslist founder Craig Newmark himself

In Search Of — Ottomans

In Search Of — Ottomans

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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 ottomans and we’ve got loads of them.

Those cozy footstools that can also work as side tables and coffee tables are named after an empire. Ottomans are functional, cozy and fashionable. So put up your feet and scroll through a few of our favorites

The Savvy Scavenger — Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and Old New York

The Savvy Scavenger — Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and Old New York

Sunflowers as far as the eye can see.

This past weekend I went to a wedding held in a sunflower field. My neighbors in Brooklyn, Juliana and Todd Bieber were married on his family’s farm in Winfield, Pennsylvania. After a late night of dancing, fireworks and s’mores cooked via bonfire, I woke up early to hit the secondhand shops of Lewisburg, a neighboring town.

I had heard about the Street of Shops, a mini-mall of sorts with independent booths stocked full of canning jars, vintage china, records and more. It’s the type of place I can wander around for hours, losing myself in the maze of milk glass and memorabilia. It took a lot of self-restraint but I’m happy to say I walked out having only purchased two items. Nestled among old toasters and rusting ricers, I found an industrial, vintage milk box by Valley Farms Dairy in neighboring town Williamsport. It’s the perfect size for a makeshift filing system on my desk. I also picked up a galvanized steel bucket, sucked in by its sun-kissed orange graphics. Due to my diminutive Brooklyn apartment, I generally avoid purchasing decorative items that don’t serve at least one function. But reasoned that it would be on display till I could find something to could store inside

In Search Of — Nature

In Search Of — Nature

We’re inspired by all things natural in the home. Photo: Californiahomedesign.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 nature and we’ve got loads of items inspired by it.

This summer needs a few more hikes, a couple more hidden paths and many more beach days. Before we get too dreamy thinking about the growing and green life beyond our cityscape, let’s round up a few of our favorite earth-inspired items up for grabs in a neighborhood near you

How to Decorate a Dorm with Thrift Shop Finds

How to Decorate a Dorm with Thrift Shop Finds

Bloggers discuss decorating dorm rooms with thrift store finds. Here is one result from the “Shanty Insanity” blog. Photo: Shantyinsanity.blogspot.com

Any college student knows how hard it can be to bring personality and comfort to a cramped dorm room, especially on a student-sized budget. We asked Krrb member Krista Byers, who doles out budget and thrift advice on her blog Goodwill Glam for a few thrift store shopping tips.

“If you’re in a college town, chances are there are some thrift stores around,” Krista says. “Frequent thrift stores often because they could become your favorite place to hang out.”

So take notes, co-eds decorating your linoleum collegiate dwellings. With just a few of Krista’s suggestions, you’ll be on your way to personalizing your space without dipping into student loans. And remember, the hunt is part of the fun

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