10 American Tourist Traps Worth A Stop

10 American Tourist Traps Worth A Stop

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The tourist traps dotting American highways exist solely to collect your cash and send you packing with nothing to show but a tacky keychain. Right? Sure, they’re kitschy and yeah, they’re sometimes a headache, but we’d argue there are a few attractions that are well worth the trip. So pull that RV over, slather on some sunscreen and get ready for a tour of our favorite Americana travel stops

In Search Of — Porcelain

In Search Of — Porcelain

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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 “Porcelain” and we’ve got loads of it.

Porcelain, or fine china, is made from clay heated at a high temperature. Strong and translucent, porcelain’s name comes from the old Italian word for a shell. Now, we see it in dishes, art and housewares in markets and on Krrb. Here are a few of our favorite porcelain finds

Local Finds — Milne’s At Home Antiques and Gallery in Kingston, New York

Local Finds — Milnes At Home Antiques and Gallery in Kingston, New York

An eclectic assortment of framed photos hangs over ceramic pottery in Milne’s At Home Antiques and Gallery in Kingston, New York.

Just 90 miles north of New York City is a quaint, artist-rich town, full of history and antique treasures. Kingston, New York, is the county seat of Ulster County, where painters, home restorations and sculptors are flocking from the city. Last year, the city gained notoriety for the red goats painted across landmarks in protest of government actions. Even musicians and activists have discovered the city — Pete Seeger docks his famed Sloop Clearwater ship here along the Hudson River.

After 40 years in Manhattan, one well-known shop relocated to this vibrant town to sell antique iron and wood pieces. Owner Rebekah Milne heads up the shop her parents founded, Milne’s At Home Antiques and Gallery, which is filled with items from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries

19 Memorable Belt Buckles

19 Memorable Belt Buckles

In her “Like A Virgin” phase, Madonna wore an iconic “Boy Toy” belt buckle. Photo: Life

Belt Buckles are the stuff of American legends. The shiny metal clasp held up cowboy britches, secured saddles and even adorned Madonna in her “Like A Virgin” era.

Dating back to its earliest known use around the 3rd or 2nd century B.C. by a semi-nomadic Xiongnu people, buckles have been a tool for harnessing, fastening and expressing adornment for millennia. Collectors Weekly compared today’s belt buckles to crowns. The bigger and more ornate the buckle, the higher the status of the wearer.

Whether you like your buckles Western-style or sleek, we think it’s important to know the history of the most iconic latches. We’ve rounded up 19 of our favorite belt buckles and a few of the tales that go along with them. And if you’re looking for your own buckles, find classic pieces in brass and pewter or go all-out tacky with retro items like old Nintendo games or gold-dipped cassette tapes. Just remember to wear them with pride

Budget Vs. Splurge — Office Space

Budget Vs. Splurge — Office Space

A clean and streamlined office space makes getting work done less of a headache. A few small additions like a bright lamp and potted plants create a sense of comfort and warmth. Combine natural elements like wood with industrial metal pieces for a layered look or design on a theme like Mid-Century Modern. Both looks are easily attainable at any budget so you can get down to work. Whether you have $800 to spend or less than $200, update your work area (and productivity!) with these finds

In Search Of — Pitchers

In Search Of — Pitchers

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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 “Pitchers” and we’ve got loads of them.

Fill it to the brim with lemonade this summer or arrange a bouquet of sunflowers in a glass pitcher during its offseason. Pitchers are perfect for homemade iced tea or as a makeshift vase and we’re loving the assortment of vessels we’re seeing on Krrb

In Search Of — Vintage Globes

In Search Of — Vintage Globes

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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 “Vintage Globes” and we’ve got loads of them.

We can’t believe how many beautiful vintage globes we’re seeing from Krrbers across the world. Tracing your finger across markings of a vintage map, it’s eye-opening to see how many land boundaries and names have changed over time. As a decorative item, we love the look of a collection of blue and green globes arranged atop a book shelf or mantle. And we’ve got all the spheres right here

10 Fireworks Shows We Want to See

10 Fireworks Shows We Want to See

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With a packed cooler and a lawn chair in tow, it’s time for Independence Day explosions. We’ve got 10 of firework shows you won’t want to miss. It’s not all about the size and cost of the shows — We’ve rounded up our favorites, including a few small-town American spectacles

In Search Of — Mirrors

In Search Of — Mirrors

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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 “Mirrors” and we’ve got loads of them.

They speak to evil stepmothers in fairy tales, help us do our makeup in the morning and give small rooms the appearance of more space. Mirrors are not only found in every home and bathroom, they’re beautiful focal points when framed in wood, metal, and even recycled measuring sticks. We’re seeing plenty of reflected surfaces on Krrb lately

Craigslist Threatens Krrb Classifieds With Legal Action

Craigslist Threatens Krrb Classifieds With Legal Action

Craigslist is threatening Krrb with legal action. Craigslist claims its users do not have the right to copy their own information from Craigslist using tools such as the Krrb It button. In doing so, the user may be subject to up to a $25,000 fine.

Under the threat of litigation from Craigslist and with no admission of liability, Krrb has reluctantly elected to dismantle our Krrb It button as it applies to Craigslist.

To learn more, read Krrb founder and CEO, George Eid’s Open Letter to Craig Newmark.

If you think Craigslist should renounce its stranglehold on user content, sign the Change.org petition.

16 Themes to Inspire a Potluck Supper Club

16 Themes to Inspire a Potluck Supper Club

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We believe that you don’t need a reason to gather friends and family around the dinner table. Breaking bread together is reason enough because it reminds us of our connections to each other within our communities. It’s the simple act of sharing food in communal meals that ties a group together. Why not gain that sense of fellowship by starting a potluck club of your own? Organize a group (make it small to start) where guests bring dishes based on a theme. Here are a few ideas to get you started

In Search Of — Camp Supplies

In Search Of — Camp Supplies

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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 “Camp Supplies” and we’ve got loads of them.

We’re craving adventure this season and with it, as many chances to camp under the stars as we can pack into our schedules. We’re finding the necessities like tents, canteens and blankets in great vintage styles from our sellers across Krrb

Let’s Talk Team Building

Lets Talk Team Building

The making of an adult baseball league dynasty, The Bay Area Cubs Baseball Club circa 2002.

Huddle around friends and let’s talk team building — literal team building. This is an important skill to master should you continue your pursuit of youthful athletic dreams well into your 30s. Yes, you can run, bike, swim, golf or take up any number of mostly individual physical activities to stay healthy, but really, exercise of all kinds is so much more fun — and let’s face it, doable — when done with others. (Channel Eastbound and Down’s Kenny Powers here: “I play real sports. Not try to be the best at exercising!”)

If you are willing to take on a Kenny-ism as your modus operandi then you are ready to explore team sports such as basketball, kickball, soccer or baseball. And this exploration, of course, leads to team building.

It’s crucial to pull together a good group of players in order to get the most out of your experience on the field. This is harder than it sounds. After years spent helping organize semi-pro leagues and rallying friends to get out of bed simply for the love of the game, there are a few critical components to forming a solid squad that have been gleaned along the way. So listen up

In Search Of — Tufted Furniture

In Search Of — Tufted Furniture

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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 “tufted furniture” and we’ve got loads of it.

Covering furniture with fabric is not a revolutionary concept. But stuffing the fabric and pulling it together to create square and diamond contoured patterns takes ordinary furniture and makes it cozier and more luxurious. “Tufting,” as it’s called, creates additional dimension and detail on furniture, and we’ve been seeing tons of beautiful tufted furniture on Krrb

9 Things We Miss About Camp Life

9 Things We Miss About Camp Life

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There’s nothing in adulthood that feels quite like summer camp. No experience replicates the feeling of peace while sitting around a campfire singing songs about bugs. There is no other place where a group of kids from across the country can live together, sharing bunk beds and becoming fast friends. From the shared experiences to the long days spent outside — there’s so much about camp life we still long for

Alexandra Grenham, a Lifelong Scavenger for Erie Drive Finds in Boston, Massachusetts

Alexandra Grenham, a Lifelong Scavenger for Erie Drive Finds in Boston, Massachusetts

Alexandra at home.

The Boston-based, online shop Erie Drive has struck that perfect balance of new and old. Naturally drawn to their collection of old New York City MTA Subway signs and vintage tea sets, we soon learned Creative Director Alexandra Grenham is the leading vintage hunter of the group. With a knack for interior design and an up-and-coming jewelry line, Alexandra is always rummaging through markets for unique finds. Read on to see what finds she’s acquired over the years and her best tips for shopping flea markets

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