Organize, Simplify, and Thrive: Preparing for School to Start

Krrb — Organize, Simplify, and Thrive: Preparing for School to Start

Whether you’re a parent, a college student, or somewhere between K-12, being organized is an important lesson to learn when growing up because responsibility and priorities don’t just go away. Life is one big checklist. You can either drown in chaos or find ways to get things done. Everyone has different ways of staying organized; however, I’ve found that these three simple things help when preparing for a big change such as going back to school or wrapping up a great summer

37 Money Saving College Life Hacks

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Photo: Envisioningtheamericandream.com

College is often touted as being “the best four years” of a person’s life. Sure, it can be tons of fun, but massive debt of an education afterwards isn’t! The cost of a college degree in the U.S. has risen 1,120% in the past 30 years, so saving money in college has never been more important. Here are some penny-pinching tips for your four years so you can stress less, and enjoy more

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

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The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

This week we’re exploring smells, all-in-one party spaces and the least explored corners of Manhattan. Check it out

Donate Supplies to Get All Children Ready for Back to School

Donate Supplies to Get All Children Ready for Back to School

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We can all agree that the best part of heading back to school is the smell of a new box of crayons. A new school year, a new notebook—it’s so simple but it makes a difference. There are neighborhoods everywhere where children are starting the school year without the supplies they need to succeed. No matter where you live, you can donate your time and money to nonprofits like Operation Backpack that equips kids with backpacks and other educational gear. We’ve also rounded up other great ways to help students of all ages excel in your city—sometimes it really does take a village

Be Productive — 5 Apps to Help You Concentrate

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With back to school season in full force, it’s time to get your head back in the game. After a summer of constant fun, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things. Whether you’re heading back to school, sending your kiddies back on the school bus or facing some big projects this fall—we’re here to help you get focused and stay focused. These are some of our favorite apps to help you keep your eyes on the prize and be as productive as possible

5 Tips for Picking Quality Antiques from a 30-year Expert

Krrb — 5 Tips for Picking Quality Antiques from a 30-year Expert

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We’ve been importing antiques from Scandinavia for over 30 years now. That’s thousands of pieces that we’ve hand-picked, shipped back to Boston and sold to people around the country. So, we know a thing or two about how to pick out quality antiques. Here are five tips from our three decades of experience to help you pick out the best antiques on Krrb

The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week

The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week

Krrb is a great place to find everything and anything secondhand, handmade and vintage. We can only imagine how these finds ended up on the classifieds in the first place. Whether or not you were looking for these unusual listings, The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week are for sale, each in need of a new home

This week we’ve got multi-functional children toys and a lamp with more ruffles than a wedding dress. This you’ve got to see to believe

Get the Look — Constructing a Home Office

When you need to buckle down and get work done, a proper space to tackle the task at hand is essential. We’ve compiled a list of all the fundamentals for any great home office. Pull these items together and you’ll soon find yourself with your nose to the grindstone. Now get to work!

5 Great Ways to Repurpose a Headboard

Krrb — 5 Great Ways to Repurpose a Headboard

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We’re all about recycling and reusing but sometimes you’ll find things around the house that feel like they’ve met their final days. That’s where repurposing comes in! Have a headboard that’s just full of junk taking up space? Well, instead of trashing the whole thing—turn it into something new! Start repurposing with one of these fun projects using a headboard

5 Easy Pieces – The Smoothie Edition

Toss fruit and some veggies in a blender for a refreshing drink that will energize your day. What's not love?

Toss fruit and some veggies in a blender for a refreshing drink that will energize your day. What's not love?

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. Stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

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The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week

The Champagne Life on a DIY Budget

Krrb — The Champagne Life on a DIY Budget

Back in 1999, as a New Hampshire journalism student nearing the end of her degree, staring down the prospect of balancing expensive urban living in Boston or NYC with a paltry cub reporter’s salary, I dreamt of a magazine that would help me navigate finding that elusive Champagne life on a beer budget. When no publication existed, I knew it was my calling to start Shoestring—only instead of beer, I wanted to embrace the DIY mentality of Yankee ingenuity and resourcefulness instilled in me by my Greatest Generation relatives from a very young age.

Our 11 Favorite Flea Markets on Instagram

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Photo: Instagram.com/melrosetradingpost?auto=format

With summer winding down, you’re probably trying to finish up your to-do list. Here’s what should be at the top: visiting a local flea market! If you’re unsure of the best one near you, checking out Instagram is a great way to get an idea of the items they sell. Even better, we’ve done the hunting for you: check out our favorite flea market Instagram accounts from across the US (and don’t forget to follow Krrb on Instagram as well

Make a DIY Tray with Mosaic Backsplash Tile

Krrb — Make a DIY Tray with Mosaic Backsplash Tile

For a DIY craft project, tile can be a show-stopper. There are so many material options for decorating with tile—ceramic, porcelain, glass, slate, marble, metal, granite—and tile is available in a variety of sizes for floor, wall and countertop installations.

Floor and wall tiles have uses beyond their obvious purpose. I love using tile to transform everyday items like otherwise boring serving trays into fabulous works of art. They make wonderful wedding and housewarming gifts.

The hardest part of this project was choosing the tile. I was like a kid in a candy shop—I wanted one of each!

Comic Book Inspired Design

Comic Book Inspired Design

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Variations of the modern day comic book have been around for centuries with the first “funnies” arriving in the US in the 1930’s. So it’s no shock, that comic book art and culture has influenced home decor. And when you consider that the San Diego Comic Con has hosted over 2 million attendees since its inauguration in the 1970’s, there is a large demographic of die-hard comic book fans that want their love for comic books expressed in unique ways. As a fan or graphic novels myself, I decided to take a look at this cool sub-genre of art and design to put together a round-up of 5 must-see pieces. Keep reading to determine if these furniture and decor items reinforce your love for comic books

Member Spotlight — Susana de Trapaga of One Chair a Week

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For some, an upholstery project might be an extended (and probably pretty stressful) undertaking. For the master re-inventor behind “One Chair a Week,” it’s just business as usual for the next seven days. Susana de Trapaga isn’t shy about mixing patterns, decades and textures, but the finesse behind her creative process results in really beautiful and unique furniture. Get to know the self-described “chairwoman” of the business, and be sure to check out her corner to see which chairs are getting the VIP treatment this week!

Collector’s Corner — Jen Pywell’s Unique Art Collection

Krrb — Collector's Corner — Jen Pywell's Unique Art Collection

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Here at Krrb Classifieds we love a good collection, especially one that’s unique. From where the collection began to the most significant item, we want to know the story behind it all. So we’re reaching out to collectors everywhere to find out what they collect and why!

Today, Jen Pywell joins us to discuss her art collection, how it all started and her favorite piece!

How To Have A 2 Dollar Lemonade Stand

Pre-video games, lemonade stands were a great way to teach kids about business. But guess what, it still is!

Pre-video games, lemonade stands were a great way to teach kids about business. But guess what, it still is!

It’s a sweltering July day and the kids are playing video games. Again. Then you think back to your paper route when you delivered the news up hill in no shoes, and your first lemonade stand when you sold 10 cent Dixie cups full of that delicious, thirst-quenching lemonade… It’s time for a revisit with the time-tested lemonade stand, isn’t it?

With just 2 dollars, you can have a simple, eco-friendly lemonade stand which will be a fun way to hang with your kids and a great way to teach them the basics on business while staying green

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Krrb — Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

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The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week

The 7 Best Designed Boutique Hotels

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Photo: Thelinehotel.com

Summer is not over yet, so you know what that means! Grab your family, significant other, kids or friends and have one last summer getaway. Rather than staying at a big hotel chain, try out a boutique hotel to experience the unique style and charm of the city that you’re staying in. Check out some of our favorite places to rest up after a long day of wandering!