In Search Of — Nature

We're inspired by all things natural in the home. Photo: Californiahomedesign.com

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

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

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

In Search Of — Armchairs

Photo: Wikipaintings.org

Photo: Wikipaintings.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 “Armchairs” and we’ve got loads of them.

Sit down and stay awhile. The most classic and useful of chairs, the armchair is necessary in the living room or office. Here are a few of our favorites in funky colors and shapes across Krrb

How to Use Everything In Your CSA Basket

Photo: Marycrimmins.com

Photo: Marycrimmins.com

Every week, I or one of my roommates picks up our CSA (community-supported agriculture) share in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. I love the romantic idea of fresh fruits and vegetables all summer long. I love knowing that our investment in a local farmer’s work supports the local economy and grows the possibilities for locally sourced food.

I love all of those romantic notions. I do. But belonging to a CSA is not all happy peaches. A CSA can actually become one of the most guilt-ridden parts of a busy life.

I sigh when I see my swiss chard wilting in the bottom of the refrigerator just a day after I brought it home. I worry about what I’m going to do with three bunches of beets. Using up a bulk of vegetables takes planning and follow-through. Here are a few of the things I’ve learned about trying to cook through everything (and avoiding the guilt) this summer

I Want This — Vintage 1970s Avion Camper

Photo: Krrb.com/nest

Photo: Krrb.com/nest

Summer is quickly slipping through my fingers much like the sand from beaches I only visited one this season. As kids across the country start heading back to school (speaking of which, have you done your shopping?), I am putting my foot down. My favorite season can’t end without a big hurrah.

It’s why I have my eye on this vintage Avion camper. Not only does it sleep four, but the roomy trailer has a full kitchen and bathroom. What better way to say goodbye to the dog days of summer than by hitting the road with friends for one final adventure?

Find it this Vintage 1970s Avion camper on Krrb. $5,600.

Staff Picks — Secondhand Lessons from School

The Krrb team shares their best grade school lessons. Photo: Friendsreunited.com

The Krrb team shares their best grade school lessons. Photo: Friendsreunited.com

It’s back to school season. But for some of us, it’s like we never left the classroom. Since we’re always learning, the Krrb staff got together to think hard about those first lessons in life. Read on to see what we learned and photos from our childhoods

In Search Of — Art on a Budget

Photo: Paloma81.blogspot.com

Photo: Paloma81.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 “Artwork Under $100″ and we’ve got loads of it.

Sure, it’s hard to put a price on art. But it’s easier than ever to decorate on a budget while supporting local artists. We’re into everything handcrafted and locally-inspired, and these pieces of budget artwork showcase the best of both worlds

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How to Photograph a Bulky 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

How to Cook with Kombucha

Photo: Wholefoodlab.com

Photo: Wholefoodlab.com

Kombucha tea is gaining popularity as a delicious and healthy probiotic beverage. Kombucha enthusiasts say the fizzy drink aids in digestion, builds immunity and boosts energy levels.

Many people don’t know that kombucha is an excellent ingredient to cook with as well. Although boiling or freezing the beverage will kill off its probiotics, kombucha can be used in fresh sauces and vinaigrettes

In Search Of — Masculine Detailing

We're seeing masculine details as a trend in both fashion and home design. Photo: Erinpaigepitts.files.wordpress.com

We’re seeing masculine details as a trend in both fashion and home design. Photo: Erinpaigepitts.files.wordpress.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 “Masculine Detailing” and we’ve got loads of it.

Masculine details in the home — like strong lines and bold, dark colors — are a trend in design this year. In fashion, mens’ clothing has taken fine detailing and made it personal and edgy. Winter runway shows in Milan showcased lace, embroidery and colorful fur accents in a handsome motiff. We’re finding tons of items on Krrb that reinforce this trend toward a masculine look with individual character

Back to School — $25 Cash Back Any Purchase Over $100

$25 cash back on any purchase over $100!

There’s nothing quite like that back-to-school feel! The air is full of promise as kids head back to class in droves. Wardrobes are refreshed, books are bought and dorm rooms designed. Speaking of, why not get your back to school shopping done on Krrb.com and Apartment Therapy Classifieds?

Get $25 cash back on your next purchase over $100 on Krrb.com or Apartment Therapy Classifieds. If you’re a certified member, we’ll make it $50!!!

Shop early and shop fast because the best stuff goes quickly and this offer ends September 9th.

Offer is valid for purchases made between August 13 through September 9 and is open to all Krrb and Apartment Therapy Classifieds members. One entry per person. Send proof of purchase to support@krrb.com no later than 11:59pm on September 9, 2013.

Happy Krrbing!

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How to Photograph a Small Object 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

In Search Of — The Feather Trend

Photo: Stillblog.net

Photo: Stillblog.net

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

Feathers are showing up on the runways and in homes for Fall 2013. Colorful or naturally black and white, they’re an easy way to add an earthy look to clothing, furniture, bouquets and hair accessories. This trending look is popping up across the classifieds and we can’t help but love the natural look they lend

The World’s Most Insane Yard Sales

Photo: Wired.com

Photo: Wired.com

The longest, the biggest and the most down-under. We’ve rounded up the three most insane garage sales we’d like to visit. How fun would it be to amble through Australia, seeking out the best furniture and dishes, or stroll through just part of the 690-mile yard sale that stretches through the heart of America? These are just a few of the biggest and best sales. Let us know if you’ve heard of other massive sales

Documentarians Chronicle World’s Longest Garage Sale Trail from Michigan to Alabama

Photo: Filmmakers Riley Hooper and Katrina Sorrentino Rileymakesdocs.com

Photo: Filmmakers Riley Hooper and Katrina Sorrentino Rileymakesdocs.com

Two documentary filmmakers lived our dream last week when they chronicled the “World’s Longest Garage Sale” on film. Riley Hooper and Katrina Sorrentino spent four days exploring the ins and out of the 690-mile sale that stretches across Tennessee. Hooper gives us details of the journey and describes one comical morning when she woke up to garage sale shoppers rummaging for steals near her camp site

I Want This — Vintage 1950s Freezer

Photo: Krrb.com/22797

Photo: Krrb.com/22797

How lovely is this old Westinghouse freezer? This is the kind of thing that if it greeted me in my kitchen every morning, I would instantly feel a happy serenity. Its retro look is not only cool, but it’s also authentic. For the most part, I shun reproductions of any sort, so when I saw that this unit was built in the 1950s — it got major points from me. Never mind the unexpected bonus that the freezer actually works!

With the current trends of CSAs, GoodEggs, Fresh Direct and various other curated grocery deliver services, I tend to always be busting at the seams with food I can’t eat fast enough, so I would definitely put this thing to good use. Of course, if you have a healthy appetite and don’t find yourself with lots of leftovers, you can always leave it unplugged and use it for storage. It could make a fine wine rack, case for vinyl records, or cabinet for plates and glassware. Super cool piece!

Find it this Vintage Westinghouse 1950s Freezer on Krrb. $500.

The History of Garage Sales

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

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

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