Vintage Sellers Buzz Around Beehive Chicago

Owners Joe Moore and Robyn Witt sit in a show room at the Beehive.

Owners Joe Moore and Robyn Witt sit in the freight elevator at the Beehive. All photos by Leilani Wertens.

A raw loft space in Chicago’s East Garfield Park is now home to nine resale businesses. Beehive Chicago, launched earlier this summer, is a collective of nine vintage dealers who sell vintage apparel, housewares and home furnishings. By pooling their resources together, these sellers have built a showroom, complete with a shipping station and photography studio

In Search Of — Side Chairs

Photo: 1stdibs.com

Photo: 1stdibs.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 side chairs and we’ve got plenty of them.

By definition, side chairs have no arms and are often part of a dining set. They also can be used as extra seating in offices and living rooms. Check out this round up of chairs you’ll want to pull out again and again

I Want This — Antique Beni Ourain Moroccan Berber Rug

I Want This — Moroccan Berber Rug

I want this antique berber rug to help transition my home for winter. I know what you’re thinking, the fall season are only begun! But for this California girl, any temperature drop under 75 degrees feels like the dead of winter. I’ve already pulled out my Uggs, my plush robe, down comfortable and unpacked my parka. This rug will help cover up the reality that the sun’s rays have ditched me for the next nine months. The soft wool texture is sure to keep my toes toasty. I also adore the details like the yellow ribbon around the perimeter of the rug. Bring it on winter!

Find it on Rar39’s Krrb corner. $875.

In Search Of — Chalkboard Paint Covering Everything

Love these DIY chalkboards. Photo: emilymacleoud.blogspot.com

Gotta love these DIY chalkboards! Photo: emilymacleoud.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! We see the writing on the wall. Today, it’s all about chalkboards and fun furniture covered in chalkboard paint.

Draw, doodle and leave messages practically everywhere! There are tons of Krrb finds covered in chalkboard paint. Here are some of our favorite pieces

In Search Of — Corner Furniture

Nobody puts baby in a corner. Photo: photomayhem.com

Nobody puts baby in a corner. Photo: photomayhem.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 corner furniture and we’ve got loads of sweet pieces.

Nobody puts baby in the corner. But you might consider putting these pieces in one

In Search Of — Chevron

In Search Of — Chevron

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 chevron and we’ve got loads of items covered in the pattern.

Ever since our community manager, Kristen, posted about the chic chevron table she wanted, I can’t stop seeing the pattern everywhere. It’s all about clean lines and inverted-V shapes and it’s the perfect design for DIY furniture projects

I Want This — Tumblers with Tops

George Briard Acrylic Tumblers with Coasters

George Briard Acrylic Tumblers with Coasters

I want these for fall evenings when I sit outside and sip on bug-free cider. That’s right, I love these tumblers for one specific reason: They would keep bugs out of my drink. Yes, I love how simply designed and basic they are, but I mostly love them for their little matching coasters that double as a bug-in-my-drink barrier.

In Search Of — Sectionals

Photo: Houzz.com

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 sectionals and we’ve got loads of cushy seats.

A sofa with a bit more complexity means tons more space and plenty of room for sinking in and taking a break. We’d love to relax on any of these sectionals

In Search Of — Pairs of Chairs

Photo: Thearthand.wordpress.com

Photo: Thearthand.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 pairs of chairs and we’ve got loads of double seats.

Good things come in twos. Especially good things you can sit on

Krrb Presents — How to Restore a Poly Urethane Finish on Mid-Century Modern

Working out of his Brooklyn brownstone, Mike Koleman, owner of I Like Mike’s Mid Century Modern restores furniture to its original glory. Mike walks Krrb through the steps of a hand-rubbed poly urethane finish. This type of finish is ideal for pieces made of hard woods like walnut. Although the restoration process isn’t complicated, Mike stresses that it is extensive and each step is crucial for a high-quality result.

Tools

  • Paint Stripper
  • Paint Stripper Wash
  • Fine Sandpaper in various grains
  • Foam Brush
  • Poly Urethane
  • Lint-free Paper Towels
  • 0000 Grade Steel Wool Pads
  • Beeswax
  • Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound
  • Rags
  • Fine Car Polishing Compound

Tell Us

If you have questions about the poly urethane process, ask Mike in our Krrb Forum. And if you have tips of your own, we want to hear them!

In Search Of — The Best of Mid-Century Modern in Chicago

A MCM Haul. Photo: Kibster.wordpress.com

A Mid-Century Modern haul. Photo: Kibster.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 the best of Mid-Century furniture in Chicago and we’ve got loads of it.

In the past few weeks, tons of beautiful Mid-Century Modern furniture from Chicago has been posted all over Krrb. From dressers and couches to tables and clocks, the Windy City sure knows how to class up a place with vintage

3 Tips for Haggling Like a Pro

Photo: Poboxearth.org

Photo: Poboxearth.org

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

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

All our favorite blue items. Photo: Houzz.com

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

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

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

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

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

Make storage beautiful. Photo: Walkingpaper.org

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

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

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

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