I Want This – Bike Planter

I Want This – Bike Planter

How cute is this little guy? Photo: Blog.eleanorsnyc.com

It’s time to dust off the old bike and get it ready for a season of trips to the beach and picnic lunches in the park. Aside from a tune-up, I’m thinking my bike needs some sprucing up. What better way to give my hybrid some personality than with a cute ‘lil planter?

This planter ($48) attaches securely to the bike’s front tube with an elastic nylon cord and comes with soil and plant. It’s just one of many items on my wish list from Eleanor’s, a popular shop for stylish bicycle accessories for women who like commute on two wheels. You can also check out these in-demand goods (and more!) at the Dekalb Market.

Want to give your bike that lived-in cozy feel, pick up this bike planter on Eleanor’s Krrb corner in Downtown Brooklyn.

The New Green Kids on the Scene – Join us for Earth Night in Brooklyn

The New Green Kids on the Scene   Join us for Earth Night in Brooklyn

SM&KK Studios, ImpactDash & Sprout Skincare invite you to a night of networking with eco-friendly businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals at the Yard in North Brooklyn. This is a unique cross-industry opportunity for small businesses, entrepreneurs and people who share similar core values in any industry to network with each other. Meet the new green kids on the scene, share your challenge and success stories, discover a new partnership opportunity, or simply find out what your favorite local businesses are up to!

Enjoy green cocktails, sample great products, and connect with

5 Easy Pieces – Eco-Friendly Travel

5 Easy Pieces – Eco Friendly Travel

A nature inspired photo album is perfect for cataloging your travels. Find it on Krrb.com/catg.

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. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that

Come On Down Cat G, We Like You!

Come On Down Cat G, We Like You!

Clockwise, from upper left: Over-sized candle, vintage Archie Comics collection, free guest passes to the Y and a lady's coat, all available on Cat G's corner. Get 'em while they're hot.

We’ve got a whole new version of the Krrb iPhone app so we decided to celebrate with a contest and dare you all to sell everything. Some of you took the challenge quite literally. But really, there can only be one winner of the brand spanking new iPhone 4S plus 50 free Krrb credits. It wasn’t an easy task, but after sifting through all the posts and dozens of Krrb corners, we were able to choose one lucky winner

Weekend Wanderer – Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco

Weekend Wanderer – Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco

Get a little dirty this weekend. Photo: Iamtonyang.com

It’s Friday and we can’t wait to unchain ourselves from our desks and get out and about. Weekend Wanderer is a series that you’ll find every Friday morning featuring a few activities we’d like to explore. Check them out for yourself or do something in your neck of the woods. Either way, just get out and wander.

Vegan Shop-Up Serves a Full Plate of Goods – Brooklyn, New York

Vegan Shop Up Serves a Full Plate of Goods – Brooklyn, New York

There will be so many vegan treats on Sunday that you won't know what to do! Photo: Cinnamonsnail.com

There’s no better place than the Vegan Shop-Up to spend your refund on Tax Day Sunday. The flourishing pop-up market is at it again this month with gluten-free chocolate coated cake truffles,  cran-mary (cranberry, rosemary, lemon zest) baked pretzels, chai nut Brownies, and more. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, check out the stylish eye candy from Hudson and Bleecker with their chic travel bags.

To get your appetite raring for Sunday’s smorgasbord, we chatted with Vegan Shop Up’s founder Sarah Peltier, a 10 year vegan, about her favorite bites to eat around town and more

The Hot Corner – Alisha, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

The Hot Corner – Alisha, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn

Alisha Miranda (center) and her friends saw potential in Bed-Stuy's bars and restaurants as way to connect the community. Photo: Flickr.com/photos/ultraclay

As part of the series called The Hot Corner, we’ll be featuring Krrb corners that catch our eye with their well-curated inventory. Whether it’s upcycled, secondhand, vintage or handmade, be sure to see for yourself why we think these Krrbsters have it going on.

I Want This – Mad Men-era Cocktail Set

I Want This – Mad Men era Cocktail Set

Can someone make me an Old Fashioned?

After a long hiatus, Mad Men is back with its fifth season. And while wiggle skirts are out, a stiff drink is always in fashion. I’m eyeing this beautiful cocktail set ($125) for our living room. The chrome and wood caddy is a perfect blend of the changing times in the 1960s.

I’m thinking this set (complete with ice trays and original glass stirrer) is ideal for our Mad Men viewing party. We’ll stay up in the late hours of the night discussing Matthew Weiner’s take on Rolling Stones, the race riots, and the Vietnam War over vodka gimlets.

If you’re also looking to add some history to your home, pick up this cocktail set on Park Slope Vintage’s Krrb corner in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

From the Shelves of a Children’s Book Author – Oliver Jeffers

From the Shelves of a Childrens Book Author – Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers is a kid at heart. Photo: Timeoutnewyorkkids.com

From the Berenstains Bears to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the art of storytelling is really about reaching to the inner child in all of us. On the most basic level, children books break down the life lessons that shape who we become – the good ones at least! Read over and over again, certain childhood books fuel the fire on inspiration and curiosity. We asked children’s book author and friend of Krrb Oliver Jeffers for the five children books on his required reading list.

Keep an eye on Oliver Jeffer’s Krrb corner to see his latest projects and read on for Oliver’s favorite reads below

Come Together…

Come Together...

Last minute prep at the Dekalb Market yielded smashing results.

Krrb HQ has been buzzing with activity lately. Maybe it’s the warm weather that’s got us jumping or maybe it’s just the fact that we’ve had the opportunity to partner with some truly great folks recently. Whatever it is, it’s been a blast.

This past weekend found us working with Domino and The North Brooklyn Merchants Association to help put on Shop, Drop & Drink featuring a weekend’s worth of amazing deals from many of the incredible merchants who populate the biggest borough in the biggest city in the United States. We are always up for getting to know our neighbors a bit better—especially when those neighbors include the likes of Hickoree’s, In God We Trust, Bird, A&G Merch and Momofuku Milk Bar. The weather was beautiful and the deals were hot and New York came out in full force.

From the Shelves of a Children’s Book Illustrator – Mike Herrod

From the Shelves of a Childrens Book Illustrator – Mike Herrod

Mike takes his love for illustrations (and for his lovely wife Jenna) to another level.

The first grasp of a Pat the Bunny book can spark a love of reading in a child. The power of children’s literature is so strong that it begins before the mind is capable of reading and when the focus is on the illustrations. The details of well-loved children’s book become ingrained in us and continue to provoke the imagination into adulthood. We asked children’s book illustrator Mike Herrod for the five quintessential children books on his bookshelf. Be sure to check out the My Carrot Industries Krrb corner for prints of Mike Herrod’s illustrations

How To – An Old Fashioned Bookbinding Tutorial with Esther of Purgatory Pie Press

How To – An Old Fashioned Bookbinding Tutorial with Esther of Purgatory Pie Press

Some of the letterpress samples that decorate the tiny Purgatory Pie Press studio.

The tiny work studio in Tribeca, NYC that houses Purgatory Pie Press is a throwback to simpler times. The manual elevator is only accessible at odd hours, the air smells of ink and inside the studio is a comfortable peace due to the lack of computers whirring. Esther K. Smith and her husband Dikko Faust each work in their corners, collaborating at times. Dikko uses a letterpress and hand-sets wood and metal type while Esther designs and stitches books. We sat down with Esther to get a one-on-one lesson on the craft of binding books. You can check Esther’s handmade creations and her books on Purgatory Pie Press’s Krrb corner

5 Easy Pieces – Picnic Supplies

5 Easy Pieces – Picnic Supplies

Is there anything better than a picnic on a sunny day?

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. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that

Contain Your Excitement – Krrb is at Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market

Contain Your Excitement – Krrb is at Brooklyns Dekalb Market

The Krrb Container at the Dekalb Market, stocked full with rotating merch from Jane Borock, aka Jane Plantain.

The Dekalb Market is back for another sunny season full of unique shops in awesome shipping containers, food vendors, and live entertainment and the celebration begins with Spring Weekender this Saturday and Sunday. Krrb is joining in on the fun with our very own Krrb Container, and we’re working with seller and curator extraordinaire, Jane Plantain and her rotating collection of vintage finds. Check back as we introduce other Krrb sellers in the shop and as our Krrb Container corner rapidly develops. Follow Jane on twitter for up-to-the-minute goings on at the Dekalb Market.

There will be plenty to see and do this kickoff weekend with a local beer and wine garden, crafting and gardening workshops, live music and an Easter egg hunt! Stay tuned to Krrb to preview the goods from more than 40 shops and food vendors before you head out this weekend and all weeks to come.

Get a sneak peak of some the Dekalb Market shops

Contain Your Excitement – Krrb is at Brooklyns Dekalb Market

More than just a shopping destination, it's also a gathering place to eat, booze and listen to tunes.

Kira Kira Jewelry | An Etsy Art Assembly | Brooklyn Lime Green | Hot Trash Vintage | Grumpy Bert | Honeysuckle and Hearts | Hank and Jojo | Ebb and Flow | Love of Pretty | Eleanor’s

The Dekalb Market is open 7 days a week at 138 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Full schedule at Dekalb Market.

Shop, Drop, and Drink Your Way Around Williamsburg

Shop, Drop, and Drink Your Way Around Williamsburg

Photo: Guillaumegaudet.photoshelter.com

It’s no argument that Williamsburg is a thriving neighborhood brimming with creative people and shops. It’s why we teamed up with Northside Merchants Association and Domino Brooklyn to provide Shop, Drop, and Drink — a mobile shopping experience on Saturday, April 7. Find out more about Williamsburg’s finest vendors and their shopping and drinking habits, and check out a selection of our favorite picks from each. If you can’t wait till Saturday to start shopping, preview the goods here: krrb.com/shop-drop-drink

Member Spotlight – Cynthia of RetroSchmetro on Buying and Selling Vintage in Brooklyn

Member Spotlight – Cynthia of RetroSchmetro on Buying and Selling Vintage in Brooklyn

Cynthia of Retro Schmetro, holding guard at her stoop sale in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Meet Cynthia Tirado, the woman behind RetroSchmetro, your one-stop shop for all things vintage and kitsch. Need a seashell covered salt and pepper shaker? How about an Elvis bust table lamp? Head on over to Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn and while you’re there, ask Cynthia about her vintage sewing patterns and (scary) dolls from the turn of last century. If you’re one of the lucky few to get a glimpse of her home, you’ll see that her entire apartment is her warehouse, stocked with merch, waiting to be unloaded during stoop sale season. You’ll get lost in the row, upon row of knick-knack and bric-a-brac, were everything, literally, is for sale. The only open space is in her kitchen were she likes to bake scrumptious cupcakes for her customers.

So if you are a chronic stoop sale shopper, get over there because Cynthia’s sales are epic. She’ll be doing them monthly so stay tuned to her Krrb corner to find out the exact dates

I Want This – Mid-Century Modern China

I Want This – Mid Century Modern China

These timeless pieces are just calling for a dinner party.

My cupboard is a mix of chipped Ikea plates, plastic mixing bowls and hand-me-down serving ware. I rely on my cooking skills to distract company from the unsightly dishes I use to present food. I’m inspired by this Russel Wright Mid-century modern serving set to make some changes.

The clean lines and soft shape of the oval bowl, dish, and serving platter set ($95) offer a platform for my culinary masterpieces. This 1940s vintage collection from Steubenville is a timeless investment for any kitchen.

If you’re also looking to upgrade your kitchen with style, check out this Mid-century modern serving set on Salyarcht’s Krrb corner in Evanston, Illinois.

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