5 Easy Pieces — Handmade Games

5 Easy Pieces — Handmade Games

Anyone up for a game? Photo: Theosingha.com

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

Market Fever — New York, San Francisco, Tennesee

Market Fever — New York, San Francisco, Tennesee

Look high and low for those incredible secondhand finds. Photo: Fleamarketaustin.org

We’re in the home stretch of summer but flea market season isn’t winding down anytime soon. We’ve got three markets that will inspire you to get out and shop locally wherever you are. Whether its handmade goods or curated vintage finds, this weekend is full of events you won’t want to miss. Check out why we’ve got market fever

Deva Mirel and Her Sweet Spot for Vintage Plates

Deva Mirel and Her Sweet Spot for Vintage Plates

Deva's got a thing for serving ware.

It’s no circus act but Deva Mirel is a master of balancing plates. The north Florida transplant runs Fresh Pastry Stand — a cake stand business, blogs, currently has a Kickstarter for her line of beeswax candles, all on top of being a mother of three. If you’re not impressed yet, wait until you see her massive collection of serving ware. Deva’s vintage collecting has caught our attention which is why we’re putting the spotlight on her. Find out how with this balancing act, Deva handles it all and how you can get your hands on her handmade goods

I Want This — Foosball Table in San Francisco, California

I Want This — Foosball Table in San Francisco, California

Time to warm up.

With the constant coverage of the Summer Olympics, I’m in the mood for some fun and games. Anyone up for a game of foosball? I’m loving the idea of this table in the Krrb headquarters. While I’m not talking about setting records of Michael Phelps proportions, I do think we could use a little recreational activity around here.

Looking to up your game? Pick up this $200 Foosball Table on Sophia’s Krrb corner in San Francisco, California.

Apartment Therapy Classifieds – Powered by Krrb and Made Possible by You!

Apartment Therapy Classifieds – Powered by Krrb and Made Possible by You!

As the saying goes, home is where the heart is… and we heart furniture. What’s a home without furniture? A cave, that’s what. And who really wants to live in a cave anymore? Sure they were chic for centuries but times have changed and your chairs have come to define you as much as the clothes you wear. If clothes make the person, furniture makes the home.

Since the dawn of Krrb, we’ve had scavenger visions of local listings filled with fabulous furniture that we can rummage through, find personal gems and take home for our own. And not just any local listing, but a Krrb listing showing furniture for sale right next door – cause who wants to lug a mid century modern credenza across town, let alone across the country.

That vision has come to fruition (love it when I can use that word)

Get Cooking — Tips On How-To Organize a Food Swap


If you didn’t make it to Krrb’s Food and Kitchen Swap with our partners BK Swappers and Local Roots NYC, you can see for yourself that we had a grand ol’ time. Our swap was a great way to bring together local foodies, exchange pantry goods and clear out those rarely used kitchen gadgets. If you’re interested in putting together a food swap of your own, we got a few tips to get you on your way

Photo-finish — A Visual Guide to Post-War Olympic’s Greatest Moments

Photo finish — A Visual Guide to Post War Olympics Greatest Moments

The world's first photo-finish shows the United States' Harrison Dillard (nearest camera) edging his teammate (and roommate), Barney Ewell, in the 100 meter.

In 1948 the world was still reeling from the trauma of World War II. With new horrors being uncovered daily humanity was in need of a serious mojo uplift. Enter the 1948 Olympiad, held in London (the games were held in the city by the Thames in 1908 as well, not to mention 2012). These games produced some mesmerizing moments indelibly imprinted on the world’s mind, perhaps because they were the first to be televised.

The 1948 Olympics also marked the advent of modern time-keeping at the games and introduced the phrase “photo-finish” to the world. Prior to ’48, races had been determined by the familiar tape marking the end of the competition. This caused some problems though, particular with the 100 meter races where runners finished in tight packs. Enter the photoelectric cell and the “slit” photofinish camera. The photoelectric cell determined the exact time a runner crossed the line and the “slit” camera captured that precise moment. In ’48 these new timing mechanisms only served to aid the judges in their decisions. But in 1968, at the Mexico City Olympics, they would officially become the determining factor for all track and field events.

In honor of the 2012 Olympic Games we’ve decided to piece together a visual timeline of photo-finishes from 1948 to today. Enjoy!

Krrbside Chatter — Collaborative Consumption

Krrbside Chatter — Collaborative Consumption

Bike sharing programs are popping up in major cities around the world. Photo: Wired.com

The idea that you don’t have to own something to have access to it is the basis of the popular book “What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption.” Author Rachel Botsman believes that the social networks we rely on are responsible for widening the community for sharing. This culture of “we” created by sharing behaviors online is transmitting offline to secondhand goods, homes, office space and more through sites such as Airbnb and Krrb.

Borrowing and lending has become a currency unto itself. The Wall Street Journal says the collaborative consumption industry is estimated to be worth $100 billion. With so many ways and things to share, startups such as such as Ridejoy and Swishing are making it their business to connect these neighbors effortlessly. The transaction isn’t between the business and the person who needs to rent a car anymore but rather, Relay Rides connects the car owner who doesn’t need his car and his peer who temporarily does. These marketplaces foster a lifestyle that goes hand in hand with the green movement. Moreso, these websites and apps serve as a platform for social good.

As technology continues to build new connections for sharing, barriers will have to be broken. While people are taking a more mindful approach to living collaboratively, sharing more online and off will lead to a more rich experience for all. Finding the incentive to move past individual consumption will perhaps prove to be the greatest challenge of this year’s largest social trend.

A Party Hoppin’, Food Swappin’ Good Time — Brooklyn, New York

A Party Hoppin, Food Swappin Good Time — Brooklyn, New York

We came, we saw, we swapped.

Last night at the Krrb Headquarters, foodies gathered to swap their homemade goods. BKSwappers, Local Roots NYC and Krrb teamed up for this hyperlocal event that promoted neighborly love. Everything from homemade, edible treats such as spicy pickles and chipotle sauces were traded with non-edible kitchen items like cookbooks and ceramic bakeware. The event also included a potluck with chef-friendly prizes from Brooklyn Kitchen, Gowanus Furniture and Local Roots. Check out more of our photos on Facebook.

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A Party Hoppin, Food Swappin Good Time — Brooklyn, New York

A flurry of trading and swapping.

Have you been to a food swap? If you’re planning a swap, post it Krrb so participants can preview the goods.

Market Fever — Flea Markets in Portland, Chicago, and San Francisco to Explore This Weekend

Market Fever — Flea Markets in Portland, Chicago, and San Francisco to Explore This Weekend

Spend your weekend scouring for finds at flea markets. Photo: Homestilo.com

The dog days of summer may be over but it’s not time to head inside. We’ve got three outdoor markets you’ll want to explore this Saturday and Sunday. Chocked full of vintage and handmade goods, we think these markets are a perfect way to wile away an afternoon. Check out why we’ve got market fever

What a Steal! It’s The Big Deal — Up to 50 Percent Off in Chicago, Illinois

What a Steal! Its The Big Deal — Up to 50 Percent Off in Chicago, Illinois

Get these Randolph Street Market finds on sale today only!

We understand the urge to scour Chicago’s Randolph Street Market for great deals on one of a kind items. But you don’t have to wait for the weekend to get your shopping started. We’ve got some steals you’ll want to snatch up before you even walk out the door.

The first two people to message “the friendly sellers, Adorn 512 and STC Finds, through Krrb before 6:00 p.m. CST will secure the discounted price and be able to pick up the product this weekend at Randolph Street Market. We’ll even throw in two free tickets so you and a friend can check out the whole show while you’re grabbing your pre-purchased goodies. There’s only an inventory of one, so get clicking! If you miss out, never fear, visit Krrb’s Randolph’s Market preview to see what else you can get your hands on this weekend

I Want This — Pink Pigeon Light in Manhattan, New York

I Want This — Pink Pigeon Light in Manhattan, New York

When in doubt, put a bird on it.

I’m nearing the first anniversary of living with my boyfriend in our first adult apartment. Despite my ambitious plans, our walls are still pretty bare. I’m in love with the urban feel of this pink pigeon light ($99) by Ed Carpenter/Thorsten van Elten. The color is fun and would light up a dark, narrow hallway in our home.

If you’re looking to add a punch of color and personality to your place, pick up this Pink Pigeon Light on Apartment Therapy’s Krrb corner in Manhattan, New York.

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How to Regrow Scallions

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.

There is a flurry of activity in the Krrb kitchen as we prepare for the Food and Kitchen Swap on Thursday. It’s not too late to get your tickets to this foodie shindig! Join Brooklyn’s locavores to share homemade recipes, edible treats and a few kitchen gadgets. Not sure what to swap? We’ve got some ideas on Krrb and even more tips coming your way. If you’re not much of a mastermind in the kitchen, you can also swap homegrown or foraged goods. To get you started, Wen-Jay Ying, director of Local Roots NYC, an alternative CSA model, shows us Krrbies how to regrow scallions using a simple jar and a little water. It’s easy peasy.

5 Easy Pieces — Packaging Homemade Food

5 Easy Pieces — Packaging Homemade Food

When prepping food for a swap, use handmade or upcycled items to portion it out. Photo: Risingshining.com

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

Weekend Wanderer — Brooklyn, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale + Ticket Giveaway

Weekend Wanderer — Brooklyn, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale + Ticket Giveaway

Keep cool and carry on this weekend. Photo: Laurenhefferon.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

Elise Pelletier, the Art Teacher With Treasures Aplenty

Elise Pelletier, the Art Teacher With Treasures Aplenty

It is rare to catch Elise Pelletier standing still.

It hasn’t been much of a summer break for art teacher Elise Pelletier. The Brooklyn public school teacher is packing up for a move to Maine in between designing stationary and wedding invitations for her side business Foreshadow Press. With the school season on the horizon, Elise is working on a couple new lines of cards and bags and sewing projects that she hopes to finish before the fall. We’ll be sad to lose this Pratt Institute alumni to New England, but luckily, we’ve can get an idea of her latest projects on her Krrb corner. Read on to find out what’s on the radar for this artistic sweetheart

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