DIY Business Association – Two Heads are Better Than One

DIY Business Association – Two Heads are Better Than One

After a decade of scraping by as a budding indie entrepreneur and launching Venus Zine, Amy Schroeder wanted to help other independent businesses make it in less time by banding together. Understanding the needs of creative idea makers because of her own experiences, Amy began the DIY Business Association to help entrepreneurs execute their goals. In the spirit of group efforts, Krrb is partnering with DIYBA for Speed Connecting NYC: Where Collaboration Begins on March 28.

Randolph Market: Spring Fling Brings a Gust of Antique Goods to Chicago

Randolph Market: Spring Fling Brings a Gust of Antique Goods to Chicago

Find vintage boots and more at the Randolph Street Market's Spring Fling in March. Photo: Imagepilots.com

When an influx of young fashion designers joined the Chicago Antique Market in 2005, there was an uproar by antique dealers who were selling their wares first. However it didn’t take long for the “market of markets” to become the mix of styles, finds, and collections that Randolph Street Market is now known for today. To keep the blend of vendors year after year, founder Sally Schwartz consistently curates sellers and their inventory. It’s why buyers have come to expect a fresh surge of vintage goods in the forecast for the Windy City. Riding on last month’s successful event, “Spring Fling” a second antique show this season is slated for the weekend of March 24-25 in Chicago

5 Easy Pieces – The Smoothie Edition

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?

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

Hunting for Style with Hill Vintage – 25 Finds

Hunting for Style with Hill Vintage – 25 Finds

Hill Vintage scours thrift stores for one-of-kind items like this "Flying Farmers" jacket.

How could you not love Hill Vintage whose owners vow to “dress the world in vintage one beautiful and broke person at a time”? Based in the midwest, the Hill Vintage collection is a result of tireless hunts through the city’s thrift stores, garage and estate sales. This Saturday, Hill Vintage is holding a trunk sale in Des Moine’s trendy East Village with a slew of new inventory ripe for the picking. Here are our 25 top picks from their amazing corner

Weekend Wanderer – Palm Springs, Baltimore, Nashville

Weekend Wanderer – Palm Springs, Baltimore, Nashville

Add a little fresh air to your weekend. Photo: Parksandattractions.com

It’s Friday and we can’t wait to unchain ourselves from our desks and get out and about. Weekend Wanderer is a new 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.

Shop Talk with Hill Vintage, Des Moines, Iowa

Shop Talk with Hill Vintage, Des Moines, Iowa

In the warmer months Hill Vintage runs their trunk show out of this 1964 Yellowstone trailer.

We’ll never know how we made it this long without the fabulous clothes from Hill Vintage. The midwestern vintage seller has opened our eyes to such finds as a 1970’s flight attendant wrap dress, Jackie Onassis-inspired cardigans and perfectly worn men’s Wrangler button downs. It only gets better with a trunk sale this Saturday at Ephemera in the East Village, Des Moines’s hippest neighborhood. Get to know the packrats behind Hill Vintage’s great inventory as we talk shop with Jessica Miller and Erica Lynn Carnes

Take a Leap – Capturing Style Through a Lens

Take a Leap – Capturing Style Through a Lens

At BCALLA's show in Living Theatre. Photo: Fred Attenborough Photography. fcaphoto.tumblr.com

Constant exposure to friends and family photographers has spiked my own interest in the creative process. Luckily, I only had to walk downstairs to gain perspective. My apartment building created a studio space for tenants last year. Hanging out there this weekend gave me few tips on getting comfortable behind the lens

I Want This – Canon EOS Rebel K2 SLR in Kips Bay, Manhattan

I Want This   Canon EOS Rebel K2 SLR in Kips Bay, Manhattan

Point, click, shoot!

It seems like everyone and their Uncle Bob is a budding photographer. In fact, I’m pretty sure my Uncle Bob does possess a camera, and a good one at that. The time has come to expand my own knowledge of photography beyond Instagram. I want to start taking pictures that aren’t immediately uploaded to the internet and forgotten.

There is something very satisfying about being behind the lens and what better way to get started than with a piece of substantial equipment. I’m inspired to take the leap and start a fresh hobby. I can’t wait to chime in my friends’ heated film versus digital discussions.

Become a shutterbug at humanly’s Krrb corner in New York.

Take a Leap – Create Perfect Harmony with a Bench and Old Sweater

Take a Leap – Create Perfect Harmony with a Bench and Old Sweater

An old sweater and bench find new life in this beauty.

Bao-Khang Luu first came to my attention when I saw him decorate a room with trash on The Nate Berkus Show. (Set your Tivo, the episode is running again this week!) He’s also shown up on Krrb as a buyer and hopefully a seller in the near future. I’ve become even more familiar with the designer this past week as we’ve set up shop on the floor of his workspace to cover my beat-up piano bench with the thread of an old knit sweater. While this is my first venture into upcycling, Bao is known for his artfully designed home decor made of discarded everyday items

Weekend Wanderer – Chicago, Philadelphia, Honolulu

Weekend Wanderer – Chicago, Philadelphia, Honolulu

Make a few discoveries this weekend. Photo: Ourtongnian.wordpress.com

It’s Friday and we can’t wait to unchain ourselves from our desks and get out and about. Weekend Wanderer is a new 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.

The Hot Corner – Fox and Brie, Austin, Texas

The Hot Corner – Fox and Brie, Austin, Texas

Check out the fun chevron print on this handmade tie by Fox & Brie.

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

I Want This – Grape Vine Wine Rack in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I Want This   Grape Vine Wine Rack in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I bet wine hanging from the ceiling tastes better.

There would be no greater joy than to see my wine bottles suspended from the ceiling in this beautifully crafted iron wine rack. Forged in Milwaukee by the very talented Kent Knapp who has been blacksmithing for many years, this wine rack is but one of the many amazing pieces in Milwaukee Blacksmith’s corner. Iron seems to be a forgotten element in modern home decor, but I really love it. Not only is the process itself steeped in history, but the finished product can have such a high level of craftsmanship that it’s sure to set your home apart from your friend’s over-Ikea-ized abodes.

Anyone know of any blacksmithing classes I could take? Although the thought of clumsy me in a class near molten materials sounds like it would be a bad idea for everyone involved…

Go check it out at Milwaukee Blacksmith’s Krrb corner in Milwaukee.

Cheers!

Take a Leap – Spinning a New View on Upcycling

Take a Leap – Spinning a New View on Upcycling

Transforming something old into something new.

I’ve been living with an eyesore for years. An old piano bench that I picked up one day on my way home has followed me from apartment to apartment. Not wanting to discard the functional piece of furniture with built-in storage, I’ve often stuck it in some corner of my living space with little thought.

But last Sunday I took a leap. I spent the afternoon with Bao-Khang Luu in his home/workspace learning to upcycle. I brought over my ugly bench (now replete with chipping varnish) in hopes of creating a presentable piece of furniture. Bao specializes in transforming discarded items into beautiful and eco-friendly home designs that sell through his company Relevé Design

Krrb’s Valentine Gift Guide – Scorpion Sisters Labatories, San Francisco, California

Krrb’s Valentine Gift Guide – Scorpion Sisters Labatories, San Francisco, California

It's not to late to gift your Valentine this upcycled necklace from Scorpion Sisters.

When Valentine’s Day began in the High Middle Ages, it was about chivalrously expressing love and admiration. Not with generic cards and stale candy hearts but with heartfelt notes and thoughtful gifts. Every day through February 14, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with fresh gift ideas for your loved ones.

Valentine’s Day is upon us and who better than Scorpion Sisters Labatories to show us the true meaning of love. We love San Francisco-based Michelle Threadgould’s ability to create unique jewelry from vintage chains and upcycled charms. Check out her new items centered around Valentine’s Day and see why we’re enamored

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