The World’s First Flea Market – Photos From Les Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt

Don’t even call this place a market. Les Puces de Clignancourt, as this beast is commonly called, is more of a self-contained city filled to the brim with vintage goods; jaw-dropping antiques; bric-a-brac; used, gently used, very used everything; knock-offs of premium brands and just plain garbage. Touted as the first flea market in the world, and probably the largest, it’s closer to a shopping district than a singular market.

I Want This — Vintage Thonet Club Chairs in Brooklyn, New York

These chrome club chairs will get your groove going.

As a true Krrbie since birth, my greatest secondhand find was an upholstered orange vinyl club chair for $5. This chair traveled with me to college and my first apartment, always adding a pop of color to any room. Though my chair has long gone to the giant living room in the sky, my love for 70’s style orange vinyl furniture remains strong. It’s why I’m considering redoing my living room to include these amber beauties with chrome accents.

If you’re looking for a sassy addition to your home, look no further than these Vintage Thonet Club Chairs ($325) from Get it Gone’s corner in Brooklyn, New York.

[Update] Oh How I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Ways

The new Krrb homepage is the start of a magical love affair.

The new Krrb homepage is the start of a magical love affair.

Krrb is an ever-changing, constantly evolving, continually growing, wildly expanding, big ol’ beautiful almost two-year-old baby. With your help we’ve been raising this bouncing bundle of joy to be the kind of neighbor we can all count on and be proud of for many years to come.

As we approach our two-year anniversary (in November), we’ve been hard at work improving Krrb based off user feedback. We’re happy to share with you the highlights from the last couple of weeks and will continue to share as we launch new features right through the holiday season

Back to School Secondhand Shopping in Brooklyn, Austin and San Francisco

Let's be real, this outfit wouldn't last through recess on your kid. Photo: Alphavillejournal.com

Let's be real, this outfit wouldn't last through recess on your kid. Photo: Alphavillejournal.com

Back to school shopping for children’s clothes is a never ending ordeal. As soon as you’ve bought your kids a season’s worth, chances are they’ve outgrown them. Consignment and thrift stores make the whole process a little lighter on the wallet or you can grab some secondhand steals readily available on Krrb. So to get into the season, we chatted up a few shop owners in Brooklyn, San Francisco and Austin about how they prepare for the back to school crowds and their fond memories of new backpacks and lunchboxes

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How To Make Mini Pizzas

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.

When it comes to making snacks for hungry children (and adults!) the less fuss, the better. Check out this healthy spin on a class favorite — mini pizzas. We teamed up with Lia LoBello from The Pretty Delicious for a simple mini pizza recipe that you can tailor to your health needs. Swap in whole wheat or brown rice English muffins, homemade sauce, and even top it off with a few raw veggies. These mini pizzas are a simple snack sure to hold any kid over till dinner time. Be sure to check The Pretty Delicious for more recipes from Lia and her co-blogger Erin.

The City of Light — A Love Affair

Ohh, Paris. The romance, the wine, the cheese! Then there’s the marches. Yes! The marches. Those in need can pick up anything and everything from hardware to slippers to vintage clothes from one of their hundreds of diverse markets that dot the city.

The secondhand economy is thriving in the City of Light replete with a beautiful, subtle nod to conscious consumption. Car sharing, bike sharing, and sharing of any and all kinds also has a permanent home here. And of course, there is vintage to drool over. From shops to individual sellers, Paris will never let you forget that it’s the fashion capital of the world.

So what do you get when you cross local markets, secondhand shopping, and sharing out the wazoo, with vintage galore? Why, you get Krrb, of course! Since Krrb was born, the city by the Seine gave it love, in part because Krrb is half French, but also because Paris is so firmly rooted in localism, something that courses through our veins.

After a bit of a cultural exchange between our New York and Paris offices this summer we thought it only right to pay homage to the city that inspired so much of this thing we call Krrb. Keep an eye out these next two weeks for a truly Krrb tribute to one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Because like Thomas Jefferson, we believe that “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Obviously!

Cat Campbell’s Call to Nature and Secondhand in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Cat Campbell is taking Grand Rapids by storm.

Cat Campbell is taking Grand Rapids by storm.

With the sun setting on the summer, Cat Campbell is hoping to squeeze in a few more trips to the beaches of Lake Michigan before the cold hits. While she may not be heading back to school, discovering new treasures during her walks through the Grand Rapids woods revives the wonder of being a kid. If you haven’t seen her Krrb corner already, check out Vintage Sprawl to see more of the curiousities that catch Cat’s eye

5 Easy Pieces — Back to School with Style Edition

It's time to head back to class. Photo: Thehotpinktypewriter.blogspot.com

It's time to head back to class. Photo: Thehotpinktypewriter.blogspot.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 — Austin, Chicago and San Francisco

Uncover great deals wherever you go this weekend. Photo: Nj.com

Uncover great deals wherever you go this weekend. Photo: Nj.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. Chock full of vintage and handmade goods, we think these markets are an ideal way to spend an afternoon. Check out why we’ve got market fever

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How To Make Hummus

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.

Heading back to school is all about getting back to good routines. Why not start with healthier options for your lunch and after school snacks? We teamed up with Lia LoBello from The Pretty Delicious for a healthy and wallet friendly hummus recipe. A great source of protein, hummus is ideal for pairing with raw vegetables, pita and pretzel sticks. Using a can of garbanzo beans, two cloves of garlic, juice from a whole lemon and a tablespoon of Tahini sauce, Lia makes hummus that suits her tastes and is cheaper than the store bought variety. Be sure to check The Pretty Delicious for more recipes from Lia and her co-blogger Erin.

Pinning – Back to School Shopping with Janette Crawford of Fashion Loves People

Take advantage of Janette's styling expertise. Photo: About.me

Take advantage of Janette's styling expertise. Photo: About.me

What’s more reminiscent of the end of summer than some back to school shopping for the new year? To get us in the mood for schoolin’, we asked Janette Crawford of the ethically stylish blog Fashion Loves People for her fashionable picks. Using Krrb and only Krrb, it didn’t take long for Janette to add some secondhand finds and sustainable additions to her wardrobe

I Want This — Large Colonial Home in Florida, New York

Isn't she lovely?

Isn't she lovely?

I’ve fallen deeply, madly in love with a grand home in upstate New York. While I’m not ready to become a homeowner and spend my weekends at the hardware store, I can’t help but dream of this beautiful colonial house with four bedrooms, four baths, attic, basement and outdoor deck. Did I mention the screened-in gazebo for dining al fresco in the summer or the wood-burning fireplace to cozy up to in the winter?

If you’re crushing as hard as I am, check out this colonial home ($399,998) from Lily’s corner in Florida, New York. If this is too far from New York City, check out a studio loft (complete with fireplace) right in the middle of the city.

Weekend Wanderer — Austin, Boston and New York City

Test out uncharted waters. Photo: Hawaiianforest.com

Test out uncharted waters. Photo: Hawaiianforest.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

The Hot Corner — Jennifer LeDuc in Lakewood, Colorado

Check out the assortment of baby gear and maternity clothes coming from Colorado.

Check out the assortment of baby gear and maternity clothes coming from Colorado.

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 — Vintage Chaise in Brooklyn, New York

Perfect for lounging around.

Perfect for lounging around.

With Labor Day on the horizon, I’m anxiously trying to make the most of summer in it’s final hour. My schedule is crammed with weekend trips, bike rides, trips to the beach and even mandatory bumming around. To really take in summer’s lazy attitude, I want, nay, need this vintage chaise. It’s perfect for laying around and catching up on my summer reading list.

If you’re looking for an excuse to stretch out, make it this vintage chaise ($600) from Katy Louise Miller’s corner in Brooklyn, New York.

Food for Thought — The Re-Education of School Lunches

Photo: Eating-made-easy.com

Photo: Eating-made-easy.com

It was the gelatinous, flat, grey Salisbury Steak sandwich that finally got me off the hook from buying school lunches. Inviting my mother to have lunch with me at school one day resulted in me being able bring meals from home. Phew! In the early 1990s, salad bars and other vegetarian options were nonexistent in my public school lunchroom, and a homemade PB&J had more appeal and nourishment than my school’s daily dose of processed mystery meat. But thanks to voices both big (renown chef Jamie Oliver) and small (nine-year-old Martha Payne of NeverSeconds), the school lunch is facing a much needed overhaul. From nonprofits to state officials, more attention is being paid to what students eat and resulting consequences of poor test scores, attention spans and rising obesity rates

Closing Ceremonies at The Vintage Bazaar in Chicago, Illinois

The crowds at The Aragon Ballroom were abuzzing at Chicago’s Vintage Bazaar this past weekend, and for good reason, considering their curated booths of vintage and handmade vendors. We asked well-versed market scavenger, Meg Goldberg to step up as Krrb’s on-the-scene liaison to grab us shots and to be downright neighborly. And neighborly she was. Shopping doesn’t quite count as a competitive sport, but Meg reports on which independent sellers were on the top of their game. Thanks Meg, you’re the best!

With experience at The Vintage Bazaar as both a spectator and vendor, the market definitely ranks at the top of my list for quality goods, organized charm, awesome clientele and curated unique finds. In true Olympic spirit, the cream of the crop were again on display. But who stood out for bronze, silver and gold? Here’s a sneak peak at just a few of my favorites

5 Easy Pieces — Upcycled Sporting Goods Edition

Wondering what to do with your old sporting goods? Upcycle it! Photo: Bainbridgerotaryauction.com

Wondering what to do with your old sporting goods? Upcycle it! Photo: Bainbridgerotaryauction.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 — Chicago, Los Angeles, and Denver

You're bound to find a few treasures at a number of flea markets this weekend. Photo: Heatherbullard.typepad.com

You're bound to find a few treasures at a number of flea markets this weekend. Photo: Heatherbullard.typepad.com

We’ve got market fever this weekend with vintage markets heating up all over the place. Check out these three 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

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