Garage Sale Fever — Sell Everything in the Month of August

Photo: Keepmeschenectady.files.wordpress.com

Photo: Keepmeschenectady.files.wordpress.com

Let’s consider the garage sale as a noble act of community building. Setting your wares outside for sale somehow suggests trust and openness, bringing people together and cutting across social and economic boundaries. Sure, these are heady thoughts for what usually amounts to cast-offs sitting forlornly on concrete floors or front yards, but when cities like Detroit are declaring bankruptcy, garage sales are a good way to bring the economy back to the local level.

Garage sales are a win-win. The seller gets rid of what they no longer want and ends up with some cash as a result while the buyer gets what they need for pennies on the dollar. So what are you waiting for? The weather is right for (re)connecting with neighbors over secondhand toasters and television stands while sharing some lemonade or a beer. Whether you’re saving for a trip or trying to pay some bills, garage sales can bring in between $500 and $1000 in funds and reveal long lost treasures. Garage sales as the ultimate expression of content, community and commerce — now that’s an idea we can get behind!

Have a Garage Sale

During the month of August Krrb wants to celebrate garage sales! Make a bit of extra cash while cleaning out your home and hosting a garage, stoop or tag sale. Fill out the form to register your sale with Krrb, and we promise to help you make it a success through promotion, tips and even free Krrb credits!

Brooklyn Artistry — Art and Craft Bazaar on August 10

Check out geometric jewelry and other handmade goods at the BACo. Bazaar August 10. Photo: Facebook.com/BrooklynArtistry?auto=format

Check out geometric jewelry and other handmade goods at the BACo. Bazaar on August 10. Photo: Facebook.com/BrooklynArtistry?auto=format

Calling all Brooklyn arts and crafts lovers: The BACo. Bazaar is a rooftop celebration of handmade objects sponsored by the artist collective Brooklyn Artistry in Fort Greene. Take part in celebrating and supporting the artist community of Brooklyn by shopping for jewelry, artwork, hand-sewn clothing, cosmetics and strange crafts on August 10.

We can’t wait to try on the geometric jewelry from NCKLPCKL, sift through bizarre odds and ends from Fly Knickknacks and sip coffee from Organo Gold. Stay tuned to Krrb as we round up the best to come from this art affair.

A $5 general admission gets you in, or spend $15 for access to an open bar of wine and Brooklyn Brewery beer all night long.

Visit the Bazaar

August 10th 7pm
143 Waverly in Fort Greene, Brooklyn
BACo. Facebook
Event Page

Locavore’s Fantasy — Super(Duper)Market in Manhattan, New York

Photo: Papermag.com

Photo: Papermag.com

PAPER Magazine’s annual Super(Duper)Market is back! This three-day pop-up festival which opens on August 2nd, features delicious handmade foods from local purveyors across the country. Imagine if you will, a grocery store filled with nothing but the best artisanal munchies the good ol’ USA has to offer

I Want This — Peruvian Herb Organic Crew Tee

I Want This — Peruvian Organic Herb Crew

Summer is a time when less is more.. I’m speaking of clothes, of course. That is why the Peruvian Herb Tee by earth-friendly company The Tafari caught my eye. Just beyond the cool botany graphic, you’ll find a fabric that is so incredibly light and breathable, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better shirt to spend your summer in. Not to mention, it’s 100% organic, features water-based inks and low impact dyes, and comes wrapped in a recycled paper. When it comes to style naturally sourced, this tee can’t be beat — take it from me, I live in my Eco crew shirt.

Do your part for the environment by staying cool this summer in this Peruvian Herb Tee from The Tafari. $54.

3-Step Green Cleaning for Secondhand Furniture Finds


When vintage credenzas, armoires and chairs — sometimes up to 20 pieces a week — pass through the Furnish Green studio, they have to be restored to their former glory. Like most curbside finds and estate sale scores, these pieces are musty, sometimes dull and watermarked and in need of a fresh coat of paint. This Midtown Manhattan-based shop shared their eco-friendly, 3-step cleaning process to make the restoration process safer on the environment

In Search Of — Coffee Tables

Photo: Stardust-decorstyle.blogspot.com

Photo: Stardust-decorstyle.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! Today, it’s all about “Coffee Tables” and we’ve got loads of them.

A coffee table is a gathering spot. A style spot. A spot to display your favorite photo books and magazines. And to set your coffee cup on a Saturday morning and rest your feet on a weeknight. Check out these coffee tables, where personality and lifestyle come together for one cozy, welcoming area

[Closed] Giveaway — Furniture Makeovers by DIY Guru Barb Blair of Knack Studios

Barb Blair opened Knack, a working studio and a retail shop located in Greenville, South Carolina. She recently release Furniture Makeovers, an all-compassing guide to fixer-uppers and tips to do it yourself. Photo by Carlton Riffel.

Six years ago, Barb Blair opened Knack, a working studio and a retail shop located in Greenville, South Carolina. She recently release Furniture Makeovers, an all-compassing guide to fixer-uppers and tips to do it yourself. Photo by Carlton Riffel.

We recently chatted with DIY enthusiast Barb Blair to get tips and tricks on making the most of your curbside finds. Win a copy of her recently release book Furniture Makeovers by tweeting at Krrb with a Krrb listing you would makeover. Read on to see how this DIYer made a career of polishing those diamonds in the rough

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How-to Photograph an Unstructured Item for Sale

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.

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How-to Photograph a Soft Item for Sale

Krrb member Amber Marlow is a professional photographer based in Brooklyn. She gave Krrb a few tips on photographing listings. When selling an item online, a great photograph can do most of the selling for you. First up in Amber’s 3-part tutorials is photographing a item without structure like a shirt, blanket or curtains. Start with good lighting so you’re able to capture details that make your listing one of a kind. Get a few shots that focus on special features of your item. Be sure to capture the scale of your item. Have a friend hold it so the buyer can see the true size in relation to a person

Local Finds — Adaptations in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

A minimalist aesthetic allows items to stand out.

A minimalist aesthetic allows items to stand out.

Several times a week Kyla Burney of Adaptations crosses state lines to share her love of found objects. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut but commutes to North Brooklyn where she sells her curated collection of vintage furniture and home goods

In Search Of — Musical Instruments

The Beatles. And instruments. Photo: 74211.com

The Beatles. And instruments. Photo: 74211.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 “Musical Instruments” and we’ve got loads of them.

There’s a great quote by poet Wystan Hugh Auden that goes, “Music, which can be made anywhere, is invisible and does not smell.” Whether you’re new to music-making or are an experienced musician, you’re sure to find a great deal on instruments across Krrb

Budget Vs. Splurge — The Entryway

Photo: Niceandpretty.org

Photo: Niceandpretty.org

An entryway is really the gateway to the home — where you drop your bag, set down your keys and invite yourself back to the serenity of your space. All too often, it turns into a place of clutter and forgotten junk mail. With a little purpose, the first spot you see when you open the door can become a beautiful, welcoming area. If your foyer needs an update, consider a rustic, English look or a simple shabby chic decor for any budget

In Search Of — Portables

A little dog to-go. Photo: Citybaseapartments.com

A little dog to-go. Photo: Citybaseapartments.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 “Items To-Go” and we’ve got loads of them.

Summer is the time of year when everything needs to be extra convenient. There are parks to visit, camping adventures to plan and road trips to make. With life on-the-move, we’re searching for everything portable and ready to go

In Search Of — Lacquer

Photo: Etsy.com/shop/OrsaMaggioreVintage?auto=format

Photo: Etsy.com/shop/OrsaMaggioreVintage?auto=format

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 “Lacquer” and we’ve got loads of items covered in it.

Lacquer — the shiny candy-colored coating on tables and chairs is taking homes by storm. As the layered gloss dries and hardens, it provides a shiny protective sealant for lamps, furniture and accessories in a rainbow of colors. First used in Asia and then found in Europe in the 17th century, lacquer is showing up in all sorts of designs around the world

Dishes — Portland, Maine Vs. San Francisco, California

We grew up with two sets of dishes — the everyday plain set and the fancy china tucked into the cabinet that only saw the light of day on Thanksgiving and grandma’s birthday. But what about an in-between set? A funky set of dishes full of character that can be pulled out for every dinner party and birthday? We searched for dish sets in both California and Maine and found two mod sets with very different personalities

Local Finds — RePOP in Brooklyn, New York

Russell Boyle sits at his checkout counter at RePOP.

Russell Boyle sits at his checkout counter at RePOP.

When Russell Boyle guides you through his Williamsburg shop, RePOP, he’s in director mode. He points to where his favorite set pieces are, highlights which areas need to be reworked and happily walks through where his themes and vision are coming through. Russell pauses under a taxidermic turkey fanning its tail above a bright blue industrial file cabinet. That area works, Russell says. It’s colorful and captivating.

A gobbler spreads its wings.

A gobbler spreads its wings.

He’s rethinking the entryway where a metal lamp reaches over a Mid-Century leather chair. It needs to be more cozy, he says, so he plans to slide in a low coffee table. His goal: To make people feel welcome to walk around and stay awhile

In Search Of — Flat Files

Photo: A couple made this flat file, sold it, and were later reunited with their beloved piece. Read more of their story: Blogdelanine.blogspot.com

Photo: A couple made this flat file, sold it, and were later reunited with their beloved piece. Read more of their story: Blogdelanine.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! Today, it’s all about “Flat Files” and we’ve got loads of them.

Flat files are used to store papers, blueprints and maps. While they might be made of rusting metal or wood that’s seen happier days, flat files are the beginning of great DIY projects and can be turned into footboard-storage solutions, table bases and glass-top art display cases as seen on Design*Sponge

In Search Of — Animal Print

Photo: Jukani.co.za

Photo: Jukani.co.za

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 “Animal Print” and we’ve got loads of it.

There’s no better way to swank up a room than with a few choice animal-inspired items. Whether it’s the classic black and white look of zebra stripes or the wild wonder of leopard print, we’re scouting out the safari look

10 New Reasons to Visit State Fairs This Year

Photo: Elcolibrihotel.com

Photo: Elcolibrihotel.com

Deep-fried pickles and icy strawberry lemonade. Eat it all and try to keep it down on the tilt-a-whirl. Along with food you never knew could be fried, state fairs have long honored home-grown spirit and local agriculture and businesses. Many state fairs use the exposure to present new ideas and community startups. These 10 summer celebrations are trying something new this year while making sure the classics stay intact (don’t worry, there will still be plenty of deep fried goodness)

In Search Of — Purple

Photo: Tranquillity-scio-studio.com

Photo: Tranquillity-scio-studio.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 color Purple” (not the book and movie) and we’ve got loads of it.

Purple was a hue reserved for royalty and bishops and according to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, the color of rain. Striking when found in nature like in irises and violets, we keep spotting the lovely hue all over the Krrb listings lately

Do’s and Don’ts of Transitioning to Professional Reseller

Lyssa Balick of Maryland, grew her vintage furniture shop from hobby to professional business.

Lyssa Balick of Maryland, grew her vintage furniture shop from hobby to professional business.

What began as hobby has become a career for Lyssa Balick of Maryland. Secondhand furniture was always a personal passion for Lyssa, who furnished her own home almost completely with used items. She started as a Mid-Century Modern buyer for Orions Objects in Baltimore before setting up her own business. Now, her shop Off Main is a place for her to sell affordable vintage furniture. Lyssa continues to grow her business, recently moving into a new studio space. She shares her personal tips for becoming a professional reseller