In Search Of — Starburst Mirrors

Photo Credit: productfind.interiordesign.net

Photo Credit: productfind.interiordesign.net

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 we’re looking for Starburst Mirrors.

Some call them sunburst mirrors. We call them a must-have

Design of the Times — Georges Briard

Georges Briard was born Jascha Brojdo in the Ukraine. Photo: Anthologyhouse.net

Georges Briard was born Jascha Brojdo in the Ukraine. Photo: Anthologyhouse.net

Take a quick look around secondhand markets online and off (including Krrb) and it’s easy to see that Jascha Brojdo, or Georges Briard as he is more commonly known, had a way with glass. Born in the Ukraine in 1917, he ended up in Chicago in 1937. Though the world was in turmoil, Chicago was buzzing with design of every sort — something not lost on the young immigrant. Brojdo jumped into art studies at both the University of Chicago and the The Art Institute of Chicago. After earning an MFA he enlisted in the Army and served throughout the war as an interpreter.

After the war, Brojdo landed in New York where he reconnected with art school chum, Max Wille, and started to find his artistic footing. Trained as a fine artist, his first pieces to make it to market were metal serving trays that he hand painted. Wille recognized the potential and pushed Brojdo to investigate mass production and also pushed him to change his name — at least as far as it related to his design work. Design = Georges Briard. Art continued to = Jascha Brojdo.

Photo: Mistermodtomic.blogspot.com

Photo: Mistermodtomic.blogspot.com

Needless to say, Briard became the much more recognized moniker due to the eventual mass production of his work. His work was so mass produced in fact that, as Jessica from the blog, There’s No Accounting for Good Taste, states: “Briard designs were so numerous and were produced for so many years that it’s difficult to get through an entire flea market without seeing something he designed, which makes them great entry-level collectibles.”

And there’s the rub. Briard’s designs are undoubtedly special. The care with which they were created is readily evident. But is it too much of a good thing? Has their overabundance made them more akin to Skittles than Mom’s banana bread? Maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe Skittles are delicious regardless of how many people have them? Maybe Mom’s banana bread would be just as incredible if it were stocked in grocery stores across the country? It’s possible (but doubtful, due to my Mom’s amazing banana bread).

Still, call me a brat but my attraction to all things secondhand (and all things first hand come to think of it) has been the personal aspect. The idea that, in something’s rarity lies its ability to have a real effect on who we are and what we think. Because when it comes down to it, we are really just a collection of experiences and interactions—each building on top of the other to produce that shiny happy thing we call character. And what fun would the world be if we all had the same character or personality? That’s a rhetorical question, of course.

This has become an issue increasingly worthy of discussion in the internet era where almost everything is ubiquitous. So while I love you Briard, I think I’ll save my pennies for Brojdo.

Design of the Times — Georges Briard

In Search Of — Candlesticks

Photo: Stmarkre.blogspot.com

Photo: Stmarkre.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 we’re on the hunt for candlesticks and we refuse to make a “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick” reference about it.

Modern, classic or organic, here are some of our favorite finds from this week to set upon the dining table

Heritage — Celebrating Thanksgivingukkah

Photo: Thanksgivingukkahboston.com

Photo: Thanksgivingukkahboston.com

As I’m sure you’ve heard, this year Thanksgiving and the first night of Channukah happen on the same night. This once-in-a-lifetime event (unless science finds a way to keep us alive until 79,811 or you are a time traveler from 1861 when technically, Thanksgiving was still not a holiday. So get out of here you lying time traveler!) and that in and of itself is worth celebrating.

To help your Thanksgivingukkah be the best it can be, we’ve covered all the bases for this ultimate celebration with ideas for food, decoration and games. You can thank us later when we stop over for some pie

In Search Of — Dining Room Chair Sets

Crowd enough seats around your Thanksgiving table for the whole gang. Photo: Sallygary.wordpress.com

Crowd enough seats around your Thanksgiving table for the whole gang. Photo: Sallygary.wordpress.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 we’re looking for dining room chair sets just in time to accommodate those extra guests who showed up for Thanksgiving dinner!

The more, the merrier. Thanksgiving feast is about bringing friends and family together. Make sure you’ve got plenty of chairs to seat all your loved ones

I Want This — Appleton Reelite Light

Photo: Krrb.com/SteamRetroWorks?auto=format

Photo: Krrb.com/SteamRetroWorks?auto=format

As a fan of all things industrial, vintage, and full of character, how could I not be into the Appleton Reelite light sold by Retro Steam Works. This 100-year-old wall-mounted work light comes complete with a 5-foot retractable cord, wooden handle, and a brass bulb cage. And not to mention the natural wear and tear that can’t be bought at your local lighting store. Who’s to say there’s not another 100 years left of light in this baby?

Own a little piece of history for $349.95.

Follow Friday — Sellers We Can’t Get Enough Of

Follow Friday — Sellers We Can't Get Enough Of

It’s Friday and if you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you know that means it’s time to celebrate with a little #FollowFriday. But being that there are so many super people out there working their social media magic, we’re giving kudos to top sellers to follow that you might not already have on your radar.

Read below for those who get our reads, clicks and Retweets. And of course, if you aren’t following us already, follow us at @krrbsale, Instagram and on Facebook!

Happy Follow Friday

Krrb Classifieds — Optimize Your Keywords to Sell Better

+Search, +Shop, +Sell

+Search, +Shop, +Sell

We all know that any online shopping site is only as good as their search. A hard-to-find search bar, non-existent customizable options and poor results is a surefire recipe for the back button click. Chances are that if it’s harder to find what you’re looking for than your actual desire to purchase it, you’ll leave empty handed. Which is bad news for both buyers and sellers.

At Krrb, we understand how important these features are. Which is why we re-vamped our navigation bar by retrofitting it with a new one-step search design. We’ve also added new filters, like “Items That Ship”, to help you shop local anywhere to find that perfect item. Now, we have taken it a step further by tripling the number of intelligent keywords allowed on listings.

Targeted keywords (or tags) help provide clarity and classification. As a buyer, using keywords to search can make browsing in a category easy and with multiple keyword searches, pinpoint an exact item in seconds. As a seller, incorporating intelligent keywords will include your items in more accurate search results upping your chances for a sale, great! And by auto-populating keywords based on your listing title and description, we have cut the amount of work you have to do in half.

When it comes to keywords, think big, small, detailed and big picture all at the same time. To take full advantage of all the benefits, try to focus your keywords on these following types:

  1.  Categories (Broad/General): furniture, electronics, clothing
  2. Sub Categories (Specified): chair, phone, jacket
  3. Brand (Manufacturer/Label): Ikea, Apple, Levi’s
  4. Attributes (Characteristics): bar height, white, denim
  5. Condition (Shape/Appearance): handmade, new, vintage

Keep this list handy when creating listings and remember that a little effort here will payoff down the line. Let us know what you think about our new keyword functionality in the comments below or send us your suggestions in the Krrb Forum.

In Search Of – Modern Desks

Photo: Home-designing.com

Photo: Home-designing.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 we’re in search of modern, sleek desks. Think Atlas Shrugged style without the questionable lack of empathy for your fellow man.

Clean, sleek lines. Glass or marble topped, these desks will help you get the job done…or just make it look like you do

Thanksgiving — Holiday Entertaining On A Budget

Thanksgiving — Holiday Entertaining On A Budget

Known for her ability to add style to any place with just a few bucks, Krista Byers of Goodwill Glam shares some inexpensive ways to glam up your dining table in time for Thanksgiving turkey.

The holiday season is officially in full swing with Thanksgiving next week! It’s a lovely time of year to take time with friends and family and make things really special. I have some quick and easy tips to help you make your home beautiful for the holidays without breaking the bank

A Taste of Home — SALO, Pop-up Dinner Raises Support for Disaster Victims in the Philippines

Photo: Facebook.com/SALOseries?auto=format

Photo: Facebook.com/SALOseries?auto=format

What began as a way to bring a taste of Yana Gilbuena‘s motherland to her home in Brooklyn has grown into a popular pop-up dinner series called SALO Series. For Yana, who emigrated from the Philippines to Los Angeles before settling in Greenpoint, SALO Series is a connection to her heritage and her family who taught her how to cook

In Search Of — Chrome Chairs

Photo: Houzz.com

Photo: Houzz.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 we’re looking for chrome chairs to add a touch of futuristic style to your living room, dining room or office. 

Finished with leather, plastic, fabric or even hanging from the ceiling, any one of these chrome beauties are sure to add a touch of unexpected drama where ever they’re placed

Attention Sellers! Be a Part of Krrb’s Holiday Gift Guide

Photo: Panoramio.com

Photo: Panoramio.com

The holiday season is almost upon us! Krrb is taking part in the joy of gift giving with curated gift guides for everyone on your shopping list. We’re inviting all Krrb sellers—including Apartment Therapy and Chicago Magazine classifieds—to take part of our promotion during this busy shopping season

Shaken, Not Stirred — 11 Unconventional Home Bars

The bar where everyone knows your name. Photo: Zebratigerfish.blogspot.com

The bar where everyone knows your name. Photo: Zebratigerfish.blogspot.com

Known for her perfectly unperfect and wonderful style, Cece Kellie also known as The Unperfectionist has got a great eye. Check out her round up of non-traditional bar carts that will leave you craving a drink!

There is something so civilized about having a bar at home. Think back to scenes from “The Thin Man” where everyone is witty, well dressed and the bar well stocked. Yes, Nick and Nora may drink like thirsty fish and a hangover cure is just one Martini away, but their innate sense of style and savoir-faire are readily within our reach. From retro rarity to handy hack, the best places to drink are on Krrb, bar none

In Search Of — Decorative Glass

Photo: Sanssoucie.com

Photo: Sanssoucie.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 decorative glass and we’ve got loads of it.

Glass mirrors, decorations, ornaments and baubles. Here is a roundup of our favorite glass finds you’ll want to make your own

In Search Of — Mock Up

Main Image 640 for Krrb and image credit

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 we’re looking for search item to add a touch of futuristic style to your living room, dining room or office. 

Item in City, State

Photo: Krrb.com/kitcat

Photo: Krrb.com/kitcat

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Listed by Dan. $240.

I Want This — Danish Modern Table Legs

Photo: Krrb.com/Cushionchicago?auto=format

Photo: Krrb.com/Cushionchicago?auto=format

These graceful desk legs appeal to my DIY sensibility. Building a desk or dining table from these beauties would be a win/win. Undoubtedly I would end up with a new, stunning piece of furniture and I would feel like I’ve really done something (rather than just buying something). Of course, finding just the right top and figuring out the stabilizing structure will be no easy task. But there’s still nothing quite as rewarding as rolling up your sleeves and working with your own two hands. Catherine Rampell and her outsourcing theories be damned!

Find them on Cushion Chicago’s Krrb corner. $80.

5 Tips to Simplify Your Post Party Clean Up

Photo: Blog.billbenac.com

Photo: Blog.billbenac.com

Everyone loves a good party but the thought of cleaning up the aftermath is a drag. These five quick tips for post-party clean up are a guaranteed way to help you have more fun and get to bed earlier

In Search Of — Teak Tables

Photo: Farawayfurniture.co.uk

Photo: Farawayfurniture.co.uk

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 creative lighting and we’ve got loads of it.

When freshly milled, teak wood has a strong leathery smell. Its wood is prized for its durability and water resistance. Used for boats and furniture, we’re loving how many tables we see constructed of it across Krrb

In Search Of — Creative Lighting

Photo: Freshome.com

Photo: Freshome.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 creative lighting and we’ve got loads of it.

Pendant lights, rough-hewn driftwood table lamps and antique hurricane lamps. These are just a few of the sweet, sweet lighting pieces we’re seeing across Krrb