Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year from Krrb HQ in Brooklyn, New York! Stay safe, have fun, be neighborly! 2013 here we come!

We’re heading out to ring in the New Year and hope you are too (or have already done so or are preparing to do so). 2012 was great but we are confident 2013 will be even better! Happy New Year Krrbies!

New Years Resolutions – 5 Ideas To Get Your 2013 Juices Flowing

Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Boxing Day and the rest of it is pretty much over. The gifts have been given, the roasts have been eaten and the John Candy movies have been watched. Now it’s time to start planning your New Years. Aside from what you’re wearing and where you’re going, there are also the resolutions to think about.

So we’ve come up with a few ideas to get the juices flowing and help you decide on your 2013 resolutions

Last Minute Holidays Prep – Gifting, Decorating and Cooking

It’s Christmas Eve and right about now you’re probably thinking about the last minute items on your list to complete that perfect Christmas Day. That, or you’re already onto the Egg Nog and reruns of Elf, and if that’s the case, good for you!

But we’re guessing you could probably do both. So we suggest filling up that mug and gets to pinning. We’ve created a communal Pinterest board for Getting in the Holiday Spirit. Email us to get involved at blog@krrb.com and we’ll add you to our growing group celebratory pinners. Add your favorite holiday recipes, table presentations, vintage decorations, handmade gift ideas and inspiration for 2013.

It’ll be a Christmas miracle!

Video – Krrb Presents Highlights from Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Market in Brooklyn, New York

Back for its fifth year, Brooklyn Craft Central is taking the holidays by storm. The seasonal fair is a curated collection of locally-made artisanal goods for gifting to your loved ones. We took a tour of the market with organizer Deb Klein to find out what’s hot (besides the cocoa). This year, the BKCC Holiday Market is open on the weekends of December 15-16 and 22-23 with different vendors each weekend, supplying all the gifts you’ll need for your last minute shopping.

Preview the market on Krrb at Krrb.com/explore/bkcc2012 to find everything from Rescue Chocolate to Harlequin & Lionhead jewelry to Mullein and Sparrow apothecary.

Visit The Market

622 Degraw Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. T
11am – 5pm
December 15-16 and 22-23
Preview the market on Krrb at Krrb.com/explore/bkcc2012.

Shop Local — Vegan Holiday Shop-Up in Brooklyn, New York

Visit the Vegan Shop Up this weekend.

Visit the Vegan Shop Up this weekend.

The long running Vegan Shop-Up has been dedicated to featuring eco-friendly goods and vegan food purveyors in the Brooklyn area. Although the semi-regular event had taken a break earlier this fall, Vegan Shop-Up is back in full swing every Saturday leading up to Christmas. Stop by Pine Box Rock Shop from noon to 5pm on Saturdays for the next two weekends to get your fill of handmade soaps, clothes and vegan treats. We caught up with Sarah to find out what’s in store for the Vegan Shop Up so read on

Home for the Holidays – A Roarin’ 20’s Vintage Abacus from Brooklyn Reclamation

Put down that iPad and bring home this abacus.

Another day, another great find at Krrb’s holiday pop up, Home for the Holidays! Among all the unique, vintage and handmade items, there’s no way you can miss the Vintage Abacus from the 1920’s.  This baby is the definition of cool, but what else do you expect from the good folks at Brooklyn Reclamation? I mean, really.

Read on to learn more about these ancient counting instruments and why you’ll want to get your hands on this one.

Home for the Holidays – Super Special Vintage Bowls from Totally Super Deluxe

Gift some bowls with character this holiday season.

Gift some bowls with character this holiday season.

The countdown til Christmas has already reached the two week mark and if you’re like me, you’re still on the hunt for the perfect gift. At Krrb’s holiday pop up, Home for the Holidays, we have plenty of unique, vintage and handmade items. If you haven’t noticed the pair of English Cloverleaf Ironstone Bowls or the rare vintage Labware Bowl, finds by Totally Super Deluxe’s Jocelyn Joson, you’ll soon find out there is more than meets the eye!

Read on to see why these ironstone earthenware and pottery bowls are so special

Holiday Detox – 5 Green Juice Recipes to Make At Home

Drink up! Photo: Freshyoungcoconut.blogspot.com

Some of us are still stuffed from Thanksgiving and before we begin to draft the next big holiday menu, how about we take some time to revitalize and restabilize? Here are five green juice recipes that will keep you feeling good through the next batch of holidays. So, put down those snowflake cookies and eggnog (just for a minute?) and check out some detoxing recipes that will keep you feeling jolly.

Tell us your favorite blend in the comments below. Don’t have a juicer? Well, we can help with that

Shop Local —  ManufactureNY X Love Us Holiday Pop-Up in Brooklyn, New York

If you’re feeling the panic of a growing holiday shopping list, worry not. New York City is populated with holiday pop-ups and markets this season. Of the many we love to visit and shop, we found a few that stand apart for the rest. This weekend, bypass accessible handmade jewelry and shop for designer goods at ManufactureNY X Love Us Holiday Pop-Up organized by local designer Bob Bland.

In between all her hustlin’ and bustlin’ last-minute preparations, we took a few minutes of her time to find out what’s in store. Read on to find out what’s on Bob’s shopping lists and so much more

Greenpointers Holiday Market — 3 Local Vendors You’ll Want to Check Out

Head over to 69 West Street for the annual Greenpointers Holiday Market.

Head over to 69 West Street for the annual Greenpointers Holiday Market.

Tomorrow the annual Greenpointers Holiday Market will take over 69 West Street with a plethora of independent vendors. You’ll find everything from handmade crafts to artisanal goods to local food purveyors. Because we know there is so much to see and shop, we’ve picked out three vendors that caught our eye. Read on to find out more about each and what we’ll be adding to our gift wishlists

Market Fever — Five Questions with Holiday Market Extraordinaire, Deb Klein

Deb Klein organizes the Brooklyn Craft Central holiday market with the help of her right hand, Anna.

Deb Klein organizes the Brooklyn Craft Central holiday market with the help of her right hand, Danielle.

For the past five years, Deb Klein has been rounding up artisanal makers in her borough to present one of the best holiday gift markets this side of the river. The Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Market spans two weeks with different craft and food vendors each weekend. Held at Littlefield Art Space in Park Slope on December 15-16 and December 22-23, this shopping event is one you won’t want to miss – it’s a fun place to hang out, grab a drink, and browse and buy local and handmade gifts for the season. Plus, we’ll be there to wrap your presents with our special brand of secondhand love. Before you go, be sure to preview what’s for sale at the market by visiting Krrb.com/explore/bkcc2012.

We caught up with Deb before the market flurry to see how she’s spending the holidays. Read on, reader

Stocking Stuffers – The Best at $10, $50, and $100 at the Greenpointers Holiday Market

This Saturday is the annual Greenspointers Holiday Market, celebrating all things local. You’ll find a range of gifts, delicious food and some awesome sellers working their hinies off to make sure you’re giving the best gifts under the tree.

This year, the event is held at From The Source, a Greenpoint shop for furniture, home goods and will also help you create your own brand of hand-crafted goodness.

Read on for our picks, and preview a highlight of the market at Krrb.com/explore/greenpointersmarket

Listen Locally — Record Sale at ARChive of Contemporary Music and Playlist

Bob George, founder of ARChive of Contemporary Music, hosts an annual holiday record sale. Photo: Stephennessen.com

Bob George, founder of ARChive of Contemporary Music, hosts an annual holiday record sale. Photo: Stephennessen.com

Starting this Saturday, December 8, the ARChive of Contemporary Music is opening the doors for their annual Holiday Record & CD sale. The non-profit holds America’s largest collection of poular recordings with over 1.6 million discs, plus music and concert ephemera. This sale serves as a clean out for the massive stockpile.

Head on over and be sure to preview the sale at ARC’s Krrb corner.

Since we can’t wait to get our hands on some 45’s, LP’s and EP’s, we’ve put together a shopping list of sorts inspired by some of the vinyl the ARC has for sale

Updated! Krrb iPhone App 1.3 is Better, Faster and More Lovely Than Ever

Updated! Krrb iPhone App 1.3

The updated Krrb iPhone app 1.3 is jam-packed with new features that’ll make you say yay!

Over the last year, more and more people have discovered how simple and convenient it is to buy and sell using our iPhone app. With super-simple listings, mega-convenient buyer/seller messaging and the ability to turn any neighborhood into a marketplace for your personal perusal, it’s no wonder that many folks are now exclusively using our iPhone app to do their daily Krrbing.

What’s New

  • Facebook Sign in
  • Enhanced Listings
  • Integrated Sharing via Facebook and Twitter
  • Direct Access to our Blog
  • Now Available in French and Spanish
  • Larger 4″ Screen for iPhone 5
  • Increased Performance and Speed
  • Updated Design
  • Bug Fixes

And Especially for Sellers

  • Super-Charged Photo Capture Experience
  • Enhanced Tagging Functionality
  • Delivery Options
  • One-Click Publishing to Facebook, Twitter and Google Shopping
  • Direct Publishing to Apartment Therapy Classifieds

So what are you waiting for? Download the Krrb iPhone App 1.3 now! And keep the feedback coming …

Home for the Holidays – A Krrb Pop Up Shop in Williamburg, Brooklyn

Everything in our "home" is for sale.

Everything in our “home” is for sale.

In the spirit of the season, Home for the Holidays, a Krrb Pop Up Production, is opening its doors to shoppers of all shapes and sizes. Featuring independent sellers from all over the country, our cozy lil’ shop comes in the form of a lil’ loft apartment and houses plenty of gifts for everyone on your list. The curated selection includes big ticket furniture items from businesses like Circa 60, Furnish Green and Brooklyn Reclamation to home goods, both vintage and handmade, from SuperDeluxe and RetroSchmetro as well as jewelry from 24 Karas and Harlequin Lionhead, and much much more.

So stop by our Williamsburg headquarters, located at 99 Richardson Street, and make yourself at home.

Preview the pop up at Krrb.com/homefortheholidays

Krrbside Questions — How To Regift Properly and Decorate Brick Walls

Krrbside Questions takes on decorating dilemmas. Photo: Freshnews.com.ua

Krrbside Questions takes on decorating dilemmas. Photo: Freshnews.com.ua

We’re excited to introduce Krrbside Questions, a column created solely to answer your queries about living local and being the good neighbor we know you all are. First up with some super helpful advice is Jett Superior, recently featured in our Member Spotlight. This Southern lover of all things secondhand, vintage and handmade has what she calls “crackerjack ingenuity” and a knack for redoing roadside furniture. Be sure to check out the first column in the series. Have a burning question? Email us at blog@krrb.com and we’ll make sure to get it in the right hands.

Kate Sancer, The Devoted Thrifty Native from Los Angeles

Kate Sancer can teach you a few things on the Los Angeles secondhand scene.

Kate Sancer can teach you a few things on the Los Angeles secondhand scene.

Christmas in Los Angeles isn’t so much about ice skating or knitted scarves so our sunny-weather friends find other ways to get into the spirit. For Krrb member Kate Sancer, who is a California native and retail maven, her holiday plans revolve around what goes around on tree and in the stocking. Finster Studio, her shop in Cypress Hills will be providing the vintage spirit for many homes in LA and beyond. Aside from gifting, Kate will also celebrate the yule tide by spending time with the family and donating gifts to those less fortunate. Read on to find out more about this Angelino and how she’s going to celebrate her shop’s one year anniversary

Black Friday – Five Ideas To Skip The Lines

Shoppers waiting pre-dawn to start their holiday shopping on Black Friday. Photo: Ibtimes.com

Shoppers waiting pre-dawn to start their holiday shopping on Black Friday. Photo: Ibtimes.com

There are a lot of ways that you can participate in the launch of gifting season without standing on long lines at huge stores. For a few decades now, the day after Thanksgiving has gleefully (or notoriously, depending on how you look at it) been the start of the holiday shopping season. Huge sales inspire thousands of Americans to wake up at the crack of dawn and take advantage of deep discounts and to get into the holiday season. But in case you’re still working off that Turkey hangover, there are ways you can participate in this gifting season without the early wake up call and the crowds

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