Earth Day 2015 — Get Involved Roundup

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Photo: Calibermag.org

Since today is Earth Day, we round up some of our favorite pointers that focus on helping out our sweet mother Earth. It’s important for all of to get involved in any way that we can, big or small. Krrb has always been focused on living green from DIY projects to eco-friendly cleaning methods, and has gathered plenty of informative posts below! Whether you have lots of excess time to contribute to the green movement or are limited in time, we think you’ll find some way to successfully contribute. Our helpful guides include all types of topics ranging from green cleaning tips to growing your garden to selling your secondhand goods (of course!) and so on. Happy Earth Day friends

Learn How To Compost

Photo: Pomona.edu

Photo: Pomona.edu

If you’ve taken the plunge to eating all organic, then you’re aware of how costly organic produce is these days. To get the most bang out of your buck, don’t just toss your food scraps…start composting! Egg shells, apple cores, wilting greens and other organic matter can be recycled into a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden. And the best part of composting is that it costs absolutely nothing! Composting is the eco-friendly way to keep your garden and your bodies well fed and thriving. Continue reading to see how you can benefit from this untapped renewable resource of possibilities most people end up throwing away.

A Quick and Dirty Gallery Wall Tutorial

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Alright DIY lovers, this gallery wall tutorial is called “quick and dirty” for good reason. This isn’t your perfectly positioned, heirloom framed; spend all day nailing holes in your wall type of gallery. This sort of gallery wall has a modern elegance that says, “I’m creative, on a budget, and I like to get things done.”

I Want This — Vintage Tackle Box

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I don’t necessarily want this for myself, but I definitely want to get it for my dad for his upcoming birthday! His wish list this year is quite bizarre, but it includes a compact fishing pole that he can fold up and easily carry with him to the dock. My sister and I have great memories of tagging along with our dad when he went fishing. I remember we were always fond of the collection of lures he had and this vintage set would be the coolest for sure! Although he wouldn’t use this set, he would love to add it to his collection of sporting goods on display-and I don’t think my mom would hate this one as much as the others! Since the piece dates back to the late 1800’s or early 1900’s it definitely needs to find the perfect spot to be showcased and I think he’ll give it the perfect home!

Giveaway — Blue Avocado’s Eco-Friendly (re)zip Bags!

Photo courtesy of Blue Avocado

Photo courtesy of Blue Avocado

If you’re anything like me, you like to snack. Despite the fact that I’m 25 years old, I still bring a legitimate lunch box to work every day filled with plenty of snacks to help me get through the day. I was feeling terrible about using plastic baggies to store my treats day in and day out. The thought of wasting all that plastic was starting to get to me, until I learned about Blue Avocado.

Member Spotlight — Shane and Katelyn of Quinn Vintage

Shane, Katelyn and Kraig (the cockatiel model)

Shane, Katelyn and Kraig (the cockatiel model)

Just by taking a look at Shane and Katelyn’s Krrb corner you’ll be amazed by the selection of mid-century gems that they have for sale. While Shane is originally from Western New York and Katelyn from Northwest New Jersy, they’re now living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn along with their cockatiel model Kraig. From East Coast road trips to Brooklyn shopping, these two certainly know how to find a great vintage piece. Check out what they had to say below-we bet you end up tempted to buy something amazing from them after reading!

Three Interesting Projects Making Use of E-Waste

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Photo: Empowermagazine.com

Across the globe, electronic waste is quickly becoming the largest category of waste. The world’s biggest consumer of electronics is the United States, yet with all this consumption, only 20 to 25 percent of computers, televisions and devices are recycled. Here are three projects making use of our old gadgets

Earth Day Pinterest Project Roundup

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Photo: Modernparentsmessykids.com

Every major holiday has its own unique way to celebrate: Christmas has gift-giving, Easter has egg hunts, and the Fourth of July encourages amateur pyrotechnics. I think that the best way to celebrate Earth Day is with a bunch of fun, easy and eco-friendly projects! With the holiday coming up next week, it’s the perfect time to start planning ahead. I did some digging on Pinterest, and found my favorite projects to give your day (and maybe the rest of your year) a little eco-boost.

Love It or Leave It — Designing With Copper

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Photo: Instagram.com/thenewageblog

Here at Krrb we’re constantly immersed in the latest design trends and we’re not mad about that! Often times there are some trends we come across that we can’t seem to agree upon. Today Vee and Lauren check out what creative people are doing with copper and decide if they love it, or want to leave it.

Over the past few years, warm metals have come back in a big way. Designers embraced the change from cooler hues like silver, and began integrating copper, gold and brass into their designs. Some people felt that super polished yellowy-tones were something best left in the 80’s and 90’s, but more matte versions of the metals gave them a contemporary edge. We’ve been browsing through Instagram to see how copper is being used today, and to decide whether or not it’s time to move on to the next trend.

The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week

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Krrb is a great place to find everything and anything secondhand, handmade and vintage. We can only imagine how these finds ended up on the classifieds in the first place. Whether or not you were looking for these unusual listings, The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week are for sale, each in need of a new home.

This week we’re checking out a race car twin bed, a Jetsons inspired cabinet, and a hardwood tiki table. Let’s go

The Do’s and Don’ts of Farmers Markets

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Photo: Seela.org

Eating better is always in season and what better way to get fresh, local produce than to go straight to the source. Farmers markets provide a way for consumers to slash supermarket prices by cutting out the middle man. Plus, with small local businesses sprouting up and selling their unique homemade goods, farmers markets are your cultural gateway to the yummiest eats in your neighborhood. Since there’s no better way to spend a Saturday morning than at a farmers market, I’m sharing some tips that I’ve picked up over the years on what to do (and not to do) to make the most of your neighborhood farmers market.

Eco-Parks — Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve

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With Earth Day just around the corner, I wanted to write about one of my favorite parks located about 30 miles east of Manhattan. Norman J. Levy Park located in Merrick, Long Island is a fantastic example of how certain projects are helping the environment on a larger scale. The park opened to the public in 2000 and saved the town a whole lot of money. The Merrick landfill needed to be capped, which would have cost $57 million, but instead they converted it into a nature park and preserve for $15 million.

I Want This — Malm Freestanding Fireplace

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The weather is finally starting to get nice and already all I want to do is start grilling with friends. There is nothing more fun than spending a long day in the sun, catching up with your pals and having some tasty burgers. But as the day turns into night, we’ll need a fire to sit around and living in a big city doesn’t give us a lot of options for that. That why I need this Malm freestanding fireplace. I’d be roasting Smores in no time!

Earth Day New York — Visit Us in Union Square on April 19th

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Earth Day is right around the corner and Krrb wants you to join us at the Earth Day New York event in Union Square! Stop by on Sunday, April 19th from 12-7 pm as we share ways people help the earth!

Along with other companies, we’ll be showing NYC residents how the sharing economy is doing good for the environment. Be sure to check out the Krrb booth where we’ll be hosting some fun games and activities and giving away awesome Krrb goodies!

Giveaway — Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe

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Makers unite! Alabama Studio just released a new book with easy sewing guides to customize fashion. A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe, the latest from the Alabama Chanin library provides tutorials in adapting existing wardrobes and patterns so they fit perfectly. We sat down with Natalie Chanin get the scoop on the new book. Read on to see what’s in store for Alabama Studio this spring and for a great giveaway

DIY Roundup — Chicago

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Here at Krrb we love doing it ourselves. Whether it’s a wallet made out of bike inner tube or luggage repurposed into side tables, there’s nothing quite like the feeling you get after building something yourself. That’s why it’s so great to know that if you go looking in any city you can find a nice, little DIY shop that might just have everything you need.

This week, we’re exploring a few DIY Shops in Chicago. If you’re a native or just visiting the area, these are the go-to shops for your DIY needs.

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