Brooklyn Exposed — 6 Holiday Gifts on Our Wish List

Brooklyn Exposed — 6 Holiday Gifts on Our Wish List

We love the holiday season for it’s multitude of pop-up markets featuring locally made goods and crafts. This Sunday, Krrb will be at the Brooklyn Exposed Holiday Bazaar shopping and wrapping gifts. The event includes over 30 vendors, specialty cocktails and treats and a DIY workshop. With so much to do and shop, get a sneak peek on Krrb of the gift selection available this weekend. Check out six gifts on our wish list

Holiday Gifting — Gift Ideas for All the Men on Your Shopping List

Holiday Gifting — Gift Ideas for All the Men on Your Shopping List

Gifts for every man on your list. Photo: Forums.filmnoirbuff.com

Men are known for being ridiculously hard to shop for. But never fear, we made it easier for you with Krrb’s Holiday Gift Guide. Check out these gift ideas for every man on your list. From the music aficionado to the macho man to the fan of kitschy pop culture—we’ve got it covered. Now all you need to do is buy it (all these gifts ship to you!), wrap it and tuck it under the Christmas tree

Critical Decor — A Look at the Classic Comedy, The Apartment

Critical Decor — A Look at the Classic Comedy, The Apartment

We love movies as much as the next guy. But we get particularly giddy when we get to pick apart the decor in search of deeper truths. Join us as we investigate the who, what, when and especially the why of interior design drama.

My favorite holiday movie from my childhood is The Apartment directed by Billy Wilder, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. If you’ve seen this movie, you may be questioning the holidays of my childhood if my favorite Christmas movie includes a suicide attempt by one of the main characters. But fear not, the film’s story is as funny as it is melancholy.

And if you really want to know about my childhood holidays, clear your schedule for four hours and give me a call. That should get us through the mid 1980s

Quality Over Quantity — A Brief History of the Danish Furnituremaker’s Quality Control Stamp

Quality Over Quantity — A Brief History of the Danish Furnituremakers Quality Control Stamp

The Flag Halyard chair and its creator, Hans Wegner. This design from 1950, intended to mimic sitting comfortably in the sand, is produced to this day by its original manufacturer, PP Mobler, in the little town of Allerod, Denmark. Don’t be fooled by imitators.

The demand for quality vintage furniture is at an all-time high. A new generation of design enthusiasts have started to kick the particle board cabinets and bed frames to the curb and are choosing to incorporate strong, sturdy keepsakes into their personal interior design schemes as they make that awkward transition to adulthood.

But when you’re not buying from the big box retailers the question has to be asked: what exactly are you buying? When furniture is being sourced from all over the world, and sold by small, private vendors, one has to wonder of provenance. Quality (of design, of material) becomes a bit harder to ascertain. Plenty of sellers are eager to cash in on the demand for original, mid-century pieces so buyer beware — what you see is not always what you get.

In Search Of — Vintage George Nelson Designs

In Search Of — Vintage George Nelson Designs

Photo Credit: yellowtrace.com.au

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 George Nelson designed pieces (or design at least inspired by George Nelson).

Like renown designer George Nelson always said, “Good design, like good paintings, cooking, architecture or whatever you like, is a manifestation of the capacity of the human spirit to transcend its limitations.” Boom

Heritage — 9 Memorable Moments From One Family’s Thanksgiving Celebration

Heritage — 9 Memorable Moments From One Familys Thanksgiving Celebration

I come from a large Portuguese family chock full of traditions and oddities. More oddities than traditions, really. Each Thanksgiving everyone travels from the beach, the desert and everywhere in between to come together at my aunt Lisa’s house in Palm Desert, California. Even though each year brings new gossip, new family members and new memories, the Bettancourt clan makes it a point to live in the past. Each holiday spent together feels just like the one before and that’s exactly how we like it. We rarely talk about the future, but instead recount old memories over and over again

Design of the Times — Georges Briard

Design of the Times — Georges Briard

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.

Design of the Times — Georges Briard

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

In Search Of — Candlesticks

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

Holiday Gifting — $25 Cash Back Any Purchase Over $100

Holiday Gifting — $25 Cash Back Any Purchase Over $100

It’s the busiest season of the year. With so many loved ones on your shopping list, Krrb is making holiday gifting better than ever. For starters, check out our gift guides with shippable presents for men, women, children and the home. Pick up fabulous finds for everyone in your family without breaking the bank.

Get $25 cash back on your next purchase over $100 on Krrb.com, Chicago Mag Classifieds and Apartment Therapy Classifieds.

Shop early and shop fast because the best stuff goes quickly and this offer ends December 20th.

Offer is valid for purchases made between November 27, 2013 through December 20, 2013 and is open to all Krrb, Chicago Magazine Classifieds and Apartment Therapy Classifieds members. One entry per person. To redeem offer, send proof of purchase to support@krrb.com no later than 11:59pm on December 20, 2013.

Have a happy Krrbie holiday!

Heritage — Celebrating Thanksgivingukkah

Heritage — Celebrating Thanksgivingukkah

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

In Search Of — Dining Room Chair Sets

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

I Want This — Appleton Reelite Light

Photo: Krrb.com/SteamRetroWorks

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 Cant 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

Krrb Classifieds — Optimize Your Keywords to Sell Better

+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 your 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

In Search Of – Modern Desks

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

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

Photo: Facebook.com/SALOseries

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

In Search Of — Chrome Chairs

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

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