DIY Roundup — New York City

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Here at Krrb we love doing it ourselves. Whether it’s a vintage heater turned into a lamp 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 New York City. If you’re a native or just visiting the area, these are the go-to shops for your DIY needs.

Vintage Shopping Guide — Athens, Georgia

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About an hour and a half northeast of Atlanta, Athens, Georgia is a little-known mecca for vintage shopping. The college town has a big art scene, music scene and University of Georgia football scene. With the iconic Georgia Theatre and 40 Watt Club in town, hometown heroes like R.E.M. call Athens home. When you throw in some BBQ, a visit to the Tree That Owns Itself and a day or two to prowl for secondhand goods, you’ll see why Athens is the promise land

Forever Curious and Always Exploring: A Conversation with Emma Tuccillo of And North

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About a year and a half ago, on Emma Tuccillo’s Instagram feed, I started to notice more pictures being taken in and around upstate NY. There was the stunning door of a converted church artist studio in Kingston. A gorgeous spread of breakfast at the Village Tearoom in New Paltz. A woman sitting in her sunlit home in Cold Spring. “What are you up to?” I asked Emma one day, my curiosity piqued. “You seem to be going to such lovely places!” That’s when Emma told me about her big plans to start And North, a curated guide to Upstate NY for creative people.

Talking About The Bucket Board with Mac Premo

Photo: Thebucketboard.com

Photo: Thebucketboard.com

Mac Premo has been making art his whole life in all sorts of mediums. From collage to film to sculpture, Mac has done it all. Recently, Do the Green Thing teamed up with World Wildlife Fund-UK and asked 15 artist, including Mac, to repurpose everyday objects and show how creativity can lead to a greener lifestyle. I spoke with Mac about his contribution to the ‘Everyday Things’ collection, The Bucket Board.

What to Get Your Mom for Mother’s Day

What to Get Your Mom for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is less than a week away. But fear not friends, Krrb’s got plenty of gifts to show your appreciation for your mother. Flowers and chocolate are nice but our Mother’s Day Gift Guide is chock full of unique presents to give your one-of-a-kind mom. To share in the celebration, Krrb team members show off childhood photos with their special mamas. Click through to see it all

Collector’s Corner — Keith Barker and His Star Wars Toys

All Photos: Keith Barker

All Photos: Keith Barker

Here at Krrb Classifieds we love a good collection, especially one that’s unique. From where the collection began to the most significant item, we want to know the story behind it all. So we’re reaching out to collectors everywhere to find out what they collect and why!

Today, Keith Barker joins us to discuss his collection of Star Wars memorabilia, how it all started and his Yoda impression.

Adventures In Glassware — Ciao, Bella!

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Photo: Harrysbarfirenze.com

I’ve had the good fortune to visit Rome, Italy, twice during the course of my life. I have seen the Colosseum at night in all of it’s ancient, fairly underwhelming glory; I have visited the ornate halls of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica; I have dined on Coda alla Vaccinara, the signature Roman oxtail stew that caused me nearly to burst from a pleasurable overkill of contentedness.

What’s Cooking — Raw Vegan Sriracha

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These days, sriracha is the go-to hot sauce and it’s no wonder why! It’s the perfect blend of spicy and sweet, plus it goes well with pretty much everything. And it was the one sauce I missed the most after I decided to eat healthier. But thanks to Bonzai Aphrodites’ raw take on the famous fermented rooster sauce, I decided to come up with my own version. Read on to find out how to make your own sweet chili sauce!

Our New Favorite Tag: Crap from my Mom

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While scouring through Krrb today we found our new favorite tag: Crap from my Mom. Now, moms are great and we all know this but sometimes they can be a little overgenerous with their hand-me-downs. That’s why Krrb member Shizuka started posting some listings this morning of “crap from her mom.” It’s not junk per se, but it is something that you didn’t necessarily want or need. Mom insists though, no matter how many times you tell her you don’t want it she won’t take no for an answer.

Get Involved — Volunteer At Your Local Farm

Photo: Huffingtonpost.com

Photo: Huffingtonpost.com

Now that you’ve got your farmers market skills on par, the next step in eating wholly and living greener is to be a part of the actual process of food production—in this case, the farm. Volunteering your time at a farm can be an incredibly rewarding and eye-opening experience. Farm life always includes a large amount of chores that need to be done daily from planting seeds and tending to garden beds, to taking care of livestock and harvesting produce. Once you’ve stepped into the shoes of a farmer, you’ll never look at a tomato the same way again. I was lucky enough to volunteer at Marando Farms, a mini urban organic farm located in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, and I learned a thing or two about where my food comes from.

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 pair of vintage bronze grasshoppers, a plaster rhino head, and an old crank phone. Let’s go

Garage Sale Hacks — How to Organize Everything to Sell Big

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Photo: Blog.ourthriftynickel.com

It’s garage sale season and we want you to check out some of our tips collected from Krrb staff as well as advice from garage sale pros.

Seasoned garage salers can tell if they want to stop at your sale within the first few moments of reading about it online or driving by. Make sure your messages are clear, your sale is enticing and the layout is inviting for people to stroll and stay awhile

Cinco de Mayo Decorations

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Photo: Designsponge.com

When most people think of Cinco de Mayo, chances are it involves delicious Mexican food, bright decorations, and a fun chance to celebrate with family and friends. Although commonly confused with Mexican Independence Day, this holiday actually commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It’s not really celebrated in Mexico, and is most popular in parts of the US with high Mexican-American populations. Wherever (and however) you’re enjoying the holiday, Cinco de Mayo is a fun chance to celebrate Mexican culture. So after you’ve planned a menu and invited your favorite partiers, try these easy decoration DIYs to set a festive mood!

Giveaway — Win a Vintage Floral Tray For Your Mama

Giveaway — Win a Vintage Floral Tray For Your Mama

Mothers give us all their best stuff. From smiles to recipes to their jewelry, some of our favorite belongings come from them. This year, let’s give them something special.

In time for Mother’s Day, Krrb is giving away three (3) vintage Italian trays from Amelia Bedelia Vintage. These trays are the perfect size for corralling jewelry or organizing office notes on a desk! The floral print is a retro graphic that will bring a vibrant pop of fun to any home.

Design 101 — 5 Facts About Eames

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Photo: Dailytonic.com

Whether you’re a vintage enthusiast or a newbie, there’s always a new factoid that is out there for you to learn about some of the world’s most influential designers! If you’re hitting the flea markets or scrolling through the classifieds, then you’re no stranger to Eames and their famous furniture designs—but how much do you actually know about the designers responsible for these pieces that keep on giving.

I Want This — Hardwood Nixie Tube Clock

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It’s Monday morning and I almost overslept! But that will not happen anymore, not with this hardwood Nixie tube clock. Look at how cool this thing is! I love the analog look and feel of this clock. It runs on a 9V adapter and consumes less power in a month than a 40-watt bulb does in one day. No longer will I be laying in bed, wondering what time it is while I hesitate to get up and check my phone. Now I’ll have a real clock with real numbers and real time for me to tell! It’s time for me to purchase this clock.

Snuggle Delivery

Photo: Instagram.com/hsbroward/

Photo: Instagram.com/hsbroward/

When the afternoon lulls start to creep in, I pass on coffee and instead search for a cute animal video on YouTube. And I’m not the only one. In fact, you can find plenty of studies online expounding on the stress-relieving and happiness-inducing benefits of interacting with puppies, kittens, and other adorable critters. Taking into account how many people are in need of some quality pet playtime, (hint: a lot!) plus the hundreds of dogs and cats waiting for adoption, the Broward County Humane Society came up with a brilliant idea…introducing the Snuggle Delivery

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