Selling Successfully — A Guide to Selling Your Used Items Online

Selling Successfully — A Guide to Selling Your Used Items Online

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Nobody said decluttering was easy. We know about the emotional attachment syndrome linked to our inability to let go of things. We’re aware of the comfort and sense of identity attached to acquiring (lots of) possessions. Like dating and eating healthily, emotion can overrule our intellect and dictate some less-than-smart decisions. Lifehacker, the online authority for getting things done, puts it this way: Decluttering is tough because we look at an item we don’t need and recall the time, energy and money it cost to have. Replace the memories that are holding you back with the prospect of money and start selling.

Krrb is your outlet for earning some extra cash by offering old items for sale online. Get minimal and embrace your inner merchant by selling your stuff. Here’s how to get started

Look for These 5 Signs of Quality Workmanship in Vintage Furniture

Look for These 5 Signs of Quality Workmanship in Vintage Furniture

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Purchasing vintage furniture may be a bit of an intimidating task. If you’re looking for a vintage piece, then you’re already aware that an older item may have some natural wear and tear from over the years. In order to get the most bang for your buck, you should be looking for certain characteristics of the furniture that show its true colors—its overall quality

In Search Of — Barbecue

In Search Of — Barbecue

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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 barbecue.

It’s never the wrong season to enjoy smoked (and sauced!) meat, veggies and cornbread. Oh the cornbread

In Search Of — Baking

In Search Of — Baking

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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 all things baking!

The temperatures outside are not the only thing rising! Get ready for your spring holiday with these great baking supplies

Show Us Your Krrb and Get $25 Off Your Next Purchase

Show Us Your Krrb and Get $25 Off Your Next Purchase

Krrb was built for buying and selling secondhand goods. Each new owner contributes to the history of the item. Each new home exudes its own individual style. Nothing gives us greater joy than to see a Krrb find that’s given a second life.

That’s why you’ll get cash back on your next purchase when you #showyourkrrb. Share a photo of your Krrb purchase in its new home on Krrb’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tagged with #showyourkrrb. For a limited time only, you’ll receive $25 cash back on your next purchase over $100 on the Krrb classifieds. You might even be featured on our social media pages!

How to Participate

1) Take a photo of your Krrb purchase.

2) Share the photo with Krrb on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. Make sure to tag your entry with #showyourkrrb.

3) Krrb will confirm your cash back offer, which you can redeem on any purchase over $100 on Krrb classifieds.

Offer is available for a limited time only. One entry per person. Cash back offer must be redeemed no later than 11:59pm on July 6, 2014.

Chicago Magazine Curator — Interior Designer Tiffany Brooks

Chicago Magazine Curator — Interior Designer Tiffany Brooks

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Krrb is excited to continue our local tastemakers feature with our partner site, Chicago Magazine Classifieds. Every month we will feature local tastemakers and their favorite vintage and secondhand finds from Chicagoland. This month our guest curator is Tiffany Brooks.

You may be familiar with Tiffany Brooks from her most recent achievement of winning the title of “HGTV Star” and also becoming the designer and host of the network’s newest show “HGTV 2014 Smart Home Giveaway.” These latest accomplishments didn’t come without of a lot of previous work and passion though.

Brooks’ career started with 10 years spent in high end residential property management and staging. It was when she designed an award winning model that she started focusing her attention solely on interior design. After putting in the time and work, she was able to launch You and Your Decor in 2007 and went on to work on both residential and boutique projects in cities spanning the country.

Brooks’ number one goal is putting her clients individual needs first by creating living environments that cater specifically to them. Her aesthetic is a mix of modern and classic with bright colors and patterns thrown in to create a mixture of both sophistication and eccentricity. Check out her picks from the Chicago Magazine Classifieds and see for yourself

5 Apps for Spring Cleaning Your Digital Life

5 Apps for Spring Cleaning Your Digital Life

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Spring cleaning is more than a ritual. The physical act aids our mind, body and soul and invigorates us. It helps us to feel lighter, organized and more prepared. Your tech life is no exception. These five services will aid you in your quest to simplify and ease your transition to spring. Did we mention they’re all free? Just remember, as technology changes, so will your habits and digital organization plans. Luckily, spring cleaning comes every year and with it, new apps and services to keep you up to date and ready to go, even on the go

In Search Of — Shells

In Search Of — Shells

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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 shells.

Summer will be here soon enough and you’ll be able to comb the beaches looking for shells. Until then, there are these gorgeous finds to satisfy your shell needs

How-to — Spring Cleaning Your Diet

How to — Spring Cleaning Your Diet

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For those of us living on the Northern Hemisphere, spring has sprung. Gone are the heavy winter coats and never-ending snow tracks across our floors. (Well, at least for some of us!) So I invite you to ponder as we shed our outerwear and give our homes a clean start, why not lighten our wintry diets as well? Sure, heavy, filling foods helped us survive the frigid temperatures that come with the snow boots and parkas, but now lighter options are looking more and more appetizing as we embrace the change of the season. Read on for my tips on how to transform your dietary mainstays into their less dense, yet equally satisfying counterparts

In Search Of — Bottles

In Search Of — Bottles

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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 bottles.

The end of a beverage (or perfume or medicine) is just the beginning! We don’t need to find a message within these bottles to covet them

I Want This — Vintage Lucite Bar

After a long, dark winter I’m super excited to have some glorious sunlight flow through my home from early in the morning until late in the evening. Sure, the natural light itself is pretty awesome, but it can surely be amplified by mirrored and lucite furniture. This cooler than cool lucite bar and set of mirrored bar stools would be such a great addition to an open space.

The inviting nature of the the piece absolutely screams “throw a party and use me!” Besides the sun rays making their way through the clear structure and bouncing off of the reflective seats, it wouldn’t clutter up a room. This super chic piece will be the envy of all my friends, and perhaps the parties that would ensue would earn me some bonus points from my boyfriend. All of those beautiful decanters, glasses and shakers that are being wasted and hidden away in cabinets would come back to life by being featured on top of this piece. I know that I would love to fill this bar with bubbly, fill those seats with friends and end up with some glamorous memories.

You can snag this vintage bar from Amber’s Krrb corner in Chicago, IL. $1,800.

Katherine Lurie Furnishes the Homes of Los Angeles One by One

Katherine Lurie Furnishes the Homes of Los Angeles One by One

LA Vintage Furnishings storefront near Culver City. Insert: the LA Furnishings team; {clockwise} Shepard Vineburg, Katherine Lurie, Brian Noveck.

It’s easy to get lost in the LA Vintage Furnishings warehouse just outside of Culver City. Whether you’re a professional designer or a novice looking to liven up your home with some vintage pieces, LA Vintage Furnishings is the place for unique, secondhand furnishings. Owner Katherine Lurie curates her collection exceptionally well, making it one of the must-see shops in Los Angeles. Read on to see what tips Katherine offers on how to decorate your own dwellings with vintage finds

In Search Of — Nautical Theme

In Search Of — Nautical Theme

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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 all things nautical.

Batten down the hatches! Here’s some listings to help you navigate the choppy waves of inspiration to redecorate your cabin in a nautical theme

In Search Of — Trays

In Search Of — Trays

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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 trays.

Why should your food and beverages get all the attention? These trays will flavor your entertaining style. Not mention, all the breakfasts in bed you can have

Home Visit – Tales from Rockaway, a Former Schoolhouse in Eastern Canada

Home Visit – Tales from Rockaway, a Former Schoolhouse in Eastern Canada

All photos by Jaime McKee.

There’s few things we like more than to see how others live. It’s why we launched our new column last year that let’s us peek into Krrb members’ homes! Whether it’s a Mid-Century chair or vintage china, we love to see how people make it their own. Here today is Jaime McKee, whose blog Building a Sustainable Life shows her progress to attain sustainability in Eastern Canada. Read on as we pay a home visit to see how Jaime has turned a former schoolhouse into a home.

This past fall, we bought a school. It had closed in 1993, along with other semi-rural elementary schools in the area, having housed four classrooms. In the years to follow, it was well loved by one family who converted the second story into a home. When we purchased it, the upstairs residence was in move-in condition—and the lower level was exactly as it had been decades before

From the Pantry — All-Natural Recipes to Spring Clean Your Home

From the Pantry — All Natural Recipes to Spring Clean Your Home

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Something about spring makes us want to open the windows and let nature in. You can keep the sentiment going as you tackle your spring cleaning list. Want to know how? Head to your pantry and grab a few essentials that will freshen your home without chemicals or too much elbow grease. You’ll want the following on hand for an eco-friendly clean

How-to — Three Ways to Turn Inspiration Into Style

How to — Three Ways to Turn Inspiration Into Style

I am a shelter magazine junkie. There, I said it. I, Cece Kellie, am a magazine addict. No mere collector, mind you. Basically, I’m three Elle Decors and a Vogue Living away from a bona fied Collyer’s Mansion. I think it’s because I love the stories the pictures tell. Stories of cool, creative, beautiful people and tales of dinner parties and gatherings. I can paw endlessly through glossy images of cooking and conversations and other people’s kids running under foot. What invariably happens, pouring over these tomes in my semi-inebriated state, is that I become utterly fixated on certain piece that I must possess or die.

This not only applies to magazines — coffee table books also cast their spell, as I’m sure many of you can relate. I will never forget the moment I came across a copy of Tracy Porter’s Home Style. There was Tracy Porter, blonde and cool in white jeans, sprawled across a little white settee. My life would never be the same from that day on. This was the moment where my aforementioned fixation manifested in the shape of a settee. A settee that set my heart aflame

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