Seen and Heard — Japanese Artist Chiharu Shiota’s Installation and More

Seen and Heard

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The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

This week, we’ve looking at old yearbook photos and found an artist whose rebelling quietly on logo-plastered athletic apparel. Don’t wait—check it out now

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Glass Serving Plate

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In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 12th to enter for this gift below.

He made a list, he checked it twice and he’s already determined if you’ve been naughty or nice. There is a way to skew his decisions though and it involves cookies. Beyond just the cookies, you need to make sure you present them nicely so Old Saint Nick doesn’t scramble right back up that chimney, leaving you a plume of smokey coal. This vintage depression era serving plate is exactly what Santa is looking for this season (I just got off the phone with the North Pole so I know this for a fact). Plate your favorite treats on this 1930’s gem for Kriss Kringle’s arrival

What’s Cooking — Holiday Cookie Recipes

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Photo: Flickr.com/photos/sweetjessie

I love everything about the holiday season. I love family gatherings, elaborate light displays, lit-up trees, pretty wrapping paper, ice skating, glitzy sweaters, the whole thing. But what I probably love most are the treats. I could eat sweets for every meal and really, the holidays are the only time when this is a somewhat socially acceptable choice. So I really embrace it.

And while I love giving gifts—I can’t afford to buy things for everyone on my list. So every year I make a million batches of festive cookies, wrap them up in glittery boxes from the Dollar Store and make the rounds around town with cookies in tow. It’s a tradition that I’ve made my own. Perhaps it could be yours as well

Eco-Friendly Ways to Wrap Your Presents in Style

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Photo: Localmilkblog.com

Let me start by saying that I love wrapping presents. Nothing beats putting on some Christmas tunes and turning the dining room table into Santa’s workshop with my favorite elves (my cats) excitedly playing with ribbon and bows. The holiday spirit flows through my body and out of my fingertips to create thoughtfully wrapped presents for all of those who are near and dear to me. While I love the feel of seasonal paper folding over boxes, it’s hard not to think about how wasteful it is to wrap so many things. Let’s be real here- we see those gifts and tear through them without even thinking about how our environment is affected by our not-so-Grinchy actions. Luckily for us, there are tons of great alternatives to wrapping gifts that are eco-friendly while also serving up major holiday style

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Set of 4 Vintage Cameras

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Set of 4 Vintage Cameras

In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 11th to enter for this gift below.

For many kids, your Sweet 16 is when you ask for a car; I took an alternative route and requested my own DSLR (shoutout to the Hannels for delivering!). After years of classes and even some time assistant teaching in college, photography has consistently been a passion of mine. The “entry cost” of this hobby can be pretty expensive, so that’s why I was excited to see Krrb seller Jeglova put this great set of vintage cameras up for grabs

Collector’s Corner — Graphic Designer Guillermo Brotons’s Business Cards

Photos by Krrb

Photos by Krrb

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!

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Graphic Designer Guillermo Brotons studied design at Eina School in his hometown of Barcelona. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the London College of Communication and received the Fabrica Fellowship at the research center of communication in Treviso, Italy. One would expect Guillermo, an über-talented Art Director at AREA 17, to discriminate between Chinese take-out menus and Vitra, but he doesn’t. Well, he does, but there’s something nostalgic about his mixed business card collection

Christmas Stockings for You and Me

Christmas Stockings for You and Me

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No one really knows where the origins of the Christmas Stocking came from, but legend says that this holiday tradition may have arrived by accident! Saint Nicholas of Myra (yes, that Saint Nick) came across a poor merchant with three beautiful daughters. Seeing the man unable to provide for the dowries required for his daughters to wed, Saint Nicholas decided to help him without casting shame to his family. Later that night, he threw three bags of gold coins down the chimney and they landed in the stockings pinned up by the fireplace to dry. This fortuitous twist of fate has resulted in a Christmas custom that brings joy to kids around the world.

Nowadays, Christmas stockings are filled with candy or small toys and usually come in many different styles to choose from. Whether they are knitted or made from felt, modern Christmas stockings are designed to be stuffed with gifts. If you are fresh out of mis-matched socks you can use, take a look at this round-up of unique Christmas stockings you can still pick up in time for December 25th. Whichever Christmas stocking you choose—don’t forget to hang up your sock because just exactly at 12 o’clock, Santa Clause will be coming down the chimney

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Vintage Bavarian Teapot

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Vintage Bavarian Teapot

In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 10th to enter for this gift below.

I didn’t know to like hot tea when I was young, having grown up in the South and being offered black coffee by default and iced tea when the weather was so hot we slept above the sheets with the windows open. Hot tea wasn’t an option until later, when I was old enough to visit my grandmother in Munich, Germany, during the summer months. From age nine on, my breakfasts abroad consisted of Weißwurst, a mustard that’s often called “Weißwurstsenf,” fresh rolls, local jams, sometimes Pflaumenkuchen, and always tea for breakfast. The meal was so beautiful, the company so good, that the brewing of a pot of tea became – and still is today – a daily breakfast ritual.

My grandmother loved making childhood memories for me as much as she liked her little teapot from which they were served. In honor of her, I’m giving away a Gareis Waldsassen China Teapot from Bavaria, my grandmother’s hometown

Alternatives to the Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

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The year was 2002. The place was Kalamazoo, Michigan during my stay home on winter vacation. The friends were Robby and Ben. The party was “Ugly Sweater”. Little did I know, paging back (yes, pagers) “yes” to their invitation would begin an almost decade long affair with the Ugly Sweater party

Six Places in Chicago to Take Your Holiday Guests this Year

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Photo: Flickr.com/photos/mmmchoco

There is really nowhere else in the world that does the holiday season better than Chicago. It’s not bitterly cold at this point in the year, and you still can enjoy the beauty of the few snowflakes that may come. The city is lit up green and red, and street performers fill the streets with the sounds of Christmas.

If you are anyone like my husband and me, you will have guests visiting you who might like to step outside of your house during this time of year. Post gift wrapping and unwrapping, ice-skating in Millennium Park and the SkyDeck tour, you may feel like you’re coming up short on other fun activities to do with your guests. Worry no more! Here are some festive ways to make their stay in Chicago unforgettable

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Hammered Gold Hoop Earrings

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Hammered Gold Hoop Earrings

In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 9th to enter for this gift below.

I’m a big believer that the right accessory can make an outfit. It’s why I love these hammered gold hoop earrings from Krrb seller KrisP. Simple in design, these can feel a bit plain at first glance. But don’t let the uncomplicated style fool you, they can transform ratty jeans and a t-shirt into an outfit you can go out on the town in. These earrings have a marvelous effect on confidence making you feel as polished and shiny as the earrings themselves

Get the Look — Holiday Splurges for a Steal!

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Photo: Diynetwork.com

What do you want for Christmas?” I’m sure many gift-givers have felt a moment of fear waiting for that answer; can you successfully fulfill a holiday wish-list and earn the mark of an Excellent Gifter, all while on a realistic budget? If you’ve checked out the last installment of this series, you should hopefully trust me. I’ve done seasonal sleuthing to try and match gifts with their Krrb dopplegangers, and your gift recipients (and bank account) should be pretty pleased this year

10 Great White Elephant Gifts under $30

Finding gifts for a white elephant party can be challenging. Based on the legend of the King of Siam who gifted rare albino elephants with pricy upkeep costs to those who had disappointed him, white elephant parties have morphed into a playful free-for-all to get the best gift. If you’re participating in a white elephant exchange (or a Yankee Swap as it’s known in some parts) you want bring a gift that’s nice but not too nice and will get the crowd fighting over it. After all, that’s part of the fun. Krrb’s Holiday Gift Guide has some great items that fit in the usually nominal price range

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Vintage Toolbox

Holiday Gift Giveaway —  Vintage Toolbox

In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 8th to enter for this gift below.

I have always been of the mindset that holiday gift giving is less about the gift and more about the sentiment. Give me a sappy Christmas card over a trendy new purchase any day. Gifts that resonate with you on a personal level are never truly forgotten. Helen Keller said it best when she spoke these wise words, “the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” That is why I chose to gift the Vintage Toolbox from New Jersey seller Re-Store. This is a gift that comes with a story

All Aboard — Holiday Train Shows to See Around the Country

All Aboard — Holiday Train Show to See Around the Country

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For me, train shows are as much part of the holidays as hot chocolate and watching A Christmas Story. I love watching the electric “Polar Express” trains weaving in and out of tunnels and through the snow-topped mountains. Part of the fun is seeing all the tiny, intricate details of city landmarks and cute vignettes of winter fun. This holiday season, make way to a local holiday train show in your neck of the woods. I’ve pulled together a comprehensive list of where and when to go

Seen and Heard — Higher Education Emails, Sushi Art and Bamboo Cities

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The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

This week we’re getting educated in all sorts of stuff. Here’s to higher intelligence, stress-free travel when you’re in the friendly skies and sushi art

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Set of Amber Drink Glasses

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In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 5th to enter for this gift below.

‘Tis the season to engage in merriment! One of my personal favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit is to literally dive into those holiday spirits. Wink wink. Get cozy, sit in a beautifully Christmas-tree-lit room, put on a favorite holiday movie (Little Women, anybody?) and have a peppermint-infused cocktail that will help anyone’s Grinchy heart grow a few sizes. These vintage handblown glasses from local seller Chip Cordelli will be the perfect addition to any table or bar this holiday season

Be Merry — 3 Tips to Staying Stress Free during the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a whirlwind of events, to-do lists and obligations. Don’t fall prey to the hustle and bustle. Here are three tips to keeping this season full of cheer and merriment

What’s Cooking – Twelve Days of Christmas Cocktails

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Photo: Giantbomb.com

At church, the Twelve Days of Christmas marks the period between Christmas and Epiphany. In song, it’s a celebration of gifts that steadily increase in grandeur as each day passes. In this roundup, at the bar and in your kitchen, the Twelve Days of Christmas is the time to try twelve different holiday cocktails that steadily increase in ingredients, heaviness or, well, a jolly-ole good time. Avoiding the traditional eggnog and mulled wine this year, here’s to twelve days of holiday cocktails that put a very merry Christmas in your cup

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Copper Ice Bucket

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In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 4th to enter for this gift below.

One of my personal landmarks of “Official Adulthood” is being able to host an event. Currently I’m living that tiny bedroom life, but rest assured when I do hit that milestone, high-quality barware will be my first investment. With this goal in mind, and continuing the trend of being obsessed with everything Yellow House Collective sells, I was immediately drawn to this beauty: a copper ice bucket with gold lion trim and handles