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

The Only Christmas Music Playlists You Need this Holiday Season

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Photo: Liveloveguitar.com

Christmas time is here again and with it comes all our favorite Christmas songs. And even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there are bound to be at least a few holiday inspired tunes that you can’t help but hum along to. In preparation for these next few weeks until December 25th, I have created the three Christmas music playlists you’ll need. Whether you want a fun happy song to help motivate you to do your Christmas gift wrapping or a soothing, classic jam to get you through the cold winter nights, I’ve got you covered. So grab your loved ones, choose a playlist and get into the Christmas spirit. You can see the full song list on my Holiday Mixtape after the jump. Also, I should note, there is extra Christmas cheer for those of you who listen to these playlists on a loop

Krrbside Questions — How To Take On the Holidays, Creatively

Don't know what to do with your curbside finds? Jett does! Photo: Flickr.com/photos/beigephotos?auto=format

Don’t know what to do with your curbside finds? Well never fear, Krrb is here! Photo: Flickr.com/photos/beigephotos?auto=format

We’re excited to introduce Krrbside Questions, a column created solely to answering your queries about living local and being the good neighbor we know you all are. First up with some super helpful advice is Jett Superior, recently featured in our Member Spotlight. This Southern lover of all things secondhand, vintage and handmade has what she calls “crackerjack ingenuity” and a knack for redoing roadside furniture. Have a burning question? Email us at blog@krrb.com and we’ll make sure to get it in the right hands.

From Your Backyard to Your Front Door: A DIY Christmas Wreath

Nature Inspired Christmas Wreath

Nature-Inspired Christmas Wreath

There’s more than one way to decorate for the holidays. Is your style traditional with red and green? Or do you prefer gold and gilt? Maybe back-to-nature suits your home and lifestyle. When I plan my decorating theme for the holidays (I change it up every year!), I choose a color or item, such as a star, snowman or angel, and repeat it throughout the house. Regardless of the theme, I always start with the wreath. And although a wreath on the front door welcomes guests, you’re not limited to the entry. Learn how to make Christmas wreaths from items gathered in your backyard, and hang one on a mirror, fill in an empty wall or decorate a closet door

Get in the Spirit — 5 Festive Instagrams for Holiday Inspiration

Get in the Spirit — 5 Festive Instagrams for Holiday Inspiration

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For most of the year, Instagram is where we go to envy things other people have (Guilty as charged!). The magical thing about the holiday season is that once you’ve finished your Thanksgiving turkey, the site becomes a mecca for wonderful wintertime ideas. Decor, tasty dishes, gifts and more…and we’ve saved you the hassle of digging through the seemingly endless #Christmas tag to find the best of the best. These well-curated feeds will cover your every want and need this season

20 DIY Projects For Your Pets

20 DIY Projects For Your Pets

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If you have any pets, then you’re well aware of the fact that you’d quite possibly do anything to make them happy. Pet necessities can get pretty pricey though, so why not dive into the DIY world of pet goods and give your furry pal something that has been specially made for them. From healthy snacks to scratching posts and cozy beds, we have rounded up some of our favorite projects that you can do for your pets

Enter to Win — Krrb 2015 Holiday Gift Giveaway

Enter to Win — Krrb 2015 Holiday Gift Giveaway

Join us for our 12 Days of gift giveaways! Starting on December 3rd, you have one chance a day to win one of 12 fabulous gifts, so make sure to check in every day for a chance to win. And don’t forget to check out our Holiday Gift Guide for even more great handmade and vintage gifts from local sellers

How To — DIY Leftover Concrete Table

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Usually when you hear “leftovers” (especially the week after Thanksgiving), you think of food, but not in this case. I’m talking about the the Leftovers project by Klemens Schillinger in the book DIY Furniture 2: A Step-By-Step Guide, a popular follow-up to its predecessor DIY Furniture. Leftovers, in this case, means the use of inexpensive materials usually found left over on construction job sites, like plastic buckets, wood and concrete mix. Using those three materials, Schillinger created a unique contemporary stool. I decided to take it a step further and make a small side table using the same technique.

The result of this weekend project is a very cool industrial side table with clean lines and rough texture. It’s a perfect fit next to my platform bed, but it could also work outdoors. Keep reading for the full tutorial on how to make my take on the Leftovers project

Giving Tuesday — A Guide to Giving to Local Charities

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Photo: Urbanful.org

It is only a matter of time before the holiday season is upon us. But even among the rush of holiday shopping, family reunions and end-of-the-year parties, we still can make time for those in need. Share in the spirit of giving on Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as the day to donate to charities. People everywhere are giving back and making the world a better place. Let these local charities and organizations from across the country inspire you to help others and spread the love this holiday season

Black Friday – Five Ideas To Skip The Lines

Black Friday – Five Ideas To Skip The Lines

Shoppers waiting pre-dawn to start their holiday shopping on Black Friday. Photo: Ibtimes.com

There are a lot of ways that you can participate in the launch of gifting season without standing on long lines at huge stores. For a few decades now, the day after Thanksgiving has gleefully (or notoriously, depending on how you look at it) been the start of the holiday shopping season. Huge sales inspire thousands of Americans to wake up at the crack of dawn and take advantage of deep discounts and to get into the holiday season. But in case you’re still working off that Turkey hangover, there are ways you can participate in this gifting season without the early wake up call and the crowds

Tips from a DIY Queen: Kim Vargo of Yellow Brick Home

Photos by Yellow Brick Home

Photos by Yellow Brick Home

Kim and her husband, Scott Vargo, tackle DIYs almost weekly. They’re a wife and husband duo that brings wall-changing art and innovative ideas from their blog Yellow Brick Home to your home. Krrb has been a big fan of their blog (and life) for a while now. We know that they bought their first home together in Chicago in 2007, DIY-ed their way through each and every room, and finally settled into their current fixer-upper in 2013. When they were able to step away from all of the hard work they’d put into the first space for the opportunity to customize and perfect a new one, we were intrigued. Despite the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Kim was nice enough to sit down with us and share some amazing tips for nursing an old room back to life

Small Business Saturday — Local Shop Owners Share Their Support

By Brooklyn, a store owned and operated by local Gaia DiLoreto, sells products born in Brooklyn.

By Brooklyn, a store owned and operated by local Gaia DiLoreto, sells products born in Brooklyn.

It was a humid Thursday evening in Bedford–Stuyvesant, a neighborhood of 153,000 inhabitants in Brooklyn. In November, it’s not supposed to be this hot. The people are mixed here. Men dressed in suits walked briskly beneath umbrellas while others carried on casual conversations on street corners, sleeveless and wet. During this time when ‘gentrification’ is a dirty word in New York City, the complicated culture of a place is both the appeal and controversy for local business owners. On the one hand, buying and selling within a multicultural community is their chance to support multiculturalism. On the other hand, there’s always that risk of business influencing culture, instead of it being the other way around.

For the final interview of local business owners who support their communities, I walked briskly and without an umbrella to an address on Lexington Avenue. I came to Bed-Stuy to ask Shane and Johnna what it means to buy and sell locally. The answer of these two business owners was similar to those of Gaia, Erica, and Brandy and Sean, all of whom operate in different neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. The diversity of Brooklyn fuels them, and the business of buying and selling locally here is the business of job creation, self-preservation and multiculturalism for everyone—no matter who you might be. Keep reading to learn more about six local business owners who keep their communities of Brooklyn beautiful

A Huge Serving of Thanksgiving

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Before we all set away to enjoy time with loved ones, we’re serving up a heaping scoop of Thanksgiving fodder

Shop America Challenge — Local Goods from 50 States

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Four months ago, I wrote an article highlighting some of my favorite locally-made shops from several major U.S. cities. I ended it the same way I usually do, by inviting readers to suggest other shops I didn’t cover.

Be careful what you wish for. Someone suggested highlighting shops across all 50 states, and I was immediately equal parts interested…and kinda intimidated. But a promise is a promise! So with a general guideline of business types to cover (eco-friendly, small-batch, locally sourced) and a pre-typed list of states to combat my lack of geographic memory, I went off in search

History of New York City’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Hippo Balloon circa 1940, Times Square, Manhattan, NY (Buzzfeed.com)

Hippo Balloon circa 1940, Times Square, Manhattan, NY (Buzzfeed.com)

If waking up on Thanksgiving, hopping on the sofa in the family room and scrambling to turn on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition you’re fond of, then you’re not alone! I was lucky enough to grow up being able to go to the parade every year with my family and watch dreamily as the floats went by. After years and years of admiring the classic balloons, The Rockettes, the Broadway performances and Santa’s grand arrival at the end of the parade I’ve found myself wondering more about the origin of this iconic parade

Join Our Holiday Seller Program Today

Join Krrb's Holiday Seller Program

This holiday season, we’re making it incredibly easy for you to maximize your online sales. Whether you’re looking to sell locally or reach our global community with shipping, Krrb is the perfect place to sell vintage, handmade or locally made gifts

Dress Your Walls — 30 Artwork DIYs under $30

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Are your walls and wallet both bare? These wall art projects under $30 allow you to add some personality to your room and express your creativity without breaking the bank! And most are customizable so you can experiment with color, shape and texture. Which project are you starting first? If your artistic talents are lacking, check out all the affordable art on Krrb