One person's trash is another person's treasure. And this Instagram account helps with the transaction.

Stooping is a longtime New York tradition: someone casts away their no longer needed furniture (and other things) on the sidewalk in front of their home and anyone who needs them can salvage the items for whatever use they desire.

But in summer 2019, stooping made it to social media as well — an Instagram account called Stooping NYC started sharing the best offers from the city's public display. From heart-shaped ottomans to vintage dressers, it has both the funny and the stunning, allowing the account to accumulate over 80K followers.

So continue scrolling to take a look at this collective exchange market because -- believe me -- you don't have to be a stooper to appreciate it.

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#1

Beanie Babies Used To Have Real Value! They Still Might... But As The Sign Says The Real Value Is As A Friend. On Cooper Street Between Knickerbocker And Irving.

Beanie Babies Used To Have Real Value! They Still Might... But As The Sign Says The Real Value Is As A Friend. On Cooper Street Between Knickerbocker And Irving.

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Tahani
Community Member
2 months ago

Awwww

JuJu
Community Member
2 months ago

I remember the pic of two people getting divorced and splitting their beanie babies collection in court.

Chewie Baron
Community Member
2 months ago

Seriously??!!????!

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Felipe StillChill
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2 months ago

Whoever left this you are a good person thank you

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

I need one. 😂

A Dumbo Octopus
Community Member
2 months ago

Are beanie babies still being sold? They were good quality plushies

Catlady6000
Community Member
2 months ago

They are

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Kathrine Rux
Community Member
2 months ago

OMG I HAVE THAT SAME BIRD ONE!

Anxiety! at the Disco
Community Member
2 months ago

I have the horse one! His name is Derby :)

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Christian Miller
Community Member
2 months ago

Free... a bunch of collectibles worth a couple hundred dollars... k

Clara Knaub
Community Member
2 months ago

Omg I have that parrot!

glowworm2
Community Member
2 months ago

I have quite a few of these. I was a beanie baby collector as a kid. Me and my mother both were. The parrot however, was one of two of my father's own though.

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Brenda Owens
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2 months ago

Some of those are worth a lot of money.

Kiss Army
Community Member
2 months ago

Only if someone is willing to pay a lot...

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BAILEY PANELLI
Community Member
2 months ago

what a throwback

Alex T
Community Member
2 months ago

this is wholesome

Luna Lovebug
Community Member
2 months ago

These remind me of dogs shopping at pets stores. If you're having a bad day, do yourself a favour and search on YouTube for "dog picks out own toy" videos. You'll not be disappointed I promise =)

~Ella Cipher~
Community Member
2 months ago

I will take the kitty, thanks!

~Ella Cipher~
Community Member
2 months ago

They all look so cute and cuddly, wish I lived near there

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HissyFitzz
Community Member
2 months ago

when I was little I had a small collection, but I had been looking for that grey beanie babies kitten everywhere. Where does this person live?! ^w^

Kiss Army
Community Member
2 months ago

Thought I had one sitting here on my desk that I could send you, but I just checked and it is the orange one...

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RavenclawQueen
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2 months ago

I would donate them to homeless kids

Diego is a dinosaur
Community Member
2 months ago

hey! i have that red macaw!

Kathleen Clark
Community Member
2 months ago

I need the Koala!

Kanchan Rai
Community Member
2 months ago

I need a friend the purple one

Karen Chaddock
Community Member
2 months ago

That's a very nice gesture to offer these clean toys for someone in need.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 months ago

How kind.

Dana Grunwald
Community Member
2 months ago

Now I want one!

Kateryna
Community Member
2 months ago

Those don't look like trash, more like new toys. Love the idea!

avery31415
Community Member
2 months ago

How sweet

ispeak catanese
Community Member
2 months ago

I need the mouse, the fish and the skunk!!!!

Shan S
Community Member
2 months ago

ME ME ME ! :D

Vivi
Community Member
2 months ago

Awww I love it and want one.

katarina
Community Member
2 months ago

lovely! 💕

ivy green
Community Member
2 months ago

UwU

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Most people eventually get tired of a "collection". This person did.

Randy Klefbeck
Community Member
1 month ago

This is not an example of throwing away. This is donating to the down trodden.

Ethan Collard
Community Member
2 months ago

my sister has one of these!

CrEaTiVe_duck
Community Member
2 months ago

sooo sweet love it!!

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
2 months ago

Finally, something I can do with my beanie babies!

Caroline Sokoloski
Community Member
2 months ago

The person should take them to a homeless shelter for the kids there.

The Chosen One
Community Member
2 months ago

With covid that's probably not a good idea

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According to VOGUE, the account is run by an anonymous couple based in Brooklyn. The idea started thanks to their son, “a wonderful little guy with special needs who loves to take walks.” Exploring their neighborhood on foot, the family would “consistently see all these amazing treasures that people were just putting out on the curb waiting for somebody to collect, or for sanitation to take away.”

#2

What A Phenomenal Addition!

What A Phenomenal Addition!

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
2 months ago

My grandfather would take furniture off the street and repair it, so to honor that my mom and I always see what we can find on the side of the road. Our latest find was an antique tea cart that we sanded and stained.

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When they launched the account, they planned to curate their own discoveries, but it only took a week of posting for them to realize much of the scouting would be happily done by fellow New Yorkers. “The community grew quickly, and people were excited to not just be privy to the finds, but also to participate in the hunt,” they explained. “We receive upwards of 100 DMs some days, from people all around the five boroughs now. What started out as a hobby has become a real service to the community.”

#3

We Love This So Much. Share Please! On The Side It Says Take What You Need And Give What You Can. 3rd Street Between Hoyt And Bond.

We Love This So Much. Share Please! On The Side It Says Take What You Need And Give What You Can. 3rd Street Between Hoyt And Bond.

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Clara Knaub
Community Member
2 months ago

We need more people likes this. 💗

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The couple recognize the phenomenon as part of New York's culture. “There are so many people living on top of each other, and because New Yorkers move often, most stooping likely happens because of circumstance. While we never intended for the page to be focused on the eco-conscious first and foremost, this concept has really highlighted what seems like a real desire for upcycling in a way that is interactive, while making people feel like they're part of a broader community.”

#4

6 Bed / 4 Bath...cathedral Ceilings...victorian Style...close To The Park. 8 Inch Ceilings So Potential Buyers Must Be Under 1 Ft Tall.281 Prospect Ave

6 Bed / 4 Bath...cathedral Ceilings...victorian Style...close To The Park. 8 Inch Ceilings So Potential Buyers Must Be Under 1 Ft Tall.281 Prospect Ave

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Daria B
Community Member
2 months ago

Maybe Arrietty lives here. ♡

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With an ever-increasing following, the Stooping NYC team have developed a firm idea of what works on the account best. "The themes we have come to notice are that there are three categories of high performers," they said.

First, there are the functional: shelves, bookcases, kitchen islands. Second, the quirky and unique: stiletto chair, demon throne, stoop bear, and finally, the downright 'can't-believe-someone-would-put-that-out' beautiful. The third category consists of copper tubs, pink velvet chairs, and designer glass coffee tables. As Stooping NYC get more and more submissions, they are becoming pickier about what they post in an effort to be responsible about what's advertised: nothing “bug-ridden,” no food, and “nothing that could be compromised from a safety perspective.”

Simultaneously, they've created a separate series, the “before and afters,” with the hashtag #stoopingsuccess. “We had an unreal one this week where a couple claimed a double sink they found from our post and installed it into their Catskills Airbnb.”

#5

Almost Too Beautiful To Be Used To Hold Socks, Am I Right? Vintage Dresser @ 479 Clinton Ave In Clinton Hill Bk

Almost Too Beautiful To Be Used To Hold Socks, Am I Right? Vintage Dresser @ 479 Clinton Ave In Clinton Hill Bk

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IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
2 months ago

That's just gorgeous.

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#6

Now This Is An Important Stoop!!!! Register And Please Get Your Vote On! 433 Jefferson Ave In Bed Stuy.

Now This Is An Important Stoop!!!! Register And Please Get Your Vote On! 433 Jefferson Ave In Bed Stuy.

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JuJu
Community Member
2 months ago

This is great.

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#7

Can We All Agree That This Human Is A Legend?

Can We All Agree That This Human Is A Legend?

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Monster
Community Member
2 months ago

I would help him if i were there

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#8

You Guysssss...it’s Velvet And Yellow!!! Bushwick On Cooper Between Wilson And Central

You Guysssss...it’s Velvet And Yellow!!! Bushwick On Cooper Between Wilson And Central

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
2 months ago

Add some royal blue throw pillows and you've got yourself a look

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#9

Majestic Purple Couch. Currently On The Sidewalk On Gates Ave Between Grandview And Fairview! Obsessed!

Majestic Purple Couch. Currently On The Sidewalk On Gates Ave Between Grandview And Fairview! Obsessed!

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invisible sheep
Community Member
2 months ago

ah, the leg is broken, but shouldn't be impossible to fix

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#10

Stooping Selfies Continue! Gorgeous Tiered Coffee Table At W 114 St, Between Manhattan Ave And Frederick Douglass #stoopingnyc #stoopingselfies ...also Unrelated To The Table But Related To Being A Good Human... Destroy Racism!

Stooping Selfies Continue! Gorgeous Tiered Coffee Table At W 114 St, Between Manhattan Ave And Frederick Douglass #stoopingnyc #stoopingselfies ...also Unrelated To The Table But Related To Being A Good Human... Destroy Racism!

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Gerrit
Community Member
2 months ago

Nice shirt!

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#11

Excuse Me While I Die Over How Amazing This Looks In @mkatbow‘S Place. Tgif Stoopers...get Out There!

Excuse Me While I Die Over How Amazing This Looks In @mkatbow‘S Place. Tgif Stoopers...get Out There!

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Dana
Community Member
2 months ago

I was just thinking, what a perfect cat chair! And upon closer inspection, there is, indeed a cat in the chair.

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#12

Once You Scoop This, You Really Should Only Answer To “Your Highness”...it Feels Warranted. Corner Of Hancock And Evergreen In Bushwick!

Once You Scoop This, You Really Should Only Answer To “Your Highness”...it Feels Warranted. Corner Of Hancock And Evergreen In Bushwick!

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
2 months ago

this could either be hideous, or divine..... depending on the rest of the apartment. (personally, i think it could be divine!!)

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#13

I Know It Looks Like It Needs A Little Uptake But So Worth It. Hasley Street Between Nostrand And Bedford.

I Know It Looks Like It Needs A Little Uptake But So Worth It. Hasley Street Between Nostrand And Bedford.

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

Chinoiserie? The enamel needs a little touch up, and it’s possible the cabinet door doesn’t close. The repairs are small, the end result is wonderful.

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#14

We Love This And We’re Going To Lift Weights All Day To Be Able To Bring It Home. Not Really. Go Get It.

We Love This And We’re Going To Lift Weights All Day To Be Able To Bring It Home. Not Really. Go Get It.

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Dana
Community Member
2 months ago

This is so pretty!

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#15

We Don’t Her Name But This Wonderful Woman Has Officially Rescued The Turtle For The Most Important Stooping Success We’ve Ever Posted.

We Don’t Her Name But This Wonderful Woman Has Officially Rescued The Turtle For The Most Important Stooping Success We’ve Ever Posted.

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Tahani
Community Member
2 months ago

So they tossed the turtle too? Dang...

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#16

This Definitely Came From The House Of Beetlejuice. Available In Bushwick On Jefferson Street! Between Central And Evergreen

This Definitely Came From The House Of Beetlejuice. Available In Bushwick On Jefferson Street! Between Central And Evergreen

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Gabby M
Community Member
2 months ago

AHHHHHH to die for!!!

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#17

Announcement: Please Sit Down And A) Acknowledge How Amazing This Stooping Success Is, B) Appreciate The Stoop Journey That Got It Home And C) Realize Everyone Needs To Find Themselves Friends As Passionate As This About The Stoop Life.

Announcement: Please Sit Down And A) Acknowledge How Amazing This Stooping Success Is, B) Appreciate The Stoop Journey That Got It Home And C) Realize Everyone Needs To Find Themselves Friends As Passionate As This About The Stoop Life.

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JuJu
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd have carried it home from anywhere. Lovely.

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#18

Umm Holy S**t. Someone Confirm This Is For The Taking Before Taking! 91st Between Columbus And Amsterdam.

Umm Holy S**t. Someone Confirm This Is For The Taking Before Taking! 91st Between Columbus And Amsterdam.

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Electric Ed
Community Member
2 months ago

*street artist returns from grabbing a coffee* WTF?

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#19

We Are Beyond Jealous Of This Stooping Success From @soundslikepetra

We Are Beyond Jealous Of This Stooping Success From @soundslikepetra

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Your Local Lizard
Community Member
2 months ago

The cat doesn't look so interested, sadly ;-;

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#20

Bring That @uhaul For This New Haul (Take That, Kanye)!! 170 S 4th St Williamsburg

Bring That @uhaul For This New Haul (Take That, Kanye)!! 170 S 4th St Williamsburg

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MermaidsAndDragons
Community Member
2 months ago

And free succulents (and cacti) to boot!

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#21

Get Ready To Put Your TV All Over This. 10th And Broadway!

Get Ready To Put Your TV All Over This. 10th And Broadway!

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Iggy
Community Member
2 months ago

Nice!

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#22

I Think We All Need To Worship Nic Valley For The Next 24 Hrs. This Is So Legit. Omg.

I Think We All Need To Worship Nic Valley For The Next 24 Hrs. This Is So Legit. Omg.

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
2 months ago

Cute! Love ur apartment

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#23

So Much Morning Beautiful Blue! At Norman And Russel In Greenpoint. #stooping #stoopingbrooklyn

So Much Morning Beautiful Blue! At Norman And Russel In Greenpoint. #stooping #stoopingbrooklyn

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Iggy
Community Member
2 months ago

I've always wanted to have my hair that colour!

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#24

Cute!!!! Astoria! 27th Ave Btween 21st St And 18th! Someone Save From The Rain!

Cute!!!! Astoria! 27th Ave Btween 21st St And 18th! Someone Save From The Rain!

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Clara Knaub
Community Member
2 months ago

This might look cute by the door so you can sit to put on shoes!

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#25

Where Do You Put This In Your Apartment? #stoopingbrooklyn

Where Do You Put This In Your Apartment? #stoopingbrooklyn

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Magpie
Community Member
2 months ago

That would be perfect next to my front door. Somewhere to hang coats / umbrella / and to park shoes. And to put the wallet etc . ( envious Aussie speaking )

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#26

Again, Some Stoopers Come From Serious Royalty. Maple St & Bedford Ave In Prospect Lefferts Gardens!

Again, Some Stoopers Come From Serious Royalty. Maple St & Bedford Ave In Prospect Lefferts Gardens!

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Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope someone rescued this!

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#27

Annnnd The Holy Sh*t Balls Moment Of Your Tuesday. 76th Between 4th And 5th Ave. #stooping #stoopingbrooklyn

Annnnd The Holy Sh*t Balls Moment Of Your Tuesday. 76th Between 4th And 5th Ave. #stooping #stoopingbrooklyn

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Gabby M
Community Member
2 months ago

Another dream couch!!

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#28

The Trend Of The Tables With Legs Continues...the Question Is...where Is The Top Half Of The Ostrich?! Just Put Out On Melrose Between Knickerbocker And Wilson In Bushwick!

The Trend Of The Tables With Legs Continues...the Question Is...where Is The Top Half Of The Ostrich?! Just Put Out On Melrose Between Knickerbocker And Wilson In Bushwick!

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Ben Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Someone skipped leg day...

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#29

Nerd Alert! This Stoop Excites Us! Soho Giving Us Two Great Finds This Morning! Both The Chair And Couch Are Gorgeous. Prince And Thompson!

Nerd Alert! This Stoop Excites Us! Soho Giving Us Two Great Finds This Morning! Both The Chair And Couch Are Gorgeous. Prince And Thompson!

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Deena Salzman
Community Member
2 months ago

It reminds me of Chairy from Peewee's Playhouse!

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#30

Thursday Is The New Friday, Am I Right? Start The Weekend Now With This Art Deco Bar Cart! On Conselyea And Lorimer In Williamsburg

Thursday Is The New Friday, Am I Right? Start The Weekend Now With This Art Deco Bar Cart! On Conselyea And Lorimer In Williamsburg

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Little Dino
Community Member
2 months ago

oooh...i think it's pretty :)

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