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
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2 months ago

Awwww

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

boredpanDaman
Community Member
2 months ago

hip!

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JessG
Community Member
2 months ago

Remember the awful mustard color these things were in the 70's? At least this one is a bright lemon, MUCH better

Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
2 months ago

I likey

shyanna banana
Community Member
1 month ago

my dad found a rocking chair from the 1800s on the side of the road

KT
Community Member
2 months ago

i'd worry about bed bugs :(

Teresa Thomas
Community Member
1 month ago

Thinking the same thing. I never take cushioned furnitures, though even wooden/plastic things can hold the eggs....

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Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
1 month ago

Velvet in Bushwick....sounds like a blue movie...

YesItsMe
Community Member
2 months ago

You're not afraid of bedbugs? Coz that's just too good to be true otherwise :D

Virginia Stackhouse
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd drape myself in velvet, if it was socially acceptable 😉

Grim Reaper
Community Member
2 months ago

I would get this regardless of it suiting my room XD my cats would be all over it in seconds lol

Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

Taking in free furniture can lead to a bed bug or flea infestation.

Nymphadora Tonks
Community Member
2 months ago

Can’t you like...clean it in some way first though? I’m not try to be sarcastic I’m just asking.

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invisible sheep
Community Member
2 months ago

gosh, i have to think twice if i can afford a couch like that and someone just throws it away

Tabitha L
Community Member
2 months ago

Great looking sofa. How would you clean a used sofa you found on the street? Steamer?

Gabby M
Community Member
2 months ago

LOL I have in the past taken things to Do It Yourself car washes on the back of a pick up. Works like a charm!!

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Oskar vanZandt
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1 month ago

Must've changed their décor and the sofa clashed?

WildBerry
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1 month ago

Everything clashes with that color.

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

Coolio. 😎 But wouldn’t fit in with my home. 😛

Magpie
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks comfy. I would put some blankets over it. ( envious Aussie speaking )

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
1 month ago

I would love that!

Cameron Metcalf
Community Member
1 month ago

i want it!

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
1 month ago

I never thought of NYC as a pickup truck kind of town. But now I see a pickup truck would be very useful there.

Pangolin Pal
Community Member
1 month ago

Jeez, that is a gorgeous couch - but how would you know it's not full of bedbugs?

Glynis Dover
Community Member
1 month ago

So beautiful and it looks very comfy as well xxx

CelSlade
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a chair worthy of the name ;P

Anonymous Web User
Community Member
1 month ago

Love it! My step father restores and reupholsters furniture like this, although this one looks perfect as it is!!!!!

Jack Lowry
Community Member
1 month ago

I had that exact same couch. It was great until a friend spilled Absinthe on it and my girlfriend got paint on it.

Jack Lowry
Community Member
1 month ago

I

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
1 month ago

to cute to end up in streeet ...

Dina Voormey
Community Member
1 month ago

Love IT!

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

Would look fabulous in a room designed around it. I hope it found a clean home!!!

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

Ooh, that's so glamorous!

Maris madness
Community Member
1 month ago

I want it

Cecile Desjardins
Community Member
1 month ago

Dream couch. Gorgeous

ej wey
Community Member
1 month ago

Always check with a black light first

JD Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect for a coffeehouse, unless it’s out there due to cats.

Jane W.
Community Member
1 month ago

Nab it before it rains!

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
1 month ago

wow! 1950s here I come!

Billy Haake
Community Member
1 month ago

It would really tie the room together.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
1 month ago

Groovy baby.

Mumof1
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful

Ania Barrett
Community Member
1 month ago

Lovely!

Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 month ago

it looks nearly new!!!

The Chosen One
Community Member
1 month ago

That... is absolutely hideous. No wonder someone tossed it

WildBerry
Community Member
1 month ago

Agree !!

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avery31415
Community Member
1 month ago

Interesting color

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 month ago

No one leaves anything this beautiful around where I live. :-(

T
Community Member
2 months ago

Did you smell it?

Nigel Rodgers
Community Member
2 months ago

Cubric-esque

Alex T
Community Member
2 months ago

would totally take that couch

Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks good

GirlFriday
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh that needs to be in my sunroom!!!

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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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