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
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
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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!

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

And what looks like a really nice rug too (unless there’s damage or a huge stain in the middle of it).

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Big Blue Cat
Community Member
2 months ago

Makes me sad. I keep thinking about people losing their job, then home and they can't take their things with them.

mph seti
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, when a whole room's furnishings are out like that, it's likely an eviction...Not just someone who moved and doesn't want the stuff.

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Ania Barrett
Community Member
1 month ago

I would be taking home the whole set!

Cecile Desjardins
Community Member
1 month ago

Instant chic new look

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

Wonder why someone would throw all of this out!

Full of Giggles
Community Member
1 month ago

They may have been evicted or are downsizing apartments and can't afford to buy storage space for what they can't take with them.

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Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
1 month ago

looks like an eviction...

kkaitlyncec
Community Member
1 month ago

omg its all so beautiful and minimalistic

Laura Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

wow someone just setting up home this would set them up nicely

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

I love the lil’ plants! 🌱

your_lesbian_friend
Community Member
2 months ago

How can you not take this?!? cute lil plants :)

Little Dino
Community Member
2 months ago

amazing! love the hairpin legs

More!
Community Member
2 months ago

These are all unbelievable giveaways! Some of the items are exactly what I want, but exactly could not afford to buy.

Cameron Metcalf
Community Member
1 month ago

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhh i want it!!!!!!!

Shellia Ventura
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, just hope it wasn't someone that got evicted while they weren't home. why would they throw out such nice stuff and their plants!!

Diana Done
Community Member
1 month ago

Have been wanting that shelf to use as a room divider for some time now.

Martha Higgins
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW!

David Roughton
Community Member
1 month ago

Officer, I only put it on the street for a few hours, whilst I was painting the floor. Came down & it was GONE!😱😱

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
1 month ago

looks like an eviction...

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

Something for the new students flat

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 month ago

Basically a living room and dinette. All you need is a bed, dresser, and some kitchen items and you are set.

Jane W.
Community Member
1 month ago

Love the pots.

Kathy Greear
Community Member
1 month ago

get a truck!!!!

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow! Guess there wasn't enough room in the moving truck?

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like the movers forgot a haul

Eliana Mount
Community Member
2 months ago

yissss succulents

Angela Allen Simms
Community Member
2 months ago

What is wrong with the people who dump such amazing art???

Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

Moving and can't fit it

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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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