After my mom once found a gigantic crystal chandelier lying out there near the bins, wondering ‘how did such beauty end up here?’, I immediately became a fan of stooping. The chandelier still hangs in my parents’ living room, making the space akin to Versailles, bluntly unaware of its gloomy origins.

Stooping is a term that refers to people putting out stuff they no longer need on the curb to be taken home by someone who just might need it. Think of chairs, mirrors, art, plants, anything, really. New York is known as a stooping haven since people are always on the move, and “it’s an activity that’s built into the culture of being a New Yorker,” the creators of the StoopingNYC Instagram account previously told Bored Panda.

Speaking of the account, it’s home to a marvelous collection that’s dedicated to sharing people’s stooping success. “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!” says the description and it seems the 370K followers couldn’t agree more.

#1

Whoa!

Whoa!

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PickleRick
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1 month ago

It's beautiful.

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In today’s consumerist society, stooping feels like a breath of fresh air. With people becoming more aware of our insatiable consumerism having a tragic environmental impact and opting for sustainable lifestyle choices, stooping becomes an excellent, simple and approachable way to join the conscious crowd.

#2

What A Glowing Stooping Success!

What A Glowing Stooping Success!

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Nunya Business
Community Member
1 month ago

What's wrong with these people? Why are they tossing such neat stuff?

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#3

I Had To Share My Street Find Fireplace Journey With You

I Had To Share My Street Find Fireplace Journey With You

I had to share my personal stooping success in downtown Bk on 3rd ave & Bergen, this was 3 years ago.. I just saw that amazing fireplace that was just found & so quickly ( & beautifully ) styled … that I had to share my street find fireplace journey with you & hopefully many lol .. it’s had so many different lives & vibes in two different apartments, the best part about a faux fireplace is that you can take it with ya !

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R D
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1 month ago

Nice!!!!

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Bored Panda reached out to the creators of the StoopingNYC project to find out what they have been up to as well as how the stooping community is doing lately. “The growth of the community is incredible and we mean that in very aspect,” the founders told us.

“So many more submissions. So many more amazing items. So many more #stoopingsuccesses. And so many more great stoopers!” Today, StoopingNYC on Instagram is home to a dedicated community of 371K followers, but their audience seems to be still growing.

#4

Disney Movie Ready! South Side Of West 55th Between 9th And 10th

Disney Movie Ready! South Side Of West 55th Between 9th And 10th

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Chrissie Anit
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1 month ago

Beautiful mirror, but does absolutely not fit in with the "style" of the rest of the flat.

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#5

In Case You’re New Here, This Is What We Call A Banger. 93st Between Cpw And Columbus

In Case You’re New Here, This Is What We Call A Banger. 93st Between Cpw And Columbus

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Nunya Business
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1 month ago

I'd rearrange my whole house for this!

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#6

A Mint Dream! 81st Close To 3rd Ave!

A Mint Dream! 81st Close To 3rd Ave!

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Firstname Lastname
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1 month ago

In nearly mint condition!

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Part of the success of StoopingNYC seems to have to do with the fact that so many people find stooping a very fun and cool activity. The founders explained that the concept of a treasure hunt is universal, but stooping in NYC is unique to NYC.

“It’s been a part of the city culture for way before we started doing this. People are always moving and no two homes are the same size and shape. And then there is the fact that NYC has incredible, creative and diverse people… it makes it the perfect stooping city!”

If you’re a beginner stooper, the creators behind this quirky NYC community say you should not just start by following @stoopingnyc but also be sure to “Turn on your notifications! And get ready to run!” Because real treasures get stooped up fast.

#7

Annnnd Good Morning! In Front Of 1092 Dean Street

Annnnd Good Morning! In Front Of 1092 Dean Street

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Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

Love this s!

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#8

Globe Bar Alert! 95 Himrod Street Brooklyn NY

Globe Bar Alert! 95 Himrod Street Brooklyn NY

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Nunya Business
Community Member
1 month ago

I've wanted one of these for a looong time! (But I can't justify getting one because I don't really drink)

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#9

Are We Sure These Are Free??? On 2nd Ave And 73rd!

Are We Sure These Are Free??? On 2nd Ave And 73rd!

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DDsbread
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel like this will be great in an art room/ kindergarten room in schools... They look so fun!

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No wonder stooping is very popular among a mostly young crowd which not only likes saving money, but also enjoys the thrill of the hunt. Quite like secondhand and thrift hunting, it also gives an opportunity for ‘stoopers’ to get their hands on something they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.

“We’ve tried to 'game-ify' the activity, making it feel like a scavenger hunt. And I think because of this, we have seen it become popular and trendy with an entirely younger audience (75% of our followers are 18-35 years old)," the couple behind the StoopingNYC project told us in an interview a while back.

#10

Basically A Quickly Furnished Apartment! 29th And Second Ave

Basically A Quickly Furnished Apartment! 29th And Second Ave

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LMW
Community Member
1 month ago

Love, love, love that console!!

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#11

Holy Sh*t!!! On Dekalb Between Central Ave And Wilson Ave In Bushwick

Holy Sh*t!!! On Dekalb Between Central Ave And Wilson Ave In Bushwick

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Fuschigenta dream couch.

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#12

Stoop Anthem Ready!! 171 Meserole St

Stoop Anthem Ready!! 171 Meserole St

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

What a find for a poor family/families with kids who want to learn.

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The challenge the founders deal with on a daily basis is rather unusual: they don’t just sit there and think of what stooping treasure to post next and where to find it. Instead, they have to deal with a whopping amount of submissions that land in their inbox. “On a typical weekday, we get hundreds if not one thousand submissions. On the weekend (especially at the end of the month), we get thousands of DM submissions," they said.

#13

Ladies And Gentlemen… A Banger Of A Stoop! Thompson Between Prince & Spring

 Ladies And Gentlemen… A Banger Of A Stoop! Thompson Between Prince & Spring

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weewoo
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1 month ago

who would throw this masterpeice away 😭

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#14

Tons Of Free Books On 7th Street In Park Slope Between 4th And 5th Ave

Tons Of Free Books On 7th Street In Park Slope Between 4th And 5th Ave

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weewoo
Community Member
1 month ago

this is an amazing sight u dont see everyday, free books!

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#15

You Crushed It!!!

You Crushed It!!!

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Ivo H
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1 month ago

Oh my, the tv stand is so near to the edge it gives me serious anxiety

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While scrolling through this article, you will notice that items of stooped treasure have somewhat similar aesthetics. This is because the founders are very well aware of what their followers will like. And it’s anything “high value, super colorful, unique and weird.” So they end up “prioritizing everything from beautiful velvet couches, neon-colored swivel chairs, copper claw-foot tubs, Beanie Baby collections, a pastel pink SMEG fridge and... as of this week...a collection of '90s erotica on VHS."

#16

Bird Of Paradise Needing A Home! Birdss 4th Between Kent And Wythe

Bird Of Paradise Needing A Home! Birdss 4th Between Kent And Wythe

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Ayça Güneş
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1 month ago

Why would anybody trown away healty plant :(

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#17

Omg!!! One Of My Favorite Stoops. 41st And 11th!

Omg!!! One Of My Favorite Stoops. 41st And 11th!

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Pollywog
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1 month ago

I've got a brand new pair of roller skates...🎶🎶

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#18

All. The. Music. E 6th Between Ave A And B!!!

All. The. Music. E 6th Between Ave A And B!!!

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Grownnutkid
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh be still my little heart.

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According to the creators, they both really love the creative outlet this project gives them. “As a couple, we love the fact that we have this together (we end each day with a 'stoop review'), and more than anything, we love the community we have built.”

Previously, the founders of the StoopingNYC project concluded that they “definitely feel an obligation to that community to keep up with everything coming in, knowing that we have the privilege of giving people so much joy through what we post.

#19

Excuse Me, TV Stand Of My Dreams! 13th And Gansevoort

Excuse Me, TV Stand Of My Dreams! 13th And Gansevoort

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Whodathunkit
Community Member
1 month ago

Me too.

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#20

How Fancy!! 5th Street And 6th Ave Park Slope

How Fancy!! 5th Street And 6th Ave Park Slope

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Francesa Miller
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1 month ago

Is that ... a tribble?

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#21

Do You Love Seeing Yourself While Picking Out Your Underwear In The Morning? Then This Dresser Is For You! 93 Saratoga

Do You Love Seeing Yourself While Picking Out Your Underwear In The Morning? Then This Dresser Is For You! 93 Saratoga

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Alicia M Goodner
Community Member
1 month ago

That's awesome ! These go for 400 bucks or more on Wayfair...

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#22

Plant Parents… Run!!! Cute Plants And Planters Outside 95 Eastern Parkway

Plant Parents… Run!!! Cute Plants And Planters Outside 95 Eastern Parkway

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karl briggs
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1 month ago

"Do you expect me to grow?". "No Plant, I expect you to die!".

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#23

We Love Old Singer Sewing Tables. 81 Russel St!

We Love Old Singer Sewing Tables. 81 Russel St!

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Antonia
Community Member
1 month ago

I removed the wooden top and placed a marble one on it. Now it is shining on my balcony IMG_202206...e5e9b2.jpg IMG_20220629_112057_resized_20220629_112213894-62bc1e0e5e9b2.jpg

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#24

This Is 2022 Energy! Grove Street Between Myrtle And Knickerbocker

This Is 2022 Energy! Grove Street Between Myrtle And Knickerbocker

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds like a few personal items were worth the freedom

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#25

Potentialllll! 167 East 67 Upper East Side

Potentialllll! 167 East 67 Upper East Side

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LMW
Community Member
1 month ago

Minus the apple stickers (which can be taken off), we have a winner

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#26

Wonderful Stooping Success On A Tuesday Night!

Wonderful Stooping Success On A Tuesday Night!

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CorgiGirl
Community Member
1 month ago

Hmmmm... this needs some colours - lol. Orange, pink yellow

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#27

I Think It Is Safe To Say That These Are Some Absolute Stoop Journey Legends Right Here

I Think It Is Safe To Say That These Are Some Absolute Stoop Journey Legends Right Here

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LMW
Community Member
1 month ago

Their smiles say it all

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#28

You Know How We Get A Lot Of Pianos? Well… This Is The Smallest. 79th And 1st!

You Know How We Get A Lot Of Pianos? Well… This Is The Smallest. 79th And 1st!

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Chucky Cheezburger
Community Member
1 month ago

That...is...cute...Schroder needs to be sitting there playing.

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#29

Only In NY!

Only In NY!

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LMW
Community Member
1 month ago

Mine! Mine! Mine!

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#30

Holy Books!! Tons Of Books! On Vessey St And Church Right Across From St. Paul’s Chapel In Manhattan!

Holy Books!! Tons Of Books! On Vessey St And Church Right Across From St. Paul’s Chapel In Manhattan!

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Huddo's sister
Community Member
1 month ago

They all look like old sets, so maybe they are from lawyers offices or somewhere. Like legal books or something else not rare/not worth much. Why else would you choose not to sell them?

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