It's called stooping, and it's how people get secondhand furniture from New York City curbs for free. Basically, it goes like this: someone who no longer needs their old mid-century coffee table puts it on the sidewalk in front of their home and anyone who might find it useful can simply pick it up.

Stooping is a longtime tradition but in the summer of 2019, it got a modern twist when a couple from Brooklyn created an Instagram account to help castaways find their new owners. Without overthinking, they called it Stooping NYC and started sharing everything the streets had to offer.

Loyal Bored Panda readers should remember this online project since we've already written about it here, here, and here. However, it just hit a huge milestone: 250K followers. So we thought it's a nice occasion to pay them another visit.

More info: Instagram

#1

West Elm Industrial Coffee Table With Storage

West Elm Industrial Coffee Table With Storage

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
4 months ago

...how and why do people throw away such awesome things!?

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#2

Are You Kidding Me

Are You Kidding Me

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh how jealous I am rn

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"Stooping has been around in NYC long before [our Instagram account], and we think that the concept is so relevant to the city because of what it means to life in the city itself," the couple behind the account, who want to remain anonymous, told Bored Panda.

"People move so frequently, no apartment is ever really the same, the transient nature of New York... all of that means that people are always looking for new furniture, or hoping to get rid of what they have. The act of stooping has seemingly become the New York version of 'paying it forward.'"

#3

Get Lit With These Tiffany Lamps!

Get Lit With These Tiffany Lamps!

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Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

Even the repro ones cost a fortune. What a find.

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#4

O M G!!

O M G!!

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Mama Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

I would leave the deco but repaint it.

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#5

Visual Merchandising At Its Finest!

Visual Merchandising At Its Finest!

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Auntriarch
Community Member
4 months ago

I would take it even with broken glass

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As the couple highlighted in one of our earlier conversations, hosting stooping on social media not only means that the locals have a much better chance to find what they need, but it also allows to 'export' a part of the city to outsiders, allowing them to have a digital walk through the neighborhoods.

"It gives access to a piece of New York City culture to people who follow from far and wide," they explained back then.

"It also has enabled us to 'gameify' stooping, with stoopers sharing stories of things they spot, stoop, take home, and ultimately give new life to. It would really be challenging to tell stories around the pieces like we do on any other platform."

#6

The Look Of A Stooping Success!!!

The Look Of A Stooping Success!!!

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Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

I would use the heck out of that beauty.

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#7

Sitting Very Pretty! Perfect Incredible Aqua Corner Sofa

Sitting Very Pretty! Perfect Incredible Aqua Corner Sofa

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Tiger Pearl
Community Member
4 months ago

What if they are in the process of moving in and some grabbed it 😂

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#8

As The Kids Would Say…GTFOH!

As The Kids Would Say…GTFOH!

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Caro Caro
Community Member
4 months ago

This is beautiful.

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The couple behind the account also said that one NYC area in particular is stooping a lot more than the others.

"Brooklyn is by far the most active stooping borough, but there are a ton of stoops that we get daily from all pockets of the five boroughs, Jersey and even Long Island!"

Stoopers are excited about a lot of things, running the spectrum from essential apartment features like bookshelves and kitchen islands to valuable treasures, such as beanie baby collections and pianos, and beyond. Plus, they also make sure that no plant ends its days on concrete!

#9

“Take Me! I Still Work. Unlike My Freeloading Ex-Boyfriend!!”

“Take Me! I Still Work. Unlike My Freeloading Ex-Boyfriend!!”

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
4 months ago

A treasure for musicians!!!!

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#10

Red Alert!!!!! Beautiful Globe Bar Cart

Red Alert!!!!! Beautiful Globe Bar Cart

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Blue
Community Member
4 months ago

Lets hope that woman who found one of these and PAINTED it did not find this ha ha

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#11

Well This A Great Sunday Stoop! Stools Included!

Well This A Great Sunday Stoop! Stools Included!

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Auntriarch
Community Member
4 months ago

That's rather neat

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#12

Amazing

Amazing

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Sue Grigg
Community Member
4 months ago

Lol. Great message.

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If you also want to try your luck hunting these gems, the couple said you should, "1) Follow @stoopingnyc on IG; 2) Turn on your notifications; and 3) Get ready to run when you see something you like! Things go quickly."

Covid has had an impact on the stooping culture too. At the start of the pandemic when there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding health and safety protocols, the couple refrained from posting. But once they started up again in the summer, they were flooded with a wave of submissions caused by New Yorkers leaving the city.

"In a moment in time when good news can seem few and far between, we continue to feel so lucky to have such a positive and wonderful community of stoopers that are focused on sharing with each other!" they added.

#13

Super Cute “Free And Clean” Couch

Super Cute “Free And Clean” Couch

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
4 months ago

Giving me FRIENDS vibes

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#14

Holy Saturday!

Holy Saturday!

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Auntriarch
Community Member
4 months ago

In my head I've already picked out the fabric to reupholster

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#15

Holy Marvel!

Holy Marvel!

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Arindam Bhattacharjee
Community Member
4 months ago

how & where Can I get this ??

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#16

Oh Baby!

Oh Baby!

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
4 months ago

i might borrow a baby just to use this :)

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#17

Let The Saturday Bangers Begin

Let The Saturday Bangers Begin

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Tuna Fish
Community Member
4 months ago

OMG I want!

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#18

Gorg Table

Gorg Table

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Community Member
4 months ago

Man, i just love how this looks :>

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#19

I Don’t Want To Be Rude, But Why Hasn’t Someone Written Us A Stoop Anthem?!

I Don’t Want To Be Rude, But Why Hasn’t Someone Written Us A Stoop Anthem?!

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Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

Seriously? Man, would I love to find this!

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#20

Already Packed And Ready To Be Stooped

Already Packed And Ready To Be Stooped

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
4 months ago

gorgeous!

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#21

I Mean… Are You Serious? This Baby Blue Leather Couch Is Amaaaazing!

I Mean… Are You Serious? This Baby Blue Leather Couch Is Amaaaazing!

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Dolan
Community Member
4 months ago

Who loves the blue color? I've never seen a blue couch before.

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#22

Super Cool Designed Trunk!

Super Cool Designed Trunk!

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Evil Hornet
Community Member
4 months ago

Treasure chest

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#23

Free Yoga Mats

Free Yoga Mats

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
4 months ago

My mom would love these 🥺

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#24

Drafting Table Alert!!

Drafting Table Alert!!

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Seabeast
Community Member
4 months ago

Glass isn't the best surface for a drafting board. It really needs a piece of Borco over top of it.

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#25

Beetle

Beetle

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GlassHalfWay
Community Member
4 months ago

BEETLEJUICE

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#26

Wowzers!

Wowzers!

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Community Member
4 months ago

That’s so pretty, why’d they give it away ;-;

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#27

Oh The Snacks I Would Put In These!

Oh The Snacks I Would Put In These!

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postboredom
Community Member
4 months ago

I would kill for one of these!

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#28

How Amazing!

How Amazing!

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Caro Caro
Community Member
4 months ago

OMG if you change the upholstery you will have a gem.

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#29

Banger Alert!!

Banger Alert!!

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Julia Larsson
Community Member
4 months ago

Cute

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#30

Table For 4!

Table For 4!

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Dolan
Community Member
4 months ago

Such a net table set get thrown away? Damn...

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#31

Basically The Cutest Little Cooking Machine Ever

Basically The Cutest Little Cooking Machine Ever

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Dolan
Community Member
4 months ago

Therapist: Microwaves aren't cute, what are you talking about? Me:

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#32

Wow!! Haul!

Wow!! Haul!

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Qibli of the SandWings
Community Member
4 months ago

Jeez every modern house lovers’ dream

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#33

What A Beauty!

What A Beauty!

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Taking a very deep shaky breath and exhaling it out

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#34

Amazing Six Drawer Credenza

Amazing Six Drawer Credenza

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Legen ( wait for it ) dary
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks very solid wood. Beautiful

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#35

Bring Friends! In Front Of The Lab On Newel St In Greenpoint

Bring Friends! In Front Of The Lab On Newel St In Greenpoint

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
4 months ago

One sexy hellova piece

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#36

We Were Going To Go To Bed But Barbie’s Playhouse Exploded

We Were Going To Go To Bed But Barbie’s Playhouse Exploded

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Squawkleo
Community Member
4 months ago

Barbie had to downsize, Hmmm?

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#37

Mid Century Modern Recliner. Comes With A Beer. You’re Welcome

 Mid Century Modern Recliner. Comes With A Beer. You’re Welcome

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Maximum Ride
Community Member
4 months ago

umm the beer is open

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#38

Love This Christmas Couch

Love This Christmas Couch

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Legen ( wait for it ) dary
Community Member
4 months ago

I love the color.

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#39

Do You Have The Longest Apartment In The World? Then This Is For You!

Do You Have The Longest Apartment In The World? Then This Is For You!

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Lyone Fein
Community Member
4 months ago

So beautiful

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#40

We’ve Seen A Single Red High Heel Chair Before... But A Pair??

We’ve Seen A Single Red High Heel Chair Before... But A Pair??

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Greymom
Community Member
4 months ago

Somewhere there’s a barefoot giant wondering where her favorite heels went!

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