This NYC Instagram Shares the Free Items People Leave Outside Their Stoops

Free Beanie Babies

If you live in a city, chances are that you’ve seen furniture or other free items on the sidewalk for anyone to take. These offerings can sometimes be total gems, proving the idiom that “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” The Instagram account Stooping NYC is helping facilitate these magical moments by sharing items that they, along with others, see on the street or are planning to haul to the sidewalk.

Maintained by a small volunteer team, the account was inspired by their many walks around their neighborhood. “We just loved the New York City stooping culture and were always amazed by the incredible things that were left out,” they tell My Modern Met. “We sort of started the IG account as a fun little thing. We never expected this! We love it though. The community is so fun and so positive.”

The community is not only a positive one but also a very active one with their submissions to Stooping NYC. “(We get) 1,000 plus a day! We can’t post everything and we can’t catch up!” The items showcase an incredible range in style and type. From velvet couches to painted dressers to Beanie Babies to an army of dress forms—you could outfit an entire home from items that appear on the street.

Behind the objects are stories and Stooping NYC shares some of those in several ways as Highlights on their profile. “We get many different categories of items from great actual furniture, to ironic, to terrific stories, to hysterical,” they explain. “Our favorite stories are the content series that we’ve created along the way. Stooping Successes, Stoopers in the Wild, Stoop Selfies, Stooping Journeys, and Stoop Misses. Oh. And of course the adventures of Stoop Bear.”

Stooping NYC is an Instagram account that shares items that people are giving away—they're all there for the taking.

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Some of it is furniture…

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…and some of it is just odd.

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No matter what, though, it's all free. And, after all, one man's trash is another man's treasure.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Stooping NYC.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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