We usually hear the phrase ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. This simply means that something useless to one person is valuable to another. And this has been true many times before. If you’re living in New York, you’re probably reminded of this phrase more often than not. You see, there’s this tradition in New York where residents put things they no longer need on the sidewalk in front of their home. This could be pieces of furniture, decor, toys and more.
These unwanted things placed on the sidewalk can be picked up by anyone who needs them. In New York, this tradition is called ‘stooping’. If you’ve visited New York, you’ve likely seen some vintage tables, used couches and old dressers on the sidewalks. And if you’re lucky, you might even find real gems among these discarded objects. To help these pre-loved valuables get a second breath of life, the Instagram account Stooping NYC makes it easier for everyone to find what they’re looking for.
One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure
The couple behind the Instagram page decided to exhibit these treasures on social media. In order to help the community acquire these things, they also included the address where each item is located along with the picture. So, people can easily locate and collect these things. The page was only created last year but it has already amassed over 87k followers as of writing. More importantly, the page has been a great help for the community as it also promotes the essence of upcycling in a way.
“There are so many people living on top of each other, and because New Yorkers move often, most stooping likely happens because of circumstance.”, the creators of the page said.
People who have found their treasures with the help of the Instagram page are also sharing their stories using the hashtag #stoopingsuccess. On their posts, they share a photo of the furniture before and after it has been cleaned and repaired. Follow the Instagram page to see the amazing items on New York’s sidewalks that are up for grabs.
We love how unusual some of the pieces are to. Check out this bird leg table!
So, which find was your favorite? We wish we found things like this!
Source: Instagram page