Photo by myself, in the East Village.
It's fairly common for people to sell their unwanted stuff on the sidewalks. These are called 'stoop sales', where a 'stoop' is the short run of steps to the first floor. You can find everything, both tasteful and tasteless, right on the street.
I enjoy browsing through stoop sales because it's akin to walking through someone's home. Usually I don't find anything I like. It's more like 'This grimy overstuffed chair was in your Living Room?! And you sat in it while wearing this embroidered vest and playing the accordian?!'
Negotiations expected. Cash only.
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