Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Frugal Fun: Stoop Sale Extravaganza


An almost any sunny, fall weekend, you can be sure that Brooklyn will be dotted with stoop sales. In the Midwest, we have garage sales, and in the East Coast suburbs, they have tag sales, but since space is limited in Brooklyn, people offer their castoffs on the front steps of their homes, and all you have to do to find them is follow the hand-made flyers affixed to poles or chalked-in directions on the sidewalk.


 The stoop sale on Henry Street last weekend was a wild success, with most of the goods being sold for between $1 and $5.


Crowds swarmed even before all the goods were placed out on the street.


A six-piece set of Tiffany crystal mugs, still in the box, was snapped up for $35.


 Books, books, books galore. More than half of the books were sold before the end of the day.

And when the end came, the leftovers were gathered by the street and labeled free. The scavengers descended out of nowhere, but not before my friend wisely Aimée nabbed this framed Jeanne Lanvin ad.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous


The Elegant Thrifter

1 comment:

  1. I was waiting to read how much the ad went for. Free?! Oh how lucky! I was wondering with Scott last weekend if a stoop sale has the same pricing as a garage sale. Or is it selling 'better' stuff at higher prices? Curious.
    Sidenote: I watched the documentary, 'Bill Cunningham New York' yesterday. So fascinating to see his life and pieces of New York life. If you haven't already, you need to see it.

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