I come from a family of garbage experts and road fishermen.
My grandfather once found two flat-screen televisions next to a road in his neighborhood in Florida. He picked them up, put them in his car, and drove home, where he set them in separate rooms, so that he and my grandmother could see their different soap operas every night, in peace.
The next day, my grandfather went up to the house where he had found the televisions, and then knocked at the door and asked for the commands.
Looking at the dispossession or once dear / now abandoned objects in alleyways and scribble and dusty shelves and the possibility of seeing this is a trait that runs in my family. Entering a new apartment after graduating from college meant starting a new chapter, like an official adult, and wanting an official and adult apartment. For me, this meant spending all my summer looking for cheap furniture and sorting out how I wanted my apartment to look. That’s how I did it, with a mix of proven and reliable online stores and NYC.
Mother of Junk ($)
567 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Junk is the final point in Brooklyn for well-paid treasures. I mean, I grew up, so I know I could find almost everything in his store for half the price back home, but in the five districts? This place is a gold mine.
Skip it if you’re not in the mood to hunt: I have found all my gems here for rehearsal and terror: to row through painting after painting, stepping on glass on the second floor, and going to the store at least once a week for a month. Unfortunately for those of us inclined to wheel and deal, they don’t like it when you try to negotiate or package. I tried.
I have these three framed exhibition prints, which fit perfectly into the wall on my sofa and dining set.
Habitat for humanity ($)
6201 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11377
Habitat for Humanity, although better north, is ideal for used furniture, and they have a store in Queens! All here is sold to support their non-profit work, through which volunteers build affordable housing for needy families.
In Habitat, I bought a big mantle, which I then painted white. I also picked up a lamp, a disc player, a mid-century dresser, an image and a frame.
Dobbins St. Co-Op ($$)
310 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Dobbin’s Street Vintage Co-Op is a dream. It’s not cheap, but prices are reasonable for what they’re selling, which is amazing vintage furniture. I will often look and dream great dreams of interior decoration.
Remix Market ($)
33-56 11th St, Queens, NY 11106
Located in Astoria, Remix is a small shop with a variety of home products, as well as being super active on Instagram, so it’s easy to stay up to date. I they’ve had he succeeded abounding here, as with a recent purchase of a dresser, lamp and painting, all for less than $100. Remix also gets five stars for his friendly workers, who will not care to help load furniture in a Uber.
The only reason I haven’t deleted my Facebook is because of its online market. Sometimes before bedtime, I’ll go see what people around me are selling: I found mushroom lamps, mirrors, sofas and everything else in the sun. (Often, good old furniture is in New Jersey.) If you are looking for a cheap coffee table or armchair, have in it, and make quick offers – most people here move and want to get rid of their items quickly.
We have this cute yellow chair, which fits perfectly into our dining room, free!
Craigslist: Scary, however some surprising findings, such as beautiful vintage speaker systems, disc players, dining tables, and more. We bought a green chair here, very used and in perfect condition, for $100!
The Offer can very well have the cheapest furniture online, check if it is not on Facebook. I hope the prices are half what they are in a shop like Remix.
Etsy has everything: If you can’t find what you’re looking at the stores above, Etsy will have it, either the perfect afghan of Grandma style or a vintage exhibition impression. Etsy is full of small vintage shops around the world, and many are reasonable price. If something is still too much, send a message to the seller and share your budget, it doesn’t hurt to try!
Finally, but no less important: my favorite instagram account. Stooping NYC publishes free sidewalk things every day, like perfect wardrobes and sofas that (probably) don’t have bed errors. Personally: I would think twice about taking up furniture on the side of the street, but well, that depends on you, and my grandfather would totally do it.
Be careful if you follow this account, it’s difficult. disappeared in exceptional pieces.
I found a mirror and a frame on the sidewalk… I painted it a butter yellow!
While I was on it, I also painted my pot stand and the outside glass holding my candle on a white and yellow check disordered.
Happy treasure hunt and make sure you bring a friend with you to collect anything. Use a mask, and be smart!
What’s the biggest thing you’ve found for cheap or on the side of the street?