A Very Greenpoint Stoop Sale

April 22, 2008 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Last weekend’s lovely weather ushered in one of Miss Heather’s favorite things: stoop sales. And there were quite a few for the taking here last weekend. The following one, by far, was the most intriguing.

One has to wonder how effective this novel approach to shilling one’s old stuff is. Not only was nothing priced (leaving it to the customer’s discretion as to how much he or she wishes to pay for, for example, a colander containing sea biscuits), but there was no one around to safe guard against theft. Undying trust in one’s fellow man or sheer laziness? Only the person hawking these wares knows for certain.

Although I didn’t find anything that tickled my fancy, the assortment of wares for sale was in and of itself interesting enough to merit highlighting. Here are some selections.

One Bad Company record.

A hard back copy of Hand To Mouth by Paul Auster.

A mesh bag with bits of paper in it.

And of course, a colander with sea biscuits.

Miss Heather


5 Comments on A Very Greenpoint Stoop Sale

  1. rowan on Tue, 22nd Apr 2008 4:25 pm
  2. pardon my ignorance, but what are sea biscuits?

  3. missheather on Tue, 22nd Apr 2008 4:35 pm
  4. Those little brown things in the colander. Other than than knowing them by sight, I have no idea what they are either.

  5. SouthOfNYC on Tue, 22nd Apr 2008 4:45 pm
  6. Sea Biscuits are very similar to Sand Dollars. I would guess they were painted brown though, ’cause the ones I usually see are white. I guess ther owner got “arts and crafty” with them.

  7. missheather on Tue, 22nd Apr 2008 4:50 pm
  8. I was always told they were sea biscuits. And no, SouthofNYC, they weren’t painted. These bits of sea life look like that naturally.

    WTF are these things then?

  9. nbenford on Tue, 22nd Apr 2008 8:43 pm
  10. It looks like a pretty good idea to get rid of junk. If people think that they can get away with “stealing” these things, it might give them impetus to do so. And thus, the junk is gone. And hell, maybe you’ll get a dollar or two. Saves a trash bag!

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