The biggest cheap secret about living in the brownstone belt is the abundance of other people’s trash, laid lovingly out on their stoops. Especially in Park Slope in the summer, you can furnish an apartment and redo your entire wardrobe exclusively with street finds. Every other block, it seems, someone has outgrown a pair of sandals or shorts, they’ve grown tired of a tea set, they’ve failed to find a use for a coffee table book on pugs, and have set up a mini display of their rejected items – all in perfectly-good condition – for us Brokesters to enjoy.
P.S. 29’s Spring Recycling Event is like this in a slightly more formal environment. The Cobble Hill elementary school’s twice a year rummage sale features tons of donated items for just a buck a piece.
“I bought my husband brand new Frye boots for a dollar! Brand new name brands, European kids clothing, Coach galore – it’s mostly in really good condition too. It’s surprising what you see people throw away there,” one P.S. 29 parent told us of the rummage sale.
At the end of the event, the price is further decreased to a buck a bag of clothing – so however many articles you can stuff into a bag, that’ll be $1. What isn’t bought gets donated.
You can also recycle any electronics at the event.
The rummage sale is this Sunday, May 7 from 11am to 3pm at P.S. 29 on 425 Henry St. It’ll be held in the school’s yard, or inside in case of rain.
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