Stoop Sales are all the rage in Brooklyn. On any given weekend during the Spring and Summer, you can walk through any of the brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods and be guaranteed to encounter multiple stoop sales on almost any given block. These sales run the gamut from handfuls of old junk to clothing to antique treasures to children’s toys to artifacts from Peru…you name it, you very well may stumble upon it at a stoop sale. Some charming testaments to the tradition can be found here and you can scroll to the “Stooperbowl” posting here (please note, your heroine may or may not appear in some of these pictures).
My husband and I, with all due modesty, have the best stoop sales in town. More accurately: OUR STOOP SALE WILL KICK YOUR STOOP SALE’S ASS. We have great stuff, we sometimes pass out candy, we are usually pleasantly tipsy, and the fliers we hang locally are legendary. Add now to that list of attributes: our sales attract celebrities.
Anyone who was a fan of the wonderful documentary Supersize Me is sure to remember Vegan Chef, Alex Jamieson, the then-girlfriend, now-wife, of director/star Morgan Spurlock. My husband and I were big fans of this film, and I was delighted to hear that the couple had moved into our neighborhood not too long ago. While we have yet to spot Morgan, I was very excited last week to catch a glimpse of Alex at our nearby organic foods market…but not nearly as excited as I was when I saw her checking out the merchandise at yesterday’s stoop sale. Here was my opportunity to befriend a cool local couple! We would have them over for dinner! They’d love us! So what did I do? I lost all my nerve, charged her $1 for a Spiderman lunchbox that we meant to charge $3 for, and told her to have a nice day. My husband silently chuckled at me the entire time.
Check out Alex’s website, Healthy Chef Alex, which is loaded with great vegan and healthful recipes. I’m hoping she will forgive me for divulging her stoop sale habits if I link you to the page of her site where you can buy her book.
Oh! And if anyone happens to have an in with Chuck Klosterman, tell him we have lots of music and a real arcade game in our livingroom, I will cook him dinner, and we live just a 5 minute walk from the F train. We are certain he’ll love us too.