Trash or treasure? Thrifty New Yorker gets $8,000 sofa off the street for FREE, but viewers say it looks like “bedbug central”

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Amanda Joy filmed a video of herself picking up and cleaning French brand Roche Bobois' luxurious 'Bubble' sofa and posted it on TikTok.

Trash or treasure? Thrifty New Yorker gets $8,000 sofa off the street for FREE, but viewers say it looks like “bedbug central”

  • Amanda Joy shared her finding in a TikTok video viewed more than 43 million times
  • But supporters said the Roche Bobois sofa must have been scrapped ‘for a reason’
  • The practice of picking up discarded items from the street is known as ‘stooping’ and is becoming increasingly popular in New York.

A thrifty New Yorker has divided the internet after picking up an $8,000 designer sofa that had been discarded on the street.

Amanda Joy filmed a video of herself picking up and cleaning French brand Roche Bobois’ luxurious ‘Bubble’ sofa and posted it on TikTok.

But while some viewers lamented that they never get that “lucky,” others speculated that the designer item was probably full of “bugs.”

Joy explained: “It was pouring with rain and I was walking home and I saw this sofa in the middle of the street.

“I called my dad begging him to come pick it up because I couldn’t leave that sofa there.

The video has amassed more than 43 million views, though not everyone was convinced.

Amanda Joy filmed a video of herself picking up and cleaning French brand Roche Bobois’ luxurious ‘Bubble’ sofa and posted it on TikTok.

‘He told me no, that it was not possible. But then he surprised me and showed me that she had picked up the couch and had it in her work office.

Joy then records herself deep cleaning and vacuuming the sofa before moving it into her apartment with the help of her boyfriend and her father.

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The practice of picking up discarded items from the street and renovating them is known as ‘stooping’ and is popular in New York, with many blogs and Instagram accounts dedicated to it.

Since then, the video has been viewed more than 43 million times, but not all viewers were convinced by its find.

One wrote: ‘Don’t people think things are too good to be true? No one throws away a sofa worth 8 bags for no reason.

Another wrote: “It looks so nice but I’m so afraid it’s the bed bug hub.”

The sofa is completely handmade and is part of a collection by designer Sacha Lakic for Roche Bobois.

The designer calls the ‘bubble’ furniture set an ‘iconic piece in the Roche Bobois collection’.

It comes in a range of colors including ivory, taupe and ‘sapin green’, all listed for $8,490 down from its original price of $10,110 on the Roche Bobois website.

He added that he had given the sofa a thorough cleaning.

In a follow-up video, Joy said that “rich people throw away their furniture all the time.”

A large number of blogs and Instagram accounts are dedicated to the practice of 'hunting down', which involves picking up discarded furniture and refinishing it.

A large number of blogs and Instagram accounts are dedicated to the practice of ‘hunting down’, which involves picking up discarded furniture and refinishing it.

The 'Stooping NYC' page accumulates more than 400,000 followers and shares the best scraps discarded on the street

The ‘Stooping NYC’ page accumulates more than 400,000 followers and shares the best pieces discarded on the street

The blue version of the 3 or 4-seat sofa, chosen by Joy, is currently not available on the designer’s website.

In response to some of the criticism, Joy insisted that she had thoroughly cleaned the furniture and found it in front of a “very wealthy building”.

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She explained: ‘Rich people throw away all their furniture all the time because they get new furniture every two years.

So I saw the opportunity and I took it.

And many of his followers were impressed with the find, with one asking: “Why am I never so lucky?”

Another said: ‘Living in New York is like living in a treasure chest.’

Many New Yorkers practice ‘crouching’ on a regular basis and some do so specifically with the intention of ‘flipping’ for profit.

An Instagram account called ‘Stooping NYC’ has amassed more than 400,000 followers by regularly posting photos of abandoned furniture and items on the streets of the Big Apple.

Last year, a 68-year-old stooper named Denise Gordon revealed that she had won $2,000 by finding and flipping a leather Eames chair.

“People don’t know what they’re throwing away,” Gordon, who lives in Gramercy Park, told The New York Times at the time.

‘In my neighborhood, they don’t know and they don’t care.’

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