William M. Briggs

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Presented: an advertisement for a stoop sale that I saw yesterday in Greenpoint on my way to the Brooklyn Brewery (passing, on the way, the lively Brooklyn Rhythm Masters). I hope it is readable.

Stoop sale

Stoop sale


  1. But why is it a stoop sale? Google tells me what that is but not how or why it got it’s name. The OED, or atleast my rather ancient edition, doesn’t help. I have never heard the term before but then we British can be a pretty insular lot.

    Kindest Regards

  2. A stoop is the front porch, or step. It comes from the Dutch, stoep.

    Its like a garage sale, but instead of in front of the garage, its in front of the stoop.

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