Just in Time for the Holidays, New York City’s Detritus Is Up for Auction

The holiday season is once again upon us, like a gift-wrapped anvil dropped from a window. Time to gather with loved ones, resurrect old arguments and abruptly change the subject with the exchange of presents.

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But what if you don’t have enough Yankee Candles to re-gift? What if you left the mall with only a Far Side desk calendar and a Starbucks hot chocolate? What if everything in the L.L. Bean catalog looks exactly like presents you gave last year, or in 1989?

Allow us to suggest a fresh solution to your gift-shopping woes: items that the City of New York no longer has any use for. The detritus of the metropolis. The castoffs of Gotham.

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