Every month the MTA sells outgoing buses and subway cars, station signs, doors, seating and other fixtures from retired subways to lucky buyers who for some reason want to bring the underground experience into their homes. This holiday season, the MTA and the New York City Transit are offering discounted prices of memorabilia and collectibles until Dec. 18, making it easy to check off all holiday shopping lists. Brand new items up for grabs include a used “authentic, unique” refuse canister (read: trash can) for $300 and an “iconic” 10-foot-long wooden subway bench for a staggering $650.
With minimum orders of $125 or more, plus the processing fees, items surprisingly do not come cheap. In the listing for the rare, used, $300 trash can, the MTA describes it as “probably one of the most useful items in every home, work or office.”
Another new addition to the listing is a 7th Avenue 2-line strip map. For $25, this is one of the cheapest materials offered and features stops from the Wakefield-241st Street station in the Bronx to Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College stop. For $75, you can own a city bus annunciator.
Unironically, the MTA describes the two bus seats for sale as being “plush.” The rare collectible item will set you back $500, but it’s unclear if the gum most likely stuck to it will be included with the purchase. “Side roll signs” from R32’s, R40’s and R42’s are also available, offered in three different styles. A B-train side roll sign that measures 15 inches high, is listed for $350.
Check out the full list of subway items for sale here.
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