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I started the week in Cote St-Luc, but for the first time in a while I came away with nothing.

I thought I had made a nice find for a second. There were two bins full of DVDs on the curb next to a house for sale, but upon closer inspection they proved to be bootleg copies. That takes away any value they might have had, and I left them for the garbage collectors.

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I did a little run in western NDG afterwards but didn’t find anything. However, on the way home I found an iPod in front of an triplex on Cote St-Catherine. It seems to work fine, and is worth around 100$ on eBay. I have two iPods now, both of which I’ll need to get cables for in order to sell them. Thankfully, the cables are cheaper than I thought they’d be – they go for only a few bucks each on eBay.

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I went out again on Monday night. I came across this pile in the Snowdon area, near Westmount. There was a lamp in the background, which I took but ended up leaving for others. I also salvaged some ski boots, a light jacket, and some rubber boots, all of which I ended up putting in the “Give Box” on St Viateur.

I kept this nice set of Bescherelles, which are the standard books that you’d use when trying to learn or improve your French. These would have cost at least 50$, and probably more like 75$ new. They make for great yard sale material.

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Later on I came across this spot in NDG, close to Grand Boulevard.

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Inside one of the black bags was a collection of hotel keys, most of which were labelled as being from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. I had a feeling there would be a collectors market for this kind of stuff, and I was right. Some hotel keys, especially ones from famous hotels in prestigious cities can fetch a nice sum.

I don’t think hotels generally let you take their keys home, so these people must have been stealing them for years! Not that it’s a big deal, I’m sure the hotels plan for that kind of thing, but it’s kind of funny.

I put these keys up as an eBay auction on Wednesday. I don’t usually do auctions – I find setting a price gets you a better deal more often than not – but I made an exception in this case. The key collector market seems fairly strong, and I’m hoping (or perhaps gambling) that the Christmas spirit will drive the price to a high level. There is currently one bid (at my starting price of 20 USD) and 9 “watchers.” I find that most bidding takes place in the last hours of a listing, so I expect the price to rise at least a little bit.

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I think this key was my personal favourite. It’s from the Atala hotel, an upscale (if not particularly famous) joint near the Champs-Élysées in Paris. It has a 1960s look to it, and the key is of the skeleton variety. I put it up for about 80$ Canadian, which I think is a reasonable price based on what I’ve seen others going for on eBay.

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I found a bit of jewellery too. This sterling silver pendant and chain was hidden inside a little box. The pendant is likely amber.

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I also found this ring, made from a well tarnished sterling silver.

Otherwise, I brought home an extremely long photo of a summer camp in 1962, a Tag Heuer watch with a very scratched crystal, and some kind of vice grip. In another NDG spot, I saved a hand-crank portable radio.

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I was excited when I came across this large pile of bags in Hampstead. However, the contents turned out to be mostly junk. There were many books, and while I took a few most didn’t appear to be worth the effort of saving. There were also some damaged ceramic, glass and wood decorations, which unfortunately were no longer salvageable. Still, I saved: a like-new vintage faucet; a set of coasters from an a hotel in Acapulco; a changepurse; a ziplock bag with various items inside, including a vintage belt buckle and waistline measuring tape; a Holy Bible (translated to Hebrew); a couple of art books …

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… and a large Raggedy Ann doll. She’s seen better days, partly because I accidentally ripped her head a bit while pulling her out of the bag. I left her outside my building, in case someone wants to try to patch it up.

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The snow started to fall on Tuesday. I did my rounds in Mount Royal, but as you’d expect people are less likely to put out their trash (especially at night) when it’s stormy out.

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The only thing I found was at this spot, the same one that produced the box full of foreign coins a couple weeks back.

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Leaning against the garbage bin was this nice vintage suitcase. A few worn, but beautiful travel stickers, likely dating back to the late 40s or early 50s, are stuck to the side. The interior is still quite nice, and I’ll probably use it to store eBay goods.

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The snow kept coming, around 30cm in all, making the rest of the week a bit of a write-off. It’s hard to drive around, let alone stop or park with the streets looking like this – I even got in a traffic jam while driving down a small residential road in Westmount. Montreal is no stranger to storms like this, so thankfully the streets are already mostly cleared. Hopefully people saved the good stuff for this week!

Last week’s garbage sales (December 8 – December 14)

I made by biggest sale ever this week!

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1. Set of three vintage cottage-themed Aynsley teacups, saucers: on eBay for 750$. I found them in Ville St Laurent about two and a half months ago. When researching these I discovered that this pattern was fairly uncommon, and sold for pretty high prices. It took a couple of months, but someone paid me for them!

750$ isn’t a lot for some people, but for me it’s about two months rent. I stressed a lot about how to ship this, and did a lot of research to make sure it went as smoothly and as risk-free as possible.

I learned a lot from the process. For one, apparently Canada Post will not provide insurance for “fragile” items, which obviously includes something like this. As a result, shipping with them (as I’ve done for every other sale I’m ever made) would have been a serious gamble on my part.

I looked into other shipping services, such as Fedex and UPS. When doing this, I learned that insurance is pretty complicated with them too. They offer insurance, or insurance-like coverage anyway, but they will sometimes refuse to pay up unless you shipped it in the exact way that they’d expect you to. Even then, it seemed like they would do anything to avoid payment, though I only heard the customer’s side of the story.

Ultimately, I came across what seemed to be the best solution. The UPS Store offers to pack your items for you, and as a result they are liable for any damage that might occur. I brought the cups to the UPS Store in TMR, and was surprised when they only charged me 5$ for packing. I expected to pay anywhere from 30-50$! I’m a happy customer, assuming of course the insurance works as it should.

Things could still go wrong, so I’m trying my best not to get too excited about the money yet. Perhaps the customer won’t like the teacups for whatever reason, or maybe they will be charged a customs fee that they weren’t expecting. Maybe the package will get stolen or destroyed, which would be annoying whether I get the money back or not. We’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, I have an extra 800$ or so in my PayPal account.

2. Illuminated Magnifier – Becks of London: on eBay for 60$. Found the same night as the teacups.
3. Lot of 51 vintage pins, shields: on eBay for 37$. These were part of a collection of jewellery and other bric-a-brac I found inside a couple small boxes in Rosemont last August. I found a few similar collections last year, but none nearly as notable this year. Hopefully that changes soon, as I love looking through that kind of stuff! I’m glad to see these go, as they’ve been around far too long.

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4. Vintage Le Crueset enameled cast iron pan: on eBay for 125$. This was a beautiful piece, one that I would have kept if I could afford to. Found on Cote-des-Neiges near the Golden Square Mile in early October.
5. Samsung Galaxy 5 cell phone: on eBay for 34$. Found early November in the Golden Square Mile

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6. Squamish “Moon Mask” wood carving: on eBay for 230$. I’ve had this on eBay for such a long time and am thrilled to see it go, especially for a couple hundred bucks. It was overpriced for a while, but I eventually came to a price it would sell at. Found late April 2013 in the Plateau.
7. Fiesta chip tin: to a reader for 5$. I found this in Rosemont early May but forgot it in my friend’s shed until just recently. Someone emailed me about it months ago, and I only replied recently when I finally retrieved it. It’s not the finest example of my organizational skills, and I apologize to anyone else who might has waited a long time for a reply. Regardless, I originally asked for 15$ (it’s a collectible item, especially here in Quebec) but accepted 5$, as he thought a sticker on the bottom was covering some significant rust (though none of it appeared on the bottom). In the end I just wanted to move it.

Total: 1241$, 8591.50$ since May 18th (when I began to keep track). This is my best weekly total to date, just a week after my last record-breaking week. Christmas is definitely proving to be quite profitable. I just hope nothing happens to those teacups!

New listings

1. Vintage Atala hotel (Paris) key
2. Lot of vintage hotel keys (auction ends Wednesday at 10 EST)

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Certificate of Honour

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I began last week in Cote St-Luc, hoping for a continuation of the good run of luck I’ve had there. This is the spot that provided all the kids watches and baseball gloves last week.

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This time around I scrounged up a bit of food, including two boxes of crackers and two jars of roasted red peppers. The crackers are already long gone, as is one of the jars of peppers.

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I also came across this pile of stuff, in front of a house that hadn’t produced anything prior. New places just seem to keep popping up in this neighborhood.

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Many of the items were damaged by dampness, probably from being left in the wrong corner of the basement. I was able to save a few things though, most of which came from this box.

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I thought this framed “Certificate of Honour” from 1942 was particularly cool. It was given by the Government of Canada to those who bought Victory Loans, which were made to help finance the war effort during both WWI and WWII. Luckily for me, this piece is unscathed, likely due in being in the middle of the box.

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Hidden inside an old manilla envelope was this old Jewish marriage certificate, issued in 1941 in Montreal. It was issued by a Rev. (reverend?) H. Rotblatt, a “hygenic surgeon moel and marriage ceremony performer.”

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This old photo album was also mostly undamaged. It contains photos that date from the early 1920s to the last 1960s.

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Otherwise, I saved a 1960 Certificate of Merit from the Jewish National Fund of Canada, a cute embroidery featuring a menorah, a sweet vintage ruler, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pin.

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On Monday night, I went to Ville St Laurent to check out one of their heavy garbage days. I stopped again at the place that dumped the old books last month. There was again a bunch of stuff on the curb, but most of it was renovation related junk.

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This rug was on top of the pile. It has some wear, particularly to the fringe, but is still nice and bright!

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Tuesday night brought me to Mount Royal. It was snowing, making it a particularly beautiful night to drive around one of Montreal’s most aesthetically pleasing boroughs. The snow also helps me take good night-time shots without flash, as the light from the streetlamps bounces off the snow much better than grass.

These guys seemed to have no understanding of the concept of recycling. There was tons of papers in the trash bags and some obviously not recyclable stuff in the bin, including a bunch of fabrics. I sometimes transfer recyclables to the correct bin if it’s easy and convenient. However, I have to make sure I don’t get too obsessed with it, as it’s one of those things (like mail) that just never stops. In this case the bin was right there, so I put the papers inside. I also saved three pins and a sterling silver bracelet (probably future scrap), a bunch of knitting needles, a Lacoste golf hat, and a seemingly brand-new neti pot.

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From this place I saved a nice set of three vintage (probably 1960s) stools, all with a nice leather-topped cushion, and a footstool that sort of matches.

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I was just about to head home when I saw this pile.

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Inside the box and the bags was a collection of ceramics, most of which were quite vintage. The cute little donkey planter on the right has an art deco vibe to it …

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… as do these baby birds.

This wood carving of a rattlesnake was pretty cool. It must have taken a long time to carve! I ended up selling (mostly gifting) it to a friend around the end of the art market for 2$.

There was also a bunch more ceramics, some old tools in a box, and a very 80s vintage print.

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Otherwise, I found a nice vintage juicer (at the same place in Mount Royal that provided the foreign coins last week), and a big bag of pennies during another run in Ville St Laurent. I sold the juicer at the art market for 20$. I took it easy garbage-run wise towards the end of the week, as I needed to prepare for the sale.

Last week’s garbage sales (December 1 – December 7)

1. Gold / sterling scrap: to an antiques dealer for 650$. I wanted a bit of extra cash, and decided the easiest and quickest way to do this was to liquidate some precious metals. I usually only bring in broken or worn jewelry and coins, but this time I brought a few nice pieces I didn’t feel like putting the time into listing, like a nice 18k gold necklace I found a couple years ago in Rosemont. The heavy 14k ring I found last week in Westmount was part of the deal, and it alone netted me around 100$. That was sweet!
2. Art market: many things to various consumers for 245$. Yard sales and market-type events are always fun. I get to meet a lot of cool people, and get to see first hand that people appreciate the things I find. I should look into doing this kind of thing more often, especially in the winter as yard sales are pretty much impossible (and an important source of income in the summer). Many thanks to Ilichna for the photos.

3. Two tea cups: on Kijiji for 60$. The buyer came during the art market, but didn’t know of it otherwise. She bought a red and blue Aynsley “fruit” cup, both of which I found early October in Ville St Laurent.
4. TI 83+ calculator: on Kijiji for 30$. This guy also came during the sale. I find it uniquely satisfying when I’m able to redistribute tools and other useful items. This calculator is a great example, as it’s still very useful for students in science and mathematics. Found late October in Westmount.
5. Sterling silver bracelet (with lion’s head at one end): on Etsy for 36$. I’m glad I got my Etsy store going again, as I’ve already made a few sales in the past weeks. I believe this piece came with a nice collection I found in the Plateau last year, though I’m not sure I ever actually posted pictures of it all.
6. Vintage maps: to a reader for 45$. These were the ones I found last week in NDG. Someone emailed me asking for a price, so I did a bit of research to make sure I wasn’t going to give something great away for nothing. As it turns out, the one on the right in my last post, by Peter R. Furse in 1964 was sort of valuable. One just like it (but in English) was being sold by an antique map dealer for 375 USD! I sold it for 40$, though, as it was unframed and had pinhole marks in it. I was also happy to have the cash up front. I’m glad I did some research on it, because I likely would have sold it for just a few bucks at the art market otherwise.

Total: 1066$, 7350.50$ since May 18th. An awesome, record setting week! This is the second time in the recorded era that I’ve made over a thousand dollars in a week. The other time was in late September, which was buoyed by four yard sales. Things are so much easier in the summer… Anyway, this total beats my last record by about 36$, and pushes my average monthly income above the 1000$ mark. It’s definitely not a luxurious lifestyle, but it’s one that pays the bills and keeps life interesting.

eBay sales have been slower than expected, though that seems to be improving so far this week…

New listings

1. Lot of 10 25 cent bills – Dominion of Canada, 1900 and 1923
2. The Temptations 1969 tour program, signed by Otis Williams and Dennis Edwards (unverified)

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Nova Eborac

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A couple weeks ago I was contacted by a producer for DNTO (Definitely not the Opera), a national CBC radio show. The topic for one episode was to be garbage, and someone in the production staff knew about my blog. They asked me if I was interested in appearing on the show. I agreed, and went into studio on Wednesday to talk with the host, Sook-Yin Lee. The interview was broadcast on Saturday all across Canada.

I think it went pretty well, particularly considering that it was my biggest media appearance to date. I must admit to being insecure about my voice, but people have reassured that me that I sounded fine. Here’s a link to the podcast, if you’re interested in listening in. I think I appear around the 21 minute mark. It certainly brought in some traffic – I broke my record of views in a day with 2806, and 346 (mostly Canadians) visited, which is solidly above average, especially for a non-post day.

I seem to be becoming a popular source for all things garbage. It makes sense, given that the blog is becoming more and more popular and thus easier to find on Google. I expect I’ll have some more media requests at some point in the near future.

I made some awesome finds last week! I started in Cote St-Luc on Monday.

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Inside one of the bags was four different kid-sized baseball gloves, all in excellent condition. These generally retail for around 10-20$ a piece.

There was also a ziplock bag full of watches and shades. Many of the watches were the type given away at fast food restaurants, which carry a bit of kitsch value (especially where I live, which is known for being pretty “hip”). One of the watches might have some value to collectors though: a seemingly unused Slytherin (of Harry Potter fame) watch, featuring “you know who.” A watch just like it, except brand-new recently sold for about 110$ on eBay. Mine won’t get nearly that price, but maybe I can still get 40$ or so, assuming it still works of course.

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I went to Hampstead on Tuesday morning. I stopped to check out a guitar bag leaning on a trash bin in front of a massive home.

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Inside was… an electric guitar. A Daisy Rock “girl guitar” made in the shape of a daisy, to be precise. It was basically brand-new, and showed little signs of use. It’s not the fanciest guitar, but it’s still pretty decent and looks cool. My room-mate, a musician liked it and I agreed to sell it to him for 60$. I could have gotten a bit more I’m sure, I like giving friends good deals. I also like instant cash!

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The bin contained a bit more good stuff, including a collection of handbags and some tools.

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I came across this little pile later on in NDG. It’s the same place that gave me those nice leather boots a week or two back. This time, in the recycle bin I found two cool vintage maps, both printed in the 1960s, and a nice photo of old Montreal (which is glued to a piece of that old black scrapbook paper).

I’ve been keeping an eye on that spot that provided the 1948 phone book from last week’s post. However, nothing else has appeared on the curb. In these situations I wonder if I only caught the tail end of what would have been an awesome spot, and think (somewhat disappointedly) about what could have been. I’ll stay on the lookout for another week or two, but I’ll surprised if I see anything else going forward. On the bright side, I found an Apple TV not far away. It seems to work perfectly fine.

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My Tuesday night run in Mount Royal was mostly quiet. My only noteworthy find came from this recycling bin.

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I looked inside and saw a box of business cards. I grabbed them, as sometimes I make them my own by writing my blog address on the back. As I picked them up I heard an unexpected jingle, the distinctive sound I’ve come to love the most – at least in the realm of garbage picking. I opened the box and saw a little Birks jewelry box.

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Inside the jewelry box was a collection of old foreign coins, most of which were from the 1950s. None are worth a lot, but I should still be able to sell them as a lot at a yard sale (or art market).

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I did a Verdun run on Thursday, and my friend who graciously lends me her car came along for the ride. The run was pretty quiet before I stopped at this spot. I lightly kicked one of the bags and, though the bag felt otherwise food waste-y, I again heard that familiar, beautiful jingle of coins. This set the stage for what was one of the most bizarre spots I’ve ever come across.

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Coins often settle into the bottom of bags. To get them (or at least most of them) I sometimes grab the coin and squeeze them out of the bag, especially when the bag seems otherwise gross. This creates a tiny hole that nothing else can really escape from, thereby avoiding the possibility of making a big mess. That way I can see if the coins are just pennies, which often aren’t worth the time it takes to pick them up (especially if they’re mixed in with nasty stuff), or bigger stuff like quarters, which is generally more worthwhile, partly because it indicates that there might be other “big” coins inside.

Reaching to the bottom of the bag from the outside, I located a few circular objects that I knew to be coins. I squeezed them out, and quickly noticed that they were much older than I was expecting. One of the coins was an early 1900s Canadian penny.

Excited, I opened the bag. It was indeed full of nasty food waste, as my kick has predicted. It also contained a small collection of old coins and tokens, some of which dated back to the mid-1700s.

I think garbage picking, at least my form of it, is a lot less disgusting than people often assume. I’m able to avoid most of the gross stuff due to the techniques that I’ve developed that allow me to “see” into bags without opening them. However, let me tell you that going through this bag was pretty much as gross as you can imagine. There wasn’t any kitty litter, thankfully, but the bag was otherwise full of paper towel, pizza crusts, chip bags, and other random food gunk you might generally throw out on a week-to-week basis.

Looking through the trash I came across more and more coins, and they seemed to get cooler and cooler. I ended up taking the whole bag next door – they thankfully had put out a half-full bin – and tore it apart, putting the garbage into the bin so as to not make a mess.

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All in all I came away with a handful of coins, and hands that reeked of trash! I’m glad my friend was there to capture this great shot. I’m also glad there were some wet wipes in the car.

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There’s a lot of really cool coins here. I took photos of them all – if you’re interested, I’m going to put them up as a gallery on my Facebook page a little later on today (I’ll add a link once it’s done). There are a bunch of big Canadian pennies, dating from the early 1900s all the way back to the mid 1800s, a 1864 coin from Nova Scotia, a 1919 Newfoundland penny, and many others. Check it out!

(Edit: link to the gallery!)

I thought I’d feature this coin, which is one of my favorites and probably the most valuable. It’s dated 1787 and on the back is a bust and the words “Nova Eborac.” At first I thought I had misread the Eborac part, as it sounds a bit like gibberish and I had never heard of it before. However, I did some googling and found that Nova Eborac is New York in Latin, and that this coin was circulated as currency by a private mint in early, post-Revolution America. This link is great if you’re curious about the history of the coin. As for value, I have to do a bit more research but it seems to be worth at least 100$, assuming of course that it’s not a counterfeit.

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A bunch of great old coins in a bag of kitchen waste is odd enough. What makes this spot truly bizarre, though, was that also inside the bag was a small collection of photos, all of which were ripped in two. It’s kind of sad, especially with the baby photos. It makes me wonder if the coins were thrown out as revenge, or perhaps out of sadness. I can’t think of any other reason that anyone would do this.

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Friday brought me to Westmount. I stopped at one place with a vendu (sold) sign out front. I rummaged through a couple of bags before a person came out and asked me, politely enough to leave it alone. He insisted that it was all garbage, even though I had already pulled out a fairly nice pair of boots and some golf balls.

I tried to convince him to let me stay, but he didn’t seem interested in changing his mind. It was a bit disappointing, but not overly so. Afterwards I imagined ways I could have changed his mind, perhaps bringing up how valuable the boots would be to a family in need, and that perhaps he, a person living in home that must have been worth at least two million dollars, was not in the best position to determine what was useful for people without all that wealth.

Regardless, I carried on. I found two bottles of ice booze (one wine, one cider) in these bags, both inside their original containers. I wondered if it was too old, but one bottle claimed to have a “great aging potential” of 10-20 years.

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I find ice wine to be too sweet, but maybe mixing it with water or club soda might make it more palatable. I’m sure that sounds sacrilegious to some!

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This huge pile, however, is what made the day really worthwhile. It sat to the side of a massive house, one that I’d guess was worth at least five million dollars. Once again, I knew time was limited, so I looked quickly through most of the bags before the garbage truck came and took the rest away. I’d say I missed out on about ten bags, but if I was lucky I looked through the best of them. If I had done a better job cleaning out the car I could have packed a few random bags in there, but it was still full of stuff from previous days.

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I made some instant cash on the contents of this Cutty Sark container.

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Inside was a bunch of coins, again! Thankfully they put this in the bag right side up.

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I wrote a few weeks back about how the Plateau was, oddly enough, the epicentre for my finding significant collections of change. This blows all previous change finds out of the water. All in all there was 56.85$ in that container, including a toonie, four loonies, and two rolls of dimes. I used the TD bank change machine the next day to convert it to something a little more practical.

I guess when you own a multi-million dollar house 56.85$ isn’t that much, but to me this is a nice chunk of change!

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This wooden box contained several watches, a 14k gold class ring, and a cool sterling silver thing (signed Birks) made in the shape of a stand-up bass. I’m not sure what the stand-up bass piece is for (maybe a money clip?). If you do let us know in the comments!

Two of the watches are marked Rolex and one is marked Omega. However, one of each are obvious fakes, while the other Rolex (far right in the first picture of second row) is likely a nicer fake. The others (a Rado, Wittnauer, and an “Olympic Precious”) are pretty nice watches, and might make me a bit of money.

The most valuable find here is likely the ring. It’s fairly heavy and marked 14k gold, making it pretty valuable in terms of weight.

Otherwise, I found: a Fabergé egg-style music box; a nice cribbage board; a cool wooden globe ashtray (which was apparently used to hold paper clips); a bag of hotel soaps…

…a candle in the shape of an antique ottoman; a box of tea lights; five gold-tone bangles, two of which are marked Monet; expired film; new-looking Speedo goggles; fancy perfume and shampoo; a bunch of nice ceramic cutlery rests; a silver plate bowl…

…and a really nice ceramic nativity set. Any idea what culture this would have originated from? One of the wise men’s heads had broke off, but that’s easy enough to fix.

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All in all, a great haul! Hopefully it keeps up.

In other news

I’ll be selling things at The Plant Holiday Art Market this Sunday in the Mile End. If you’re in Montreal and want to do some quirky holiday shopping, come on by! I’ll be there, but there’ll also be around twenty other artists and craftspeople selling their wares. The address is 185 Van Horne and it runs from 12-7.

Last week’s garbage sales (November 24 – November 30)

1. Ti83+ scientific calculator: on Kijiji for 35$. Found in Westmount about a month ago.
2. Vintage sewing books: to a reader for 20$. Includes most, but not all of the collection found in Pointe-Claire a few posts back.
3. Small change: exchanged at TD Bank for 61.08$. 56.85$ came from this week in Westmount, the rest largely was pennies from last post.
4. Sterling silver pendant: on Etsy for 28$. This was a really nice piece. I forget where I found it now, but it looked like this.
5. 1920s Source Book Encyclopedia set: on eBay for 60$. Found in Ville St-Laurent about a month ago.
6. Electric guitar: to a room-mate for 60$. It found a good home! Found this week in Hampstead.
7. Blackberry 9780: to a friend for 20$. Found in Outremont in early September.
8. Vintage devil ashtray: on eBay for 200$. This crazy piece finally sold! For a good price, too. Found early April in Rosemont.

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Otherwise, I had to refund a buyer 45$ for the sterling silver rosary I sold a couple weeks back. It was in two pieces when I found it, and apparently I re-attached it incorrectly. She wasn’t happy, so I offered her a very nice refund, which pleased her enough to leave me positive feedback. I’d rather lose a bit of money than get negative feedback at this point. Either way, I found the thing in the trash, and still covered my expenses and a little bit extra.

Total: 434.85$, 6284.50$ since May 18th. A very nice week!

New listings

1. Vintage tiki volcano bowl
2. Vintage Vuarnet Skilinx sunglasses
3. Vintage Omega watch box

Note: I offer local buyers a (often significant) discount on all eBay and Etsy prices. Email me for more details.

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