There’s been some crazy weather the past couple of days. Yesterday’s temperature was summer-like, reaching a high of 24. I had planned to take the day off from picking but I happened across these bags while walking around enjoying the weather and couldn’t help but take a look.


It looked like someone was clearing a house. I found a bunch of canned food, none of which was even expired.


This hat is definitely made from animal fur. The pattern looks similar to that of a leopard. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before.


Inside the bags was some jewellery. None of these watches are super valuable but they should go for 5$ each at a yard sale.


This watch is a little more interesting. It’s a 15 jewel “Mona” (a brand which seems to have no reference on Google) with a gold-filled Fahys case. It was probably made in the 1920s and is really quite beautiful. It doesn’t work unfortunately but it might be worth fixing and at the least could be sold for parts or repair.


The pin at the top is a JJ (Jonette Jewelry) and is likely made of pewter. The ring at the right is silver and I think the heart on the left is gold, though I have to do a test to confirm this. If it’s indeed gold I’ll sell it for scrap as it’s a bit dinged up.


This sterling silver ring was my favourite piece. It’s marked 1946 and features an emblem with the Latin phrase “Ardens et Lucens” and the acronym ESSC. I have to do more research but I think it’s was made either for a school or the military.

I’m going to keep an eye on this place going forward.


This morning was super rainy but thankfully the weather was passable for the few hours I was out on the hunt. I returned to a place in CDN where I keep finding interesting old stuff and this time was no exception. I brought that bookcase back home, my friend really likes it!


Inside one of the bags was this beautiful 1920s leather policy holder made by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Outside of a minor issue with the strap it is in pristine condition. It looks to have never been used – the policy envelopes and other papers inside are in excellent condition. I imagine it must have some collector’s value.


This is a telephone book published for 1967-1968 made specifically for businesses in Hampstead, Cote-des-Neiges and Snowdon. It’s a cool piece of Montreal ephemera.


I seem to find a few books here every time I come.


The most notable books were these two large tomes offering “Critical and Explanatory Commentary” of the Old and New Testaments. The pair were published in 1876 and are in excellent condition.



I love finding old medals. This one was made for the YMHA (Young Men’s Hebrew Association) of Montreal way back in 1937. I think it’s bronze. The back refers to a “membership campaign.” If anyone knows what that might have entailed let us know!



Here’s a 1962 TV Guide. It’s not particularly valuable but there’s definitely people who love this sort of thing.


This is a pamphlet (and an accompanying letter) sent by the Foundation for Judaism to members of the Jewish community asking for donations to help build the Jewish pavilion at Expo 67. One paragraph reads: “We sincerely believe that every Jew in Canada ought to have a share in helping create the Pavilion of Judaism and are appealing directly to you to join and support our efforts by making a financial contribution.” The letter is written on nice paper with a watermark saying “Rolland Colonial Bond” and “Rag Content Canada.”

I think that this is probably a relatively uncommon item. It was likely only sent to Canadian Jews and it wouldn’t surprise me if most have been tossed out or ruined over time. As such it might be somewhat collectible. Regardless, it’s pretty cool and I always love finding Expo-related items. Check out this page for a look at how the Judaism pavilion turned out.



I’ve spent the last few Tuesdays going out of my way to check out that previous place in CDN. Usually when I’m in the area I’ll also go to NDG and Hampstead being nearby neighbourhoods that also have Tuesday morning trash collection. Today however I skipped Hampstead (which has been pretty unproductive from my experience) and headed down to Pointe-St-Charles and Verdun. I like it down there, the more blue-collar population is less disturbed by trash picking than they are in Hampstead and other richer neighbourhoods. That makes me feel a bit more “at home.” There’s also a lot of great history.


My friend and I found a bunch of old tools and other bric-a-brac in the bags above. While I was looking through the bags a man walked over and kindly offered me that bucket full of 5″ nails at the top left. I don’t have a use for them personally but I know some of these things cost a lot of money new. I’d like to do a bit of research on the tools but I’m going to give away the nails, bolts, fasteners and etc.

Overall a pretty good day! Tomorrow morning I head off to the Town of Mount Royal hoping for better luck than last week.

Tagged , , , , , , ,

The good old hockey game


Finds have been hard to come by since my great outing last Friday.


I found this sterling silver Hadassah-Wizo Lifetime Member pin in front of the same house as the silver dimes last week. Wizo Hadassah is (from their website): “Canada’s leading Jewish women’s philanthropic organization. Founded in 1917, CHW is non-political, volunteer driven and funds a multitude of programs and projects for Children, Healthcare and Women in Israel and Canada.” It’s probably worth around 60-70$ on Ebay.


I brought home this crudely-made bracelet as well. I like it a lot, in fact I’m wearing it right now!


Town of Mount Royal (Wednesday) was pretty unproductive. The highlight was when a woman saw me looking through her trash and offered me a stereo system and an old Nintendo set-up from her garage. The stereo system was composed of four big speakers, a cassette player, an amp and a record player. The latter two were non-functioning – a cut power cord and a broken belt / cartridge respectively – but I brought them to a local repair shop and sold them for 10$. The cassette player works fine but I haven’t had time to test the speakers.

The Nintendo came with a collection of 12 games (including classics such as Duck Hunt, Super Mario 3 and Dr Mario) and the original controllers (including the Zapper!). There is a flashing red light when I plug it which is apparently a fairly easy fix. If I can get the machine working and bundle the games together it’d be worth more than 65$ on Ebay, though I’ll likely try to sell it locally.


I’ve been feeling off recently and I think it’s partly due to a lack of exercise. Over the last year I’ve biked a lot, sometimes every day of the week and often for hours at a time. Since I gained the use of a car around a month and a half ago I’ve biked maybe five times total and have gotten barely any exercise. That has something to do with crappy weather and a crappy bike. However, it’s also because you need to keep driving when you find productive spots in faraway lands. The car has allowed me to explore places like NDG, Westmount, Ville St Laurent and Hampstead more frequently but also means I have to return (and thus drive again) if I find a great spot. It can also be hard to resist using the car when you know there might be something out there that wouldn’t fit in a bike trailer.

Realistically I’m going to want to continue to use the car for certain routes, especially more suburban ones such as Town of Mount Royal and Ville St Laurent. Still, there’s no reason why I wouldn’t use my bike for Rosemont, the Plateau, Villeray and Park Ex.

I plan on getting a better, faster bike in the near future to make biking a little more fun – I bought my current bike mostly to get me through the winter. Yesterday I took the old rust-bucket out to Rosemont.


Finds were non-existent before coming to this spot in front of an apartment building on Casgrain. I noticed an odd-looking contraption sitting on top of the pile. I asked a janitor what the deal was and he told me it had all come from the basement. My guess is that these things were in storage for a long while and were tossed as part of spring cleaning.


The contraption turned out to be an old wooden table hockey game. The middle is high with the board slanting downwards towards the goals on both ends. There’s a pinball-like spring on each side made to launch the puck.


The “players” – the wires with wood pieces on the end – are controlled by a single lever on each end of the game. Some of the wires are bent out of shape but I imagine they wouldn’t be too hard to fix. The goalie is controlled individually.


It looks crazy but the game still works as it should. It was built to last.


Two stamps on the inside are dated February 20 and May 27 1947.


At the centre is a stamp that says “National Hockey”, “Made in Canada” and another two words covered up by the pencilling in of the word “League.” The pencil likely just covers up the faded ink print of the same word.

I did a bit of research. This game was made by Munro and sold by Eaton’s between 1940 and 1955 and has a bit of collector’s value. This one, a bit more modern (1953) and less crude than mine is selling for 180$. More similar to mine is this one selling for 190$. An exact match in terms of years but in somewhat better condition is selling for 270$, though from what I can tell this might be a bit of a reach. Mine has a few issues which are likely easily fixed but is otherwise in very good condition. I think it would sell for at least 100$. It’s a great piece that I likely wouldn’t have noticed if I had been driving.


I found three working bike locks and a bunch of bike parts in front of this house last week.


Today I found… three more bike locks! The orange Kryptonite Evolution Series 4 sells new on Ebay for around 70$ plus shipping. There was another lock but couldn’t find the key, I wonder if there’s a way to make a new one? There were also more parts, including a set of tire levers, a pump, and two brand new inner tubes.

As a cyclist I like having extra locks for a theoretically time in the future when my current locks break and I have to spend money to get a new one. Still, I now have seven bike locks above the two I currently use and that’s a bit excessive.


I saw this bike as I was heading home. It looks like it had been in storage for a while. The frame (a Finelli) isn’t fancy and the tires are flat but it seems in good shape otherwise. I’m going to bring it down to the co-op to see if it’s worth fixing up and if not I’ll donate it for parts.

I had a yard sale with a friend on Sunday which lasted only a couple of hours before the police showed up asking for permits. We had set up in front of a friendly depanneur (a convenience store here in Quebec) that had given us permission to do so. They gave me a warning and told me next time would be a 200$ fine. My place is in a pretty terrible location for yard sales which makes getting a permit pointless. It makes me wonder what I’ll end up doing this summer in terms of public sales. I might have to start going the bazaar route. Anyway, on the plus side I still managed to net 125$ on the day which made it all the preparation worthwhile!

That’s all for now. I’m going out later to check a productive place in the Plateau but otherwise I’ll be taking the next few days off. I might skip Monday’s route (all fairly mediocre) to work on organizing, getting some stuff on Ebay, and maybe working on my bike.

Tagged , , , , , ,

Fab Friday


Yesterday provided some fantastic finds both old and new. I went to NDG and Westmount to start the day, checking out places where I had found some cool things the trash day prior. The house where I found the radio on Tuesday produced once again.


I love folk art and think this piece is particularly great. The artist’s (almost certainly a young boy) name is carved on the back along with “Camp Hiawatha” and the year 1950. Camp Hiawatha has been defunct for quite some time now and if my research is correct the (very beautiful) 388 acre tract of land it sat on is currently for sale for a mere 1.25 million dollars.

As for the art itself, the Montreal Royals were a minor league baseball team for many years between 1897 and 1960 – long before the Expos came to town. It’s most famous for being the AAA club for the Dodgers from 1946-1960 and the team Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier with. The Robinson’s apparently loved living in Montreal, finding it to be very open, accepting, and a refuge from the severe racism they experienced in other cities.

I think this piece is pretty special. I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever collect enough thrown-away folk art to make an exhibit. If I do this will be one of my favourites.


There were several old books, many of which are related to Judaism, history and philosophy. Most are in excellent shape.


I always enjoy finding anything Expo-related. This Expo 67 passport doesn’t have many stamps; the owner apparently only went to the Great Britain exhibit (or perhaps only got the one stamp).


Written on this plate is an invitation to a 1955 Bar Mitzfah celebration. Can someone remind me what this type of plate is called?


Some random trinkets. The keys are for a 1968 Mustang. The thing at the top is marked Birks Sterling. I’m not sure what it does – my guess would be a notepad holder. If you have any ideas let us know!


Inside this brown envelope was a collection of cool ephemera including an image of Barbie with an attached fan club subscription paper, a Beatles playing card and a dime holder made for World Child’s Day. Inside the dime holder were five silver dimes, the oldest dating 1936 and the newest dating 1962.


There were also a couple of old 1964 calendars and a hand-out from a McGill fraternity.


Yogi Bear made an appearance. This plastic mug was made in 1961 and has some collector’s value even with the paint loss.


I stopped here to see if there was anything inside the boxes on the right hand side. They ended up containing a collection of books and records. As I was taking them a woman called out to me, telling me that they weren’t in good condition from spending too long in the basement. These were apparently castaways from a larger collection that she’s trying to sell – she even gave me her phone number to call if I was interested.


Some books weren’t in great condition but many were just fine, maybe a little dirty but easily cleaned up. I think people generally make too big a deal about the musty smell. From my experience leaving the item in the sunlight clears that up pretty quickly in mild cases. There’s some nice books here, some of which were published in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


The records were an odd collection of kids stuff and 90s industrial and electronic. I sold one of the records (an Aphex Twin single) to a room-mate for a couple of bucks.


I was done with the NDG / Westmount route relatively early and decided to go the other way to see what Rosemont had to offer. I’d glad I went. This spot in particular produced some great finds.


I almost passed right on by. I only stopped because this odd wooden thing (let me know if you know what this is!) caught my eye – the rest of the items were hidden behind a minivan.


Around the boxes was this framed Spanish print.


There was an old manual typewriter in its original metal carrying case. It seems to work fine.


Inside a box were a couple of old chalkware pieces, including one of Brother Andre.


Also inside a box was this devil ashtray. As soon as I picked it up I knew I had something special.


It was made in the Bavaria “Germany US Zone” by Royal Bayreuth. That mark indicates that it was made shortly after the end of WWII.


The devil series by Royal Bayreuth is very collectible. I found two online that sold for 168.50 and 144.50, but I think if I set a “Buy it now” price on Ebay I can make 200 or more.


This house on 8th Avenue has been throwing things out like they won the lottery. I’ve found nice watches, a fancy brand-new leather wallet and an entire stereo set-up in weeks past.


This week I found a whole bunch of bike parts. Whoever owned all this spent a lot of money – the “Crank Brothers” 5050 pedals (used but in good condition) and chain cleaner (seemingly brand new) easily go for 40 bucks a piece new. I’m going to keep the chain cleaner and the yellow tire removing tool but the rest I’m going to donate to the local bike co-op.


There were three practically new bike seats. The middle one (by Selle Italia) sells for around 150$ new. A used model similar to the Specialized on the right sold for 75$ on Ebay. The left (by Scott) is still nice but not as expensive – I’ll bring that one to the co-op.


I think these like-new Kryptonite bike locks (with the original keys!) take the cake. The one on the right sells easily in store for 40$ and the one at bottom left might go for even more. Both of these are upgrades on my current bike locks. I took offence at finding these both as a cyclist and as a poor person. I remember buying my current lock for around 30$ and stressing at that cost. It would have been fine if these things were placed in a box on the curb with a free sign but instead they were hidden away in a trash can.

Regardless, yesterday was awesome from both an interesting finds and financial perspective. Days like this help make up for the inevitable dry stretches.

A friend just texted me wanting to have a yard sale tomorrow. It’s going to be sunny and fairly warm so I think I’ll join in. If you want to come (or if you want to buy something in general) send me an email at thingsifindinthegarbage@gmail.com and I can give directions.

Tagged , , , , ,

Mars en Marche


I went on long walk through Rosemont and the Plateau yesterday while doing some errands with a friend. It wasn’t garbage day in Rosemont but being the beginning of the month there was some trash left behind from different moves. I was surprised at how much was on the curb – I think I just forgot how often people move (and leave things behind) when it’s not freezing outside! I found this box full of jewellery in one collection of moving “leftbehinds”. There’s some decent pieces here, including two little 925 rings, a silver bracelet and nice costume jewellery. I could easily make 30$ here.


On the way home we walked through a part of the Plateau (east of St Denis) that has a Tuesday evening pickup. This jewellery was also left behind from a move. The nicest piece is likely the blue pendant near the bottom (marked Mexico 925).


I stopped at two spots I had made a mental note to keep an eye on. I came up empty at one but this place provided some cool finds. I was here on Friday night and while I didn’t find much I could tell there could be some interesting vintage finds going forward.


These earrings are marked 10k gold and look to have real pearls in the middle. I’ll put these on Etsy for at least 30$.



I found this giant newspaper-sized ad for Eaton’s lining the bottom of a cardboard box. It’s in remarkably good condition for it’s age. It’s dated March 5 1967 and makes at least one reference to Expo 67.


I picked up a few different magazines and publications. My favourite is the knitting book at the bottom left – it was published during WWII. I also like the baby knits magazine at the middle top.


I’m always a sucker for lithographs. On the back of the top right is a message written way back in 1940. On the bottom right is a postcard from Barcelona. It opens up to reveal a series of realistically drawn lithographs of popular local destinations. A brief note reveals it was sent in 1952.


There were other clothes and shoes but I took only this pair of funky heels. They’re in good condition and should easily sell at a yard sale.


I thought this 1981 “Great Gonzo” Muppets glass was pretty cute. I added it to the house collection.


My favourite find was this WWII-era coin bank. On it is written “Save for Canadian War Savings Certificates.” It was unlocked when I found it but I accidentally closed it and can’t get it open again! I love this wartime era stuff.


My destination this morning was the Town of Mount Royal.


This lovely old painting was inside the trash bin at far left. The paint has cracked charmingly with age. The artist is a L Barzil or Barzic, neither of which I see any reference for on Google. The image seems somehow familiar, if anyone knows where it is let us know in the comments! My guess is that it’s from somewhere in the Gaspesie.



Here I found four fold-up tables. They’re not fancy but they’re functional. I’m sure they’ll come in handy at my place.


Inside one of the bags was the shell of a tortoise. There’s a hook screwed into the top making it able to be hung from a wall. It’s definitely interesting, though it wouldn’t be my top choice of decor. I mostly feel bad for the tortoise!


This house seems to throw away one or two cool things a week. I would never know there was anything here at all if I hadn’t of stopped a few weeks back.


Today I found a Minolta camera flash and a collection of souvenir slides from Expo 67. I’m sure I can make a couple of bucks from each.


I met a woman while picking here a couple of weeks back. She told me she was helping her mother clear house in preparation for a move.


There were some small treasures this time around. The wire-rim glasses up top are gold-filled. The “Autographs” book on the left contains a collection of short messages from various people (all of which were written in the 1940s). On the right is a kind of necklace. I’m not sure what the style is called but my mind rightly or wrongly associates it with cowboys.



I really enjoyed finding this medal. It was made in 1938 during the Golden Jubilee of the Mont-Saint-Louis, a private school up in Ahuntsic. I assume this would have been given to a student, though whether it was made for the jubilee or because of some specific achievement I couldn’t say.


I do a lot of listening when out hunting for trash and I think the most recognizable (and welcome) sound is the rattle of coins at the bottom of a bag. I came across the sound again today while moving a little white shopping bag and inside was a collection of foreign coins. Most are from the 1980s, though a couple date back as far as 1960. I imagine these were mementos from past travels. In the middle is a commemorative coin celebrating the 1981 marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana (funny, that’s two posts in a row mentioning that wedding after a grand total of zero the last two years!). There’s also a 1979 Canada 50c piece. These aren’t particularly valuable but I’m sure someone, especially a young kid might take interest in them at a yard sale.

I’m on the fence as to whether to go out tomorrow morning. Having a car means I can bring home way more stuff but also means I have to deal with it all. My room is a total mess and I’m also way behind on replying to emails (many apologies to those who have emailed me regarding my finds!). Right now I’m leaning towards taking the day off – if I don’t spend time to order my life I’ll end up feeling overwhelmed. Regardless, I’ll be out on Friday to see if I can find anything cool in NDG and Westmount.

Tagged , , , ,

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,282 other followers