Dusty ol’ bags

Back in November I talked about some exceptionally dusty (or otherwise dirty) garbage in NDG. Most of the stuff was pretty junky and picking through it felt kind of gross, but I figured there was a decent chance I’d find something cool there eventually. This collection of vintage clothing was the best thing to come from my persistence. The items were carefully stored in plastic bags (as seen above) that protected them from the elements, and kept them in near pristine condition after however many years.

A lot of the clothing looks to be from a wedding. I think the yellow dress above, as well as the very similar pink dress below would have been worn by the bridesmaids. Zoom in for a closer look!

Those dresses came with some extra accessories (the other yellow ones might be around somewhere, but I couldn’t find them when taking pictures yesterday). I’m not sure what the top pieces would have been for, if you do let us know in the comments!

The dress above and the shirt below seem to match. For another bridesmaid perhaps?

This might be the only piece that wasn’t made for a wedding. It’s also the only one with a tag – it was designed by someone with the last name of Taxil.

This one’s definitely the wedding dress!

I’m not sure if this shirt goes with it, but it seems to match a little bit.

As you can probably tell I don’t know anything about clothes or weddings – please share any information or memories you might have in the comments! Also, if anyone has any experience selling this kind of thing please lend me your expertise. I’m a bit out of my element when selling clothes, so I’d probably use a middleman (like a consignment shop) if possible.

Finds have been a little hard to come by of late. Still, a few interesting bits and pieces have popped up, which you’ll see on the blog at some point in the future.

Otherwise, I’m curious about a couple things. One, how do you usually find my posts? I’m interested partly because Facebook seems to have a new algorithm for what appears on your wall – my last couple of posts have “reached” about half as many people as they usually do (though “engagement” seems to be normal enough). I wonder how many people rely totally on Facebook to tell them about my recent posts versus how many get here on their own or via email subscription.

Also, I wonder how often you’d like to see new posts on the blog. I’ve thought about writing shorter, more frequent posts, but some of you might be annoyed to receive more frequent notifications via Facebook or email. I’m sure it doesn’t make much of a difference to many of you, but I’m curious to see the results!

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Odds & ends

I’ve been going to moving and estate sales fairly regularly of late. It’s always interesting to look through old stuff, and I’m often able to snag a good deal thanks to the time I’ve spent researching prices online.

I went to one particularly fun sale a few weeks ago. A couple of people (who also happened to be quite pleasant) were clearing out their aunt’s apartment, which was packed full of old trinkets, tools, kitchenwares, clothing, lamps, and furniture. It was the kind of sale where the sellers were cleaning and organizing as they went – they didn’t necessarily know what was in every corner. For example, I got a good deal on some Federal milk glass teacups and saucers that I found in a small closet that seemed to have been previously unexplored.

A lot of good stuff gets tossed leading up to estate clearouts. I often notice advertisements for sales at houses that produced quality trash in the weeks, or sometimes months beforehand. These folks were pretty good at redistributing the stuff they didn’t want – towards the end of the sale they had set aside a big pile of stuff to bring to a charity shop – but a few bags still made their way to the dumpster. To me that’s totally understandable, as dealing with an estate is often a really big and sometimes painful job. Since garbage is my business, I went back the next garbage day to see if there was anything good inside those bags.

I expected to find more to be honest, but I still saved a bit of decent stuff. I brought home some cassette tapes, which I gave to my archiving friend in case there was anything cool on them. One was marked “Olympic” and could be a radio recording from the 1976 Olympics, who knows. I also saved some nice vintage light switch covers, some rivets & nails, an old geometry instrument tin, a few wooden hangers, a big vintage container of floor wax…

… some drawer pulls & other metal doohickeys, a heavy duty label maker, a collection of instruction manuals for ColecoVision games, and a couple of old health insurance documents from Denmark. Those are pretty neat, and date back to the late 1940s.

I’ll keep my eye on the curb in case more stuff gets tossed in the coming weeks. From what I remember the apartment had to be emptied by the end of February.

A recently sold house has produced some interesting finds of late. I opened one bag and saw some junk drawer type stuff, so I threw it in the car and did the sorting when I got home. I’m sure some of your eyes gravitated towards those bills, which I found folded up in old plastic wallet sleeves. Whether the tosser didn’t see them or didn’t care, I have no idea. The bill on the left is a 5$ note from 1954, which is worth approximately 5$. The American dollar bill is worth around 1.25$, while the Italian Lira is now worthless outside of its value as a collectible (probably 50c-1$). The Netherland’s Halve Gulden note was made between 1949-1959 and is probably worth around a dollar.

Fans of brutalist jewelry might have first noticed the necklace, which was made by Montreal-based designer Robert Larin in the late 60s or early 70s. A couple of the links are broken, but it’s still a striking piece in part because of its size – it seems to be one of the collar necklaces described in this article (a good resource for info on Canadian brutalist designers). I’m not sure what it’ll go for, but I’ll see if anyone bites at 40$ on eBay.

Otherwise we have a vintage Jewish National Fund coin bank (probably worth 20-30$), an Ionic Mason coin, 11 bus tickets from 1986, a vintage battery, and a metal doohickey that might be a vintage credit card (bottom right).

I found some decent costume jewelry here, as well as some good crafting items. That bag at the top left is filled with vintage “Made in Czechoslovakia” clasps, for instance. There was no gold or silver unfortunately, but this stuff should make me a bit of money nonetheless. There’s an old TTC token at the bottom right which you probably can’t see due to the glare.

Otherwise, I found a vintage soap dish, a YM-YWCA book of some kind, a map of Israel c.1967, and two old ticket stubs, one of which is from an October 1 1978 Neil Young concert at Maple Leaf Gardens.

I found some more stuff here last week, but that’ll have to wait for another post. Here’s hoping this spot provides quality junk for the foreseeable future!

A spot in NDG has been producing some fun vintage stuff the past couple of weeks. Here we have some vintage Nestle Quik (which I’d guess is from the 80s or 90s), a brass turtle magnifying glass (which I might keep myself), a collection of unused Snoopy greeting cards, some fibreglass repair gunk from the 60s or 70s (I’m not sure if anyone will want it, but I thought the box was cool), and a Parker ballpoint pen.

That hammer at the bottom might be the most unusual piece. On it is written “Mission St Xavier, Caughnawaga.” It’s probably not that old, maybe from the 60s or 70s, but I’ve never seen anything like it before. If you have any insights please share them in the comments!

Here we have an old electric knife box, a copy of Windows 3.0, a patch from Camp Minogami, and a cheese grater. That old French vocabulary book is cool too – it has a lot of cute pictures inside, which should make it appealing at a future yard sale.

I’m guessing the watercolour markers in these tins aren’t much good anymore, but the tins themselves are kind of neat. Those intercoms should sell at a yard sale for a few bucks, and that metal gymnast is pretty fun. Those wooden necklaces look to have been made at Camp Minogami.

This house has provided a lot of fun kitchenwares, most of which you’ll have to wait until the next post to see! The most valuable piece here is that silver plated thing on the left. Most silver plated stuff isn’t worth a heck of a lot, but that’s an old cocktail shaker made by Birks under their “Primrose Plate” moniker. I found one on eBay that sold for around 60$ plus shipping, but I think that it could be worth a bit more than that.

Otherwise, these finds salvaged my Tuesday night run. I went out with a friend and we found very little, but at one stop we noticed a bag that had a nice jingle to it. Most of the contents were gross, but at the bottom was a small collection of junk drawer type items, of which the above were the cream of the crop. The pens are either incomplete or broken, but might still have modest value to a collector (the one on top features the logo of the Montreal Bar Association).

On the bottom, from left to right, is an old sterling silver class ring from 1962, a silver pendant, an Egyptian cartouche pendant that looks to be 12k gold, and a single cufflink designed by Georg Jensen. I found a similar cufflink that sold for 35$ on eBay, and I think the little Egyptian pendant could fetch around 70-80$. So, all in all that trash run was a modest success, despite the fact that my good finds could have easily been measured in grams.

That’s all for now, but there’s lots more finds to come!

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Garbology pt.3

I found so much stuff at this spot that I brought several bags back to my garage for further sorting. The next day I took pictures of some of the more photogenic items for an Instagram story. I’m guessing that most of you didn’t see that though, so here they are!

Here we have an old Aunt Jemima plastic salt shaker, probably from the 50s. Yes, it’s pretty racist. This piece isn’t particularly valuable (I plan on selling it for 1-2$ at a yard sale) but some of the rarer Aunt Jemima stuff goes for pretty good money.

I ended up finding a whole bunch of those old tin toy dishes. They’re not super valuable, but they’re fun and should fetch around 50 cents a piece at a yard sale. I also have some larger, rectangular dishes that aren’t pictured.

Here’s some vintage Canadian Tire money…

… and a booklet made for the “Centre des Mets Chinois a Montreal” in the 1970s (Chinese food centre of Montreal).

Inside one of the bags was a collection of old photos, many of which were stored in these little albums. Below is a little video of me flipping through one of the albums. I don’t know where these particular photos were taken, but other photos were marked as being from Campbellton NB. They were probably taken in the late 40s / early 50s.

 

FYI, I just upgraded my blog subscription (which is why it now costs 300+ dollars a year). The upgrade comes with unlimited storage space (I was running out of space) and the ability to embed videos whenever I want. So, I’ll probably be sharing more videos going forward!

Some of the old pottery didn’t make it. This McCoy teapot would have been a nice piece but the handle was smashed beyond repair.

Here’s a vintage cloth diaper with “I’m the boss” written on it. Apparently it was a souvenir from Atlantic City. I think this was the first time I found a souvenir diaper.

Here’s an interesting old poster which I’d guess was made in the 60s. I can’t find reference to “Lennick G” or any of the writing, and I don’t recognize the guy in the picture closest to the bottom. If you happen to have that information please post it in the comments!

Here’s a portrait signed by an artist named Zolag in 1976. There aren’t many references to Zolag online, but apparently he was a Montreal-based caricaturiste who died back in 2011.

I found so many salt and peppers shakers here. This is a little Made in Japan teapot pepper shaker.

Here’s an unusual rocket-shaped salt shaker made by Kazin Molded Products. I also have the pepper shaker, and they should sell for a buck or two at a yard sale.

That’s all the shakers for now, but there’ll be lots more in a future post!

I also found this Black & Decker horizontal stand…

… an ashtray made from a flattened beer bottle;

… clippings related to the coronation of QEII;

… a cute cloth calendar from my birth year;

… and a fun vintage Mickey Mouse coin bank made by Reliable Toys. Vintage Mickey stuff sometimes sells for very good money but this bank isn’t particularly valuable. It’s worth around 20-30$ but I’ll sell it for less at a future yard sale.

We’re at the bottom of the bag! There’s lots more to share, but it’ll have to wait for an upcoming post.

Otherwise, a reader commented recently asking if I had found any records of late. Well, I did find a bag full of them in at a familiar spot in Outremont (these guys seem to be throwing out a few records a week these days). Below is a selection of what was inside the bag. The most interesting and valuable might be the Pierre Henry “Le Voyage,” an experimental electronic journey based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Sounds trippy, and I’m sure one of the many musicians living in the area will buy it at my yard sale. The rest are quality yard sale material, and should sell for around 1-2$ a piece.

 

 

 

I’ve taken a bit of time off from picking recently due to the weather, instead focusing on getting my junk listed on eBay. I think I’ve listed about 30 new things since my last post, and plan on getting more done in the coming days. The more I have listed, the more I can sell!

This next week is supposed to be relatively mild; I’m looking forward to picking in positive celsius temperatures! My luck has been decent of late, no mind blowing finds but lots of cool vintage stuff, some of which is worth selling on eBay. Last night I saved a bit of silver, some old kitchenwares, an electric typewriter, and some telegrams from the 1910s. You’ll be seeing those things in a future post!

Links

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4. Kijiji listings
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