Water jug and updates

Not too much yesterday…

But I did find this cool vintage-y water jug made by Carlton Glass.

I think the design is pretty cool. There’s no cap, but that’s okay. Apparently if you leave water in the open air the chlorine in it will evaporate, and that sounds like a good thing to me. I may use this as my open air water jug.


I got rid of a couple of things off Craigslist. The cigars from the other day didn’t last long: I put them up for barter, but I ended up selling them for 20$. The guy seems confident that he can restore them.

I don’t think I posted about these salt shakers. I found them in front of a restaurant that seemed to be preparing for their first day of business. I recently gave them all (using the CL free section) to an older woman who was planning on using them for arts and crafts. She insisted on giving me some coupons for free fries at McDonald’s as a token of appreciation which was nice of her. It also happens to be the one of the only thing I’ll eat at McDonald’s so that worked out too.

I wish these folks good luck with their new things!

A penny found…

I took a bike ride last night. There wasn’t much stuff, but I did find a few noteworthy things.

There was a keyboard (missing one key) here, along with a stemware (wine glass) holder. I took the holder. Maybe I can sell it.

I found some decent stuff here:

The two containers in the background were loaded with pennies (and a few dimes and nickels too). I left the containers for other to take, but I brought all the change today to the local store where there’s one of those change-sorting machines. You get ripped off if you put anything other than pennies in there, but I consider the cost (11.9 cents / dollar) a reasonable alternative to spending my time sorting pennies.

All in all, I got 5.21 in coins (2 dimes slipped through the cracks). With the dimes and nickels and one 50 cent piece, I made about 6.50. Not bad at all! I bought a nice microbrewed oatmeal stout with the profit.

I also found some food. The tofu is unopened and looks good. The package at the top left is an unopened organic rice-based breakfast cereal. There’s some macaroni which looks fine. There’s also a jar of grape leaves and a package of tamarind. I don’t know how to use these in cooking but I look forward to the challenge. Finding random food offers a unique opportunity to widen your culinary range.

Finally I found this mask thing. Pretty cool. Any ideas as to what culture it originates from?


I came across this big pile of trash only a couple of blocks from my place. It produced some pretty decent stuff.

I found a few cellphones and a digital camera. One of the phones is a Blackberry 9800, which is still valuable even if it’s not working. The other Blackberry is missing a battery. The Nokia looks brand new, but I can’t test it because the charger is one of those that only works in Europe. I’ll probably package these together in one Ebay auction and see what it goes for. Ebay is great for selling broken electronics.

The digital camera is pretty old and untestable. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it yet.

I found this laptop too. The screen doesn’t work and it’s an older model but I might be able to get a few bucks for it.

A like-new pack of “Grey Goose” skewers (for cocktails) and a cigarette case.

A pack of six brand new shot glasses. I think I know someone who’ll appreciate these!

Finally, I found this seemingly untouched box of Partagas cigars (15 in total). Apparently it’s a pretty good brand. They’re dry, but apparently you can restore cigars, so maybe I’ll put them on Craigslist and see what happens. In good condition you’d probably pay about 150$ for the pack, at least according to some websites I came across.

I’ve had a few nibbles on other things I put on craigslist, but nothing concrete thus far. I’ll keep you posted!