Winter’s here!

It’s getting chilly out! I haven’t looked for trash for a while, but I did make it out last night and found a few things.


This pile of stuff looked like it was a result of some basement cleaning. I wonder if there’ll be a little bump in interesting trash in the next week or so as people go into their basements to get their Christmas stuff and decide to get rid of some old junk that’s been sitting around for years.

Here’s some of the junk that was in these bags and boxes:

vintage 80s cracked and MAD magazines

I carried home 26 of these 1980s MAD and Cracked magazines. I tried reading a couple but they really aren’t very funny. I think when I was 8 I might have found it funny, and that’s probably around when this guy got them.

UPDATE: I ended up recycling these. I figure that recycling the paper was more valuable than having a few more MAD Magazines in the world. To all those selling MAD Magazines: they’re now slightly more rare! Bump up the price!

nerves of steel

There were a bunch of old game CDs (a lot of which were for demo versions) and I took home these two. The left is extra levels and demos for some really old games like Doom. The right is a game called “Nerves of Steel” which looked exceptionally bad (the tagline is: “Do you have nerves of steel?). I looked it up and someone described it as the “worst [shooter] ever made.”

old computer gaming magazines

There were lots more magazines but I could only take so many. I figured these old computer gaming magazines might make for some good collages.


Another pile of trash I came across on Papineau.

pogo stick

I found this pogo stick, which seems to be in fine shape…

UPDATE: Given away on CL

old power drill

and an old power drill. I like the look of these old drills. I’m giving it away to someone who wants to make it into a steampunk gun of some sort.

UPDATE: Given away on CL


I also found this doohickey wrapped up in plastic. I have no idea what it is but it’s pretty heavy and seems to be in fine shape other than a minor rust spot in the middle. Maybe I’ll try to give it to the guy who’s taking the power drill.

UPDATE: still sitting in my staircase

That’s all for now!

6 thoughts on “Winter’s here!”

  1. Thank you for taking those magazines.You should continue to rescue magazines and keep them for yourself–or give them away on Craigslist.You should look in the trash cans and dumpsters of apartment buildings with lids.The garbage in apartment buildings is not visible unless you lift the lids of the bins on wheels and look inside.My friend and I found a perfectly working turntable in the Golden Mile neighborhood .We rescued it.I regularly play vinyl records on this turntable.When are you going to Outremont and downtown Shaughnessy Village to look for treasures in trash?

  2. Hello

    That “doohickey” is a brake caliper for a car. It looks smaller so possibly one for the back wheels.

  3. I visit the Plateau,Rosemont and Villeray neighborhoods for work often.Whenever I am in the Plateau I see more garbage and more good reusable stuff on the streets than in Rosemont,Villeray,Montreal Nord,Ville St.Michel,Hochelaga,etc.Despite the fact the Plateau is considered very cool and forward-thinking,it is not very environmentally friendly because more good stuff is thrown out there than in most other neighborhoods.I am curious if your research between the garbage in the Plateau and other arondissements will bear this out.Maybe it is too cold for you to visit other districts now.But whenever there is a thaw please do visit other areas and research.I think the Plateau is overrated as an environmentally friendly place.What do you think?Ah

    1. I haven’t spent enough time in other neighborhoods to say for sure. Might be something I can focus on in the summer (winter so far is a bit harder finding trash-wise).

      I think in the grand scheme of things our society as a whole isn’t particularly good at recycling and redistributing things that still have value. I think that as a society we’ve been economically privileged for a while and now take materials and resources for granted.

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