Sunny sunny day


Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day. It was above 0, which is pretty unusual for this time of year. I decided to walk around in the early afternoon to enjoy the sunlight – and look for trash, of course. I came across these bags not far from my home.


Inside were lots of cassette taps. The woman throwing them out was in and out of her house and encouraged me to take them. I took the ones that were “official.” The more I find cassettes in the trash the more I realize that music pirating isn’t anything new – just the medium has changed. I probably left 2/3 of the collection behind.

Her collection was pretty good. There were lots of big names: Peter Gabriel, Corey Hart (5 cassettes worth – maybe everything Corey Hart ever made?), Rolling Stones, MJ, Depeche Mode, and David Bowie (on his birthday, no less). I’ll add these to my rapidly expanding cassette collection.

I found a walkman too. It’s a “sport,” which I would assume means it’s a bit sturdier than a regular walkman. I tested it and it works fine. Surprisingly there’s still a market for these; on the internet they’re selling for 10-20 bucks, depending on condition.


There were some books in recycle bags a bit further down the road. They looked like they’d been plowed under the snow, which makes me wonder if they had been there since the big snowfall. I didn’t have any need for these books – most were about computers and web design – so I left them behind.



I came across these bags on Gilford. One was already ripped open. Inside were some unopened packages of food. I scavenged two packages of organic gluten-free spaghetti and some xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar-alcohol which is apparently just as sweet as sugar but with less calories. I’ll probably give it away to someone but I’ll definitely use the spaghetti.


This dresser was a bit busted but could have been easily fixed. It looks like it used to be in a kid’s room.



I went out later in the day (with my bike) and found these new shea-butter soaps in some bags on St Hubert. Shea butter is apparently a pretty good antioxidant due to it’s high phenolic content. It’s used a lot as food in Africa but here it’s mostly used cosmetically. They’re completely sealed up so there’s no way there’s anything wrong with them.

I also found some new-looking women’s clothes. I’m guessing someone got some Christmas gifts they didn’t like.


Sony Betamax SL-2710

The last item I saved was this Betamax player. It’s a bit funny that I found one because out of curiosity I had Googled the value of Betamax stuff earlier in the day. I had discovered that there was some value there so when I found this I called it a night and headed back home. It was pretty heavy – not as heavy as the 67 pound VCR I brought home a couple months back but still quite heavy (and hard to balance on my bike).

It looks good, turns on and lights up. These simple facts are enough to make it equal to one that recently sold on Ebay for 40$. Apparently this model originally sold for 1300$ (American dollars! – it would have been a lot more expensive in Canada).

I’d like to test it fully to bump up it’s value. All I need to do is find some betamax tapes in the trash and I’ll be set. Maybe on Thursday!

8 thoughts on “Sunny sunny day”

  1. Congratulations on finding the audio music cassettes.I am in my thirties and still love listening to prerecorded cassettes,even though I have an ipod.I bought cassettes 15 or 20 years ago and they are still a pleasure to listen to on my cassette player.Please start to appreciate cassette music and keep those tapes instead of giving them away or trying to sell them for next to nothing.A few websites on the net say audio cassettes are making a comeback too.The ipod is not for all occasions.Happy listening.

  2. I just want to hug you because you are such a genius and because you are doing such great work.We need more people like you.

  3. The Salvation Army’s main thift store is at the intersection of Guy Concordia and Notre Dame Streets.They receive tons of donations.They rarely throw out aniques,paintings and good furniture that they receive as donations because they are able to sell them.But many books and magazine donations are apparently thrown out clandestinely.Even though they have massive floor space,they throw out several paperback novels ,other books and magazines too.Check the contents of blue plastic bins with lids after lifting the lid at the corner of Guy
    Concordia and Notre Dame street,early every Wednesday morning,week after week.You might be very surprised and shocked by what you see inside.Wednesday morning is the garbage and recycling pickup day in that part of Griffintown and Little Burgundy.A friend told me this and some scavengers already rescue some stuff.But they are overwhelmed.Please pass this on and check it out.Maybe some weeks do not throw out much except cardboard boxes.Sois persistent dans les démarches

  4. A very large number of old silent films from 1910 to 1930 are lost and many sound films from between 1930 and 1955 are lost too.When it comes to television,a lot of old episodes of many series from the late forties to 1980 are lost too in England,Australia,the US and Canada,as well as many broadcasts.I hope you find a lost silent film print or a lost Tv episode one day in the garbage and retrieve it and send it to the National Film Archive for preservation and backup.The world will thank you.

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