Garbage gold


I decided yesterday to bike up to Rosemont to sell some scrap gold I found in the trash (including this ring (on the top), a small necklace from this post, and an earring I apparently never put on the blog). They had been in the change pocket of my wallet for a quite a while, so it was about time I got around to doing this. All together I made 45$.

Garbage day in Rosemont is Monday and Thursday mornings. It was around 2 in the afternoon and I figured that the garbage would be long gone. However, I quite accidentally came across a few streets that still hadn’t been collected. I decided to check them out.

Good thing too. In the middle bin of the three furthest from the sidewalk, I found a bunch of jewelry, some of which was gold. There’s at least twice as much (in weight) as I had just sold.


This flashy ring is marked as being 10k. There’s another mark that I can’t quite make out.


These cool earrings are also marked as 10k.


This cross is marked 10k and “TI,” which probably means Titanium.


This is a watch pendant in the shape of a key by Pierre Nicol. It’s covered in pink jewels and looks sort of fancy. It’s a bit odd as I can’t find any other watches like this online.


A vintage Avon cross. I saw someone online trying to sell it for close to 20$, so I’ll likely put it up for 15 or so on Etsy.


I’m not sure if these pieces are gold. They’re not marked, but not all gold is marked. I bit into them and it left a little mark, which is a good sign. There’s also no wear of the gold hue, also a good sign.


More jewelry. None of this is “precious,” but there’s still some decent stuff in here, including a good selection of beads.

There’s more jewelry, but I’ll save that for another post!


I also saved this soup toureen from one of the bins. There’s nothing wrong with it, not even a chip. It was made in Portugal.


On the way home I came across these bins. It’s the same place where I found some cool old stuff (including some jewelry) in this (somewhat disjointed) post from last April. There was a lot of scrap metal – old electronics and a disassembled satellite dish. As I was leaving someone who drives around collecting scrap metal came and picked it up. I’m glad to see it didn’t go to waste.

hebo racing exhaust

In this pile I saw this piece from an exhaust. It has “Hebo Racing” marked on it. Some young guy walked by and told me it was for a scooter, which was later confirmed by Google. I didn’t really catch the rest, but I think he said that it was worth 50$ at least.

I can’t be sure about that, but it does seem to be in decent shape. There’s a couple of dents and some (very) mild surface rust, but it looks good otherwise. I may just put it on Ebay “as is.”

Hopefully I’ll find some more stuff tonight. Either way, expect to see the rest of the jewelry tomorrow!

That’s all for now!

11 thoughts on “Garbage gold”

  1. hi i was wondering if your selling anything like the gold cross maybe even a trade of some sorts

  2. Good outing all around.

    That big ring is quite organic looking. Nice.

    I took a look at the Pierre Nicol website, but I couldn’t see any prices listed, so it’s hard to get a notion on how much your key-shaped pendant might be worth. Is it silver?

    1. I don’t think so, unless the marking are on in the inside (but I can’t seem to open the back). It looks like steel, though.

  3. You are the man of gold;superb work you are doing.I hope more people follow in your footsteps.Rescue more valuable stuff from the trash every week.The weather is warming up now;please go north of Rosemont to St.Michel and also to francophone but middle-class Ahuntsic also for treasure-hunting.

    1. Hey Lina,

      I sell or give away most of the things I find. Click the “Garbage Giveaways” and “Buy My Garbage” links below the title if you want to know more.

      Thanks for checking out the blog!

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