Slow day (and some jewelry from Monday)


I didn’t come up with much today in my explorations of the Plateau’s west-end. I found a few nice hand-crafted bowls and dropped them off with some other tool-stuff at the Give Box. A few of the bowls were taken before I even finished putting things in. One woman was positively excited to find one of the bowls, which was rewarding to see.

Otherwise, I came across some shot glasses in a box in the alley adjacent to St Denis. They’re destined for the Give Box as well.


I sorted through my jewelry last night and this is the stuff I don’t want. Pretty big pile eh?

It still reeks of cigarette smoke but that can be cleaned off (I’m not sure if I’ll do it myself). Some of it’s in good shape and some is busted or missing rocks, but all can be useful for people who make jewelry (especially because they’re vintage).

My plan is to bring them to my friend’s yard sale and try to sell the pieces for bargain bin prices. It’ll probably be near the end of the month – I’ll tell you more when I know it. I’ll bring a few other finds as well.

It looks like I’ll have to find some ammonia to clean the other pieces (the ones I want to try to get a bit more money for). There’s some really nice costume jewelry and a few nice sterling pieces. I tried using dish soap but it wasn’t effective enough; if I’m going to sell any of this stuff on Etsy it’ll have to be perfect.

Speaking of Etsy, I’ve had a nice influx of sales in the last week. All in all it brought in a few hundred dollars, which is awesome. You can see what I sold – and for how much – in the “Things I’ve sold” section. I also added a couple of new giveaways.

Hopefully tomorrow is a bit more exciting!

14 thoughts on “Slow day (and some jewelry from Monday)”

  1. I hope you make more money than expected by selling the jewelry.After cleaning,some of the jewelry looks quite impressive.I urge you to start looking in the plastic bins with lids outside apartment complexes to find more jewelry,knickknacks and books.

  2. I love your blog.I hope the number of subscribers to your blog will go up above 400 again very soon,and that it will even surpass 420.

  3. I just want to let you know that Mcgill’s Redpath Hall throws out hundreds of good novels and nonfiction books in blue plastic pins on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.If you know any book lovers,please ask them to open the blue plastic bins outside Redpath Hall on many Thursday mornings before 7 am or 8am.Many weeks you will find a lot of paperback novels,hardcover novels,cookbooks,sociology books,etc.These books were probably donations from last year’s book fair that did not get sold.You can salvage these books and also let friends/acquaintances or students of Mcgill to check inside those blue bins.The books can be distributed to literacy centres or be used to build home libraries.Please spread the word and help rescue books because they are destroyed.Book-dumping at Redpath Hall mostly starts in spring and goes on most weeks till autumn.Mcgill is not far from the Plateau.I think your site is a perfect place to publicise this.Thanks a lot for your great blog.

  4. I am totally jealous of the jewelry haul..I can’t believe people threw it away. Even if it did smell like smoke. I make jewelry and am happy when i find a good deal on bags of junked jewelry. 🙂 good for you!!!!

  5. That’s the pile of jewelry you don’t want. I’m curious about how much of the find you did keep. I’ll be patient. All will be revealed, in time. 🙂

  6. Tumble dryer sheets placed in a box with the smoky smelling jewellery works to get rid of the smell! I used it on an old camera that stank and now its ok! x

  7. Hello: sorry for my english is not very good. I just discover your blog: do you still have the red phone we can see on the picture (in the box). ? Do you give it ? or sell it (if it works)? I’m lookin for one of that kind but don’t want to pay too much because I’m poor. Thank you. – Lili

    1. I don’t have it, but if you want I can keep an eye out for more. I see them regularly. Did you want a phone that attaches to the wall?

      1. thank you. I don’t look for one you can attaches to the wall. it can be just one to put on a table. thanks.

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