Finding fins


Just another beautiful day in Montreal. I made my way up to Villeray this morning to check out the trash. It’s about 12 minutes on bike just to get there – a bit further than the East Plateau / Hochelaga trash day that takes place at the same time – but it’s a nice neighbourhood and I feel like there’s some nice trash to be found.

Here I came across an ancient laptop computer. I took it for some reason, and it’ll probably end up in the free box at my next yard sale.


Inside this box was some very miscellaneous stuff, including a pair of SCUBA or snorkelling fins. Some used ones sold for 5$ on Ebay but I’m better off just putting them in a future yard sale.


arabic silver tray?

Finally, I found this gorgeous tray casually sitting at the bottom of a box amongst the above trash. It looks old and it’s likely silver plate. It also casts a nice shadow.


It’s definitely Arabic in origin. The bottom is inscribed with this mark which I have no hope of translating. If anyone knows what it means let me know! I’m definitely curious.

EDIT: Not long after this post I received an email from a reader regarding the mark:

“I asked my colleague from Algeria and the mark at the back of your silver tray translates to ‘golden carpet’ which is obviously the mark of the maker.”

2 thoughts on “Finding fins”

  1. Fantastic tray, and it is so cool that you got a translation for the mark!

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