I opened a trash bin next to an apartment complex and saw a piece of luggage. I took a look inside and found a couple of old fur hats, a fur scarf and a well broken-in catcher’s mitt.

The fur is “shedding” a bit but seems to be in pretty good shape. I think they could use a good clean though. What’s the best way to clean fur? My first guess would be dry-cleaning, but if anyone has any suggestions let me know. These could have some value when the cold weather inevitably comes around again.

I also found a 10k white gold earring sitting on top of a trash bag underneath that suitcase. I scoured the rest of the bin, which smelled pretty gross by the way, but didn’t come up with any other precious metals. I’ll add this piece to my junk gold collection.

I had a pretty good day selling things off Craigslist. I finally sold the nice set of china for 90$, a manual typewriter for 60$ and the Peavy Rage amp for 30$. That adds up to 180 which raises my monthly total to 445$. That’s basically enough to cover rent, bills, and a basic amount of food for the month. I’m treading water and that’s not too shabby.

Tomorrow morning I’m heading off to Villeray. It’s nearing the end of the month so I’m hoping to make some nice finds.

9 thoughts on “Fur”

  1. Great finds! Can’t wait to see the picture of the earrings! I picked up a white side table off the curb today! Have already sanded it, and going to repaint sometime this week!
    Anyways, you are really inspirational!

  2. you’ve prompted me to google fur cleaning; there are some very strange sounding suggestions; among them, using wood alcohol (be careful not to ingest, it will blind you), and BRAN, heated and mashed around in the fur, then brushed and shaken out!
    i was curious because i have lots of recuperated furs as well.

    you might look into selling furs to a business like harricana; they create new garments using recycled fur

  3. My great aunt Gertie (a maiden lady, who died in 1968) used to repair fur coats and accessories in the first half of the 20th century. I remember boxes and trunks full of bits of fur in her bedroom at my great grandmother’s house on Centre Street, in Shawville. I used to like to touch the fur … so soft!

    After Googling, I read that fur should be cleaned no more than once every two years, as the process can be very damaging on the fur. Give it a good airing first, and gently vacuum to get the loose hair out. Afterwards, rub cornmeal into the fur, let it sit a bit, then brush the fur with a gentle brush to remove the meal and dirt.

  4. That baseball glove looks really nice,is it all smelly and gross?How much?

    1. Nope, it’s actually in good shape. How about 4$? It’s a catcher’s mitt though so it’s not something you’d use in the field

  5. I live in Outremont;I am a student renting a room in a 6-room apartment with three other students.The rent of the apartment is a staggering $1800 per month.I live on a rich street in Western Outremont.I do check out the trash in my borough whenever I get the time.I have retrieved paintings,figurines and exercise equioment from trash and brought it home for use.I am `jaloux of your finds too.Please start doing Outremont on your rounds.

  6. hey bud
    I’m interested in that fur collar. I would use Eucalan to clean them. I actually have a big bottle of the stuff – maybe I’ll let you use some in exchange for the collar? does that sound fair to you? Then I can also take a look at that trumpet too.

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