Yesterday was rainy as advertised. I didn’t do a morning run and contemplated not going on an evening run either. The weather cleared up a bit later in the day, however, so I did manage to get out and check out the trash.
I came across this pile of bags behind an apartment complex on Papineau. Most of it was pretty foul smelling crap, I reckon full of the junk people put down the trash chutes, but some of the bags (with the red ribbons) were different and looked to contain an emptied-out apartment.
Most of the trash was kitchen and bathroom stuff. I saved a few cans of food, some of which I left on Papineau and some of which I took, including a six-pack of V8 and a can of root beer I thought my room-mate might want. There was also a collection of maps from a road trip in the 70s.
There were four nice old trays in the bags. This one is my favorite, an ornate silver plate tray by Wilcox. It has a great design in the centre that features a couple of birds. They’re a bit hard to see in this picture but any information as to the type of birds they are would be appreciated!
This is another silver plate tray, this time by WMA Rogers. In the centre is engraved “de tes amis, 24 Janvier 1957” (from your friends, January 24 1957). It needs a cleaning but it’s in good shape.
There were also a couple of green glass platters. They’re pretty heavy and look vintage. Could they be depression glass? Regardless, they’re quite nice.
I think this little tray is silver plate too but there’s no markings to confirm this. I’ll have to try to clean it to find out for sure.
Finally an old tin, which when I found it contained some Red Rose tea bags.
On the way home I came across this box of bread behind a bakery on Mont-Royal. I took home a few loaves. It all looked fine and was probably just day (or two) olds.
I haven’t really been “dumpster diving” much. The thrill of finding treasure has been too strong and I haven’t bothered to look for food. Regardless, finding this bread saves me a bit of money. I put it in the freezer to use later.
I made a couple of sales yesterday – a catchers mitt for 10$ and a 10 karat gold cross for 35$, both of which were sold via Craigslist. I’m happy with how much I got for the cross, it represents a nice profit over what I would have gotten for simple melt value. I may put more jewelry on CL going forward.
It’s going to be a big weekend for moving. I might take an aimless bike ride on Sunday just to see what’s out. The big day, however, will be July 1st. I encourage everyone to take to the streets and see what people are leaving behind! I can’t take everything and frankly I don’t want to. However, there will be a lot of good stuff, especially household items and clothes. Check out my “tips” section if you want advice.