I visited my friend in the faraway land of NDG and decided it would be a good excuse to search for trash in some new neighbourhoods. I did my research beforehand and found a part of Verdun that I wanted to check out specifically.
What I didn’t know was that NDG and St-Henri were also scheduled for trash collection. I explored these places a bit but I mostly stuck to my plan of getting to Verdun, if only because I knew the specific boundaries of the trash collection schedule.
Going to Verdun and Pointe-St-Charles was a lot of fun. I think it was a “heavy trash” day which meant a fair bit of furniture on the streets. It seemed like there was always something interesting around the corner, and while I didn’t bring much home it was a pretty good time.
This mattress was left on the curb in NDG. The owners labelled it as being clean, which is a nice thing to do, but I doubt anyone would have found it in time. It’s probably best to put a Craigslist free ad out for this kind of thing.
Outside of an apartment building in NDG. I found some nice leather steel-toed boots (you can see them in my bike basket) which I ended up leaving on Sherbrooke near Oxford for someone in need.
Some original art by J. Rousseau. I wanted to take it but it was a bit too wide. I ended up relocating this as well. There was also a nice little footstool but I didn’t have room to bring it.
Now in Verdun (near Charlevoix metro station). I noticed a couple of functional older tennis racquets sitting in a box. I decided to take them home thinking (hoping) they could be worth something.
The Borg Pro (Borg for Bjorn Borg, not the Star trek Borg) sells for up to 100$ on Ebay. I don’t have the cover but I expect I still might be able to get 50 for it. Not too shabby!
Inside one of the bags was this little Tiffey “Oak Calf” leather box. It was full of keys.
I found this box full of purses in a trash bin outside of a big apartment complex. I moved it somewhere more accessible.
Some toys that unfortunately are unlikely to played on again.
I really wanted to take the old Splitkein wooden skis but they were a bit cumbersome and I was really far from home. I kind of wish I tried though (or stashed them somewhere) as they were in nice shape and sell for around 40$ on Ebay.
An old Hammond organ. It needed some work but I’m sure someone out there would be interested in taking it in as a project.
The Montreal skyline from Pointe-St-Charles (rue Sebastopol). I basically live twice the distance of the skyscrapers away. As you can see I had a lot of biking ahead of me!
I like typewriters but this one, sitting among a bunch of stuff that looked like it had spent years in a garage, was too far gone to be worth taking.
Finally, I found this beautiful case marked “Holiday Luggage Montreal.” It’s in really great condition and could have some value as a vintage piece. Inside were two pieces of lego so I reckon it was used as a toy chest.
I began my journey back home. Along the way I checked out a bit of the trash in Centre-Sud despite being quite tired by this point. I was looking through some bags a bit south of Sherbrooke when a kind lady came out and asked if I needed anything. She was moving and was throwing out what she didn’t already recycle. I took some stuff including a bathroom scale and some dishes that I didn’t really need but figured might be useful to someone. I left some of it on a “safe” street (Cherrier) for others but did come away with a working steamer and iron.
Overall I was out for close to four hours today which is pretty awesome. I enjoyed my trip to Verdun and wish it was a bit closer to home. I may come back once in a while but it’s too far to do regularly. The experience did whet my appetite to explore new neighbourhoods so I may end up doing a bit more of that in the near future!
Now, I need a nap before my “normal” Plateau trash-run.