Night moves


Last night I took another late-night run through Outremont and Rosemont. I’m going to do another evening shift in Villeray tonight before switching back to getting up in the early morning next week. It’s easier to see the trash and there’s generally a bit more on the curb, though I do miss the calm of the night what with the lack of cars and passersby.

There was some good stuff to be found in this pile on Vimy in Outremont. It was mostly clothes and old papers, many of which were written in Hebrew, but I came out with a few neat finds.


First off a firm (and very dusty) top hat. With a bit of cleaning this would be pretty nice!


This is one of those furs that hangs around your neck (sort of like a shawl?). It’s really clean and in great shape. I think I’ve found all the furs I’ve ever found in the last two months which is sort of strange.


These glasses (all of which are pretty strong prescription) have gold plated and gold-filled frames. Even if they don’t have any selling value I can drop them off at an optometrists for donation (or so I’ve heard, anyways).


This little metal calendar souvenir probably dates back to the 50s. It works great, not that there’s many parts to break anyways. I think it’s pretty cute so it’ll join my collection of knick-knacks in my room.


This vintage Swiss-made “Incabloc” mechanical watch states that it has 17 jewels. That’s a pretty good number of jewels but unfortunately I don’t think it works. It might still be good for parts or repair though so if anyone knows how to fix these or wants a project let me know. It’d be a nice watch if someone could get it going.



Last but not least is this tourism guide to British Columbia from the 60s. It’s really well designed and features some great artwork. A great piece of ephemera.

My most notable Ebay auctions have finished and I made some good money: a bit over 60$ for the St John’s medals and 128$ for the WWI dogtags. Most of the bidding for the dog tags happened in the last 15 minutes as before then they were sitting around 25$. I’m pretty happy with these results which increase my monthly profit to 250$ after accounting for Ebay fees.

Not bad, but not great considering there’s only 10 days left to this month. A nice yard sale at this point would boost my profits, however it’s looking like rain for this weekend (again) so that might have to wait.

9 thoughts on “Night moves”

  1. The Florida metal calendar from the 50s is very cute.I lived in Western Outremont for three years—it is very wealthy–especially Vimy,Hartland,Dunlop,Antonine Maillet,Pratt,Joyce street,etc.I hope you make more great finds in that region in the next few weeks.Visit those streets around moving day.

  2. You could make shocking discoveries in trash cans sometimes.I am cutting and pasting this article from a California newspaper.Keep your eyes open.
    Man convicted for death of girlfriend in trash can
    Published 12:48 pm, Thursday, June 20, 2013
    inShare.Comments (2)
    Larger | Smaller
    Printable Version
    Email This
    Georgia (default)
    Times New Roman

    Page 1 of 1
    PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) — A man in Northern California has been convicted in the death of his live-in girlfriend whose body was found in a trash can.

    The Contra Costa Times ( ) reports that 35-year-old Javier Prado Sandoval of Stockton was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder last week in San Joaquin County Superior Court.

    The body of his girlfriend, 25-year-old Ana Flores-Pineda, was discovered badly decomposed in a 45-gallon trash can in May as authorities were not able to identify her for months.

    Prosecutors say Sandoval and Flores-Pineda dated for years as she was murdered at their home in Stockton and her body was dumped in Pleasanton.

    Sandoval was arrested on Halloween after authorities linked him to the murder through his girlfriend’s DNA, tracing his cell phone and lies he told to her family and co-workers.


    Information from: Contra Costa Times,

  3. I am pleasantly surprised by your finds on Vimy street in Outremont—Glad you went there.
    I just want to let you know that I lived in Ville Emard for more than 3 years and that Friday afternoon or morning is the garbage/recycling pickup time there.The garbage trucks and recycling trucks come often very late in the morning or early afternoon there.The wealthy part of Ville Emard is between Springland and Des Trinitaires street—so if you go there check Lacroix street,Montmagny,Lamont,Demont,Hurteau,Hamilton,Briand and.Beaulieu.East of Springland Ville Emard gets generally quite poor.A lot of the garbage is now placed in big wheeled plastic bins with lids on top but still flea market owners and art collectors sometimes find interesting figurines,memorabilia and paintings in the trash in western Ville Emard.The wealthy part of Cote St.Paul full of nice homes is between Angers street and Drake street(near Jolicoeur metro station).I know the area pretty well.Hope you get lucky in the next few weeks and make a lot of money as well as salvage interesting and historic items from the trash.

  4. Beautiful watches—I do not mean it offensively but I am surprised that a Jewish household is throwing out pretty valuable metal calendars and watches.

  5. Hi Martin,

    The calendar should go on ebay. Put it for sale no auction 30 days… try $ 40 including shipping to US + or – 10 $ without insurance or tracking number.

    The glasses keep the ones in the middle, I think they are made of aluminum, late 50’s early 60’s : ebay for 30 to 35 $ including shipping US.

    The top ones are also interesting probably 70’s or early 80’s

    Hat looks quite beaten up, need to see the interior cannot assess as it is.

    If you picked up the Hebrew papers Pls do not through away, I would like to see them very much you never know the value of a printed word.

    Fur sells nicely Etsy – Ebay J I sold a couple of items last winter now fur is very slow.

    The watch is still working nicely. Today will go to the jeweler for inspection. I want to see if there is any other marking inside and then straight into ebay … final value will depend on what is inside J



    1. I’m glad that watch worked after all! I don’t know why it didn’t work the first time, maybe I wound it wrong or something. Hopefully it’s a good model.

      I didn’t pick out any of the papers, they were old but mostly from the 70s and not particularly interesting.

      I think the hat’s in nice shape, just needs some dusting.

Comments are closed.