Les Chats Sauvages

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Yesterday’s yard sale was a big success. I was expecting a pretty good sale, thinking that I might be able to crack the 200$ mark. In the end, though, I cracked the 300$ mark by a safe margin!

This pile, which I came across on my Friday evening Plateau run (Marquette near Rachel) was a major contributor to my high profits.

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The pile was in front of a house which was undergoing renovations and many of the bags were full of leaves and other debris. In the other bags, however, were what must have been someone’s entire record collection. There was so much I had to make two trips to bring it all back.

I figure there must have been over 100 records in all. They all seem to be in great condition – whoever owned this took good care of their collection. Many of the artists were Quebecois or Central American. There was a fair bit of classical music but also a selection of old rock music.

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These are ones I decided to set aside to help me possibly re-start my record collection. There’s a bunch of Bob Dylan, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Cat Stevens, and John and Alice Coltrane. I also saved a few from the French artists that my room-mate (more French than I) told me were pretty good, including Jacques Brel, Zachary Richard, and les Chats Sauvages. I have some music exploration ahead of me, that’s for sure. While I like a lot of these musicians I can’t say I’m particularly familiar with any of them.

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This record was the best “find” of the bunch, however. It’s a Japanese issue of Abbey Road which looks to be in pretty much mint condition. Japanese issues are often worth more than American or British issues – the same record has sold on Ebay for around 40$. I don’t personally need the Japanese issue, so I’ll probably sell it and pocket the cash.

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I also found this plant, which was somehow still alive despite being about as dry as I’ve ever seen a plant. I brought it home to give it some water, we’ll see if it comes back!

I have no real plans for today so I might have another little impromptu sale. It’s a great day out and I always meet some cool people when sitting by the sidewalk.

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9 thoughts on “Les Chats Sauvages

  1. Great bunch of vinyl! Looks like my era. I like all the ones you set aside for yourself. (Do you still have a turntable?) Jacques Brel is one of my favourite French chanteurs. I think “Ne Me Quitte Pas ” is my favourite song of his. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2wmKcBm4Ik Here’s the translation of the lyrics of that song http://lyricstranslate.com/en/ne-me-quitte-pas-dont-leave-me.html-5 The French are magnificent at that kind of sentiment.

    Your sad little plant looks like a clivia. I expect, with a little TLC, it’ll come back and grace you with flowers year after year. http://plantcaretoday.com/how-to-care-and-grow-clivia-plant.html

  2. Carl says:

    I am stunned by the bonanza of vinyl you found.I live in Vaudreuil.If I had found it,I would have kept it for myself.If I lived in the Plateau,I would have bought many of them from you.

  3. tess says:

    the plant leaves and structure look like it is some kind of bulb/flowering plant like amaryllis or clivia, keep watering now, after blooming they look “dead” or dormant, don’t throw it out, stop watering until you see the green strappy leaves starting again, it may be months, the bulb and resultant blooms get bigger every year, you’ll have a nice surprise of blooms

  4. agatha says:

    I cannot tell what type of plant it is, probably Tess is right about it but from the state of the soil, I think you should not only water the plant but feed it as well. There is inexpensive plant food at Dollarama (sticks). You just have to inserted them on the soil and when you water the plant, it feeds itself. Household plants need to be feed often, for I do not know what reason the soil loses its nutrients and plants become dull.

  5. Take good care of the Plant! 🙂 Goodluck to you too.

  6. KerryCan says:

    Hi, I just wanted to tell you I talked about your project in my bog post today. I hope that’s okay! http://lovethosehandsathome.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/why-vintage-reason-2/

    • martng says:

      Yeah that’s great. You do some great upcycling! I’d like to get a bit more into that myself someday, maybe as it gets a bit cold this winter. Count me in as a follower.

      Martin

  7. halfgut says:

    Your blog is like crack and for an addict like me. I write about getting rid of all my stuff.

    • martng says:

      Haha. I read your blog and like it a lot. I have the same trouble sometimes – I’m sort of an accidental hoarder. Obviously I find a lot of stuff and I end up accumulating a lot of “not-garbage” that I don’t want to go to waste. Having regular yard sales (where I give pretty good deals) has helped me pare down a bit.

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