New digs


Phase 1 of moving is complete. The old apartment is empty and clean and the keys have been returned. Most of my stuff is at the new place. However, I can’t move into the room until the 1st so I have a few days of staying at a friend’s place ahead of me before I can begin Phase 2 (unpacking and organizing). For now, I’m happy to just relax after an extremely hectic few days.

My new place is on Van Horne near Parc. This change in location will definitely have an effect on which trash “routes” I’ll explore. It’ll mean more Outremont, more Park Ex, and maybe even some trips up to Cote-des-Neiges. It’ll mean less of the eastern Rosemont and Plateau routes. I’m excited to get to know these new neighbourhoods a little bit better.

I might even have a bit of time for the hunt in the next couple of days. My work schedule is pretty light for the moment, though apparently it will be pretty busy again starting Sunday. I took a little walk around Outremont (which is near where I’m staying) this morning and found an old wood bat by St Mary’s (from Hespeler ON).

I drove by a pile of trash on Tuesday which sat next a small apartment building on Laurier and Resther and felt the need to take a closer look. Inside one of the trash bins was this lamp.


It looks like an old art deco piece. It’s fairly tall, I’m guessing around two feet high. It was super dusty when I found it so I think it might have been stored away for a while, perhaps in one of those little lockers they often have in apartment buildings. I haven’t tested it yet, though even if it doesn’t work lamps are fairly easy to fix. There’s a small chip near the bottom on the back but it’s the kind of thing you can hide pretty easily.

Like a lot of art deco stuff it needs a light-shade and spot that matches its unique style. Still, I think it’s pretty cool!

10 thoughts on “New digs”

  1. Congratulations on making the move.I hope you enjoy living in the new neighborhood.From where you live,I think you will be able to check the trash in wealthy Town of Mount Royal and Outremont more often.You will also be able to explore the trash of Ahuntsic West more often.Ahuntsic starts at Cremazie.You definitely need to explore new neighborhoods.
    I hope you saved the printing paper you found in a dumpster.It ought to be used.

  2. I’m really looking forward to seeing how you do in these new areas. That lamp is a smashing find. Hope it’s a sign of things to come (lighting the way, as t’were).

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    1. It’s made of porcelain, it could be 1980s revival (I never heard of it before but I just looked it up) as the socket looks a bit more modern than another lamp I have that is definitely from the 40s. I’ll need to look at it again, however

  4. I can’t stand it. I told my kids about your adventures and they all said that we should move to where you live. Your blog is not good for me 🙂

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