Canadian Packers


I went out this morning on my “Central Rosemont” route…

I’m thinking I should make a page specifically describing the location and boundaries of my various routes. I enjoy the geographical aspect and how it helps us understand the population (and thus the garbage found) a bit better but it gets tiring writing out the boundaries. Maybe I can assign different names to the different routes and then those who are interested can look them up. I hope to do this in the coming days.

Anyways, it was pretty dreary out but fortunately it didn’t rain. I didn’t find much, though these bags, laying out in front of a recently sold house, provided some good finds.


The trash looked decidedly “yuppie-ish.” I pulled out these two woven baskets which contained some “stuff and things,” including a bunch of buttons and snaps I put in the box I’m (soon) bringing to that co-op.


There was a little collection of mostly foreign coins. Most are from Europe but there’s also some from the Middle East and Mexico. I’d guess that these were souvenirs from travelling back in the day. Most of the coins were minted in the late 80s to late 90s. The most valuable is probably the Canadian toonie which is worth approximately 2$!


A lot of this jewelry looks hand-made. It’s mostly pretty cool and I’m going to throw it in my yard sale jewelry box. I should be able to make some money from it.


There was also this little ring (it doesn’t even fit on my pinkie!) which is marked as 750 (18k) gold. It weighs around 1.25 grams which makes the weight value around 40$. There’s not much of a design on it so I doubt I’d get any extra value by trying to sell it on Etsy.


This Harley Davidson belt buckle was made in 1993. Someone will definitely have interest in this – the going rate on Ebay seems to be around 15$.


These are some Cohiba Cuban cigars (assuming they’re not fakes, of course). They’re probably dry, though I haven’t yet opened the package to find out. However, I once sold a box of dry cubans to someone with a humidor for 20$. He was confident he could at least partially restore them. There aren’t nearly as many cigars here though so I’ll probably put them in the yard sale box and see if anyone makes an offer.


Here’s a couple of things from yesterday (which wasn’t particularly noteworthy). This is a nice old-style lighter made by Colibri out of Dublin. It seems to work fine outside of being out of fuel. It’s probably worth around 15$ on Ebay, though I may just put it in the yard sale at a bit of a discount.


I found the lighter and these pins in a mostly uninteresting pile of trash near the end of my route. A woman, possibly the person who threw the things out, told me as much while she walked up the stairs to her house (“rien de bon dedans!”). She was mostly right, but I thought these pins looked special somehow and I took a closer look. My eyes were right as they’re both marked as being 10k gold. The total weight is around 8 grams, so if the whole pin (and not just the front that is marked) is gold it’s worth about 150 in weight value. Not too bad!

Canadian Packers became Maple Leaf Foods (a Canadian meat-packing company) sometime in the mid 1980s while CanAmera foods became Bunge Canada in 2004. I imagine whoever owned these pins once worked for these companies.

All the gold makes up for what has otherwise been a quiet few days. I hope to make some good finds later in the day. I’ll either check out (yet another) Rosemont trash day or my area in the Plateau.

Sulky Trot!


I made my way to Villeray yesterday morning and somewhere in the middle of my run stopped to get a “allongĂ©” (long) espresso at a good cafe. It was delicious and gave me a nice boost of energy. I remembered that Parc Ex also had a trash day on Tuesday morning and I biked on over to check it out. I didn’t find anything but it was nice to explore a new neighbourhood. I think there’s some potential for good trash out there, so I may incorporate Park Ex into my Tuesday morning schedule.

I came across these boxes sitting in the alley behind St Hubert. It looked like someone dumped some stuff that had been stored away for years, including a bunch of business documents from the late 60s to early 80s.

As I was looking through this stuff a man dragged two massive LCD TVs and sat them next to the pile. I figured he probably owned an electronics repair place or something on St Hubert. Still, I wondered about that, as some of these TVs have plenty of value just for their parts. It’s possibly he had stripped them clean, however. Regardless, even with a bike trailer I wouldn’t have been able to bring those monsters home.


Someone asked me recently if I saved magazines. I rarely do as I mostly keep my eye out for “vintage” stuff, tools, still good consumer products and things people can use for crafting. However, when I saw a stack of 1980s horse-racing magazines (“Sulky” and “Trot!”) near the end of my route I decided to pick them up. I don’t know if anyone will want them, but I’ll put them out in the yard sale and see if anyone makes an offer. If not I’m sure someone off CL will take them off my hands for free.

“The Black Book” is an inventory of horses that were being sold at an auction in 1983. It contains lots of details about the pedigree of the horses, including how their ancestors placed in tournaments. Horse racing looks like a pretty intense business!


I found a bag full of these cool bracelets. They’re half wood and half plastic with brass on the inside.
I figure they shouldn’t be hard to sell at a yard sale.


Lastly I saved this glass angel which came in it’s own padded case. It’s pretty solid and heavy, around 6″ high, and the design is made purely by specks deep inside the glass. Does anyone know anything about this kind of thing? I’ve never seen anything like it before. I can’t tell if it’s artisan made or mass-produced.

I went out this morning for a tiny run in Rosemont. The trash day there has become quite fragmented since the change of the schedule to accommodate for the compost. I don’t think I’ll bother with this specific Wednesday morning route going forward, it’s really small and these specific streets were never my favourites anyways. It’s probably better just to let myself sleep in.

Thursday and Friday are now my busiest days based on this new schedule. There are a many different collection areas I can easily get to that I don’t like to miss. Now that many places in Rosemont have only one “normal” trash collection a week, though, these areas are my priority as a weeks worth of garbage is always better than a few days worth.

I hope to find some great stuff for you soon! Today, though, I’m going to relax and maybe I’ll do some maintenance on my bike.

Summo est opportunitas


I used to go to Rosemont on Monday mornings but now, because of the replacing of that trash day with a compost day, I have to go elsewhere. I decided to go to Outremont which has trash day on Monday and Thursday. Outremont is a richer neighbourhood but it’s lower population density makes it harder to find trash.

I came across this pile pretty early on in the journey. I think this stuff had been in one of those garages for a long time and much of it got pretty damp and mildewy. There were a bunch of old letters sent from the Philippines to a doctor most of which were sent in the 1980s. I would guess most of this stuff had been there since that time, maybe a bit later.



Most of the stuff wasn’t worth taking but I did find this cool necklace and pendant. They’re both marked “Ster” (sterling silver). I think there might be a piece missing on the back, but that might also just be a an optional thing in case you wanted to put a photo in there. Regardless, it’s a pretty cool piece, it looks a bit like the sun don’t you think?


I also found these two dolls which were in decent shape. They’re pretty weird though, neither of them look very cheerful that’s for sure! Does anyone who what cultural background these might have?


I saved these DYI jewelry / toy / birdhouse kits from someone’s trash bin. All but one have never been opened. These should sell quickly at a yard sale.

Other than that there wasn’t too much. I like biking around that neighbourhood, though, and I did find a chokecherry tree (one of my favourite local fruits!) which was cool.

Here’s the last of the little pieces I found the other day. A lot are pins, many of which are missing the pin, but others have flat backs. There’s lots of different insignias, many of which are probably military. I’ve found out what a few are, but any information you have on the others is appreciated! The pieces come from a wide range of places, including corporations, schools, non-profits, secret societies / fraternal organizations and the army (read the comments on my last few posts as some commenters helped me identify a few!) so I doubt there’s any real limit as to what they could be. The main unifying concept is that they’re all American, mostly centred around the northeast states.


The Kiski pin probably refers to the Kiski all-male boarding school. Wells Lamont is a company that makes gloves while the now defunct Van Norman Co. made big machines tools used in industry.


The dark shields on the middle right which feature the phrase “Bello Ac Pace Paratus” (Prepared in Peace and War) are the insignia of the US Army’s 112th Engineer Battalion. I couldn’t figure out which way was up for the red pin second from the left on the bottom. It looks kind of like it reads “Hi Y” but I’m not sure.


My guess for the “C.H.C.” pin is that it was made for the Calvert Hall College, a Catholic private school in Maryland. The shield marked with the phrase “Summo est opportunitas” (seize the opportunities) is the insignia for the US 106th Air Refueling Squadron. The iron cross pin at the top looks could be for St John’s Ambulance.


The little football pendant has “Navy” written up by the top, I’d guess it’s from the Navy’s football team. The pendant on the right which looks to have the image of a man swimming has a little catholic medallion attached at the top. On the medallion is the date 1880, though I don’t know if that’s when it was made or when the quote was said. It looks kind of old regardless. I think the hawk is made of pewter.


Here’s an old “tin type” photograph next to a New York transit token (which is a bit smaller than a quarter). I love those old tin types.



Finally, a pair of old dog tags (for an dog, not a soldier this time!) and 5-year customer appreciation keychain (?) from GE.

I’ve really enjoyed looking through all these bits and pieces. I should be able to sell the military-related ones pretty easily, some of the others I may end up putting in the yard sale. However I might end up stashing a bunch away, especially the mysterious ones and hope that one day I can find someone who knows what they are!

Oh, I also found out what those tiny “US” button-like things from a couple of posts ago are: they’re the centres of American Legion buttons. Thanks to the “What is this thing” community on reddit for helping me figure that out.

I should do a bit of organizing as I still have bits and pieces lying everywhere. I may go out to the Plateau later for trash but I might also just skip it and save my energy. I haven’t made many good finds there in the last little while. I’ll be going to Villeray tomorrow morning regardless.