On Friday I elected to check out a morning trash pickup in Rosemont. I came away with a big haul, one big enough that I had to make a special trip to my friend’s shed just to find a place for it all. This spot on 7th Av was a major culprit. When I first saw it I expected the pile to be mostly renovation debris; however, further inspection proved otherwise.


There were two big bags just full of stereo equipment, including two record players, two cassette players, and three tuners / amplifiers, most of which were made by Sanyo. I haven’t been able to test them fully but I plugged them in and they all seem to turn on, light up and move as they should. I expect that most, if not all the pieces work fine. Record players and amplifiers often sell in the 30-50 dollar range while cassette decks sell for a bit cheaper. Altogether, this setup in full working order is worth around 200$. Not bad!


The other bags contained lots of kids stuff, boring papers and other unexciting junk that could have easily been recycled. There were a few useful items, however, including two calligraphy sets and a feather pen with accompanying ink.


These hearts jingle when you shake them and apparently act as mirrors. I’d guess they’ll sell at a yard sale.


There were also a couple nice pieces of jewellery. The butterfly pin is made of sterling silver while the box of the little necklace indicates that the material is jade.



This old leather bag sat awaiting its fate by the curb. I like the long worn away stickers; from what is left of them I’d say were from the 1940s. It needs a little love but I think it can be fairly easily brought back to good condition.


Inside the leather bag was another smaller leather bag and a couple of pieces of bric-a-brac, including this old metal sieve with “Loyola” (a local school) written on it’s back. When I look at it the first thing I think of is panning for gold.


My most interesting finds though came from this spot on 6th Av. I’m pretty certain that this stuff belonged to an older woman who passed away. I googled a name I consistently saw amongst the items and found an obituary from a few months ago bearing the same name.


Catholic paraphernalia was pretty prominent here. Inside this old chocolate box were some hair clips but also a missal and other catholic ephemera.


Beautiful old lithographic prints bookmarked the pages of the missal and another catholic book I found. The books were published in the 40s and 50s but some of the bookmarks were older.


Also inside the chocolate box was this little hand-made piece featuring a tiny picture of a Catholic nun. There were a few different pictures of this nun leading me to believe that she was an important part of this person’s life.


This chalkware piece is broken in two places but I was able to prop it up so that it would stay in place. It could likely be fixed pretty easily and has maintained the nice detail in the faces, though the hands of both the larger and smaller figure are missing and there is some chipping to the paint. Still, it’s a cool old piece that might have some interesting history behind it. It stands about one foot tall and bears the name of the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, a big church downtown on St Catherine that opened in 1881. From my knowledge I’d guess that this piece could be that old, though it could also have been made as late as the 1910s.



This wood box carved to look like a book is pretty beautiful. I’d say that it’s fairly old based on the style of the nails and hinges. It’s very well made, the “book” shuts fairly tightly but is still easy to open. It’s around 15 cm (7″) tall.


When I first found this old family photos had been placed under the glass in front of the images of Jesus and Mary. I took them out so that I could see what had been originally framed.


Here’s a couple of the old photos. The one on the right is pretty bizarre. On the back is marked the person’s name and “18 ans” (18 years old). It looks like someone took a part of a photo and drew their own image beneath, which I guess is a kind of vintage photo-shopping!


This potato chip tin was full of old materials for sewing.


These old hat pins were among the things inside. Based on the design of the package I’d say they were made in the late 1800s or early 1900s. The drawing on the other side (click below) is pretty funny.



I found a few paintings by a Rita Young. This one is my favourite, it’s nicely done and the paint has light cracks in it from age which is pretty charming. I couldn’t find any reference to the artist online.


A Brownie Kodak that came in it’s original leather holder. It seems to be in good condition.


Finally (for now) I present you this letter from NASA. This person had apparently written after the explosion of the Challenger in 1986, presumably to express condolences. She got this letter and an “In Memoriam” pamphlet in return. I think it’s a pretty cool piece of ephemera that will intrigue people at a future yard sale.

In site-related news I finally got around to updating the “Things I’ve Sold” section (under the “By My Garbage” tab). It doesn’t include something I recently sold, a lot of three old “Heraults” graphic novels from the 1940s for 57$ (which I found back in November). I should also remember to add the scrap gold and silver I sold for a pretty penny a couple of months back.

Tomorrow I head out to TMR. I’ll let you know if I find anything good.

Le Naturaliste


Tuesday’s shift was pretty barren. I went first to Hampstead and tried (and failed) to find the place where I found the big fur last week. After coming up empty I went to Ville St Laurent. There I found some odds and ends but nothing worth posting about.

The most notable thing was this beautiful matching couch and chair. My friend, Sarah, and I loved them and were prepared to throw at least the chair into the car. However, out of the corner of my eye I saw something on one of the cushions and took a closer look: It was a bedbug. I put everything back (all the cushions were in the bin). It was a bit scary because I felt my usually sound judgement slip, but I think the experience was a good reminder not to take anything for granted and to not be too starstruck by nice vintage furniture.


On the way back home we stopped in Park Ex to get some pastries. Park Ex also has a Tuesday morning pickup and that’s where I found this nice old Soviet-made alarm clock. It’s pretty cute and still works perfectly fine. I figure it’ll go for 5$ at a yard sale.


This morning in TMR was much more successful. This is the spot where I found the camcorder last week.


This week I found a cooking pot lid (of all things) full of jewellery. Some of it was cool costume jewellery…



… but there were a few fancier bits as well. On the top left is a bracelet marked 585 (14k gold). It’s pretty cool and in good condition. I think it’ll sell for 70-80$ in my Etsy store. Top right is a 925 sterling silver bracelet which would probably sell for around 35-40$. On the bottom is a bracelet with an odd “1000” mark. I don’t know what that means, though the piece looks fairly silver-like. It’s a classic style regardless.


These pins are interesting. They seem to feature the flag of the United Nations but also have a sort of air force “wings” things going on. The one on the right is marked Birks Sterling while the left is marked simply Birks. I’d be curious as to what these are and how old they could be.


I also found some other odds and ends, including this little drum on a stick and a nice casserole dish.


Not far away was my friend on Beverley who has been throwing out cool stuff for a couple of months now. They’re presumably slowly getting ready for a move.


The recycling bin was totally full of old books and magazines the majority of which were related to dentistry.


I took a small selection of magazines I thought could be fun to look through. Most are from the early to mid 80s.


Also in the recycling bin was this product monograph for a drug (“Feldene”) from 1986. Apparently a monograph is written after a drug is fully tested and gets approved by the regulatory agency.


One black trash bag contained five pieces of framed art. Four are by the same artist, someone named Ludo Pollak. I did a bit of googling but didn’t find too much, though he did seem to be a local painter.


We came across this pile closer to the end of the route. While I was looking through the recycling bin the garbage truck came and took away most of the trash bags, meaning I missed out on some potentially cool stuff. It’s unfortunate but I still made off with some good finds.


Inside the bin was someone’s old stamp collection. The stamps looked to have been accumulated during the 70s and 80s. The books aren’t totally full but there are still a lot of stamps including the ones in the envelopes (bottom).



These old German stamps are particularly cool. The ones at the top are from the the period of hyperinflation that took place in the early 1920s (“10 millionen”) while the one at the bottom is from the war.

None of these are worth much but they’re still pretty interesting. I think I’ll remove all the stamps from the books and envelopes, put them in a tin of some kind, and sell them at yard sales for 10c a piece.


There were a whole bunch of these early 1970s “Le Naturaliste” magazines…




… as well as a whole lot of government pamphlets about the environment, animals, and fish. Most seem to be from the 70s but some look to be from the 50s and 60s as well. A few were cut up, from the looks of it a kid used the pictures for scrap-booking and school projects.


This pamphlet might have been my favourite find of the day. It was published by the campaign of Jean Chretien back in the early 70s when he was running as the incumbent for his seat in Mauricie. For those who don’t know Jean Chretien ended up being Prime Minister of Canada for 11 years in the 90s and 00s. Regardless, he was already a fairly prominent politician at this point and thus almost certain to win (he did win) but it’s always good to have a good pamphlet. This is a cool little piece of Canadian political history.

I’m starting to get truly sick of the cold but I still plan on going to Rosemont tomorrow morning. I’ll let you know how it goes!

The Spectre of Defeat


This morning I ventured out to Ville St Laurent for one of their heavy trash pickup days. I hoped to find some bigger stuff, maybe some nice vintage furniture. There wasn’t much of that this time around but I still came away with some cool items.

This pile was on Cote-Vertu west of Alexis Nihon. There were a lot of older things here.


The pieces of this punch set were wrapped individually with a newspaper from 1988. Overall they filled one black trash bag. A few pieces had broken, but it’s still a nice set which I’d guess was made in the 1960s.


I saved this cookie jar of approximately the same vintage from another bag. It was a bit grimy but it cleaned up really nice. It’s an old “Made in Japan” piece.


I also found an old 1950s Smirnoff mug marked as being made of “solid copper.” It would have been part of a set. Too bad I didn’t find more because these mugs are pretty collectible. I found one that sold for 13$ at auction on Ebay, meaning that I could probably get 20$ for it if I were to set a specific price. It needs a bit of cleaning but I’d guess that it wouldn’t be too hard to get it shiny again.


I found these five unopened containers of sugar in a bin next to some obvious moving-related garbage. They seem fine and I’m sure they’ll be put to good use.


I came across this baby pile later on. I think the bin had already been emptied and taken away. I took the drink mixer and the crock pot. The former doesn’t seem to work but the crock pot seems to work great. It’s an older one with a ceramic insert.


Not far away was another baby pile. Too bad the bin was gone as I would have loved to have looked inside.


There were a few interesting old things, including this Newsweek magazine from 1972. It’s from around the time that the US realized they weren’t going to win in Vietnam.


I thought this old framed print was really beautiful. The glass was pretty dirty when I found it but it cleaned up very well. It’s in great condition. I think it’s a lithograph from the 1930s or 40s.


I checked out a little bit of a Rosemont trash day on the way back and came across this collection of books, cassettes, video-cassettes and records. Some of the stuff was damaged by must or moisture but I managed to salvage several records.


The records themselves are in excellent condition, barely even any scratches. That gives them a bit of value even if some of the covers are a bit warped. The most interesting is probably the soundtrack for the 1976 Summer Olympics that took place in Montreal (bottom right).


I was looking through my finds from last week and found a couple of things I had previously overlooked. I found this French-English dictionary on Thursday in Glenmount. It’s a pretty awesome dictionary, one that cost 36.95 in 1985. According to the Bank of Canada that would be 73.72 today.


I also found this massive fur in Hampstead on Tuesday. It’s a scarf that looks to have 5 different tails on both ends. It also has pockets. It’s in really good condition and I’m sure it must have cost a pretty penny when it was originally bought. I imagine this’ll end up on my Etsy store but I have some research to do before setting a price.

Tomorrow I plan on going to a different part of Ville St Laurent and perhaps Hampstead as well. I’ll let you know how it goes.