Certificate of Honour


I began last week in Cote St-Luc, hoping for a continuation of the good run of luck I’ve had there. This is the spot that provided all the kids watches and baseball gloves last week.


This time around I scrounged up a bit of food, including two boxes of crackers and two jars of roasted red peppers. The crackers are already long gone, as is one of the jars of peppers.


I also came across this pile of stuff, in front of a house that hadn’t produced anything prior. New places just seem to keep popping up in this neighborhood.


Many of the items were damaged by dampness, probably from being left in the wrong corner of the basement. I was able to save a few things though, most of which came from this box.


I thought this framed “Certificate of Honour” from 1942 was particularly cool. It was given by the Government of Canada to those who bought Victory Loans, which were made to help finance the war effort during both WWI and WWII. Luckily for me, this piece is unscathed, likely due in being in the middle of the box.


Hidden inside an old manilla envelope was this old Jewish marriage certificate, issued in 1941 in Montreal. It was issued by a Rev. (reverend?) H. Rotblatt, a “hygenic surgeon moel and marriage ceremony performer.”


This old photo album was also mostly undamaged. It contains photos that date from the early 1920s to the last 1960s.



Otherwise, I saved a 1960 Certificate of Merit from the Jewish National Fund of Canada, a cute embroidery featuring a menorah, a sweet vintage ruler, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pin.


On Monday night, I went to Ville St Laurent to check out one of their heavy garbage days. I stopped again at the place that dumped the old books last month. There was again a bunch of stuff on the curb, but most of it was renovation related junk.


This rug was on top of the pile. It has some wear, particularly to the fringe, but is still nice and bright!


Tuesday night brought me to Mount Royal. It was snowing, making it a particularly beautiful night to drive around one of Montreal’s most aesthetically pleasing boroughs. The snow also helps me take good night-time shots without flash, as the light from the streetlamps bounces off the snow much better than grass.

These guys seemed to have no understanding of the concept of recycling. There was tons of papers in the trash bags and some obviously not recyclable stuff in the bin, including a bunch of fabrics. I sometimes transfer recyclables to the correct bin if it’s easy and convenient. However, I have to make sure I don’t get too obsessed with it, as it’s one of those things (like mail) that just never stops. In this case the bin was right there, so I put the papers inside. I also saved three pins and a sterling silver bracelet (probably future scrap), a bunch of knitting needles, a Lacoste golf hat, and a seemingly brand-new neti pot.


From this place I saved a nice set of three vintage (probably 1960s) stools, all with a nice leather-topped cushion, and a footstool that sort of matches.


I was just about to head home when I saw this pile.


Inside the box and the bags was a collection of ceramics, most of which were quite vintage. The cute little donkey planter on the right has an art deco vibe to it …


… as do these baby birds.

This wood carving of a rattlesnake was pretty cool. It must have taken a long time to carve! I ended up selling (mostly gifting) it to a friend around the end of the art market for 2$.

There was also a bunch more ceramics, some old tools in a box, and a very 80s vintage print.


Otherwise, I found a nice vintage juicer (at the same place in Mount Royal that provided the foreign coins last week), and a big bag of pennies during another run in Ville St Laurent. I sold the juicer at the art market for 20$. I took it easy garbage-run wise towards the end of the week, as I needed to prepare for the sale.

Last week’s garbage sales (December 1 – December 7)

1. Gold / sterling scrap: to an antiques dealer for 650$. I wanted a bit of extra cash, and decided the easiest and quickest way to do this was to liquidate some precious metals. I usually only bring in broken or worn jewelry and coins, but this time I brought a few nice pieces I didn’t feel like putting the time into listing, like a nice 18k gold necklace I found a couple years ago in Rosemont. The heavy 14k ring I found last week in Westmount was part of the deal, and it alone netted me around 100$. That was sweet!
2. Art market: many things to various consumers for 245$. Yard sales and market-type events are always fun. I get to meet a lot of cool people, and get to see first hand that people appreciate the things I find. I should look into doing this kind of thing more often, especially in the winter as yard sales are pretty much impossible (and an important source of income in the summer). Many thanks to Ilichna for the photos.

3. Two tea cups: on Kijiji for 60$. The buyer came during the art market, but didn’t know of it otherwise. She bought a red and blue Aynsley “fruit” cup, both of which I found early October in Ville St Laurent.
4. TI 83+ calculator: on Kijiji for 30$. This guy also came during the sale. I find it uniquely satisfying when I’m able to redistribute tools and other useful items. This calculator is a great example, as it’s still very useful for students in science and mathematics. Found late October in Westmount.
5. Sterling silver bracelet (with lion’s head at one end): on Etsy for 36$. I’m glad I got my Etsy store going again, as I’ve already made a few sales in the past weeks. I believe this piece came with a nice collection I found in the Plateau last year, though I’m not sure I ever actually posted pictures of it all.
6. Vintage maps: to a reader for 45$. These were the ones I found last week in NDG. Someone emailed me asking for a price, so I did a bit of research to make sure I wasn’t going to give something great away for nothing. As it turns out, the one on the right in my last post, by Peter R. Furse in 1964 was sort of valuable. One just like it (but in English) was being sold by an antique map dealer for 375 USD! I sold it for 40$, though, as it was unframed and had pinhole marks in it. I was also happy to have the cash up front. I’m glad I did some research on it, because I likely would have sold it for just a few bucks at the art market otherwise.

Total: 1066$, 7350.50$ since May 18th. An awesome, record setting week! This is the second time in the recorded era that I’ve made over a thousand dollars in a week. The other time was in late September, which was buoyed by four yard sales. Things are so much easier in the summer… Anyway, this total beats my last record by about 36$, and pushes my average monthly income above the 1000$ mark. It’s definitely not a luxurious lifestyle, but it’s one that pays the bills and keeps life interesting.

eBay sales have been slower than expected, though that seems to be improving so far this week…

New listings

1. Lot of 10 25 cent bills – Dominion of Canada, 1900 and 1923
2. The Temptations 1969 tour program, signed by Otis Williams and Dennis Edwards (unverified)

Note: I offer local buyers a (often significant) discount on all eBay and Etsy prices. Email me for more details.

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23 thoughts on “Certificate of Honour”

  1. So happy that things are going well for you! I think the Etsy and Art Markets will bring in more cash for you. Glad you’re taking the time to list things, it’s paying off. Haven’t seen any vintage Christmas stuff lately?
    Again, some great finds this week. Congrats! xx

  2. It is wonderful that you rescued and digitized these old family photos.I rescued a beautiful photo album full of nice old family pictures in Pointe Claire on the street I live and have digitized the photos.You are not the only one who loves this.Your wonderful work is much,much appreciated.

  3. I heard you on CBC radio last week. Congrats!
    What are the dimensions of the carpet and what do you want for it?


    1. I think it’d be cool, the main issue would be how to record me looking through trash. I prefer not to be noticed, so having people obviously videotaping me would be bad. I imagine this would make many more people uncomfortable, and lead to more negative encounters involving security and getting asked to leave.

      On the other hand, cameras can be quite small now-a-days, so if I could get hooked up discretely I think it could be okay.

  4. Wow, you go from zero snow at the beginning of your post to quite a bit of snow at the end. I imagine working at this during the winter must be quite a challenge sometimes.

    Roasted eggplant in a jar?! Sounds cringe-worthy.

    The ephemera and photos you find always beg a story. I love your little tidbits on culture and history … and the small morsels you reveal about yourself along the way (i.e., transferring recyclables).

    What size is that white golf hat? If it’s XXL, I’m interested.

    Those vintage animal ceramics are sweet. I think the donkey and the yellow birds might date from the early 1930s.

    That larger cat is certainly interesting. Does it have a maker’s mark anywhere on it? Is it made of stone?

    As always, I’m looking forward to your next post. Hope you make a bundle over the holiday season. Dress warmly and keep your feet dry. 🙂

    1. It’s smaller than that, I think.

      It seems to be newer, made of ceramic. I can’t make out the maker.

      Thanks for the well wishes

  5. It is so stupid and sad that people could throw out old family photos in the trash.I live in Wisconsin and in our house we have ten family photo albums containing four or five generations of photos.We intend to keep all of them ,and have also digitized many of them.You should be rescuing these abandoned photos.Congratulations for doing so.

  6. Do you ever find rare baseball cards or hockey cards in the garbage?I collect them.If you find rare baseball cards or hockey cards,you could make a huge amount of money.

    1. Hopefully some day, lol. I found a few hockey cards from the 60s that are worth a little bit (but not much, given there is scrapbooking paper stuck to the back).

  7. I heard that interview of yours on CBC radio.Would like to know among which age group your blog is the most popular.Do senior citizens,middle-aged people or young people and students are most likely to read your blog or visit it often?

    1. Unfortunately I don’t know the age groups of the people who visit. I imagine, based on the people I’ve talked to that the biggest age group is those between the ages of 40 and 60.

      1. I’m only 22 and I really like reading your blog. Seeing this old stuff is really neat. And it’s amazing that you can make a living off this, I hope business keeps on getting better.

  8. Hi,Jean buys paintings,lamps,furniture,military memorabilia ,gold,silver and antiques of all kinds.His telephone number is (514)971-9791

  9. I am 23 and i am tired about the hype surrounding e-books.My e-book reader broke recently because it fell from my hands while I was climbing the stairwell.I have another e-reader already with 20 books on it,but am enjoying reading the 100 paper books I already own.I am going back more and more to paper books because they are more fun.People rescue good books and magazines from recycling bins.Some books are out of print;reading them on e-readers has become boring for me.

  10. What beautiful finds! I love to go trash hunting myself but haven’t done much selling from it for lack of storage space. Still, I’ve managed to save a lot of money by getting stuff for myself. I look forward to browsing more of your finds!

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