I’m trying again to do my runs in the the morning. For a while I’ve been going out the night before – I like that there’s no traffic and that I’m generally able to work in peace without anyone seeing me. There are also some great radio shows on at night. However, going out at night definitely negatively impacts my social life and my ability to be spontaneous. I also miss out on the benefits that sometimes come from being seen.
This Thursday’s run was a great example of that. I drove to Westmount and stopped for this pile of trash on the curb. I was sorting through the bags when the garage door began to open. I never know how these interactions are going to go, but I think it’s always best to keep doing what you’re doing. Running away or leaving the scene makes you look much sketchier, like you have something to hide.
Anyways, a woman came out and instead of being mad (rare, but it does happen) she asked if I wanted more stuff. She told me that she’s moving soon and has lots to deal with, much of which belonged to her father who passed away many years ago.
She gave me a whole bunch of old sheet music, much of which is from the 30s and 40s. There’s a lot here; that one box on the left is close a foot deep and it’s packed full of them. None of it is super valuable, but I’m sure people would buy some for 50c each at a yard sale (and 50 cents can add up pretty fast!).
She also gave me a vintage suitcase bag …
… and a cute little table. It has an angled top, which I think was made to put sheet music on.
In the trash I found two cool vintage metal drawers;
… a stapler (I’m convinced society wouldn’t have to manufacture staplers for years if everyone just took theirs out of their basements);
… a cool set of six vintage plastic mugs;
… an old “Barbicide” disinfecting jar by King Research;
… whatever this thing is (any help?);
… two ink stamps (the one on the left reads: “Private – don’t share this manual or its content with anyone except ‘common cents’ people”);
… and a cool Edison Voicewriter. It was likely made in the ’30s or ’40s. Unfortunately I didn’t find the power cable but it’s in amazing cosmetic condition. I’ll have to scour eBay to see if any come up, although it can be hard to find old cables.
Now, the best part: she told me to come back the next garbage day and pick up some more stuff! I wonder what things await me…
I still want to have a yard sale this weekend but I’ll wait until tomorrow before announcing anything. There’s supposed to be a bit of rain on Sunday, but if it comes in the morning it doesn’t affect me much.