Goodbye Mile End

Like so many other Montrealers, I will be moving for July 1!

I’ve been at my current place in the Mile End for over a year and a half. I’ve had a great time here but it’s time to move on. It’s a busy space, and it’s hard for me to maintain a consistent schedule and adequate personal space while being here. Those are things I need at this point in my life considering the amount of work I need to put into my various personal projects. Still, it’s a beautiful place filled with great people and I’m sure I’ll be back to visit.

My new place (which I will share with two room-mates) is near Laurier park on a calm residential street. It has a front yard, back yard, and a shed that I am excited to fill with my junk. I get a nice double room with a closet. It’s a bit more expensive, but I’ve been making more money recently so I think I can afford it.

So much of what I find is due to people moving. They have too much and can’t deal with it so they just put it to the curb. I’m sure I have a few things I’ll toss (including a pair of pants that I think have served their duty) but I won’t be wasting much, at least by 21st century standards.

However, I definitely want to bring as little with me as possible. Here’s a few things I hope to sell before I go. I’ll give good deals, especially to local buyers (who won’t have to pay shipping). Let me know if you’re interested! You can email me at thingsifindinthegarbage@gmail.com or message me through Facebook, eBay, or Etsy.

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1. Chalkware crucifix (circa 1930). I found this in Verdun last year. It’s a great example of early 1900s Catholic art. It’s also somewhat terrifying. It has a few knicks but is in very good condition considering its age. I haven’t been particularly proactive in trying to sell it, which is partly why it’s still around. I’d like to get 20$ for it, but would definitely consider other offers as moving day approaches. However, I only want to sell this locally because of its fragile nature and size (nearly 2′ tall!).

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2. Aynsley and Paragon tea cups. I found a few boxes full of these in Ville St Laurent last October. Most of these are long gone but some remain. If you’re interested make me an offer on one or all. The only price I’m particularly firm on here is the black Paragon one, which is my personal favourite. Not listed on eBay is the little Paragon demi-tasse at front left, which I’d be happy to get 5$ for.

3. 42 piece Myott China dish set. I found this with the boxes of teacups. I put it on Craigslist for 150$ but no one’s come to buy it yet. Consult the listing for more photos and condition details. It’s in nice condition overall. I would be very happy not to have to move it. Make me an offer! Again, I only want to sell this locally because of the hassle and cost involved it shipping it out.

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4. Old law books. These also came from Ville St Laurent. I currently have these listed on eBay for 55$ each (including free shipping) but they haven’t received much interest. Make me an offer if you’d like to add them to your collection. They’re thick and heavy so unfortunately shipping will be somewhat expensive.

5. Anything I currently have listed on eBay and Etsy! Some of my prices are firm but many I’d be happy take a “best offer” for. Send me an email and maybe we can work something out.

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16 thoughts on “Goodbye Mile End

  1. Jason says:

    You always move back and forth between Mile End and the Plateau.The Plateau is not the only fun neighborhood in Montreal.You should try living in other neighborhoods like Verdun,St.Henri,NDG,LaSalle,Villeray,etc too .And why move every year?

    • martng says:

      Most people I know live in the Plateau so I don’t feel like going too far (this matters more in the winter). I do agree about not moving every year but that depends on many things.

  2. Good luck with your move! Hope everything goes smoothly!

  3. I Googled Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park and I see there a horseshoes sandbox there. 🙂

    Your new place sounds really great. I hope you’re able to sell all the stuff you don’t want to move.

  4. Jacques F. says:

    You now have a car so you could live far from downtown or far from the Plateau if you chose.If you lived in Ville St.Laurent,Ahuntsic or Lachine,maybe you would end up scavenging more often in the West Island and in the north.

    • martng says:

      Maybe, but I am most familiar with the Plateau and have good friends here. I also don’t enjoy driving too much, ha ha. I prefer to bike when possible

  5. I can understand your affinity to the Plateau/Mile End area … its diversity, its multiculturalism and its charm.

  6. You should leave some interesting things on the sidewalk when you move, everyone else does. Then people will think “who would just leave good stuff like this on the sidewalk?”

    Michael

    • martng says:

      Haha, I’m sure I’ll leave a few goodies out. I’ve already left many things out front of my place, including many things that never make the blog.

  7. Wishing you much happiness in your new place!

  8. Good luck with your sales and your move!

  9. Fonda Rush says:

    Best wishes on your move!

  10. Joyce Hayden says:

    Please just don’t stop writing! I always look forward to see what you have found. What fun!

  11. lauraseabrook says:

    I suspect the quality and composition of stuff you find will vastly change with the move. You should post some pics of the new place.

    • martng says:

      I may do that. Almost everything I have is from the trash, so maybe I can do an “interior decorating” post.

      I expect this move will encourage me to go east a bit more often. Eastern Montreal is much more French, so that will definitely change my finds a bit. I’ve been focusing (unintentionally) on primarily English or Jewish neighbourhoods for the last little while.

  12. […] Myott china set: To a reader for 80$. This is one of things I really didn’t want to move. I’m glad to see them go to a good home! In addition to the plates and bowls there were also […]

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