Site icon Things I find in the garbage

Folwark Zwierzecy


After all that talk of switching up my schedule I ended up doing my usual Tuesday and Wednesday routes. I guess I’m a creature of habit. I returned to the spot in NDG that produced the trampoline patch from a few posts back and found some cool stuff. Maybe it’s good that I stuck with the old tried and true. There was some nice furniture on the curb but I wasn’t able to fit any of it in the car.

A framed image of Jesus graced the front of the pile …

… while a few framed museum posters waited for me at the other end.

I found several other posters in the recycling bin. A few were from various Motocross events of the early 90s.

This poster, which features a Lotus Elan SII might be worth a bit of money. It’s like new, and other posters by the artist (Shin Yoshikawa) seem to consistently sell for around 30$ on eBay.

My favourite poster is this one from a 1980 Harvard vs McGill rugby game. Apparently these teams play every year, which is something I hadn’t heard of previously. This poster is a great example of ephemera and I doubt there are too many others left. For the record, Harvard won this game 27-9.

Also inside the bin was a large map of Newfoundland, which was published by the Canadian Department of Energy, Mines, and Resources.

Otherwise, I saved an odd looking wheel that looked to have been hung from a wall. Any ideas as to what it might have belonged to?

However, it was this old Leak Trough-Line 3 tuner was likely my most valuable find. The Trough-Line was a milestone in tuner design, at least according to a post on a audio enthusiast forum. I can’t claim to understand why it was a milestone in design, so if anyone else can let us know in the comments!

It’s hard to find any others like it for sale online, though one that was being sold as a restoration project went for nearly 100$.

These people seem to be tossing some interesting stuff. I’ll be sure to keep an eye on the situation going forward.

I went to Mount Royal last night. I came across some good stuff in front of a house for rent.

One box was full of records. That’s always a welcome sight – records sell pretty well at yard sales!

Here’s a selection of my favourites. Most of them are classic rock, which suits me just fine as I have a soft spot for the genre. Artists include David Bowie, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, Madonna, Huey Lewis & the News, and Bob Dylan, just to name a few. The one I was most excited to see though was Boston’s first album (top right), which for whatever reason is one of my favourite albums of all time.

I think I’m going to back into record collecting after I move, so many of these will probably end up in my collection.

One black trash bag was filled with books.

I took a selection of the ones I thought were most likely to sell.

Otherwise, I saved two good perfumes; …

… a Teac A-170 cassette deck;

… a nice dining room table (I also have the legs);

… and an abstract art piece. It’s signed “Elyday.”

I came across this spot later on in my run.

I took home the rug you can see rolled up in the middle of the pile. It’s a bit worn but still looks great! I think it’ll look nice in my future room. I didn’t take exact measurements, but I think it’s around 6 x 3.5′.

I find big recycling bins really annoying to sort through. Unlike trash bins, which people usually fill up with garbage bags (which can then be looked through individually), recycling bins are usually stacked with random junk. If you want to see what’s at the bottom you have to sift through a lot of crap to get there.

It’s not usually worth the effort. I have a technique though where I sift things up from one corner to at least see if there’s anything interesting closer to the bottom. I did this here and saw that underneath the broken-up boxes and other refuse were some old books.

After seeing the books I took the boring recycling from the top and put it in the neighbour’s bin, which make it easier for me to get to the bottom. I snapped this photo after moving a good amount of rubbish.

I took a selection (over half in this case) of what I found. They’re all old Polish books, most of which were published in London and dated between 1945 and 1952. I don’t understand what most of these books are about and I doubt they’re worth much, but I like the cover art a lot.

I’ve been finding a bit more Polish stuff recently. I found a similar bunch of old books and newspapers back in early May.

Once in a while I can understand a little bit of Polish. I was able to ascertain that this book was about Polish emigration to Canada. It was published in 1951.

My favourites are the Polish translations of English books, perhaps because I can at least figure out what they’re about. This is a Polish copy of Animal Farm, published in London in 1947 by the League of Poles Abroad. I like how the cover is unlike any other edition of Animal Farm. It doesn’t seem to be a common edition – it was challenging enough just to find another copy mentioned on the internet. I did find one that was listed on some Museum’s website. This specific book was the first Polish edition, according to a Google translation of the passage there. I think that might give it a bit of value.

I plan on going out early tomorrow to check out Cote St-Luc and some other places along the way. Hopefully I come back with something good!

Exit mobile version