Jewelry please!

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When I’m looking through trash I’m often hoping to find jewelry. It’s simply the most predictable (if irregular) way to quickly make money from trash. I’ve found a few hoards with values north of 1000$, including a collection featuring some great modernist and brutalist pieces, a pillowcase full of vintage jewelry, and a bunch of gold in Rosemont. I also like that jewelry is small and easy to store – a great quality for someone with constant storage space issues.

I came across this huge post-estate sale pile last Thursday night. There was a tonne (maybe literally) of useful stuff that should have been donated. I saved a good number of items but most of it wasn’t compelling enough to bother sharing on the blog.

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Most of the best stuff is gone after the sale. I’ve actually had better luck finding things before the sale – family and liquidators sometimes toss treasures in their rush to get organized. Not expecting to find anything in the way of precious antiques I mostly hoped to come across a little cache of jewelry. It just go happens that I did find one, mixed in with the food waste no less.

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The collection wasn’t worth nearly as much the ones I listed earlier. However, there were still some nice items that I should be able to flip for a bit of money. The enameled cat brooch at back left is the most unusual piece. It’s marked “silver”, which is a simple stamp I haven’t seen previously. It’s in nice shape, though there is some damage to the enamel. Below it is a (modernist?) silver ring, while to the right of that is a single sterling silver earring. It has a distinctly brutalist design, and I tried hard without any luck to find the second. I otherwise found: two more silver pendants; another single silver earring (which is destined for the scrap pile); a silver Royal Victoria Hospital pin; an old brooch featuring a small portrait of a woman; and a pin for a 1938 Kingston Curling Club bonspiel.

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I came across another small collection Monday night in NDG. It wasn’t nearly as interesting as the last but I found a few nice costume jewelry pieces and around 10$ in silver scrap. There were also a bunch of foreign coins in the same bag.

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Later that night a spot in Hampstead produced a nice Mexican silver pendant (bottom left). I also found two American dollar bills, a heart-shaped crystal glass dish, a bottle of Givenchy perfume (Amarige), and a pair of Burberry glasses.

It’s been a solid week or so for jewelry! I haven’t found gold for a little while though. I’d like to find some of that, because even junk gold is worth a fair bit when sold for scrap.

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One last thing! My Tuesday night run wasn’t as productive as it was last week. However, the house that provided all the DVDs last time …

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… did so again this week. These people must have spent over 1000$ on their collection originally. They’re obviously not worth that much anymore but I might be able to get a nice price for them yet. I currently have the collection listed on Kijiji in hopes that I can find a bulk buyer.

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9 thoughts on “Jewelry please!

  1. tess says:

    before scrapping single silver earrings, try offering for sale as is, the one with 4 lobes or petals has lovely coral in the center, if I bought it I would repurpose as a pendant

    • martng says:

      I like the idea, but there’s not really enough money in it to make it worthwhile (at least for me). If you did want it though maybe I could send it to you for a small fee. Let me know! It hasn’t been melted yet.

  2. Claudia says:

    you are so amasing! i find a lot of stuff every day but directly on the street! Juts working and taking whats people throw away… i give the stuff to my children or on different fb page. I m scared to see that people throw away so much good things when you can just offer them to an organism!Tthat s make no sense for me… Fortunaltely you are there, to recycle all this beauty!
    claudia B, e-artiste

  3. That face pin is lovely. And the cat pin, and the little turtle too. (For some reason, I wasn’t able to open this image for a closer look.)

    And the Mexican silver pendant too. Maybe some of these will end up in your Etsy store?

    Nice little haul. 🙂

  4. When I zoomed in on the first jewellery picture, I saw an eye staring at me from the middle square of that lone silver earring in the centre. 😛 Is that actually on the earring or is it just a trick of light from the camera?

    • martng says:

      Lol, I saw that too! Just an illusion I think, one caused by the previous owner not cleaning out their silver cleaner particularly well.

  5. I have sold that cat pin before on Ebay, I can’t link mine since the sale was to long ago but some sold recently for $65-85. I sold mine for $70-ish. Look up “silver enamel cat pin”, highest to lowest it should pop up maybe 5 down 🙂 Best of luck.

  6. […] The ring weighs around 1.3 grams and is worth about 30$ in scrap gold. It ends my gold drought that I was lamenting not long ago. […]

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