St-Denis

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I went out for a run last night and found two noteworthy things. The first was amongst this pile in Mount Royal – you can see it to the right of the telephone pole. I would guess it was tossed as part of a garage clear out.

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It was a very cool wooden chandelier.

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It’s pretty nicely carved, perhaps by hand.

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I don’t know how old it is but I’d guess it’s fairly vintage. The top bit (I’m not sure the word for that) is definitely quite retro, as is the nylon fabric covered wire (though other parts look to have been rewired relatively recently).

I would guess I could sell it for between 50-100$, though maybe it would go for more. I don’t know much about chandeliers so I might be wrong. What do you think? It’s in nice condition outside of a couple not too noticeable cracks on the end bits. It’s also fairly large, measuring about 65cm in diameter.

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My other noteworthy find came while driving home. There are a few streets in Rosemont that for whatever reason have pickups on Wednesday morning, as opposed to the rest of the area which has their garbage collection on Thursday morning. I’ll often casually check these out on my way to or from Mount Royal, which is my usual Tuesday evening / Wednesday morning route.

I stopped at this pile when I noticed a couple vintage looking things out front. It was on rue St-Denis, one of Montreal’s finest commercial streets further south but here a long row of early 20th century apartments.

St-Denis is also one of the countless number of streets (and other things) named after saints in Montreal and Quebec in general. I don’t know who most of them are, but I figured I’d look up Saint Denis while I was on the topic. Apparently he is the patron saint of Paris, who after being decapitated picked up his head and walked six miles while preaching repentance. The more you know!

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I spent a while looking through the bags but didn’t find much of interest. I left a few things out in the open for others to find. There’s a lot of competition in this area, so I expect most of these items were saved before the truck came around. That competition also means that I was probably very lucky to be the first one to find the stand in the centre of this photo.

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It was a very beautiful Art Nouveau era (1890s-1920s) standing ashtray.

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The base features a crane (or swan?), which seems to have been a fairly popular animal in the art of that time.

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I doubt the glass ashtray is original, but it fits well enough and does the job.

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It seems to made of solid cast iron. It’s marked FLOR 585, which brings up nothing on Google. However, I did find a similar one on eBay that went for about 90$ + shipping. Not bad!

Lachine

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A few Thursdays ago I visited Lachine on a whim. It’s a neighbourhood I don’t go to often because it’s pretty far away, and because there are plenty of equally good neighbourhoods closer to home. I’ve only gone once before and didn’t find anything worth mentioning.

Still, Lachine is a nice place with lots of garbage potential, particularly the western section which is lined with charming 1950s suburban homes. The name Lachine has an funny story behind it. Way back in the late 1600s the area was owned by an explorer named Lasalle. He attempted to find a westward passage to China through the Great Lakes and failed miserably. He returned home only to be mocked by the locals who began referring to his land as “la chine” (China). The name stuck, at least according to lore. Don’t feel too bad for Lasalle though – there are plenty of other things named after him.

My whim paid off in a small way, as this one house produced some decent stuff that made the detour worthwhile.

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The bags produced plenty of kitschy decorations and kitchenwares. I kept the old 60s Montreal mug at top left, but left the rest in a free box on the curb. Most was quickly taken by others.

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Here’s more of that kitschy stuff, including a few old ashtrays and a ship in a bottle.

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My favourite kitchenwares were a nice metal teapot and a Pyrex coffee pot / drink holder. They’ll make for good yard sale material.

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I also found a few smaller items, including an old St Christopher medallion …

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… and some scrap gold. Finding this is really what made my trip profitable – 3.2 grams of 10k gold adds up to an easy 55$.

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I returned to that spot every Thursday night for the next few weeks but never saw anything on the curb. This pile, which I came across on my last trip contained a couple cool items.

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This striking crucifix was inside one of the bags. It was a bit dirty but cleaned up nicely.

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I also found this Catholic piece. I’m not sure what you’d call it, but it’s around 5″ tall and seems to made for the blessing of homes. The middle part says “Je benirai les maisons ou l’image de mon coeur sera exposée et honorée” (I will bless the homes where the image of my heart is exposed and honored).

These finds were interesting enough to make me consider going back to Lachine again this week. It’ll all depend on how I feel that night.

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My Thursday night run also (at least for now) includes stops in Westmount, NDG, and Montreal West. It’s currently my most expansive route, and just goes to show how many different trash days I can visit at any given time. (And that’s not even the beginning – I can name a laundry list of other neighbourhoods that put their trash out at the same time).

I came across this radio in Montreal West, an affluent community west of NDG. I expect the previous owner was hoping someone would take it home.

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The radio is actually pretty sweet. It’s a beautiful old Grundig Satellit 6000 that picks up AM, FM, long wave and short wave. It’s in pretty good shape and sounds terrific. The only issue is that the FM tuner doesn’t seem to work, which might be an easy enough fix. If so, I should be able to sell it for a decent amount. This one, albeit in slightly better cosmetic condition sold for 265$ + shipping on eBay.

I have two other spots on that route that have been producing great stuff of late. I’ll share that with you sometime in the near future.