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Recent sales (October 12 – October 25)

Before I start I’d like to thank everyone who donated towards the payment of that ticket I got last week! I’ve received 115$ so far, which is a little over half of the total value (220$) of the fine. These funds have definitely helped take a bit of the sting from that unexpected expense.

My improved sales have also made life a little more comfortable. I had an awful month of September, pulling in only 644$. In the four weeks since I’ve made 2181.50$ – over three times as much. September is generally a poor month for online sales, but my increased profits are largely due to a renewed focus on getting my stuff listed.

On a side note, I’ve been using Kijiji a lot more recently. I like it for big or awkward items that are a pain to ship, and for items with a general or local appeal. I sold my most valuable item this week using Kijiji; I also had it listed on eBay, but it sold locally first.

Without further ado, here’s my most recent sales!

1. Collection of foreign coins: On Kijiji for 30$. I gathered these from places all across the city. I keep the Euros and British Pounds (these can be exchanged at a good rate) and put the rest in a coin bank. Once the collection grows large enough (in this case, there were between two and three hundred coins) I put them on Kijiji. Just another way to make a buck … or thirty!

2. Photo rights: To a local newspaper for 60$. Here’s another interesting source of income. I posted a scan of this great Montreal photo to a Montreal history focused Facebook page. People were pretty pumped, and some even managed to figure out where the house is today. (I walked the whole street trying to find it, but didn’t see a similar enough house and presumed it demolished. In my defense, it seems to have lost all its ornaments).

A few days later a journalist contacted me about an article she wanted to do. Her paper does a local history segment every Sunday, and she thought this shot would be a cool thing to focus on. I was paid 60$ for the rights to use the photo, and I get to keep the physical copy and any future rights that may come into play.

The photo was likely taken between 1910 and 1920. The present day address is 8112 / 8114 Henri-Julien in the neighbourhood of Villeray. Found April 2014 in Mount Royal.

3. Expo 67 theme song: On eBay for 30$. Found June 2015 in Cote-des-Neiges.

4. Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior: On eBay for 37$.

5. Grundig radio: On Kijiji for 30$. The picture I took apparently made this radio look nicer than it actually was. Two people came by and expressed disappointment about the its condition. The second guy offered me less than half that I was asking. I made the deal though, because at that point it was clear the radio was worth less than I was asking. Still, I’m happy to get the 30$! Found late August in Montreal West.

6. Collection of bridge tokens: To a reader for 25$. There were over 30 in all, salvaged from two different places. About half came from a smelly spot in Rosemont.

7. Original Yousuf Karsh photograph featuring Colonel Garnet Strong: On eBay for 235$. This was one of many fantastic paper finds I found in a recycling bin last August. Unfortunately, it never made the blog because I was extremely busy with a temp job at the time. The photo was cool both because it was done by Karsh (known for his famous portraits of Churchill, Hemingway, Martin Luther King, JFK, Pierre Trudeau, Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Audrey Hepburn, Albert Einstein, and many others) but also because it was a WWII-era shot of a Canadian military officer.

I first had it listed just as a photo, but a friend of mine offered to frame it for me at no charge. I’ll be sure to give him a cut of the profit, as the frame definitely increased the photo’s value. I kind of wish I could have kept it, but it’s hard to turn down that kind of money. Found August 2014 in Mount Royal.

8. Collection of Post cereal hockey shooters: On eBay for 149$. Found around a month ago in Mount Royal.

9. Yard sale: 151$. This may have been the last one of the season, though if there’s a nice sunny weekend day coming up I may do one more in front of my storage space. I like doing yard sales, but after a summer full of them I’m looking forward to taking a break!

10. 1951 Centennial Model Singer 221-1 Featherweight Sewing Machine: On Kijiji for 450$. I’m pumped to see this go! It’s my biggest sale in quite some time. In fact, I think it’s the most valuable thing I’ve ever sold on Kijiji. The sewing machine was beautiful and in terrific condition. The model was of particular value to quilters due to its light weight. It ended up going to a local fashion design student. Found with a tonne of other great stuff May 2015 in Côte-des-Neiges.

Total: 1197$, 16438.25$ since the new year began.

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