I’m a little behind on my summaries, so let’s make this one quick! I’ve been frequenting this spot in Villeray for close to a month now.
On my first visit I saved a cute set of pink glass dishes, which I gave to a friend.
One my second I found a collection of vintage food and medicine tins, including four cans of salmon and mackerel that look to be from the 1960s. I’ve mentioned before how food expiry dates, particularly for canned good are mostly meaningless. However, I really don’t want to know what tinned salmon looks like after 50 years. It might actually still be technically edible, but it sure ain’t fresh. Regardless, I took them because I love their labels.
On my third week I came away with a nice silver hair barrette. I think it’ll clean up well and sell for a decent price on eBay.
I didn’t find anything interesting there this week, but I’ll be sure to keep my eye on the situation going forward.
I found some more interesting stuff in front of the house in Mount Royal that produced the silver coin and tobacco pipes a few weeks back.
A small white plastic bag held a bunch of interesting vintage junk, including rulers, magnifying glasses, pencils, thumb tacks, and a St Christopher medallion. The fountain pen at center right is quite nice, and has a 14k gold nib.
The “good luck” horseshoe clip is marked as being made by an M. Myers & Sons, apparently in 1870. It’s a cool, if not particularly valuable piece. It sold at my recent art market sale.
I also liked the Coca-Cola ruler. It features the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” A lot of vintage Cola-Cola stuff is pretty valuable, but these rulers are fairly common and don’t sell for a lot. I sold it at the art market for 3$, which a good deal for both parties in my book.
A lot of people tell me I under-price at yard sales. However, I think my prices are based on a savvy understanding of cost / benefit analysis. My motto for yard sales is “there’s always more garbage.” I bring home lots of things each week, but most isn’t really valuable enough to bother listing on eBay or Etsy. Yard sale stuff accumulates quickly, and the more it piles up the more stress it causes me. So making sure these items leave my life as soon as possible is a benefit, because I never have to think about whatever it is ever again, let alone having to bother with packing it and unpacking it, potentially multiple times.
Lower prices also have the obvious pro of encouraging more shopping and repeat buyers. Many people have told me that my yard sale was their favourite one ever. Low prices make things more fun for everyone involved. I like giving good deals more than I like haggling for a high price, and customers obviously prefer this tactic as well.
It helps that I have few expenses associated with my finds, so even making fifty cents from some random thing is more or less pure profit. That’s the beauty of selling garbage! With yard sales, I’m happy as long as I can make my usual 200$ (give or take) a session.
I otherwise found a couple musical instruments, including a vintage c. 1920s xylophone …
… and a collection of buttons.
My best find though came from this spot in Cote St Luc. There were only two bags on the curb, but they looked a bit angular and sat out front of a recently sold house so I stopped to check them out. It was a rainy night, but thankfully the black trash bags (somewhat ironically) generally do a good job protecting their contents.
Inside one of the bags was a whole bunch of old gaming stuff, including a working Super Nintendo, three controllers (and some others for use with different gaming systems), a Multitap (which allows for four controllers to be connected to the Super Nintendo), and an Double Pro Fighter game duplicator.
It all adds up to a nice payday overall. The Super Nintendo and controllers are together worth around 100$. The Multitap goes for around 50$. The Double Pro Fighter is an odd case. Apparently they were very cheaply made, and it is nearly impossible to find one today that actually works. Nonetheless, they sell for decent money, presumably to the collectors market. One sold for about 60$, even though there were no guarantees made to it actually functioning. I listed mine for a bit more, because I suspect the right buyer is willing to pay extra for this piece of gaming history.
Tune in soon for a summary of last week’s finds!