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Recent sales (January 18 – January 31)


1. 1930s Canadian National Steamships pamphlet: On eBay for 10$. Found this summer in NDG.

2. Casio PB-110 data bank computer: On eBay for 60$. I bought a battery for this and it worked just fine. Found last November in Westmount.

3. Laptops: To my mom for 190$. I gave her a good family discount (275$ total). I also gave my sister a cut of the profits (75$) for helping me format the hard drives and reinstall Windows. I spent 10$ on an adapter for the HP, making the total net profit 190$. Found late May in Westmount.

4. Porsche Carrera sunglasses: On eBay for 82$. These sunglasses sold to someone in Italy. It would have cost a fortune to track them, so I just have to hope the recipient is honest and that the package won’t be stolen by postal workers. My luck has been good so far in that regard. Porsche Carrera sunglasses seem to have a fair bit of value. I have two other pairs listed, both of which are in much nicer condition and should sell for a lot more. All three pairs were found last April in Hampstead.

5. 17th century German book: To a reader for 30$. I did a lot of research to make sure this book was a) truly old and b) not super valuable. It doesn’t seem to be a unique book, and isn’t in very good condition so the value is fairly limited. Regardless, it was pretty cool and I’m happy to see it get a new home. Found last February in Outremont – see the link for more photos.

6. Royal Futura typewriter: On Kijiji for 60$. I had this listed for what felt like forever but it finally sold last week. It was a very nice typewriter (which also came with its original case) and I wasn’t willing to compromise much on the price. The guy who bought it told me he’s a collector and currently has around 30 typewriters in his possession. Found last May on Victoria Avenue in Cote-des-Neiges / Westmount adjacent.

7. Grease pot and Freemason medal: To a reader for 40$. Arranging the pickup was pretty easy because the buyer lives just a few blocks away. I love a quick flip! I gave them a bit of a discount because local pickups save me the effort of listing, packing, and shipping the item, as well as the eBay fees associated with the sale. I found the grease pot in Westmount and the medal in NDG.

7. Ephemera: To a local archivist for 50$. This included the student magazines from my last post (above), random film and audio reels, some 45s and photographs, and a bunch of other Montreal related stuff. This was found all across the city over the last couple months.

9. Voice recorder: On eBay for 34$. I forget where I found this now. Regardless, it worked fine and made me a little bit of cash.

10. Laptop for repair: On eBay for 60$. It’s kind of funny how many layers of garbage went into selling this laptop. I didn’t find an adapter with this computer, but I was able to test it using a cord I found with a very similar laptop (one of the ones mentioned earlier, actually). I able to format the hard drive and reinstall Windows thanks in large part to a copy of Windows Vista that I found several months ago. Otherwise, all the packing materials (including the box and bubble wrap) were saved from local recycling. As for the laptop, it had a dead battery and a finicky power input jack but was otherwise in fine condition. Found a few months ago in NDG.

11. Murano fish vase: On eBay for 40$. I think this is the first find from Ville-Émard to make one of these sales posts. I don’t go out there much, because it’s far away and not particularly wealthy making it a very hit and miss destination. Found last June.

12. Andirons: On Kijiji for 60$. These had a very distinct art deco style. I’m glad they’re going to a good home. Found this past November in TMR.

Total: 716$, 2086$ since the new year. I’ll meet my goal of 24k for the year if I can maintain this pace!

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