Stimulated passion

Last week wasn’t particularly productive but I nearly always have something to show you regardless. I found this MSR camping stove thingy just up the street, I have no idea if it works but if it does it should sell for around 40$.

The recently intriguing spot in the Mile End wasn’t too interesting this time around; my only notable finds there were two never used 4ml vintage bottles of Jovan Musk Oil. According to this blog post, musk scents were pretty popular in the 1970s and this Jovan scent was the most successful of the bunch. Their success was due in large part to a sexy ad campaign that promoted the musky scent as an aphrodisiac of sorts.

I listed one bottle on eBay and it sold rather quickly for 65$. Not bad for just a 4ml bottle! I guess they’re getting pretty rare these days, especially ones that come in their original box. I still have the other bottle which I’ll list soon.

I’ve having good luck with vintage musk scents recently. I’ll tell you more about that next week!

I found some nice Burberry frames in the Mile End. I listed them on eBay for 50$, and we’ll see how they do.

I found a bit of neat junk just off Boulevard Decarie. I like the vintage industrial brush and the little painted tree segment. It features a well known British Columbia tourist attraction, can you guess what it is?

My best find from that spot though was this cool framed, roughly 8×10″ photograph. I thought it was taken at Parc Jeanne-Mance because of the statue, but someone on a local Montreal history Facebook page correctly pointed out that the statue is actually the Dollard-des-Ormeaux monument at Parc Lafontaine. Regardless, it’s a very cool old photo that was probably taken around the 1920s. I wonder how common dog sledding was in Montreal at the time.

Otherwise, I found a bunch of junk on my Friday morning run but nothing really inspired me. I did find a bit of cash though, and that’s always fun. There were four American dollar bills, 2000 Vietnamese dong (which is worth approximately 10 cents), a fifty cent piece and a collection of largely worthless foreign coins. I should be able cash the American dollars pretty easily (they’re worth roughly 5 Canadian dollars) and the rest will go in the yard sale bin.

That’s pretty much it for last week. I know this was a relatively light post, so here’s some extra stuff from that spot in the Mile End that I didn’t get around to sharing previously. The little ashtray with the 25c sticker is stamped Herend Hungary and seems to have a bit of value. A similar one sold recently on eBay for 30$. Not bad!

This week’s been a bit slow as well, though I did find some neat stuff yesterday in Villeray. Tomorrow’s my birthday (turning the big three-oh) so hopefully the universe bestows some good luck upon me. The end of the month is nigh, so people will be moving and that’s always a good thing.

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18 thoughts on “Stimulated passion”

  1. Happy (almost) Birthday! Many happy and profitable returns! May the year ahead be your best ever.

  2. Joane said it well! Happy birthday to you and I must say that your posts are gifts that serve to inspire and enlighten us all. Thank you!

  3. Dog sledding in Montreal!!! That’s a great, historic image… Thank you, as always, for sharing some of what you find.

  4. Have an awesome birthday! For some reason this post reminded me of when I was chatting with a streetcar driver, he used to work the early shift and find bills stuck in the tracks from the intoxicated people the night before. He found $400 total once.

  5. I expect that little backpacking stove works just fine. Your dad and I had one, which was quite similar. It’s likely (as with us) the person or people who owned that little stove just didn’t have the opportunity to hike like they once did.

    That photograph is great!

    Keep up the good work! I love your blog!

    And … happy 30th birthday tomorrow! Hope it’s a blast. 🙂

  6. Happy Birthday
    Tourisme montreal should hire you and assist you in archiving some of your finds….for a fee of course. These artifacts/photos are a part of Montreal’s history no matter who owned them.
    Thanks for what you do.
    Wish I was 30……

    1. That’d be nice, I doubt they have the money for that though unfortunately. Still, maybe someday I can find my way into a “real” job involving history or something like that.

  7. Happy Birthday! May the gods bestow you with much junky {and valuable} stuff! Enjoy!

  8. Happy B-Day! I wish you great finds the whole year through! My thirties were great but my forties better! So far my fifties are the best yet!
    Again have a great birthday, have fun! I am looking forward to your garage sales and your posts.

  9. Happy Birthday! Hope you get your car. As an old-fashioned recycler, I love your focus on making trash useful again.

  10. I don’t mind the light post. Enough to look at and I seem look more attentively. Happy belated birthday!

  11. Could that little painted (birch) tree segment depict the Capilano Bridge in North Van?

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