Very rich people pt.1

I happened upon a great pile of rich people trash a couple weeks ago. In fact, this pile was probably one of my best spots of all time. It sat out front of a house that I’d guess is worth around 3-4 million dollars, and it was pretty clear that the (previous?) occupants weren’t afraid to spend their money.

At one point while I was picking a guy walked down the driveway with more trash in tow. I anticipated an awkward situation but he was actually pretty cool. He told me that there was lots of good stuff in the bags and didn’t seem to mind me looking through them. I didn’t quite grasp his relationship to the garbage (my French still sucks) but I don’t think the stuff was his. My guess is that the house recently sold, and these might have been things left behind by the previous owners (some landscaper guy actually dropped by at some point and asked if I was the new owner… I wish!).

Anyways, I’ll share my finds here over a few different posts. This one will feature the glasses & sunglasses, watches, phones, and cash.

The Oakley’s are actually pretty low-quality fakes, but the Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Armani frames look legit.

I’m more excited by the folding Christian Dior and Silhouette frames in this pic. I figure I can get around 100$ for each. I should be able to get something for the Mercedes frames as well.

These Julbo mountaineering sunglasses might be the best of the bunch. They’re pretty cool and in good condition too. I have them listed for 135$ on eBay, and I expect they’ll sell for around that.

I saved a whole bunch of watches. The Hublots and the Bvlgari are fakes unfortunately, otherwise I’d be rich. I’m most excited by the Krieger third from the left. Krieger isn’t particularly well known but they make some high quality specialty watches. This one tracks the tides somehow, and maybe the moon phases as well. A similar one, not working and in poor cosmetic condition sold recently for 115$, so I expect I can get at least that.

The Ironmans are good watches as well. On the far right, hidden by glare is a nice looking Cheval. The Lorus moon phase watch might be interesting, I’ve had a hard time tracking down similar models online.

All these phones are junk (well, the portables might not be but unfortunately I didn’t find any of their bases). I took them to add to my e-waste recycling pile. This constitutes 850 grams of diverted waste!

Otherwise, I found a bit of cash. Most inexplicable was a ziplock bag containing 9.75$ in change, including two toonies, five loonies and three quarters. I guess that’s chump change when you’re a millionaire!

I’ll share more from this spot soon. Otherwise, I’ve been doing more trash picking than usual in hopes that I can profit from the July 1st moving day. No luck thus far really, though I have been doing well with regular old non-moving related garbage. I suspect most of the best moving day garbage will emerge on the 29th, 30th, and 1st. Here’s hoping it doesn’t rain too much!

20 thoughts on “Very rich people pt.1”

  1. Your posts make my day. I so look forward to them. Constantly shocked at what people toss out rather than donate, but it does keep you in business.

  2. I agree with Sarah and Barb! Great that you had a good score. I have been thinking about you a lot because I have flown from MA to CA to hep my sister sort/purge/recycle/sell/donate/pack up a two-bedroom apartment and move back east. In addition to her apartment, there are also 50 storage bins of stuff from her previous 20 years of living in CA. Yesterday we opened a bin containing a bunch of snow globes (which also have wind-up music mechanism in their bases) and a few bottles of barely used perfume… which you would undoubtedly know how to sell!

    1. Yup, I love finding perfume! Some snow globes can be worth money, but I usually just yard sale them.

  3. I’m just gobsmacked at what people throw away. They seem to have zero concern about the environment. It’s pretty arrogant to overconsume this way. Thank you for the work you do in rescuing, selling and recycling the e-waste. We need you on this planet badly!

  4. Good golly. So much stuff! Good on you for saving so much. It’s great no one gave you a hard time with your “treasure retrieval.” I’m guessing it wasn’t TMR.

  5. Good luck with all of the Moving Day trash piles! Hoping you’ll find something magical. 🙂 It’s crazy to me what people will throw away!!!

  6. That first Nokia on the left is the first mobile I ever owned, well over 20 yrs ago the other mobiles are similar to ones I’ve had since then. Puzzling as to why somebody would keep a broken and/or out of date mobile for 10 – 20 yrs. but I have had times in my life when I simply could not deal with something or other.

    1. I think people sometimes just throw them in a drawer or box and forget about them until they move. I have a few old broken ones lying around, I don’t want to throw them out because I might want the info from them but maybe someday I’ll decide to recycle them.

  7. Please destroy the things you know to be fakes. There’s no sense in passing them on. Besides, it’s illegal to own them, I believe. You will be doing the legitimate companies a favor. If you aren’t sure about something, have it checked out. Thank you for saving all of the items from the landfill. I hope you make some good money on the legitimate stuff!

    1. Sigh, no, it’s not illegal to own a fake item.

      Selling, buying and owning = three different things.

      Your concern for the landfill is touching but how should he dispose of these items after he destroys them if not by adding them to the landfill? Maybe wave a magic wand and have it all simply disappear?

      Common sense is fun! Try it sometime.

  8. PLease do NDG this weekend.NDG has tons of apartment buildings and tons of good stuff get thrown here around moving day.

  9. Please peruse this ad from Craigslist Montreal.Maybe you can help this man and make some quick money.
    WANTED: Expos Tickets 1987-1992 – $175

    I need the following tickets to Expos games for my collection. I am willing to pay $175 each for tickets or stubs in any condition:



    Thanks for looking!

    Scott •

    1. He’s been posting for years. Looks like he’s almost done his collection! I’ve found a few Expos ticket over the years, but none of the ones he wants.

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