Yard sale, garbage fall fashion + more

My yard sale tomorrow will feature lots of clothes, many of which came from these two large bags I found in front of a house in St Michel. (I found a lot of other neat stuff there, but that’ll have to wait for another post).

Clothes aren’t at all my expertise, and I used to pass them by more often than not. However, in the last year or so I’ve been taking clothes more often, especially when a) the people who owned them were rich, b) I can be 100% sure there aren’t any bugs, and c) they seem clean and of decent quality at first glance.

I still don’t particularly like selling clothes – I have way too much junk to deal with already at my sales. However, I figured out a deal with my friend Sarah where she gets a sizable commission and I don’t have to deal with them. I like to think it’s a win/win situation, and she understands the clothing market better than I do anyways.


Note that many of the next photos were taken with the aid of two mannequins I found downtown on St-Catherine. They weren’t really the right shape for the job (shoulders were too broad for one) but they were better than nothing. I mention this because the clothes will look better on real people than they do on the mannequins.

I found a lot of fall fashions in those bags, and thankfully the timing is right to sell them. This coat was one of my personal favourites. It’s vintage, 100% virgin wool, and I didn’t see a single stain on it.

These pieces were both made by a “Steve Man” company based in Montreal. The brand name was kind of unusual, so I looked it up and found the trademark claim, which was only active for a short period in the late 70s and early 80s.

Here’s a loud but cool blouse…

… a simple vintage t-shirt;

… a nice pink dress;

… another loud blouse;

… a nice old sweater (I actually found this one elsewhere);

… another sweater;

… and some other neat outfits.

That spot also provided several nice furs. Here, my friend Sarah models a fur collar…

… and a hat with another fur collar. These were all in very nice condition – I don’t often find furs in such good shape.

Here’s a little stop motion video we made featuring the clothes. Unfortunately it accidentally got saved at the lowest possible quality (garbage quality?), so it’s not as nice as it could have been. Still, it’s pretty fun!

As you can see there was a lot more that could have been showcased here, especially in the fall fashions category, but we both ran out of time and energy. You can see them if you come to the sale however, which will be tomorrow from around 11-5pm (maybe a bit earlier and later as well) on Mentana near the corner of St Gregoire. It’s right by Laurier park and metro station, so it’s fairly convenient to get there.

I’ve also been collecting lots of sewing and crafting material, so the sale will be of particular interest if you’re into fabrics, ribbon, lace, buttons, costume making, and so on. My friend is also helping me organize this section.


We did a little prep work yesterday, and here’s just a (very small) sample of what we have in stock!

Otherwise, here’s some other stuff I saved last week. You may remember the roto-toms from a recent post – that same spot provided the roto-tom stand, and a bunch of other stands this time around. Maybe you can help me price this stuff… I think 10$ each for the stands is a good yard sale price (they’re in good but not perfect condition), but how much should I ask for that set of chimes and the roto-toms?

I also found a large collection of buttons, all of which seem to be from the early 80s to early 90s. There’s nothing particularly exciting here, but a few will definitely sell.

This stuff was in the bottom of their rolling trash bin. Unfortunately for me, the trash bin also contained a bag full of baby diapers, and I think these items spent a few days during the recent heat wave basking in their noxious odors. I don’t think any baby poop actually leaked out onto these, but they smell kinda gross even after being washed with soap and water. I’m hoping that exposure to fresh air fixes the issue, if not I’ll try baking soda or something. If you have any tips, let me know!

This might be a prime example of why a strong stomach is necessary if you want to get into extreme trash-picking; I wasn’t about to let a phantom smell keep me from taking that Land Camera. It’s not actually very often that I take items that are gross for whatever reason. However, it’s inevitable that you get your hands dirty somehow, either by opening a food waste bag, or encountering baby diapers / kitty litter.

Elsewhere, I found a nice mid-century chair on a nearby heavy garbage day. It’s labelled as being a Singer, though I found no record of Singer making these kind of chairs online. The wood is in good condition but could use some refinishing, while the vinyl is actually in pretty good condition. What do you think it’s worth?

I found an irrigator / douche can in NDG. It came with its original box. I had never seen the term “douche can” previously, and now I know what those other enamel hospital things I found were.

This box of dishes was also kind of gross, particularly the bag of stinky food waste that sat next to it. However, I took the vintage mugs home and cleaned them up. The short mugs with the blue trim are nice, and labeled American Airlines on the bottom.

I also found a nice late 50s / early 60s McGraw-Edison “Eskimo” table fan in Outremont. It also came in its original box. It’s a beautiful fan, but it’s not the type you want to have around small children or pets.

Anyways, I hope to see you at the sale tomorrow! My friend and I also have lots of furniture if you need any. Check my Kijiji ads below to see a partial list of what’s available, and keep in mind that if you come to the sale I’ll give you a better deal than what’s listed there.

Relevant links

1. Facebook page
2. My eBay listings
3. Etsy store
4. Kijiji listings
5. Contribute to garbagefinds.com
6. Follow me on Instagram

Email: thingsifindinthegarbage@gmail.com. I often fall behind on emails, so I apologize in advance if it takes me a while to get back to you.

Blessings pt. 1

Before we start, let me just say that I’m planning on having what will mostly likely be my last yard sale of the year this Sunday. It’ll be at my garage near the corner of Mentana and St Gregoire in the Plateau, probably from around 11am-5pm. I’ll have the usual collection of quality junk, as well as some decent furniture and lots of clothes, a section my friend Sarah will manage (as I personally suck at dealing with clothes). I actually found some great fall fashions recently which I hope to share here tomorrow. Anyways, hope to see you there!


I have lots of photos on my computer to share, and I hope to get the older ones posted relatively soon. Like I said in a recent comment, my most recent finds are the ones that excite me the most, and I find it harder to write about stuff I found a long time ago.

I found this stuff in the Plateau around two months back. I probably wouldn’t have happened upon the spot if not for it being close to my new garage space. I met one of the neighbours while looking through some old papers, and she said that someone was clearing out their mother’s apartment. I found lots of cool stuff there, but unfortunately the spot has since dried up.

This posts features an impressive collection of old diplomas and certificates, as well as some nice framed items. The next post will feature the random bits of old but cool junk.

I’ve seen a few different Institut Stenographique Perrault (stenography) diplomas in my trash picking career, but this one was in the best condition of the bunch. The institute definitely had a flair for graphic design. This one, like most of the others, is from the 1940s.

The graphic design on this one is pretty sweet too! For the record, I edited out the name of the person from all these diplomas for privacy’s sake. Below are more certificates (and one report card), click on them if you want a closer look. I’ve never seen such a large collection in one place, and it’s interesting to see what kind of certificates one might have collected back in the day.


I also saved a lot of nice old framed images. This one features the Acadian memorial in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia.

This print of Jacques Cartier seems to date back to 1934.

I found a few different papal blessings. At the time I hadn’t really seen any before, but since then I’ve found a few more. This one is from Pope Pius XII, and was signed in 1949. Most of these blessings weren’t actually signed by the pope, but by other Vatican officials. I think they were largely a way to raise money for the church.

This one is also from Pius XII. His blessings are cool but fairly common.

This blessing is the most intriguing of the bunch. It’s from Pope Benedict XV, who was Pope for around eight years (1914-1922), four of which were during WWI. Apparently it’s relatively hard to find Pope Benedict related items, in part because of his short tenure and probably the wars, so these things can have some value. How much, I’m not sure. If someone has a Worthpoint account they could help by telling me what this similar piece sold for…

The blessing was given to a Rimouski-based Catholic organization with a very long name. Zoom in for a better look. The handwriting is very beautiful, as is the illumination which I believe was printed beforehand.

I’ve looked at a lot of Benedict’s handwriting and I doubt this was actually signed by him, though I’d welcome any input you might have! It would be great if it was, as items signed by Benedict XV seem to sell for many hundreds of dollars, if not more.

Regardless, it’s a pretty neat piece. I just remembered there was this one other really cool framed thing I found at this spot, but it’ll have to wait until the next blog post.

Relevant links

1. Facebook page
2. My eBay listings
3. Etsy store
4. Kijiji listings
5. Contribute to garbagefinds.com
6. Follow me on Instagram

Email: thingsifindinthegarbage@gmail.com. I often fall behind on emails, so I apologize in advance if it takes me a while to get back to you.


Fine folding furniture

I had a productive run out in Cote St-Luc about a month back. This pile provided most of my finds.

My guess is that the garbage was divorce-related, given the presence of a few different wedding photos. The frames were pretty nice, so I removed the photos and sold them at one of my recent yard sales. The little trinket box and frame at top right were made of Alpaca (basically faux silver) in Mexico. There’s some other nice stuff here as well, including a silver ring (bottom right) that I sold to my mom. I also found a couple American postage stamps. I have no use for them, so I’ll give to the next American reader who buys something!

Here’s some more quality yard sale stuff. I particularly like that little brass box which looks to be pretty old. If I remember right that bracelet on the bottom right is sterling silver, and the eyeglasses are Dolce & Gabbana.

That Montreal Canadiens picture frame sold for 5$ at one of my recent sales. The Star of David pendant is marked 10k gold. There’s also a pair of Chanel costume jewelry earrings, though I can’t be sure if they’re legit.

The stamp box in the foreground had a sticker on it claiming to be an antique, with a price of 65$. I don’t think it was an antique however, it’s more likely that it was made in the 70s or 80s and made to look antique. The main giveaway were the screws and patina, neither of which looked particularly old. Regardless, all these items sold at the yard sale for a modest profit.

I also saved a few larger items. The lamp is nice, made in Norway by I forget which company. Mind the dust, I haven’t had time to give the garage a good clean yet!

I checked that spot the two weeks after but found nothing, so I guess it’ll go down as a one-hit wonder.

That same night I found a great folding table set just down the road. It had been attacked by some kind of white mildew or mold, but none of the pieces showed signs of permanent damage – I was able to clean it off using soap and water.

The pieces were made by Hourd in London Ontario. All were well made, but the folding table, which also extended to comfortably fit the four chairs, was probably the nicest folding piece I’ve ever seen. I sold the set to a friend for 100$, which I think is a good price.

Otherwise, I was hoping someone could help me figure out this little sewing machine I found. The thing that confuses me is that it’s about half the size (maybe 1′ long) of any other old, heavy sewing machine I’ve seen previously. It’s of the hand crank variety, so I expect the machine is close to 100 years old.

It has a few numbers on it, but unfortunately I saw no signs of branding. Here’s the throat plate area if that helps. If you’ve seen something like this before, let me know in the comments!

Relevant links

1. Facebook page
2. My eBay listings
3. Etsy store
4. Kijiji listings
5. Contribute to garbagefinds.com
6. Follow me on Instagram

Email: thingsifindinthegarbage@gmail.com. I often fall behind on emails, so I apologize in advance if it takes me a while to get back to you.