A neighbourhood security officer pulled up just as I was finished at this spot, telling me he had received a call about someone trash picking. He seemed like a nice enough guy and let me off with a verbal warning. I hadn’t seen him before, and I think he understands that the residents of this area tend to be, shall we say, “persnickety.” Regardless, I hope we don’t meet again anytime soon.
The first things I noticed were old boxes for jewelry and fineries. The hope of course is that some of them will have jewelry still inside, but the boxes I found (above is just a small sample) are also useful for packaging online sales. As well, a few of the watch boxes (like the Benrus above) are likely worth selling on their own.
Most were empty, but thankfully two of the last boxes I found had jewelry, mostly cufflinks, still inside.
Some were made of precious metals. The ones on top are Mexican silver with abalone, while the cufflinks on the right (I think I originally found both, but I seem to have misplaced one) are marked Birks 14k. The medical bracelet is marked 10k and should net me around 130$ for scrap. The Winnipeg Golden Boy cufflinks are just regular old metal, but I thought they were worth showcasing.
Near the bottom of one bag was a little Birks sleeve with a comb inside, the end of which is sterling silver. I have to glue the comb back inside the silver, but otherwise it’s in great shape.
I also saved a classic oval Birks sterling picture frame. I’ve found a few of these now, but this might be the first one with the original glass.
However, the best silver piece I found that night awaits you in part three…
I saved some other neat vintage stuff at this spot, like a collection of old pennants from Western Canada…
… some old walkie talkies, a scale, and a retro ashtray;
… two vintage razors, which look to have been barely used;
… a vintage plastic piggy bank;
… as well as two compacts and a pill box. I returned to the spot this week, but the bags didn’t seem all that interesting and I preferred to not see the security guy again just one week after getting warned. I’ll be there next week though if the trash looks good enough.
Elsewhere, I spotted this bin with two giraffes sticking out. One was broken, but the other was in good condition. The giraffe is about 6′ tall.
I opened the bin and found more large animal figures. This tiger is about two feet long, and looks to be covered in leather.
Same with this hippo.
This camel is pretty big too, standing about 2.5′ tall. I’ve never seen statuettes like these, have you?
Otherwise, I happened upon this little pile in NDG.
I saved this little end table. It’s missing the top (which I’m guessing was marble, since there were some broken marble pieces nearby) and a bit of veneer, but it’s still a nice project piece.
On top of the table was an old Telefunken radio. It needs a little TLC, but seems to mostly work and is in great cosmetic condition.
Behind all that was an old ammo box.
Apparently it was made in 1941, so it would have been used during WWII. I can’t figure out what “O.W.O” (or “O.H.O”?) stands for though, so if you have any ideas let me know!
My current plan for the painting from my last post is to try to get a quote from a reputable art restoration company. I expect the repairs would cost at least a grand and probably more, but the extra expense would probably be worth it. I emailed one place already, but if anyone has experience with specific companies please let me know!
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I often fall behind on emails, so I apologize in advance if it takes me a while to get back to you.