Here’s a smattering of finds from the summer. This spot produced some cool, often old trash over a couple of months. The house has since gone on the market (as evidenced by a “for sale” sign) so I guess the tossing was an attempt to make the place more attractive to potential buyers. I’ve seen nothing here but food waste for some time now, but perhaps they’ll throw more out at some point.

I found some cool perfumes in the first few weeks. This is a collection of 1/4oz Christian Dior scents, mostly vintage Diorissimo but also a few Dior Dior. The boxes have “not for sale” written on the back so perhaps they were part of a promotion back in the day. I expect these to be of interest to collectors – Dior scents are always desirable, and the boxes and bottles are very beautiful.

I found a few boxes full of O de Lancome samples. These aren’t as collectible as the Dior, but they’re still good for yard sales.

Fidji seems to be a pretty popular scent – I sold a bottle a while back for 75$. These samples should do well.

My favourites though were two packages filled with samples of Sortilège by Le Galion. Le Galion scents are sought-after, and by my estimation these samples are probably worth around 10-15$ each. However, it might make sense to save myself some time by selling them as a lot. Perhaps a store would have interest.

Those first few weeks also produced a bunch of old stamps. From my experience most stamps aren’t worth much, but I’ll be sure to do my research before selling them just in case. They’ve been sitting on a shelf doing nothing since I found them, but maybe I’ll make time to do that now that it’s cold out.

This old stamp book was very old but water damaged and mostly empty. I sold it to one of my regular yard sale buyers for a dollar.

This old Daignault & Rolland baseball glove was a fun find. It’s in great condition, and I’d guess that it was made sometime between the 30s and 50s. I think it’ll sell for around 50-70$.


This Balinese face thingy originally cost 54$. One of the ears has broken off, but that would be easy enough to fix.

This olive branch “graphite object” (basically, fancy pencil) by sculptor Agelio Batle is kind of neat. I just got around to listing it recently; it’s worth about 30$.

This Hohner Melodica had a slightly busted mouthpiece, but I was still able to sell it for 10$ at a yard sale.

If you hate needles this find might not be for you. I feel like I’ve seen similar syringes in movies, particularly in scenes where children are scared by doctors or dentists. It’s in pristine condition, and might be worth around 40-60$.

Instagram went crazy for this vintage mid-century lemon side table. It was pretty cute, but overall it had too many dings to sell for a massive profit. In the end I gave it to a friend for a token sum.

There’s a lot more to share from this spot, but it’ll have to wait for another post!

I didn’t find much of anything last week, but I did save a cool vintage electronic piece last night. I’ll share that here sometime soon. The weather this week is going to be funny to say the least, with lots of rain as well as snow in the forecast, but if things aren’t too messy out there I’ll go on some runs regardless.

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14 thoughts on “Sortilège”

  1. I just love the stuff you find, Martin. You do such an important service, keeping this stuff out if the landfill. It’s really hard to fathom how such good stuff gets dumped. Oh, but I can understand dumping the mask, which does seem a tad creepy!

  2. Hi there. How much might you sell the Fidji perfumes for? I have an older friend who has always worn it, but couldn’t find it, so would love to send her some, as a surprise. Please let me know. Thanks so much. I just love reading about all the interesting things you find in the garbage. 🙂
    (In SK)

  3. What great finds you make.Yesterday I was walking along the streets of Ville St.Laurent and I saw interesting-looking garbage,but it was too cold for me to poke around.I am too happy that you scavenge in TMR.I have been going to Park Ex these days to buy ethnic food.
    It is such an interesting but kind of poor neighborhood with lots of Indians and Pakistanis and also an increasing number of Arabs on top of a long-established Greek community.There are also many students,Hispanics and anglos living in this hodge-podge.Even though Park X is poor,there are some nice middle-class houses on some streets.Many artists and members of the band ARCADE FIRE have houses in Park Ex.Just next to Park Ex is the eastern part of TMR.Dresden and Montmouth streets in TMR are just a stone’s throw from Beaumont and Rockland Shopping Centre.

    1. It is hard to scavenge when it’s cold out. I can’t believe I used to do so much picking in the winter by bike… I like Park Ex but good finds are hard to come by, like trying to find a needle in a haystack. People there don’t often have money to waste. Still, the area has a great history so I try to cover it occasionally. It’s important to be very careful about bedbugs though, I’d guess it’s one of the most infested boroughs in the city.

  4. The stamps will need good investigation, I see the blue queen victoria (it’s called the Widow Weed”) and the scott catalog number is 47. Not bad depending on condition.I also see a small queen (next to the blue one, it’s the brown one). Eventually if you make a scan of the canadian one I can help you

    1. Thanks, I’ll look at them sometime over the holidays. If you send me an email I could send a better picture once I do

  5. Diorissimo

    how much..


    please note: the pendant I bought off you is an x-mas gift for my sister in law.


    1. I could send you one for 10$, unfortunately shipping would be more than that, probably around 12$. It could make sense for me to hold onto one for you until you find something else you like. I still haven’t gotten around to those wool blankets yet…

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