I was organizing my garage with a friend the other day (well, more like the other week) when she noticed these candelabras. I hadn’t thought much about them since I found them in the fall, and I was prepared to give her one as part of her payment for helping me out. However, since I found so many other precious metal items at this spot I decided I should give them one more look over before giving one away.
Sure enough, this time around my eyes spotted some impressions I hadn’t seen previously. The candelabras are actually made from 80% German silver and likely date to the early 20th century – check out the stamps below and zoom in for a better look!
As you might expect this increases their value greatly. I might sell a silver plated candelabra for between 5-10$, but I should be able to sell these 80% silver pieces for a few hundred dollars each, maybe more if I clean them up nicely. One of them has a bit of a break on the arm, but that could probably be easily fixed.
I figured this was a great way to finish up this series. This spot provided my best ever haul of precious metal items, and I hope to be similarly lucky sometime in the near future!
I’ll offset the months-old finds by posting about some stuff I found this past week. I love seeing moving trucks in rich neighbourhoods (in this case, Westmount) on garbage day as often there’ll be some bags of “trash” waiting off to the side.
I found this mug inside a shipping box. I guess someone didn’t appreciate it?
(By the way, if you know of a program I can use to trim off parts of a video please let me know! I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of the useless sections, for example the bottom part where nothing happens).
I saved a bunch of yoga books (there were several others not pictured) and CD / DVD sets. The discs might actually be worth good money. For instance, that Master Immersion with John Friend set contains 19 discs and the cheapest one on Amazon costs over 100$. It’s probably a long-tail item, however.
I saved a bunch of nice soaps (the brown ones cost 10$ each) …
… some Chameleon Color Top markers (apparently these are fairly pricey);
… a working Kindle;
… some unopened food, all of which is barely or not at all expired;
… and a bit of jewelry. Most of these are silver. That white thing could be ivory, and I hope that nose piece is gold. Below is a silver snake, it’s quite large so I think it’s made to be worn on a leg.
One of the bags contained a smaller bag that held miniature objects which smelled like cat pee. Most of the items were charm-like, so maybe someone decorated their cat’s litter area? Regardless, this toonie and the metal (pewter?) shell were among those things. Fortunately, it was easy to remove the smell.
I also saved a nice feather pen with a pewter “quill” and stand …
… and a Parker Ingenuity 5th pen, which seems to be worth about 50$.
My best find though was this collection of fancy perfumes. The Byredo Super Cedar seems to be popular, I had many people asking about on Instagram but I ultimately sold it to a friend for 45$. The Salvatore Ferragamo “Tuscan Scent: Incense Suede” looks to be pretty expensive – there’s none on eBay, and a similar bottle sells for 260$ new at Saks. The Kilian “Smoke for the Soul” refill bottle and Terre D’Hermes are also very good finds. I should do well here!
The end of the month is near… here’s hoping I find more rich people move-out stuff!
Most of my success on Friday came while biking around the Plateau. This pile in particular contained some interesting quality junk.
I saved a bunch of vintage photography bric-a-brac, including glass slide-binders, filters, and a couple small lenses. I doubt any one piece is worth a lot, but a good number are likely in the 5-20$ range.
There’s a lot of neat stuff here (zoom in for a closer look!). I’m intrigued by that miniature light (on top, above the orange filter) as I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. Near the bottom above the other orange filters is a pin from the 55th Esperanto convention in 1970, or sometime around then. Esperanto is an interesting concept, a constructed language made up of a combination of many different languages in an attempt to bring world peace. It never really took off as hoped, though more people are learning it these days thanks to its inclusion in various language learning apps. You’ll see a few more Esperanto-related baubles in one of the next pictures.
I’m also curious about these glass pieces, one of which has a copper backing. I’d guess that they were part of some photography mirror, but if anyone knows for sure please inform us in the comments!
Here’s some more camera doohickies. The labels on those filters appear to be written in Esperanto.
The contraption near the top right of that picture is an old Kodak self timer. It’s not worth a lot, maybe 5$ but it’s cool nonetheless. Perhaps I’ll return to this spot on Friday to see if any other goodies make it to the curb.
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17 thoughts on “Questionable judgment pt.4”
You can use the video editor in Blender to crop a video. Free and Open Source.
Thanks, I’ll look into it
Hi Martin, The little light might be an “illuminator” that goes with a telescope kit. I have one very similar (but not identical) from a Sears 6344 600 power 76mm equatorial telescope that I got when I was a kid. (The instruction manual calls it an “illuminator”. Personally I would just call it a light.) Mine has a couple magnets on the bottom so that it stays put on the metal tripod while looking for the right lenses in the dark. Don’t ask me why but I suspect yours is older, which would make it 45+ years old. I also noticed some lenses or filters in your picture and that’s supports the possibility that it may have been part of a telescope kit. It’s funny but I’m getting the telescope ready to sell at a yard sale so it’s up and out of the basement right now, and then your post showed up with a question about that similar little light. Hope that helps. Was there anything in those bags that might have been a clock drive for a telescope?
Holy cow … what a haul (or, more accurately, multiple hauls)! Questionable judgment, for sure! Still, their bad judgment = your financial gain, and I’m always rooting for your success.
A Kindle … zowie!
Such sweet-looking soaps! Christmas is coming, 🙂
I can see you eating all that unopened food (with the exception of the curing salt, of course, hahaha).
Love your blog!
Another wonderful and uplifting post, Martin! I wonder what kind of karma one accumulates for throwing a multi-disc yoga program into the trash (rather than donating it to a place that could re-sell it, for example…) I am glad, of course, that you ended up with it and hopefully you will profit from their carelessness and disrespect!
Hi again, I did a little more research… judging from this discussion board (link below) it looks like your light is from a JC Penney Telescope, probably from around the same era as the one from Sears I described previously. Check out this link and scroll down… https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/508319-jc-penney-60800mm-refractor-but-with-700mm-like-body/
Thanks for doing the research, that one does look like an exact match! It’s a cute thing, and pretty well built too. It’ll probably sell it for a couple bucks at a future yard sale.
I feel certain the snake bracelet is for the arm, only because I have never seen one around a person’s leg, but lots of time even on upper arm, hence the width. Am not knowledgeable about your camera or telescope items. Love your blog!
Maybe yes, it’s too big for the wrist but I guess one could fit it up there if they wanted. I feel like it would be annoying to wear it that way, but people do lots of uncomfortable things in the name of fashion. Glad you like the blog!
what will you sell the kindle for?
I’m not sure. I think this model is worth around 20-40$, but I’ll consider keeping it myself as well. Some books are cheaper on Kindle.
I love the mug, a piece of The Real Housewives of New Jersey history!
Ahem! You were going to give a friend a candelabra worth between $5-$10 for helping you all day? (Before you figured out it was probably worth much more.) Seems a little stingy.
“as part of”
Those upper arm bracelets were very popular around 1975.
Martin! That upper arm bracelet is perfect for a toga party! You guys have those in Canada? It was all the rage in the 90s…
Martin, I want to thank you for letting us know that perfume sells well on eBay. I came across a new in box and cellophane sealed bottle of one of Estée Lauder’s at a church thrift store. Just listed. Before your blog I had no idea. Thank you! S
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