Over the past few days I’ve spent many hours organizing my various storages. On Wednesday I worked at the space on Coloniale and brought a big load of clothes to Eva B to exchange for store credit. I got 170$, most of which I’ll probably spend on the food there which thankfully is very good overall. I also purged a few things and looked through my boxes in search of items worth auctioning. On Thursday I did more or less the same thing at the garage, this time focusing more on grouping together similar items for lots. By the time I went to the auction house on Friday I had accumulated an impressive collection of junk to sell, all of which would have probably hung around too long in my yard sale boxes otherwise. Here’s a look at what I brought them!
I found this cool hunk of wood (roughly 5×4′) in Westmount on Thursday. It’s missing some pieces but the design is quite beautiful and I figured it had value as architectural salvage.
The auctioneers agreed, or at least liked it enough to list (they don’t take just anything). Only time will tell how much it goes for! If you know anything about the style please let me know in the comments. I think it’s fairly old, and I thought the waves and flower looked a little Arts & Crafts-y.
Here’s my vintage iron lot. I haven’t had much luck selling these at yard sales (the one on top is actually from last year) and they’re not high enough on my priority list to sell on eBay. Thanks to the auction I’ll now be rid of them, and I expect they’ll go for a solid price as well.
I made a bunch of lots so let’s cover them quickly. Here’s a collection of vintage ashtrays that I grouped together in a garbage pail…
… a collection of lights & lamps (I had a few others too but forgot to take pictures);
… a collection of drawer pulls;
… a collection of new safety razors (I found these last year and was sick of looking at them);
… a small grouping of Blue Mountain Pottery;
… a large collection of old packages, containers, and tins;
… a bunch of random vintage kitchen stuff;
… four vintage ceiling lampshades;
… and a small lot of drum equipment (including two stands, a cymbal, and two other doohickies).
As for single items I brought them a nice Spanish brass chandelier I found on Friday in Westmount (one of the arms was off but it should be an easy fix);
… a never opened IKEA kids swing;
… a working portable range;
… a brass lamp and a mid-century ceramic jug I found in St Michel;
… and a bucket of pennies. I found most of these in Rosemont on Tuesday, and put them in an old Fiesta Potato Chips tin to make them more marketable. Not pictured was this Georg Jensen card organizer that never sold on eBay, the tools I found in Ville St Laurent earlier this year, and a collection of shot glasses.
I talked enough about the benefits of the auction house in my last post. However, I think it’s worth emphasizing how much work this saves me, and also how much pressure it takes off my different storage spaces. So you know, if any of these things interest you they won’t be posted until early August at the earliest as the crew is going on a two week vacation starting tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ll share my currently running auction listing numbers below.
Last week was pretty good overall. Most of my luck came in St Michel of all places – I’ll share those finds here soon enough. Next week’s looking pretty rainy for a change, which hopefully won’t get in the way of picking too much.
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