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Recent sales – May

1. Harper’s Bazaars: Three different issues for 145$ (40, 45, 60 – eBay). All were from the 50s and 60s. I was wondering if any of the vintage magazines I listed would sell, and then three of them did in a month. Each netted me good feedback as well.

2. Jovan musk oil: On eBay for 65$. The second of two bottles I found.

3. 2010 MacBook Pro for repair: On eBay for 180$. This was the one I found in the McGill Ghetto on moving day.

4. Sheaffer desk pen, 14k nib: On eBay for 50$.

5. Vintage Sharp calculator: On eBay for 15$.

6. Vintage 1970s US Military recruitment poster: On eBay for 25$. I finally sold one of the posters I found in the fall. Only around 20 more left! They’re not moving as fast as I had hoped, but I’m sure they’ll sell eventually.

7. Microsoft Surface RT, for parts / repair: On eBay for 75$. I couldn’t get the Wifi to work, but otherwise it was in fine condition. Found in Outremont.

8. Arts & Crafts era brass bookend: On eBay for 50$. I love this era of design, which took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

9. Legend of the Legendary Heroes (anime DVD): On eBay for 45$. Only four DVDs remain from that collection I found about a year and a half ago.

10. Parker 51 fountain pen with silver cap: On eBay for 30$. This pen was in pretty rough shape overall, but still had some good parts that were of interest to a collector.

11. Vintage ink eraser: On eBay for 25$.

12. Expo 67 Restaurants: On eBay for 30$. This had been listed for so long that I can’t even find pictures of it on my computer. I’m a “list it and forget it” kind of guy, though I do revise the price when I think I’m asking too much, or if I’m just sick of having the item lie around the house.

13. Wilkinson razor blades: On eBay for 20$.

14. Mount Eisenhower RPPC: On eBay for 10$. Part of the postcard collection I found last year.

15. Pfaff sewing machine needles: On eBay for 20$.

16. WWII bail-out bag: On eBay for 115$. I’ve had this for a while, and most of the time I thought it wasn’t worth much. Recently though I decided to do more research and found that it was relatively valuable, and definitely worth listing on eBay. Apparently this would have been used on the Canadian Universal Carrier during WWII. This was part of that Montreal West haul where some guy chastised me for looking through his trash. I ended up leaving behind a few bags unopened, but here’s hoping I got all the best stuff anyways.

17. Glass chandelier crystals: On eBay for 30$.

18. Arne Johansen Danish modernist jewelry set: On eBay for 500$. This set took a long time to sell, but it’s finally gone. I just kept lowering the price bit by bit until someone… bit. Part of a great jewelry haul I came across in NDG.

19. New Wayfarer Ray-Bans: On eBay for 90$.

20. Serengeti sunglasses: On eBay for 75$.

21. National Liberation Front (WWII Greece) White Book: On eBay for 45$. Another item that took forever to sell. I think I had it listed for around three years.

22. Old McGill yearbook: On eBay for 47$. One of three McGill yearbooks I found a few weeks back.

23. Commodore calculator, for parts / repair: On eBay for 20$.

24. Brutalist peacock brooch: On Etsy for 90$. Another piece from that previously mentioned jewelry haul. It was hallmarked as sterling silver, and also stamped with a makers mark I couldn’t identify. This was a really cool (and large, about 3″ long) brooch and I wasn’t going to let it go for cheap.

25. Other jewelry: On Etsy for 40$ (30, 10).

26. JBL L-86 speakers: On Kijiji for 150$. These sold the day after being listed. They needed some work, but JBL is a good brand and someone was more than willing to take on the project of fixing them.

27. Vintage Japanese steel Shogun bike: On Kijiji for 40$. Another project. I could have gotten a lot more for this if I had any bike skills, but I really don’t have any. I don’t have any particular interest in knowing anything outside of how to change a flat tire. Gotta pick your battles.

28. YSL Champagne: To a local buyer for 100$. It had never been opened.

29. Yard sale: 720$. This was my best yard sale ever! It was a really nice day and my friend’s house is in a pretty good spot. Since then I’ve had two much less successful sales, which I think were partly due to mediocre weather and the shutting down of St Laurent to traffic.

Total: 2757$, 10602$ so far in 2017. If every month was this profitable I’d be doing pretty well!

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Short posts say so much

I’ve been pretty lucky with the rich people garbage lately. I came across a haul of electronic stuff a few weeks ago in Westmount, including: an iPod, iPad (though I can’t get it working thus far), Apple Time Capsule (basically, a router), Roku 3 streaming device, a couple of fitness / GPS watches, and some other doohickeys. This stuff isn’t worth a tonne, but I should be able to net around 150-250$ here overall. And, as I’ve mentioned before this sort of electronic stuff shouldn’t be in the garbage anyways!

I was biking around the Plateau that same day and found some more electronics, most notably this Samsung Galaxy S4 that seems to work totally fine. My guess is that they got a newer one and put this old guy in a drawer, where it sat before being tossed during a move. This cell phone is still pretty useful and is worth around 80-100$.

It’s funny, not long ago the Plateau was actually a low-income neighbourhood, but the gentrification here in the last couple decades has brought a fair number of rich folks to the area. The garbage has gotten a lot better as a result, though I find there is less cool vintage stuff these days.

Last week was one of my best in a while. It started with my finding all those vintage electronics (including the transistor radio) from the last post. Even better though was an epic pile of rich people garbage which provided a wide range of great finds – I’ll detail those in some upcoming posts.

For now I’ll share with you this digital camera (a Nikon Coolpix S9100) which I found in Westmount on Friday. When I first saw it the lens was open like in the picture above. I figured it was busted, but took it because it was relatively modern and I knew it was probably worth something even if just for parts or recycling. However, to my surprise it ended up working fine once charged (luckily, I also found the charger). It’s worth around 50$.

Otherwise, my current plan is to try writing shorter blogs posts more often. It’s a little easier to write shorter posts for a variety of reasons, and I think writing more posts will benefit my blog traffic as well. Anyways, we’ll see how it goes and I hope you like the change!

Relevant links

1. Facebook page
2. My eBay listings
3. Etsy store
4. Kijiji listings
5. Contribute to

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

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Colgate’s Kit Bag

I came across some good trash while biking on Sunday night. Inside these boxes and bags was a large collection of reel-to-reels, cassettes, and videotapes, big enough that I had to go get the car to pick them up. The hope with old recordings is that they contain something that doesn’t exist anywhere else, for example the audio from a live show in the 70s. It’s not clear that these tapes contain anything interesting, but fortunately I’m in contact with someone specifically interested in preserving that kind of stuff. I gave them to him, and I’ll let him figure out if there’s anything on there worth digitizing. It’s quite possible that these tapes aren’t too interesting, just recordings from the radio and so on, but I figured it was the worth the effort just in case.

Regardless, the collection was pretty impressive and very well organized. It must have taken thousands of hours to compile.

Those recordings are unlikely to benefit me financially. Fortunately, one of the bags I brought home was filled with old electronic bric-a-brac.

This c.1960s Sony cassette recorder with speakers needs servicing, but should still sell for around 45$ on eBay.

Here’s some electronic doohickeys. The Ortofon STM-72 transformers are actually worth pretty good money. I have one that looks to be new in box, and one that was loose in the bag. The latter, which I listed as “untested” already sold for 75$ + shipping. Believe it or not, I should be able to make money from the old batteries as well – some collectors like having the original battery pack and will pay to have them rebuilt. Here’s one that sold for 20$ with shipping.

I found two high frequency drive units made by a Radford Acoustics Ltd. I didn’t find much about them online, and don’t really know what they’re worth. If you know anything about this, please share your thoughts in the comments!

Inside this box was an Ortofon SL-15 Mk II moving coil cartridge for a record player. Ortofon makes pretty high-end cartridges, some of which sell for over a thousand dollars on eBay. I found another one of these for sale for about 400$, but I don’t know if that’s a realistic price or even if mine works. Mine does has a needle, which I’m pretty sure is a good thing. Again, I don’t know much about cartridges so let me know if you have any useful info!

My favourite find from this spot might be this pocket-sized 1950s Sony TR-610 transistor radio. Old transistor radios are very collectible, and this little guy should sell for somewhere between 100-150$.

I’ll be keeping an eye on that spot in the curb. If I’m lucky they’ll toss some more vintage electronics!

Otherwise, I happened upon a heap of bags in Westmount. Most of the stuff was trash, but I did spot a small shopping bag that held a few intriguing items. All the pieces at bottom middle are marked as being 10k gold, and together they’re worth around 150$ for their weight. I couldn’t figure out what the “For Sisterhood Service” pin was for, maybe you can help me with that?

The most interesting might be the piece marked 1936, which is an old Radio Orphan Annie decoder. The radio show was apparently sponsored by Ovaltine, who gave out these badges in exchange for proofs of purchase, and at the end of each show there would be a code that only the owner of a badge could crack. I just noticed too that there’s a secret compartment in the back (unfortunately, it was empty). These seem to go for around 25$ on eBay.

The watch, a “Tradition” with 17 jewels is also nice. It runs well and is probably worth about 25$.

I also saved a couple of Estee Lauder perfumes. They already sold for 12$ to a local buyer.

I’ve been going back to the spot where that kid asked me to leave his trash alone. I haven’t seen him again, so maybe he has better things to do with his time. Anyways, I haven’t found anything mind blowing but I did save four large toy cars there last week. I sold three for 2$ each at my most recent yard sales (I did a very casual one with a friend on Saturday that lasted about an hour, and one on Sunday that I didn’t announce because there wasn’t much new stuff – it was really windy and a bit of a failure for a variety of reasons). The only car left is the red one, which I’d guess is a Corvette.

Elsewhere, I found a comb with a silver top; …

… a large collection of new tennis balls, some of which have now been chewed apart my my friend’s dog;

… and an old Sanyo B&W portable TV. I don’t know if anyone will want this, but I figured I’d put it on Kijiji and see what happens.

My mom was in town this weekend. We had a nice visit, and she also helped me organize some bags of sewing stuff that I saved a few weeks back. I don’t really know much about sewing but I took them thinking that the stuff might appeal to someone more crafty than I. All in all we filled three tubs with fabrics, ribbon, lace, sewing patterns, and lots of other sewing-related bric-a-brac. Hopefully someone takes interest in this at one of my future yard sales!

I like finding sewing stuff because there’s often neat little surprises mixed in. This WWII-era “Colgate’s Kit Bag” would have been used to hold a soldier’s personal items. After wartime, it was used to store a small collection of buttons. It’s worth around 30$ on eBay.

Let’s finish with this cool vintage patchwork quilt. I actually found this at a great spot I’ve been picking at in Villeray – I’ll share more finds from there soon. My mom told me it was both hand and machine stitched and guessed that it was from the 1940s. It smells a bit like basement and needs a little TLC but should be reparable. I gave it to my friend in exchange for helping with the sale.

Montreal’s big moving day is at the end of the month, so I expect to be pretty busy for the next little while! I may do another sale this weekend as my neighbours said they were interested in collaborating. If so, I’ll let you know.

Relevant links

1. Facebook page
2. My eBay listings
3. Etsy store
4. Kijiji listings
5. Contribute to

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

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