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Nice weather = extra garbage runs

We’ve been blessed with mostly good weather this past week so I went on a bunch of extra trash runs. Garbage picking is a lot more fun when it’s not raining, and this post features some finds I made while putting in extra time.

It also helps that I’ve been on a bit of a hot streak lately. It seems that I’m finding something cool every time I go out! It’s hard to keep up with the extra accumulation, and my new garage is already loaded with (quality) junk. Still, I’m happy to be finding lots of neat stuff.

I think I’ll do a yard sale tomorrow in hopes of opening up some space for new garbage. It’ll be at my old storage (4096 Coloniale near Duluth), around 12-5pm if you want to come by. If there’s anything specific you want to see let me know in the comments or by facebook / email and I can tell you if the thing is still around or if I can bring it.

I was pretty busy on Tuesday. I went on a trash run the night before and then I did another one in the morning with a friend. We went to Villeray, which is the closest and most convenient Tuesday morning destination, though it’s pretty hit and miss in regards to actually finding anything. Thankfully, a place on Lajeunesse produced some quality stuff including this sweet vintage “Spartan” sled. I’m surprised no one grabbed this before I did! It’s a great decor item, but could be good to use as well.

We also found a box full of vintage metal bits, a lot of which date to the early 1900s. I’m not sure what most of them are supposed to do, I’m guessing they’re decorative pieces. There’s a bunch of nice vintage clothes hooks, as well as some fence post toppers / finials (like the ones at top right and top left – I have several more that aren’t pictured). The fleur-de-lys is well represented here. I expect this stuff can make me a bit of money, I just have to figure out how to describe it. If you can think of any relevant keywords let me know!

Sorry this picture turned out a bit weird, I’m still learning how to take good photos at my new garage space.

That pile provided some more hardware, including some vintage switches, old-school water faucets, and drawer pulls. I have to figure out if there’s a market for any of this stuff. The wooden thing looks to be a handmade noisemaker toy.

We also saved some furniture from that spot, but I’ll save that for a future post.

I learned while looking up garbage schedules in the morning that there was a Tuesday evening pickup in Rosemont. I decided to check that out as well, though I had some regrets as soon as I got there. I do love trash picking, but it loses its luster if you do it too often. At that point I’d already gone on two roughly 3-4 hour runs in the last 20 hours or so. Regardless, I kept going because I was already there, and I was interested in exploring this area I hadn’t traveled to in a while. Thankfully, some trash in front of a sold house made the trip worthwhile.

Inside the bags was a collection of beauty products, most notably some quality perfumes. Most were barely used and all the bottles were in very nice condition. The Paloma Picasso and Cartier have already been reserved, but if you have interest in any of the others let me know.

A different Rosemont run (Rosemont is quite large) produced an old Elgin self-winding watch. It had been stored inside an old pill bottle and seems to run very well, though the watch band is in pieces. Regardless, it’s a quality watch done in rolled gold and it should net me around 70-80$. We also found a neat enamel-top table that should fix up nicely – I’ll show you pics of that later.

Otherwise, I happened upon another great pile of trash thanks to the location of my new garage. I probably wouldn’t have been in the area if not for that. Anyways, the first time around it produced some neat old junk including some old and sometimes offensive Made in Japan figurines. One of the old colonial pieces is stamped “Made in Occupied Japan,” meaning that it was made sometime between 1947 and 1952. The others were probably made not long after.

I saved a lot more great stuff at this spot last garbage day. I haven’t even really had time to look through it all, but I’ll share it with you as soon as humanly possible.

Let’s finish up with some e-waste. I’ve been collecting it as usual, and last week I deposited a collection (mostly old cell phones, portable phones without their bases, and decrepit digital cameras) weighing 3.185kg. I’ve diverted 4.3kg of e-waste from the landfill since I started recording this data in the spring.

I bring it all (except the loose batteries, which go to container at the pharmacy) to a box run by Electrobac. It’s conveniently located at a grocery store just down the road. These boxes are thankfully becoming more common (at least in Montreal), and I encourage you to use them to recycle your small e-waste!

Relevant links

1. Facebook page
2. My eBay listings
3. Etsy store
4. Kijiji listings
5. Contribute to garbagefinds.com
6. Follow me on Instagram

Email: thingsifindinthegarbage@gmail.com. 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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Canadair pt. 1

In the spring I was cruising around Villeray and spotted an intriguing collection of bags on the curb. Inside I found some cool old stuff, including an old iron and other items in their original boxes.

None of that stuff was super valuable, but finding old things in their boxes can be a good omen that other quality trash might emerge. Over the next few months I made sure to check that spot every garbage day. There wasn’t always a heck of a lot, and a good portion of the stuff was dirty or damaged by dampness. However, I still found plenty of interesting items, including two finds of particular note.

I managed to get 20$ for the Commodore calculator at the bottom left. The internals were probably bad, but it was in decent cosmetic condition and it seems that collectors like the model. There were plenty of stencils here as you’ll see in future photos. Also, whoever lived here probably worked for Canadair as I found a number of items related to the company. My plan it to group all the Canadair items together and sell them on eBay to an aviation collector.

I have this sealed Nintendo game listed on eBay for its sticker price of 39.95$. That might be asking too much, but maybe someone will bite.

I found this odd wooden box, which I’d guess is a little tube radio made as a high school project. I have no idea if it works or how one is supposed to work it, but I’m guessing that someone at a yard sale will buy it regardless.

I’d never seen a figurine like this before, so I was pretty interested to find out what it was. Honestly, my first guess was that it was sci-fi related – the dress, “helmet,” pose, and eyes reminded me of sci-fi characters from the 30s and 40s. However, it turns out it’s much more likely a Balinese figurine from the 1950s. In my defense it does look to be an unusual variant of that type of figurine.

I found some neat old books, including a large collection of airplane construction training books published around 1940. They’re pretty neat, see the pictures below if you want a better look (and remember there’s a “view full size” link on the bottom right of the page if you want to zoom in a bit). I listed them for 75$ but no one’s bit yet.

Otherwise, most of the books were old textbooks dating back to the 1920s.

None of them are super valuable, but they do make good yard sale material. I particularly like old geography textbooks, I’ve loved looking at maps ever since I was a little kid. Here’s a map of the regions of Quebec c. 1920. I grew up in the Pontiac, not far from Bryson.

I often check between the pages of old books to see if anything neat is stuck between the pages. The practice paid off this time, as one of the papers ended up being pretty valuable.

It’s a small piece of paper, a little larger than your average business card. On it was printed the Montreal Canadiens 1944-1945 season schedule. It was made for Henri Henri, a local hat shop that’s still open today. I’m not sure how it was intended to be used, but it does say to “insert [the card] into your leather hat band.” Henri Henri claims to have invented the hat trick by offering a free hat to any Canadien that scored three goals in Montreal, though others have made similar assertions. Regardless, I tried hard to find another such schedule online but had no luck. It seems to be a pretty uncommon piece.

At first I thought it was cool and that a collector would probably pay around 20$ to have it, but after seeing what some other vintage hockey schedules were selling for on eBay I decided to price mine a fair bit higher. It ended up selling fairly quickly for 150$, and I got good feedback to boot. Pretty sweet eh? Not bad for a small piece of paper!

This spot provided another unusual but profitable find. I’ll share that with you soon enough.

Relevant links

1. Facebook page
2. My eBay listings
3. Etsy store
4. Kijiji listings
5. Contribute to garbagefinds.com
6. Follow me on Instagram

Email: thingsifindinthegarbage@gmail.com. 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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Mousely Crew / Garage

I forgot to mention in my last post this box of dolls, figurines, and other miniatures I found in Westmount. I was pretty busy at the time and I only got around to looking at the things inside this week. I knew the box held some very cute figurines, but as it turned out it contained some minor treasures as well.

As you can see, many of the figurines were wrapped in toilet paper. The box looked like it had been tossed without much of a thought.

There were lots of mice, but also plenty of other animals.

A lot of the fabric figures are kind of dirty but maybe someone could clean them. I think a bunch of them are supposed to be Christmas tree decorations, they have green string coming out of their backs. It’s a shame that both those rabbits in the back right are missing a part of their ear – fortunately, they still look nice viewed from their profile. I found a similar rabbit a while ago, I forget who designed them but I remember that they are collectible in good condition.

Otherwise, there’s a Wade cat figurine, a few other vintage cat figurines, and a stone mouse marked as being made in Italy.

My favourites are the extra small pieces. I wish the photo turned out better, but you can still get a better look by clicking on the picture and zooming in. The dragon-like creatures on the left might be made by the same company that did the rabbits above, the glaze is quite similar. Otherwise, there’s lots of other animals here, and many of them are vintage as well.

I did some research on the little metal mouse at bottom, second from the right, which had Austria stamped on the bottom. As it turns out it was designed by Walter Bosse, a noted mid-century craftsman. 1stDibs has one for sale at 250$. The prices at 1stDibs are super marked up (it’s a website for interior designers and the super rich) but I still think I can get at least 50$ for it.

If you know anything about any of the other figurines let me know! I’m not really an expert on the topic.

There was also a tiny Windsor Star newspaper, made around the time of Pope John Paul I’s death in 1978. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before.

Inside the box were several bracelets. None are wildly spectacular, but the two on top are made from sterling silver.

My favourite find might be this thimble, which is made from 10k gold. This is the first time I’ve found one! It’s worth close to 100$ in scrap, but I should be able to sell it for a bit more than that.

Otherwise, I mentioned in my last post that I was looking for a garage. Well, I finally found one. It’s not too far away either, in the Plateau near Laurier Park. I’m still going to use my other storage place, but this one has a few features the other doesn’t, like electricity, running water, and lights. It’ll be a lot easier to take photos of my finds which should lead to more garbage making the blog! I also like that I can easily test my electric finds and clean some of the dirty ones, making for better and more organized yard sales.

The rent is 200$ a month, but I’ll be sharing it with my friend who wants to repair and bring new life to largely dumpster dived furniture, some of which I’ve found or we’ve found together. Once she repairs a few pieces I’ll post some before and afters so that you can see the transformation!

It’s going to be a bit of work cleaning it up and getting it set up, but I’m excited to have a space like this at my disposal.

Relevant links

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

Email: thingsifindinthegarbage@gmail.com. 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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