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Recent sales: November

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After around 15cm of snow yesterday I’d say that winter is officially here. I plan on taking more time off from trash picking as a result, particularly when the roads are bad and the snow makes it hard to stop anywhere. In previous years I might have powered through regardless, but I no longer think that picking in those conditions is a good use of my time and energy.

My instincts tell me that the two weeks before Christmas are some of the slowest for trash, and looking back on my old blog posts confirms that (though the sample size is still fairly small). I’m going to keep an eye on my favourite spots, but I think I’ll take it easy otherwise. People often have better things to do this time of year than sort through old junk.

One notable exception might be local university students, some of whom are finishing their degree right about now. I’m sure a good number will move either after exams (which began last week, and end around the 20th) or before January 1st, leaving many of their old things behind. I’ll keep an eye on the situation. I did some biking around the student areas last December with limited success, but I think it’s worth trying again this year.

Either way, the trash should pick up again after Christmas. I’ve never had luck finding the mythical rich people, post-Christmas throwaways (ie: they get an iPhone X and toss the 7). I’m now convinced that the ultra rich just put the “old” stuff in their massive basements or closets. But there’s still people, like the students I just mentioned who move for January 1st and have to downsize before then. I don’t think the quality or quantity of garbage truly returns to normal until the second week of January, however.

Less picking means more time for other things, like listing on eBay. Over the summer I list less often and dedicate more time to yard sales, with the idea that I’ll get more listing done in the winter when eBay sales are stronger. It seems to me a logical strategy.

I’ve been sorting through my drawers and boxes full of potential eBay items. Some of those items end up in the yard sale box but most eventually make it online. I try to focus on the most valuable, or largest items first. I listed two big things earlier this week that sold within a day, so I’m happy about that!

Anyways, below are my November sales. It was a slow month overall, but I did get rid of a lot of clutter, and two recent finds helped to bump my earnings to an acceptable level.

1. Vintage Silva compass manual: On eBay for 10$. I don’t usually bother listing items on eBay for under 20$, but this was something I could easily ship out in a regular envelope. It didn’t take particularly long to sell either.

2. Electrolier gooseneck desk lamp: On eBay for 60$. It’s always nice to sell the bigger stuff!

3. Carnation milk punchers: On eBay for 20$. These would have been worth more, but for whatever reason one spike on each had been removed. Found in Villeray.

4. Secret Dakini Oracle tarot deck: On eBay for 50$. They’d have been worth more, but one card was missing. Oh well, they still fetched a decent price! Found in the Mile End.

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5. Silver keychain fob: On eBay for 15$. This (on the left) was another one of my prehistoric eBay listings, and I’m glad to not have to look at it anymore. I found it way back in February 2014.

6. Gillette razor blade holder & blades: On eBay for 20$. These also sat around for far too long. Found in Outremont.

7. Vintage 70s Liberal party campaign ads: On eBay for 25$. Found in Villeray.

8. Framed Parc Lafontaine dogsledding photo: On eBay for 60$. This was probably taken in the 20s or 30s. Found near Decarie boulevard.

9. Vintage Pencil lot: On eBay for 35$. I ended up going with a fixed price on these, and they sold rather quickly. Found in NDG.

10. B&L wire rim glasses: On eBay for 30$.

11. Aiwa boombox: On eBay for 150$. This didn’t take long to sell! It cleaned up fairly nicely as well. Found in NDG.

12. Elgato EyeTV 250: On eBay for 75$. I forget what this thing is supposed to do, but it sold for a nice price. Found on rue Jeanne Mance in the Mile End.

13. Lot of small metal things: On eBay for 15$. Part of the junk saved from “The Muck” in Ahuntsic.

14. Vintage pencil leads: On eBay for 25$. I’m also glad that these, and the pen box below are no longer with me.

15. Peter Pan deluxe fountain pen box: On eBay for 15$.

16. Givenchy Gentleman aftershave: On eBay for 50$. This is a vintage scent that’s fairly sought after. I found five bottles of roughly the same type a couple years back – I think only one remains. I listed them one at a time to increase the illusion of scarcity.

17. Barbie lot: On eBay for 20$. These came with some extra clothes (not pictured). I’m wondering if it might just be easier to sell similar dolls at garage sales in the future.

18. Technics by Panasonic catalogue: On eBay for 20$. Another little booklet that was easily shipped via regular envelope. I’m sure it sold to an audiophile.

19. Two vintage necklaces: On Etsy for 35$.

20. Bell & Howell filmosound projector and amplifier: On Kijiji for 80$. I wish I had a better pic, but the ones I put on Kijiji were more functional than beautiful. Instead, here’s how I found them sitting by the curb. The projector must have weighed around 50 pounds, and the speaker another 20. They looked to have been made in the 30s or 40s. I might have gotten more on eBay, but shipping these things out would have been a total pain. Found in Rosemont, somewhere around 17th av.

21. Vintage Universal Genève watch boxes: On eBay for 450$. These ended up going to the same buyer in Italy, so I gave him a bit of a discount. Either way, I made about 225$ per box which is pretty awesome! These were in excellent condition, but who’d have thought that two empty boxes would go for so much? Here’s hoping I find more soon!

Total: 1260$, 25136.50$ so far in 2017. Not great, but thankfully December is going a little better!

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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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Expo’s [sic]

I looked through the rest of the photos / slides from last week and found a bunch from the 1976 Montreal Olympics. They’re pretty neat! Whoever took these went to the Olympics pretty often, as there are photos from several events including the opening ceremony and even some kind of public showing of the construction of Olympics stadium. Below is a small sample of what was included.

Surprisingly there don’t seem to be many amateur Olympics slides on eBay. I saw a listing of 31 Greg Louganis slides that sold for 32 USD, so maybe I can get around a dollar each for these as well. That would be nice, as I probably have around two hundred in all!

I also found one box of slides from a late 1970s Expos game. There’s some neat shots here of Gary Carter, Tony Perez, and Warren Cromartie, the latter of which now leads a group trying to bring baseball back to Montreal. I also can’t find any amateur slides of Expos games on eBay, but I expect these might worth around a dollar a piece.

It’s been a good few weeks for photos. I found a box on the curb earlier this week with some very cool photos inside, many of which date back to the turn of the century. I even saved a couple of tintypes – those don’t turn up in the trash very often. I’ll share some of the cooler photos in an upcoming post!

I focused a lot on the McGill area during move-out last week, but I’ll wait until my next post (or the one after that) to show you what I found there. Lots of good stuff, I’ll say that much.

It’s probably just a proximity bias, but Friday is the day that makes me realize what how little of my Montreal’s garbage I’m actually able to pick. A huge region near me (the Plateau east of St-Denis, Rosemont east of Iberville all the way to Pie-X, Centre-Sud to I’m not even sure how far, all of which are connected) has a Friday morning collection, as do other areas not too far away. We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of people on the same day – I could go picking from around 7am-3pm and I’d still be unable to see it all. Not that I have the energy to do that anyways, but most of my other routes are self-limiting – once you’re done, you’re done.

Anyways, I happened upon these boxes while cruising around the Centre-Sud area (near Sherbrooke & Fullum) last Friday.

Inside was some great stuff. One box held some mid century lighting, including this nice “eyeball” desk lamp; …

… and a cool ceiling fixture. Sorry for the crappy pic, it’s hard to capture this kind of thing well without a legit studio! Both pieces were in good condition and looked great after being cleaned and polished with a micro-fibre cloth. I expect they’ll sell for a nice price, I’m not sure about this piece but I saw a similar desk lamp that sold on eBay for 75$.

I also saved a vintage Christmas tree. The fact that it comes with the original box probably improves its value. I won’t bother listing it anywhere before November, but it should eventually earn me some $$.

Here’s what the tree looks like! It might not actually be the same tree on the box (I think that one is just green) but it’s close enough.

I’m always picking up vintage luggage, even if it’s not in particularly good condition. Oftentimes they’re at least attractive or sturdy enough to hold yard sale stuff. This one however is in very nice shape and it’d be a shame to use it as such. Maybe I’ll keep it myself for home storage, or try to sell it for a premium on Kijiji. It was made by Dominion Luggage in Toronto.

This Belkin FM radio transmitter is probably my most useful recent find. I found another one a while back that I hadn’t gotten around to testing, but this one is probably better anyways. Now I can listed to podcasts in the car!

I found two nice vintage JBL speakers in Rosemont. They look like they need some work, but JBL is a good brand and I expect they’re worth money even just for the cabs.

I also saved a pair of mid-century looking tables in the Plateau. I was on bike at the time, but went home so I could pick them up with the car (and also because I was carrying around 20 pounds of vintage files on my back and was getting tired).

I’ve been doing that Thursday evening Rosemont run pretty regularly, in large part because there’s no real competition for that time slot. It’s also been producing some interesting stuff, like this box of vintage sewing bric-a-brac, an old tin, and a neat vintage “souvenir of Canada” pocketknife. I can probably get around 20$ for the latter. Just FYI, these are two photos spliced together, so the pocketknife is not the same size as the tin. It might look a little confusing!

That same spot also gave me a couple of stuffed monkeys, one of which looks hand-made. I’m a sucker for anything hand-made. Both are in nice condition, and you can expect them to appear in my next yard sale.

That’s all for now! There’s lots more to show you, but it’ll have to wait until next time.

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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