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Recent sales: March

1. Vintage Revlon compact: On eBay for 30$. I had this listing up for about a year and a half – I was glad to see it hit the road. Found in TMR.

2. Archos 605 portable media player: On eBay for 80$. I found this while taking a walk in Outremont last month. I was surprised to see that there was a solid market for them – the technology, particularly the user interface felt ancient. Maybe there’s some hidden appeal I don’t understand. Either way, it was a nice sale.

3. Sony Walkman NWZ-S544 8gb: On eBay for 80$. This digital Sony Walkman also exceeded my original expectations. Found in Outremont.

4. Montblanc pen box: On eBay for 30$. This seems to be the going rate for a generic / modern Montblanc pen box.

5. Sony CD Walkman D-NE240: On eBay for 40$. Found in Outremont.

6. Vintage Ralph Lauren Polo Green Cologne: On eBay for 115$. I really liked this scent and was a little sad to see it go. However, I need the money more than I need to smell like a pine tree. Maybe I’ll find another some day. Found near Vendome metro.

7. Vintage Shell portable file holder: On eBay for 30$. I was hoping this would be worth more but 30$ is better than nothing. Found in the Mile End.

8. Antique Chinese export silver panel bracelet: On eBay for 300$. Part of that great collection of jewelry I found last fall in Westmount.

9. Anime DVD: On eBay for 10$. Only a few left…

10. Collection of 1960s Corvette convertible slides: On eBay for 20$. I figured someone would have interest in this Corvette photoshoot. There were around 20 slides in all. Found in Outremont.

11. Logitech A-00007 Clearchat Wireless Headset USB Receiver Dongle: On eBay for 30$. Just goes to show that there’s good money in doohickeys.

12. 10k gold cross pendant: On eBay for 60$. Found in Rosemont.

13. Apple iPod Nano 1st Generation: On eBay for 50$. I was surprised that these were still selling for around 50$, so I listed both the ones I had sitting around.

14. Apple iPod Nano 1st Generation #2: On eBay for 45$. This one was a bit cheaper because there was an engraving on the back. Found in Westmount.

15. iPod Classic, 160gb (for parts / repair: cracked screen): On eBay for 61$. Found in Hampstead.

16. Cute vintage charm bracelet: On eBay for 20$. Found near Square St Louis.

17. Gucci watch box: On eBay for 38$.

18. Marx tin train carriage: On eBay for 20$.

19. Silver curb chain necklace: On eBay for 35$.

20. Cyma watch: On eBay for 20$. This one’s definitely a bit of a project. Found in Rosemont.

21. 1936 Little Orphan Annie decoder pin: On eBay for 25$. Found in Westmount.

22. Vintage 1970s US military recruitment posters: On eBay for 48$. The buyer ordered my only copy of this poster, as well as one of the twenty I have of another. Found in Outremont.

23. Wee Forest Folk trick or treater figurine: On eBay for 35$. I was wondering if my Wee Forest Folks would ever sell. Found in Westmount.

24. Claiborne sunglasses: On eBay for 20$.

25. Sony Bloggie camera: On eBay for 40$. Found in Westmount.

26. Apple A1468 Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter: On eBay for 10$. Apple doohickeys always do well. I also love things I can easily ship out via lettermail.

27. 1960s PC Party convention letters, signatures: On eBay for 80$. These letters were signed by some of the more notable Canadian conservative politicians of the time. The fellow who received them was a delegate and the letters were an attempt to gain his support. However, none of these particular candidates (including Duff Roblin, Davie Fulton, and George Hees) won – Robert Stanfield received that honor, though he never became Prime Minister. Found in Cote-des-Neiges.

28. Rodenstock aviator glasses: On eBay for 40$. Found in NDG.

29. Schiit Magni 2 headphone amp: On eBay for 45$. I didn’t have the cord and didn’t feel like testing it so I sold it “as is.” I’m happy with the price and the quick sale. Found in Hampstead.

30. Parker 51 fountain pen, gold filled cap: On eBay for 80$. One buyer bought both my 51s. This one was in nice shape outside of that small dent in the gold-filled cap.

31. Parker 51 fountain pen, steel cap: On eBay for 55$. This one’s cap had a bit of surface wear. Plus, I think the gold-filled caps are a bit more collectible. Regardless, I love finding 51s – they seem to be worth an easy 50-100$.

32. Parker 75 gold nib + box + extra part: On eBay for 60$. Parker 75s are popular as well. Found in the Plateau.

33. Vintage Irving Oil credit card: On eBay for 25$. More Petroliana. I photoshopped out the name in case you’re wondering where it is. Found in Outremont.

34. Chinese export silver & enamel bib necklace: On eBay for 200$. Another nice piece from that Westmount collection.

35. Silhouette M 7138 glasses: On eBay for 90$. I find a lot of nice Silhouette frames – they typically sell for a good price.

36. Perfumes: To a reader for 100$. The deal included the Prada and Annick Goutal from this haul, as well as a bunch of others that I found over the winter.

37. Vintage melamine table: On Kijiji for 50$. I loved this table (yellow is my favourite colour) but there wasn’t any room for it in my current apartment. Found in Glenmount.

38. Vintage sled: On Kijiji for 35$.

39. Vintage windows: On Kijiji for 70$. I didn’t sell these two specifically, but they were of a similar vintage. I started collecting old windows relatively recently, after I realized they had value to crafty folks and interior designers.

Total: 2222$, 6307.50$ so far in 2018.

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Bits & bobs

My mom came to town this weekend and helped roll my found coins (we also did other things of course, like go to the Leonard Cohen exhibition at the MAC). The total came to about 70$, most of which was found in the last six months.

I gave her some garbage in exchange for helping me out, like this vintage tin I found in Rosemont a while back (she loves ships). She also went home with an old laptop and some portable phones. We went on a couple garbage runs too, though we didn’t find anything super amazing. Here’s hoping it’s a little warmer next time she’s to visit!

Last week I happened across a big trash pile in one of the rich neighbourhoods. I was running a bit late so I threw the most intriguing bags in the car for later sorting. They ended up being filled with an almost incomprehensible amount of cosmetics, many of which were used or expired. Unfortunately, used cosmetics are a tough sell because of legitimate health concerns. I expect the risk is actually fairly low, but it’s high enough that I don’t want to bother selling them at yard sales. eBay won’t let you sell them either, so even if they were made by Chanel they’re probably best left on the curb.

Regardless, I was able to fill a plastic tub with stuff I can sell or use myself.

My most notable save was a collection of quality perfumes, my best in some time. The Annick Goutal and Prada have already been reserved for a total of 35$. Four others are on eBay, while the rest made their way into the yard sale bin. They should earn me a couple hundreds bucks after all is said and done.

This place also tossed a collection of broken or obsolete cellphones. The total of eight from one household might be some kind of record! They’ll go to the e-waste bin.

I found this 160gb iPod Classic later that night. It has a busted screen, but fortunately the market for iPods is still pretty strong. It sold quickly on eBay for 61$.

These boots were the crown jewel of a big collection of rich people clothes I found a while back. They’re 20-eye boots by Doc Martens, and this model (1B60) sometimes sells for over 200$ on eBay. The boots look barely worn, so I’m hoping they sell for around that amount. There was lots of other quality stuff inside those bags, which for whatever reason were often placed in the recycling bin. I donated a lot of it to charity, and will try to sell the rest (including other nice boots) at a yard sale.

I found these Wedgwood platters late last fall and just got around to taking pictures of them. They look pretty old, and the signature on the bottom is pressed which is something I haven’t seen before. They all have “3DL” stamps as well, which appears to be a date mark from 1883. If true, they’re in pretty good condition for their age! I’m definitely not an expert in pre-1900s china, so if you happen to know their value please let me know in the comments.

While cleaning out this jewelry-containing pouch from the Very Rich People series I saw some small golden beads (mostly around the top in this pic) that I hadn’t noticed previously. They seemed heavy for their size, so I set them aside to show to my gold guy when the time came to melt some scrap. As it turns out they were 18k gold, and a little handful of these beads earned me around 170$. Not bad eh? I love gold!

Speaking of gold, a couple weeks ago I saved this coin on a chain. I didn’t think much of it at the time, in fact I don’t even remember where I found it. But I later noticed a 14k gold mark on the chain, and thought the coin and frame (though unmarked) could be gold as well. Well, the coin was gold – nearly pure gold in fact – while the frame that held it in place was 18k. The coin is an Austrian 4 Ducat, dated 1915 but almost certainly a restrike from much later. They’re pretty common and don’t have much value beyond their gold content, so I sold the coin and chain to my gold guy for nearly a grand. That’s a great payday!

This is probably the most valuable thing I’ve found that I can’t remember the origins of. I can narrow it down to a couple of spots, but I don’t think I’ll ever remember with confidence which one it came from. I can say though that the people who tossed it were pretty well-to-do. Maybe someone got it as a gift, and didn’t appreciate it or understand its full value. Regardless, I’ll bet I spend the profit better that they would have.

It’s been a bit chilly recently, but should warm up again in the coming days. Hopefully it’ll feel like spring for real in time for my birthday on March 30th. I have an idea for a little garbage-related video I’d like to make, but I don’t want to do it until the weather is solidly above zero.


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Recent sales: February

I sold a lot of things in February but didn’t make much money overall. Still, it was enough to pay the bills and I was glad to get some stuff out of the house.

1. Artur Rubinstein signature, framed: On eBay for 200$. Not bad eh?

2. Small box of Expo 67 slides: On eBay for 25$. I usually sell Expo 67 slides for between 1.25$ and 1.60$ each, depending on the quality.

3. Sheaffer Imperial I fountain pen: On eBay for 30$.

4. Givenchy Gentleman after-shave: On eBay for 45$. Only one left now. Found in the Plateau.

5. WWII-era Colgate’s kit bag: On eBay for 25$. Found in the Mile End.

6. Sherman brooch: On eBay for 70$. Sherman really did make some nice stuff. Found in the Plateau.

7. Cidopey slides: On eBay for 20$ (auction). I’m not sure why this old Richard Corben comic was in slide form, but it seems that someone on eBay appreciated it. The slides are now in England. Found in Outremont.

8. Vintage beer labels: On eBay for 61$ (auction). I’m pretty happy with how this auction turned out. These beer labels were pretty cool, dating back to the late 40s or 50s, and were lucky to survive their trip to the trash bag undamaged. Found in St-Michel.

9. Butterscotch bakelite beads: On eBay for 20.50$ (auction). It seems that the red bakelite beads are more valuable than the butterscotch. The more you know! Found years ago in Park Ex.

10. Vintage ring box: On eBay for 20$. Found in Cote-des-Neiges.

11. Skiing devil printer’s block: On eBay for 30$. Those printing blocks I found a while back were cool but not particularly valuable. Still, this one eventually sold for a decent price. Found in Montreal West.

12. Leslie Block dangle earrings: On eBay for 100$. These sold quickly for a lot more than I originally expected. Found in Snowdon.

13. Esterbrook flo-master: On eBay for 20$. Found in TMR.

14. Christian Dior Dune: On eBay for 40$. Part of that excellent perfume collection I found a while back in TMR.

15. Rachel Zoe bracelet: On eBay for 30$. One of last year’s McGill move-out day finds.

16. Silver clothes brush: On eBay for 30$.

17. Frontier Town cuff bracelet: On eBay for 20$. Found in St-Michel.

18. Tom & Jerry “Carmen get it” film reel: On eBay for 30$. Found in Outremont.

19. Walter Boss mouse figurine: On eBay for 40$. Found in Westmount.

20. Wabasso 10k gold 35 year service pin: On eBay for 50$. I sent this via lettermail and apparently it hasn’t arrived yet. If it doesn’t show up soon, I’ll have to issue a refund. Sometimes lettermail travels very slowly (I once had an envelope arrive around three months late), but it’s substantially cheaper than any other service offered by Canada Post. Found in Rosemont.

21. Unicef watch: On eBay for 12$.

22. WWII carbine rifle carrying case: On eBay for 25$. Found in Rosemont near Olympic Stadium.

23. 1950s Valle’s Steakhouse restaurant menu: On eBay for 25$. I love old restaurant menus. Found in Verdun.

24. Robert Larin cast pewter brutalist necklace, for repair: On eBay for 40$. As mentioned in a recent post.

25. Western Digital 1TB DVR Expander: On eBay for 80$. This is one of those things that’s impossible to test without the right equipment. It’s a bit of risky selling electronics without fully testing them, but I really wanted that 80$. The machine turned on, came from a general electronics purge (including iPods) in a wealthy neighbourhood (indicating that the devices were probably “obsolete” and not broken), and was in good cosmetic condition, so I deemed the risk to be low. So far, so good. Found in Westmount.

26. Single Georg Jensen cufflink: On eBay for 35$. Found in TMR.

27. McIntosh speaker product sheet: On eBay for 20$.

28. WWII needle sterilizer: On eBay for 30$. Found in Outremont.

29. Vintage Seiko automatic watch, for repair: On eBay for 25$. The automatic mechanism seemed to work fine, but it wouldn’t wind using the crown. Still, it was a neat old watch. Found in Rosemont.

30. Vintage 10cc BD syringe: On eBay for 40$. Found in Hampstead.

31. WWII soldier’s sewing kit: On eBay for 25$.

32. Mid Century Orrefors art glass vase: On eBay for 80$. Soon to appear in another post!

33. Prescription Ray-Bans: On eBay for 25$. Found in St-Michel.

34. Seiko chronograph watch, for repair: On eBay for 40$. I couldn’t get this thing to work but it still sold for a good price. It was in pretty good cosmetic condition. Found in Westmount.

35. Empty Montblanc pen box: On eBay for 30$.

36. Raquette Lake girls camp yearbook: On eBay for 35$. A fun nostalgia piece!

Total: 1461$, 4085.50$ so far in 2018.

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