Will to power; list to profit

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Last week I continued my minimal hunting schedule, focusing instead on getting organized on the business side of things. I did some culling of my yard sale stuff, putting about seven boxes of less salable stuff back to the curb. I made sure that the boxes were visible, and as a result the vast majority was taken by other pickers. I did this to make more space for better stuff and to reduce clutter in general.

I also spent a fair bit of time listing things on eBay. Several of the items I listed sold within days (and sometimes within hours), which was pretty awesome. My sales have been great lately. According to eBay, I’ve sold nearly an item a day over the past two months, which seems pretty good considering how small my store is. I’ve been getting a lot of good feedback too – my score is now up to 94. Getting to 100 will be a milestone for me! I have a lot more listing to do, but I do feel like I’m getting caught up.

The pickings were slim last week, unlike the week prior. The enigmatic dumpster only ever got this full, and didn’t even get taken away this Monday as the previous bins did. I guess whoever is filling it was busy with other things.

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Most of the bags were full of old magazines, but none of them were particularly interesting. I spotted this container sitting on a shelf at the left hand side of the bin.

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It was full of bits of jewellery, many of which seem hand-made. Some were complete, while others are just nice metal shapes.

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The bits come in gold-tone, silver-tone, and copper-tone. They have that old metal smell, but that cleans up easily enough. I’m thinking it might be cool to sell a few, and use others for arts and crafts projects.

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I also saved two packages of charcoal art paper, still in their original plastic wrap. Both are marked 22.45$ at top right.

I found two old alligator (crocodile?) handbags at a spot in Hampstead. They seem to be made of legit leather. Neither are in good condition (though the one on the right is decent outside of the broken handle), but I figure someone might want to recycle the leather.

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I saw nothing in front of my spot in Verdun, making me think it might be the end of the line for that particular place.

However, a spot in Cote St-Luc provided a couple useful things, including: two nice vintage staplers; a JFK memorial magazine; a wallet with old Israeli coins inside; an empty vintage wedding journal; some kind of Hebrew scroll; and a few other doodads.

Overall, it was my slowest week in quite some time. Most of that was probably due my minimal schedule, though who knows if I would have found anything regardless. Mid-February definitely isn’t the best time to find garbage, at least here in Montreal.

Last week’s garbage sales (February 16 – February 22)

I may not have many finds to talk about, but I did make a bunch of sales!

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1. Ho Hang vintage cologne: On eBay for 85$. This sold within hours of my listing it. I think I found it at my spot in Hampstead, though it could have also been from Cote St-Luc. Regardless, it never made it to the blog. I’m pretty happy with the money! I never would have guessed that I’d be making good money selling old scents.

2. Vintage Dunhill cardboard pipe box: On eBay for 30$. This had been sitting around my room for a long time, waiting for me to fix it up a bit and list it. Last week I finally did, and it sold within a day of being listed. I’m glad to see it leave my home. This was the last remaining item from the box of old pipes and pipe accessories that an older man kindly gave me this summer in Mount Royal.

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3. Small vintage banner – Game 8 of 1972 Summit Series: On eBay for 85$. I came across this again when organizing my old stuff. I did a bit of research and found that it was a banner from the famous Game 8, where Canada beat the Soviets thanks to a late goal by Paul Henderson. It sold very quickly, making me wonder if I should have charged more. Regardless, it’s a good price! Found this fall in Cote St-Luc, but it never made it to the blog.

4. Guerlain Shalimar dusting powder: On eBay for 44$. Another item I listed this week that sold fairly quickly. Found around a month ago in Hampstead.

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5. E.E. Fairchild fortune telling deck: On eBay for 35$. Yet another item listed this week. It’ll be hard to keep the store stocked if things keep selling at this pace! Found a couple weeks ago in Verdun.

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6. St Joseph’s Oratory charm bracelet – 1920s-1940s: On eBay for 90$. I was speculating a bit on the price when this was listed, but it ended up making me a nice chunk of change. I thought it was a very beautiful. Found in May in Verdun.

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7. Sterling silver Waterman “Ideal” fountain pen: On eBay for 150$. This received a fair bit of interest, and finally sold this week. Found early August in the Plateau next to Jeanne-Mance park.

8,9: Two Expo 67 Passports: On eBay for 70$. A buyer from China bought both, as well as another passport I had from the 1935 Expo in Brussels. I’ll add that Brussels passport to the profit total next week, as they bought that piece on Monday. Both of these were found this fall in Cote St-Luc.

Total: 589$, 12257$ since May 18 and 2574$ since the new year began. A very nice week, largely due to my listing several new items. I also sold some broken Blackberries, I didn’t add them to the total as the payment hasn’t come through yet.

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1. Super Mario Cheez Whiz jar (from 1989)
2. The Black Cat 1940s fortune telling game
3. Tag Heuer watch
4. Box of samples – Lanvin Oxygene perfume
5. Matt and Nat vegan changepurse
6. Yves St Laurent Opium perfume
7. Yves St Laurent Opium perfume (larger bottle)
8. Framed WWII-era photograph by Yousef Karsh (the subject is a Canadian military Colonel)
9. Tokyo Bay watch
10. Vintage hand-painted metal lunchbox (Etsy)
11. E.E. Fairchild fortune telling cards (SOLD!)
12. Guerlain Shalimar dusting powder (SOLD!)
13. Summit Series Game 8 banner (SOLD!)
14. Vintage Dunhill pipe box (SOLD!)
15. Ho Hang Balenciaga Cologne (SOLD!)

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Certificate of Honour

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I began last week in Cote St-Luc, hoping for a continuation of the good run of luck I’ve had there. This is the spot that provided all the kids watches and baseball gloves last week.

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This time around I scrounged up a bit of food, including two boxes of crackers and two jars of roasted red peppers. The crackers are already long gone, as is one of the jars of peppers.

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I also came across this pile of stuff, in front of a house that hadn’t produced anything prior. New places just seem to keep popping up in this neighborhood.

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Many of the items were damaged by dampness, probably from being left in the wrong corner of the basement. I was able to save a few things though, most of which came from this box.

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I thought this framed “Certificate of Honour” from 1942 was particularly cool. It was given by the Government of Canada to those who bought Victory Loans, which were made to help finance the war effort during both WWI and WWII. Luckily for me, this piece is unscathed, likely due in being in the middle of the box.

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Hidden inside an old manilla envelope was this old Jewish marriage certificate, issued in 1941 in Montreal. It was issued by a Rev. (reverend?) H. Rotblatt, a “hygenic surgeon moel and marriage ceremony performer.”

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This old photo album was also mostly undamaged. It contains photos that date from the early 1920s to the last 1960s.

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Otherwise, I saved a 1960 Certificate of Merit from the Jewish National Fund of Canada, a cute embroidery featuring a menorah, a sweet vintage ruler, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pin.

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On Monday night, I went to Ville St Laurent to check out one of their heavy garbage days. I stopped again at the place that dumped the old books last month. There was again a bunch of stuff on the curb, but most of it was renovation related junk.

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This rug was on top of the pile. It has some wear, particularly to the fringe, but is still nice and bright!

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Tuesday night brought me to Mount Royal. It was snowing, making it a particularly beautiful night to drive around one of Montreal’s most aesthetically pleasing boroughs. The snow also helps me take good night-time shots without flash, as the light from the streetlamps bounces off the snow much better than grass.

These guys seemed to have no understanding of the concept of recycling. There was tons of papers in the trash bags and some obviously not recyclable stuff in the bin, including a bunch of fabrics. I sometimes transfer recyclables to the correct bin if it’s easy and convenient. However, I have to make sure I don’t get too obsessed with it, as it’s one of those things (like mail) that just never stops. In this case the bin was right there, so I put the papers inside. I also saved three pins and a sterling silver bracelet (probably future scrap), a bunch of knitting needles, a Lacoste golf hat, and a seemingly brand-new neti pot.

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From this place I saved a nice set of three vintage (probably 1960s) stools, all with a nice leather-topped cushion, and a footstool that sort of matches.

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I was just about to head home when I saw this pile.

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Inside the box and the bags was a collection of ceramics, most of which were quite vintage. The cute little donkey planter on the right has an art deco vibe to it …

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… as do these baby birds.

This wood carving of a rattlesnake was pretty cool. It must have taken a long time to carve! I ended up selling (mostly gifting) it to a friend around the end of the art market for 2$.

There was also a bunch more ceramics, some old tools in a box, and a very 80s vintage print.

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Otherwise, I found a nice vintage juicer (at the same place in Mount Royal that provided the foreign coins last week), and a big bag of pennies during another run in Ville St Laurent. I sold the juicer at the art market for 20$. I took it easy garbage-run wise towards the end of the week, as I needed to prepare for the sale.

Last week’s garbage sales (December 1 – December 7)

1. Gold / sterling scrap: to an antiques dealer for 650$. I wanted a bit of extra cash, and decided the easiest and quickest way to do this was to liquidate some precious metals. I usually only bring in broken or worn jewelry and coins, but this time I brought a few nice pieces I didn’t feel like putting the time into listing, like a nice 18k gold necklace I found a couple years ago in Rosemont. The heavy 14k ring I found last week in Westmount was part of the deal, and it alone netted me around 100$. That was sweet!
2. Art market: many things to various consumers for 245$. Yard sales and market-type events are always fun. I get to meet a lot of cool people, and get to see first hand that people appreciate the things I find. I should look into doing this kind of thing more often, especially in the winter as yard sales are pretty much impossible (and an important source of income in the summer). Many thanks to Ilichna for the photos.

3. Two tea cups: on Kijiji for 60$. The buyer came during the art market, but didn’t know of it otherwise. She bought a red and blue Aynsley “fruit” cup, both of which I found early October in Ville St Laurent.
4. TI 83+ calculator: on Kijiji for 30$. This guy also came during the sale. I find it uniquely satisfying when I’m able to redistribute tools and other useful items. This calculator is a great example, as it’s still very useful for students in science and mathematics. Found late October in Westmount.
5. Sterling silver bracelet (with lion’s head at one end): on Etsy for 36$. I’m glad I got my Etsy store going again, as I’ve already made a few sales in the past weeks. I believe this piece came with a nice collection I found in the Plateau last year, though I’m not sure I ever actually posted pictures of it all.
6. Vintage maps: to a reader for 45$. These were the ones I found last week in NDG. Someone emailed me asking for a price, so I did a bit of research to make sure I wasn’t going to give something great away for nothing. As it turns out, the one on the right in my last post, by Peter R. Furse in 1964 was sort of valuable. One just like it (but in English) was being sold by an antique map dealer for 375 USD! I sold it for 40$, though, as it was unframed and had pinhole marks in it. I was also happy to have the cash up front. I’m glad I did some research on it, because I likely would have sold it for just a few bucks at the art market otherwise.

Total: 1066$, 7350.50$ since May 18th. An awesome, record setting week! This is the second time in the recorded era that I’ve made over a thousand dollars in a week. The other time was in late September, which was buoyed by four yard sales. Things are so much easier in the summer… Anyway, this total beats my last record by about 36$, and pushes my average monthly income above the 1000$ mark. It’s definitely not a luxurious lifestyle, but it’s one that pays the bills and keeps life interesting.

eBay sales have been slower than expected, though that seems to be improving so far this week…

New listings

1. Lot of 10 25 cent bills – Dominion of Canada, 1900 and 1923
2. The Temptations 1969 tour program, signed by Otis Williams and Dennis Edwards (unverified)

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