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Loonies & Toonies

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Bag-o-vision

I went for a walk last weekend, not to find garbage but to get out of the house. Junk has a habit of finding me, however, so while I left home with no bags I ended carrying home five.

I kicked this bag and heard the jingle of coins, but unfortunately they were only pennies. More importantly they had been sullied by food waste, and I didn’t feel like getting my hands dirty for maybe 25c. To the dump they likely went, to join the millions of pennies already there.

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I had better luck later on my walk. Yup, those are toonies. When you throw those out, maybe it means you have too much money.

All in all I found three toonies, six loonies, at least three Euros, and lots of other coins. I also found a £10 British pound bank note, and a fiver in one of the many purses that you’ll see later on. This all adds up to something close to 40$, making it my best cash haul in quite some time! British pounds, American dollars, and Euros are the best foreign currencies to find as they’re easily exchanged.

I found no gold here, but I did some pieces from a sterling vanity set (at right). I’ve never seen a hook like that before, so I’d appreciate it if someone could enlighten me! The animal charm bracelet looks vintage and cute, while the necklace is a quality Monet piece.

I usually don’t peddle in stuffed animals, but this time there was a whole garbage bag full and they all looked to be in pretty good condition. Plus, I’m more likely to take a chance on stuff when it comes from a household that throws out toonies.

These toys should find a new home at my next yard sale. This Fisher Price dog is especially fun, if you click on the picture it should show you a short video of it walking.

I also enjoyed this squirrel puppet (there’s a video of this one too). Perhaps my cat will appreciate it.

This spot was perhaps most notable for its large collection of barely used bags. The Herschel duffel at the top right was a nice find, they retail for around 100$ new. The Lole bag still has tags and seems to retail for around 140$. There’s a couple of vegan bags, one by Urban Expressions and one by Rachel F, a local designer. The WESC backpack also a lot of life left in it.

The little green purse is signed Christian Louboutin, and if it’s not fake it could be worth good money. I tried to do some research online, but most of the info out there is about fake shoes, not fake bags. It does look well-made.

I found lots of shoes as well. The two at top right are Repetto ballet / dancing shoes, which seem to sell for good money online. The black ones look barely used. The APC heels are also nice.

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Here we have some Star Wars toys, an unopened box of Q-tips, and some plastic ties.

I also found some teas (I drank some already, they’re great) and an unopened jar of maple butter. As you may know, I love maple and am always excited to find it in the trash. I expect it was at least 8$ new.

There was another big pile here last night, but it was mostly unexciting garage / under the sink kinda stuff. I saved some useful cleaning products, but nothing too exciting. I’ll keep an eye on the situation, but at least I did very well here this one day.

Otherwise, I found a cool “Man and his world” (post Expo 67) vanity plate at that spot in Villeray I blogged about recently. I’m trying to figure out whether I should sell it or put it on my car.

I found a collection of slides in Outremont, all of which contain pages from two old comics.

One was À quand notre tour?, an anti-communist comic book first published in 1947. For this shot I used a little plastic slide viewer I found a while back, it did a pretty good job!

It definitely provides an interesting look at Cold War era politics.

The other was Cidopey, a trippy looking comic by well-known illustrator Richard Corben. Cidopey first appeared in an underground comic in 1971, but since these are in French they’re likely from the first issue of Métal hurlant, which is the French version of Heavy Metal magazine. I’m not sure why these comics would be in slide form – if you have any ideas, let me know. Regardless, these might be of interest to a collector.

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Next to the slides was an old society sash. It was made to be reversible, with green fabric and red / gold illuminations on one side, and red fabric with green / gold illuminations on the other. I’m not sure what society this comes from, and I’d appreciate any input you might have!

I happened upon a bag in Villeray that contained a bunch of old stocking, and also a little ring box. Underneath the little ring holder part were two 10k gold Catholic pendants with chains. Maybe the previous owner didn’t notice them, but it was pretty obvious that something was inside the box.

There were many other bags around, but all of them were filled with actually gross garbage. This jewelry made getting my hands dirty worthwhile, however, as the scrap value of 8.5 grams of 10k gold is about 185 CAD$. If anyone wants these, I would sell them for a bit above scrap.

I found a ruined Victrola cabinet in St Michel. It wasn’t worth saving, but I did remove the top (which I thought could be repurposed) as well as this old badge. It’s worth around 15-20$, but I might just keep it myself.

My friend and I happened upon some great stuff from an eviction in Westmount the other day. It’ll take a while to process all that, but I’m excited to get it figured out. In the meantime, I have other recent finds I can share with you.

The weather is looking good for this weekend, so expect my real last yard sale to happen on Saturday or Sunday. I’m considering doing both as well, with Sunday being a kind of “pay what you can” kind of thing. I really don’t want to store a bunch of stuff over the winter, and I hope that by the end of it I’ll only be storing a bunch of empty suitcases. I’ll keep you posted and let you know by mid-week.

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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Parker VP

I told myself that Sunday would be a day of rest. My only plan was to watch football. However, I ended up spending much of the afternoon watching football, while also organizing and testing my large collection of vintage Christmas lights.

I’m sure some people find that kind of job meditative, but not me. Let’s just say I took no pleasure whatsoever in testing the many bulbs, trying to figure out if the bulb was the issue or the socket, all the while wondering if it was even worth the effort. I spent about four hours on this task, and by the end I developed a loathing for Christmas.

Fortunately, it’s only October, and I did end up getting this stuff organized and listed. The best of the bunch are the strings above which comes in beautiful decorative boxes. I listed them as an eBay auction starting at 30$ – here’s the link if you’re interested. I hope they’re worth that much, otherwise they won’t really be worth the time I spent organizing them, but you live you learn. Unfortunately the shipping will be expensive, but if you’re local you can skip out on the shipping fees by coming to pick them up.

I went out for a walk after finishing with these decorations and happened upon a very nice pile of rich people stuff. When I stopped there I had no bags, and when I left I had five (more, if you count the bags inside the bags). Anyways, that post will have to wait for another day. I also found some quality junk in St Michel.

Today though I’ll showcase a spot I’ve been visiting in Villeray. I’ve gone there every garbage day for the last month or so, and while that first day was the best so far, I still visit and find the occasional thing. I’m lucky to have even come across it – a friend and I found it while on a very late, and very casual garbage run.

People on Instagram noticed this cute little Christmas tree at the top of the pile. It seems to be in great shape! It looks a bit uneven in this photo but I think that’s because I put one of the branches in the wrong place.

I found a large 1976 Olympics coin bank there, which I sold at one of my recent yard sales. It was over a foot tall.

I love amateur art, so one of my favourite finds here was this deer painting by a guy named Pelletier. This now has a spot on the wall of the garage.

These cast iron pans were made by Findlay in Carleton Place Ontario. The company operated between 1862 and 1974. They were in pretty good condition, but were really gunky around the sides. From what I hear, the best way to clean that off is to throw them in a campfire. They sold at my most recent yard sale, so they’re someone else’s project now.

Those Glasbake mugs were nice, but had one chip in roughly the same place. A friend of mine is going to use them to put candles in.

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That 1950s Thermos sold for 10$ at my yard sale (a good deal, I think – I could have sold it for a lot more on eBay). The wooden spoon looks to be a memento from a 1966 sugar shack party.

Swizzle sticks are always fun. My favourite is the mermaid on the left, which came from Montreal’s Bellevue Casino. The Bellevue was a pretty popular spot back in the day, but shut down in the late 1950s.

There was a fair bit of candle-making stuff, as well as a collection of old beeswax candles.

My most profitable find there so far was this bag full of pens. Most were long dead and nothing special …

… but thankfully a few were noteworthy. The top three are Northrite pens, which aren’t super fancy but solid enough. The Expo 67 pen is kind of neat, I haven’t seen one previously. The best though is the Parker VP on the bottom, which was actually in very nice condition.

It has a 14k gold nib, and I expect it to sell for around 100$. This is why I always keep an eye out for old pens!

That’s all from this place for now, though if I’m lucky I’ll have more to show at some point down the line.

Here’s a few other miscellaneous finds. I found this stuff at a one hit wonder spot in St Michel. The horse clock was cool, but it had been repaired many times and the clock itself didn’t work. However, someone at my most recent yard sale liked it regardless and was pumped to get it for a dollar. I’m glad it found a good home! The cute heart clock also didn’t work, but someone bought it for a dollar nonetheless.

I happened upon a few watches in Rosemont. Most weren’t anything special, but the vintage automatic Seiko on the right is nice of neat and should be worth selling on eBay.

I saved some old wooden printing blocks in Outremont. They look to be from some old french Canadian history textbook. They’re pretty interesting, zoom in for a closer look!

Otherwise, this vintage pineapple lamp sure did make my Instagram followers jealous. Do you like it? The lamp was just sitting there on the curb in NDG, and I was lucky to come across it first. I could probably sell it for a nice price, but for now I plan on keeping it.

The weather is looking iffy for this weekend, so unless that clears up my (real) last yard sale will be later in October. I’ll keep you posted, however.

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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Recent sales – August

1. Yard sales: 1100$. I had three separate sales, one small (150$), one medium (350$), and one large (650$). I haven’t done the math, but I think I’ve set my own personal record for yard sale income this year, and it’s not even close.

2. Gold and silver scrap: 1400$. Speaking of records, this scrap haul is my largest to date. I already had a nice collection of junky or broken gold and silver jewelry going when I found this bracelet in one of the rich neighbourhoods. I saved a bit of other nice stuff there, like a Swiss Army watch (nothing super special, but quality nonetheless) when the homeowner drove up in an SUV and told me that there was nothing good inside, and to leave his trash alone. When I mentioned the nice bracelet I found (I didn’t mention that it was gold) he replied “oh” and then said “well, that’s the only good thing” or something along those lines. Just goes to show that when people, especially rich people tell you there’s nothing good in their trash, it should be taken with a large grain of salt. I wish I had been able to look through the other bags, but I did well regardless.

The bracelet itself was fairly scratched up and not made by a fancy brand. Regardless, it was marked 417 (or 10k) gold and weighed quite a bit. As a result, its melt value was around 600$, maybe a bit more. Basically, this bracelet paid my months rent and bills. I think it’s the most valuable single gold piece I’ve found to date.

3. iPod Nano 6th Generation: On eBay for 95$. More rich people stuff! Found in Outremont.

4. Vintage 1976 Olympics Patch: On eBay for 10$. Found in Cote St-Luc.

5. Anime DVD: On eBay for 15$. Only a few left now.

6. Vintage US military poster: On eBay for 25$. These are moving slower than I thought. Still, I’ve sold two for a profit of 50$, and I’m sure the rest will sell eventually. I think I have around 20 left. Found in Outremont.

7. Vintage Sony radio: On eBay for 60$. Worked great, found in Hampstead.

8. WWI war map: On eBay for 40$. This was made as a promotion for Sirocco, a company that made fans and blowers, some of which were used by the military. It was a pretty cool piece, I wish I had a better picture of it but I only have this old one from back when my photography skills (and camera) weren’t as good. Found in TMR.

9. Vintage Esidrix letter opener: On eBay for 10$. Found in TMR.

10. 1962 Beaconsfield High School yearbook: On eBay for 40$. I’ve discovered that yearbooks are a reliable, if long tailed source of income.

11. Sony headphones: On eBay for 55$. Found in the McGill Ghetto.

12. Encyclopedias of Freemasonry: To a reader on eBay for 90$. I never got around to mentioning these on the blog, but I found them in Cote-des-Neiges along with lots of other nice, but mostly newer books. These were published in 1921, and were pretty cool to look at.

13. Sangean radio, modded to be a ghost box: On eBay for 150$. Part of the “Very Rich People” series. Sangean makes good radio, but a lot of this models value came from the fact that it could be turned into a ghost hunting box. At first I listed it as found, but eventually I decided to do the modification myself as it’s a pretty simple procedure. I made an Instagram video of the ghost box in action if you’d like to check it out.

14. Vintage throwing knife: On eBay for 25$. Found in the Plateau.

15. Christian Dior Frisson sunglasses: On eBay for 35$. These would have been more valuable, but they had been repaired with glue. They did a good job, but it did reduce their value.

16. Sony Walkman charger with two vintage batteries: On eBay for 40$. Collectors will pay good money for the most random junk sometimes. I think the charger is relatively uncommon, and the batteries can be revived if you’re dedicated enough. Found in the Plateau.

17. Baume & Mercier empty watch box: On eBay for 45$. Just an empty watch box. It was in pristine condition, however.

18. Sony multiband portable radio: On eBay for 80$. Another cool vintage radio. Found in Hampstead.

19. Mother of pearl cufflinks: On eBay for 20$. I assumed they were sterling at first, but they turned out to be plated. Oh well, they still made me 20$.

20. Samsung Galaxy S4 for repair: On eBay for 45$. I originally sold this as working, but had to accept a return when it turned out there were some issues. I’m more familiar with iPhones than Androids, so I just didn’t notice that a couple of the buttons weren’t working as they should. So it goes! I made back the money I lost on shipping, as well as a bit extra, so it wasn’t all bad. Found in the Plateau.

21. Polaroid Cool Ray sunglasses: On eBay for 125$. Some Polaroid sunglasses are worth good money, while others aren’t worth much at all. Found in TMR.

22. Sterling silver bookmark: On Etsy for 25$.

23. 10k gold thimble: On Instagram for 120$. I sold this cute thing to a local buyer for a bit above scrap.

Returns

1. Universal remote control. I guess I didn’t test this well enough either. I lost about 15$ on the cost of shipping.

Total: 3634$, 18108.5$ so far in 2017. That gold scrap haul really buoyed my total, but I would have had a good month regardless. My eBay sales were also fairly strong, at least relative to this time of year. Usually, late summer is a slow period for us eBay junk sellers.

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