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Sugaring off

Things were a bit slow last week, in part because someone decided to break into my friend’s car. They took only the registration and insurance papers that were in the glove compartment, which was a bit odd considering the car isn’t particularly valuable. Apparently criminal organizations sometimes do this to provide legitimate looking documentation for stolen vehicles that are set to leave the country via shipping containers.

Regardless of the motives, it was a minor hassle for all involved. We had to go get new papers, and it took a couple of days to get new glass installed. I missed out on a quality garbage run as a result. Oh well! Let’s hope this doesn’t happen again, as it cost around 300$ to get everything sorted out.

The weather also hasn’t been particularly picker-friendly. There’s been lots of rain (apparently a record amount for Montreal in April) which washed out a few of my preferred bike trips. Still, I made a few decent finds, and I have high hopes for this week as move-out day approaches.

The place in the Mile End where I found the jewelry and watches last week provided more neat stuff, mostly old bottles this time around. I love old bottles, but I will say that it feels kind of gross to look through bags full of medicines in the rain. Something about the wetness and the smell of weird old liquids makes me feel like I’m going to get a disease, even though the risk of anything bad happening is extremely low. Either way, I overcame that feeling and amassed a great collection of bottles, most of which date from between the 30s and the 80s.

My favourite bottles are the ones marked “poison,” like the synthetic wintergreen in the picture above. I think a lot of people feel the same way – poison bottles have good value in the market, especially the ones with the skull and crossbones logo like the bottle of iodine I found a few years back. I could probably sell that one for around 40$, but at least for now it’s part of my personal collection.

There’s another poison bottle in this bunch (this time iodine), as well as a tin of boracic acid. The bottle of Perry Davis Painkiller is hard to date, but I’d guess it’s from the 30s or 40s. Production started in the 1840s, and apparently it was mostly composed of alcohol and opiates.

Yeah, maybe it’s gross to take 40 year old Preparation H, but I just really like things in their original packaging!

The 1964 Montreal street guide is pretty neat, as is the small Lenormand tarot deck on the right. It’s probably worth around 20$.

I thought those Rawleigh’s tins were really old when I found them, but now I think they’re probably just from the 50s or 60s (pre-metrification). I’m pretty sure Rawleigh’s still makes tins like this today. The vintage safety glasses are kind of neat, as are the hairdressing scissors.

I haven’t noticed any trash at this place recently, so maybe the source has dried up. If so, too bad as I quite enjoyed its specific brand of junk.

The people who tossed the tarot cards from my last post threw out another deck last week! This one is called the New Tarot; it was self-published in the early 1970s by Jack Hurley and John Horler, both of whom were influenced greatly by Joseph Campbell. Apparently the deck was pretty revolutionary at the time – check out this blog post if you’re interested in knowing more about their history. There seems to be a healthy market for this deck, one pretty similar to mine (and in far from perfect condition) recently sold for 170$ on eBay.

The only thing I’m confused by is the number of cards that are supposed to be in the deck. I counted 79, but the deck is supposed to only have 78. Then again, the instructions say that the “fool card is zero” so perhaps it is not included in the final count. On the other hand, the listing I linked to above says it includes two “extra cards” without specifying what those cards would be. I don’t know much about tarot, so I find all that pretty confusing. If anyone can help clarify how many cards I should have let me know in the comments! I guess I could also compare every card to the ones mentioned in the instructions, but that would take a while.

I found a neat old chandelier in a bag in the lower Plateau. I’d guess that it was made in the 1910s or 1920s. “Com Fix 589” is stamped on the top but I can’t find any reference to that phrase online. Regardless, it’s a pretty nice piece! I put it on Kijiji for 100$, and we’ll see if anyone bites.

There weren’t that many noteworthy finds last week, so I’ll bulk up this post with a couple of finds from this week. I saved this chrome “eyeball” lamp from a bag in Villeray on Monday night. It was probably made in the early 70s. I think there’s a solid market for these right now, and I’ll find out for sure soon when I list it on Kijiji.

Maple syrup is one of my favourite things so I’m always pumped when I find some in the trash. It comes around semi-regularly, but not often enough that I never run out. Anyways, I found an unopened wooden box containing a bottle of syrup and jar of spread this morning. I ate some of both already, and it was great! Thanks are owed to whoever for satisfying my maple cravings for the next little while.

I also came across a bag full of old photos and slides. I haven’t had time to look at most of them yet, but one envelope contained a bunch of photos featuring former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. They were taken at a “sugaring off party” in April 1976. Current PM Justin (age 4) may be there too actually, it’s hard to tell – check out the photo at bottom left and let me know what you think. It’s a pretty neat find regardless! Here’s hoping more of those photos turn out to be interesting.

My yard sale the other day went very well. I’ll let you know exactly how well in the next sales summary post. I still have lots of stuff to sell so I’ll be doing another sale soon, maybe next weekend if the weather is nice. I’ll keep you posted!

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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Recent sales – March

I sold a lot of things in March. Nearly one a day on eBay, which for me is pretty good! Not all of that stuff was worth a lot of money (only three items went for 100$ or more) but it was still nice to get a bunch of stuff out of the house.

1. Vintage M.V. Bluenose Pennant: On eBay for 15$. The last pennant from that collection I found last January.

2. Nexus 5 phones, for parts or repair: On eBay for 65$. One phone was in decent condition with a busted screen, while the other was pretty messed up. I found both in the Mile End.

3. Vintage 1950s Valle’s Steakhouse menu: On eBay for 45$. I love finding old menus. Fortunately, it seems that some people love buying them as well.

4. Lot of jewelry, for parts / repair: On eBay for 40$. All these pieces needed some level of TLC. I’m happy with the price. I’m also happy to have this stuff out of the house – some of it had sat around for years.

5. Royal Life Saving Society badge: On eBay for 12$. Not bad for a little hunk of metal.

6. Appleseed (Anime DVD): On eBay for 20$. Not many of these left now.

7. Vintage 1960s Wolf Cubs shirt: On eBay for 30$. This was in with my yard sale stuff for quite a while, and at some point I realized that it might be better to list it on eBay. I would have taken 5$, or less at the sale but I ended up making 30. Not bad!

8. Krementz cufflinks / junk lot: On eBay for 45$.

9. Vintage Azores Liberation Front flag: On eBay for 73.72$. The buyer offered me 55$ US and I accepted. Apparently it’s being donated to a Portuguese museum in California, so that’s cool.

10. Welch Allyn Long Ophthalmoscope: On eBay for 30$.

11. Vintage flip clock: On eBay for 55$. These clocks with the flippy numbers always go for decent money.

12. Bakelite prayer beads: On eBay for 50$. I found these a long time ago but only got around to listing them recently. They ended up selling quite quickly, even though the colour isn’t particularly attractive.

13. WWII US Army canteen cover: On eBay for 35$. This also sat around for a year before I got around to listing it.

14. Persol glasses case: On eBay for 20$. I actually got my first ever neutral feedback from this sale. The buyer thinks that the case is unoriginal but complimented me on my fast shipping. I thought it looked pretty legit but it’s possible that I judged wrong. Regardless, the feedback isn’t really worth fighting because neutrals don’t affect my seller rating. Plus, as things stand now I get to keep the money. If he had opened an INAD case I would have refunded him no questions asked.

15. Large vintage 15″ compass / caliper / wing divider: On eBay for 80$. I think this thing would have been used for some kind of metalwork. I’ve never seen a compass this big before, so it was fun to find.

16. Vintage Omega watch box: On eBay for 50$. Unfortunately the inside of this box was empty, otherwise it would have gone for a fair bit more.

17. Buttons & sewing accessories: On eBay for 16.50$. I’m sure I could have got more for this stuff, but I’m happy it went to a good (blog reading) home.

18. Vintage 1960s McGill University “Birth Control Handbook”: On eBay for 100$. These are sort of hard to find (I saw none on eBay) so I just made up a high price out of thin air. The strategy paid off! This magazine was controversial at the time; it promoted abortion as a birth control option while the procedure was still illegal.

19. YSL Opium EdT, old formula: On eBay for 120$. This was the second of two unused Opiums from that great perfume haul in November.

20. Vintage Ontario-themed postcard lot: On eBay for 15$. I don’t have too many postcards left either.

21. Jovan Musk Oil: On eBay for 65$. The first of two vintage musk scents to sell this month.

22. Birks silver sauce spoon: On eBay for 20$.

23. Quadrille by Balenciaga: On eBay for 55$. Another bottle from that big perfume haul.

24. Vintage Model M “Clicky” keyboard: On eBay for 160$. I got a pretty good price for this guy. It was in great cosmetic condition. I actually have a similar keyboard in the basement that I once used with my desktop computer, and if that one still works I’ll list it as well.

25. Ral Partha D&D figurines: On eBay for 45$. Not a bad price for these guys. I found them in front of an apartment building not far from my house.

26. Allied aerial leaflet propaganda: On eBay for 30$.

27. “Skin Musk” by Bonne Bell: On eBay for 60$. As mentioned in my last post this vintage musk oil was probably my faster flip ever. I found it in the morning, listed it in the afternoon, sold it six minutes later, and mailed it before five (which is when the mail truck comes to pick up the packages at my local post office). I always appreciate a quick flip, but that was kind of ridiculous.

28. Bronson Royalist fly fishing reel: On eBay for 40$. The buyer was pumped that it came with a usable fishing line.

29. Sterling silver Star of David pendant: On Etsy for 25$. I can’t find the picture of this on my computer but here’s the listing if you’re curious.

30. Won’t you join the dance? A Dancer’s Essay into the Treatment of Psychosis: To a friend of a friend for 60$. Funny story this. I found a book similar to the one above a while back, where exactly I can’t remember. I thought the subject looked interesting and I put it in my bookshelf. Like most of the books in my bookshelf though I never got around to reading it.

Recently, a friend of mine was looking for something to read and came across the book. While reading it a friend of his saw the book and really wanted it because the subject is related to her field of interest. She got him to ask me for a price, and I decided to look it up because sometimes these unusual books are worth good money.

As it turns out this was one of those books. It’s been out of print for a while but is pretty desirable for a certain group of people. It’s hard to find a copy for sale for less than 100$. She really wanted it though and we settled on a price of 60$. I probably could have gotten more, but I appreciated the quick and rather effortless sale. Plus, to get more I probably would have had to sit on it for months, maybe even years.

This just goes to show how many different things can be worth money! And try as you may you’ll never know about all of them.

31. Vintage magazines: To a friend for 80$. Most were 1960s fashion magazines that I found last year, but I also threw in a few vintage Playboys that I found more recently. I had plans to list these on eBay, but the ones I already have up there aren’t doing particularly well and I decided it wasn’t worth my time to list more. They’re just not in good enough condition to be of much value to a collector. These magazines are gold to a collage artist however.

Total: 1557$, 5200$ so far in 2017

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Stimulated passion

Last week wasn’t particularly productive but I nearly always have something to show you regardless. I found this MSR camping stove thingy just up the street, I have no idea if it works but if it does it should sell for around 40$.

The recently intriguing spot in the Mile End wasn’t too interesting this time around; my only notable finds there were two never used 4ml vintage bottles of Jovan Musk Oil. According to this blog post, musk scents were pretty popular in the 1970s and this Jovan scent was the most successful of the bunch. Their success was due in large part to a sexy ad campaign that promoted the musky scent as an aphrodisiac of sorts.

I listed one bottle on eBay and it sold rather quickly for 65$. Not bad for just a 4ml bottle! I guess they’re getting pretty rare these days, especially ones that come in their original box. I still have the other bottle which I’ll list soon.

I’ve having good luck with vintage musk scents recently. I’ll tell you more about that next week!

I found some nice Burberry frames in the Mile End. I listed them on eBay for 50$, and we’ll see how they do.

I found a bit of neat junk just off Boulevard Decarie. I like the vintage industrial brush and the little painted tree segment. It features a well known British Columbia tourist attraction, can you guess what it is?

My best find from that spot though was this cool framed, roughly 8×10″ photograph. I thought it was taken at Parc Jeanne-Mance because of the statue, but someone on a local Montreal history Facebook page correctly pointed out that the statue is actually the Dollard-des-Ormeaux monument at Parc Lafontaine. Regardless, it’s a very cool old photo that was probably taken around the 1920s. I wonder how common dog sledding was in Montreal at the time.

Otherwise, I found a bunch of junk on my Friday morning run but nothing really inspired me. I did find a bit of cash though, and that’s always fun. There were four American dollar bills, 2000 Vietnamese dong (which is worth approximately 10 cents), a fifty cent piece and a collection of largely worthless foreign coins. I should be able cash the American dollars pretty easily (they’re worth roughly 5 Canadian dollars) and the rest will go in the yard sale bin.

That’s pretty much it for last week. I know this was a relatively light post, so here’s some extra stuff from that spot in the Mile End that I didn’t get around to sharing previously. The little ashtray with the 25c sticker is stamped Herend Hungary and seems to have a bit of value. A similar one sold recently on eBay for 30$. Not bad!

This week’s been a bit slow as well, though I did find some neat stuff yesterday in Villeray. Tomorrow’s my birthday (turning the big three-oh) so hopefully the universe bestows some good luck upon me. The end of the month is nigh, so people will be moving and that’s always a good thing.

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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