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Mousely Crew / Garage

I forgot to mention in my last post this box of dolls, figurines, and other miniatures I found in Westmount. I was pretty busy at the time and I only got around to looking at the things inside this week. I knew the box held some very cute figurines, but as it turned out it contained some minor treasures as well.

As you can see, many of the figurines were wrapped in toilet paper. The box looked like it had been tossed without much of a thought.

There were lots of mice, but also plenty of other animals.

A lot of the fabric figures are kind of dirty but maybe someone could clean them. I think a bunch of them are supposed to be Christmas tree decorations, they have green string coming out of their backs. It’s a shame that both those rabbits in the back right are missing a part of their ear – fortunately, they still look nice viewed from their profile. I found a similar rabbit a while ago, I forget who designed them but I remember that they are collectible in good condition.

Otherwise, there’s a Wade cat figurine, a few other vintage cat figurines, and a stone mouse marked as being made in Italy.

My favourites are the extra small pieces. I wish the photo turned out better, but you can still get a better look by clicking on the picture and zooming in. The dragon-like creatures on the left might be made by the same company that did the rabbits above, the glaze is quite similar. Otherwise, there’s lots of other animals here, and many of them are vintage as well.

I did some research on the little metal mouse at bottom, second from the right, which had Austria stamped on the bottom. As it turns out it was designed by Walter Bosse, a noted mid-century craftsman. 1stDibs has one for sale at 250$. The prices at 1stDibs are super marked up (it’s a website for interior designers and the super rich) but I still think I can get at least 50$ for it.

If you know anything about any of the other figurines let me know! I’m not really an expert on the topic.

There was also a tiny Windsor Star newspaper, made around the time of Pope John Paul I’s death in 1978. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before.

Inside the box were several bracelets. None are wildly spectacular, but the two on top are made from sterling silver.

My favourite find might be this thimble, which is made from 10k gold. This is the first time I’ve found one! It’s worth close to 100$ in scrap, but I should be able to sell it for a bit more than that.

Otherwise, I mentioned in my last post that I was looking for a garage. Well, I finally found one. It’s not too far away either, in the Plateau near Laurier Park. I’m still going to use my other storage place, but this one has a few features the other doesn’t, like electricity, running water, and lights. It’ll be a lot easier to take photos of my finds which should lead to more garbage making the blog! I also like that I can easily test my electric finds and clean some of the dirty ones, making for better and more organized yard sales.

The rent is 200$ a month, but I’ll be sharing it with my friend who wants to repair and bring new life to largely dumpster dived furniture, some of which I’ve found or we’ve found together. Once she repairs a few pieces I’ll post some before and afters so that you can see the transformation!

It’s going to be a bit of work cleaning it up and getting it set up, but I’m excited to have a space like this at my disposal.

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 – 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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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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