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Recent sales: December

After my recent auction success (which turned out not to be much of a success, but whatever) I decided to change a bunch of my older Buy it Now listings to auctions. I wondered if the auctions would get more exposure and clicks, and hoped that it would help clear out some old stock.

So far, it doesn’t seem like the listings are seeing much, if any more interest than they were beforehand. A couple have bids, so at least I’ll get rid of two things, but they’ll probably end up selling for less than I would have earned if I stuck with the Buy it Now.

Either way, it was a worthwhile experiment that goes to show the value of the Buy it Now listing, especially for niche stuff that’s unlikely to get a lot of views. My auctions end tonight at around 8pm EST so check them out if you’re interested! They’re almost certain to finish at a bargain price. If they don’t sell, most will end up in my yard sale pile.

December was a pretty good month for sales. I also calculated my total profit in 2017, which you can find at the bottom of this post.

1. Maruyama courting couple figurine: On eBay for 60$. One of the last pieces from that china collection I found a few years back. It was in great condition. Found in Ville St Laurent.

2. Vintage transit documents: On eBay for 15$. Found in Rosemont.

3. Vintage Paratrooper poster: On eBay for 25$. Four down, around 15 to go.

4. Christmas light lot (tested): On eBay for 45$. Testing all this stuff was a hassle, but the profit wasn’t bad. Mostly found in Westmount.

5. SAP textbook: On eBay for 40$. I’ve sold a few of my SAP textbooks now. Hopefully I sell a few more, but if not I’ve made a bit over 100$ for my efforts. Found in the Plateau.

6. Montreal Olympics slide lot: On eBay for 200$. The buyer seemed most interested in photos of the gymnastic events. Found in TMR.

7. Three brown bakelite light switches: On eBay for 60$. These were more valuable than I originally expected. Something else to keep an eye out for while picking!

8. Aurora Hastil pen with 14k nib, for repair: On eBay for 40$. It needed some fixing but still sold for a good price. Found in the Plateau.

9. Phillips LFH9600 digital memo recorder: On eBay for 120$. Found in TMR.

10. Krieger tidal watch: On eBay for 515$. It cost 35$ to get a new battery in there, which I subtracted from the profit. Krieger isn’t a particularly well known company, but they make quality watches and their tidal wares satisfy a niche market. Found in Outremont.

11. Superscope (Marantz) TDR-830 8-track player/recorder: On eBay for 90$. This machine needed some repairs, but Marantz stuff always does well on eBay. Found in Rosemont.

12. WWII Vickers ammo box: On eBay for 80$. This sold pretty quickly. Found in NDG.

13. Birks silver picture frame: On eBay for 40$. Found in Hampstead.

14. Birks silver picture frame #2: On eBay for 30$. This one was bigger but had no glass. Found elsewhere in Hampstead.

15. Ed Levin silver bracelet: On eBay for 80$. Found in the Mile End.

16. Boston Pops 1952 program: On eBay for 10$. I’m just glad this is gone! It had been on eBay for an eternity.

17. Zassenhaus 532 coffee grinder: On eBay for 250$. I would have loved to keep this for myself, but I can’t afford to own a 250$ coffee grinder. Found in Westmount.

18. Expo 67 construction photos: On eBay for 20$. Found in NDG.

19. Christmas light lot #2: On eBay for 40$. These sold on boxing day. Found in Westmount.

20. Christian Dior Poison soap bar: On eBay for 50$. Not bad for 30 year old soap! Found in Outremont.

21. Schuco Fex windup car: On eBay for 60$. I got neutral feedback for this because I forgot to mention in the listing that the winding mechanism probably didn’t work. My bad. If the buyer had contacted me directly I would have offered a partial refund, but I guess it didn’t bother them that much. Found in Westmount.

22. Round bakelite light switches: On eBay for 25$. More old bakelite switches. These were a little beat up, so I didn’t ask for much.

23. Yearbooks: To a reader for 100$. I gave them a deal on the yearbooks I had on eBay, as well as a beautiful art deco era “Old McGill” yearbook I haven’t posted here yet.

24. Drewrys bottle opener: On eBay for 15$.

25. Sherman bracelet: On eBay for 35$. I ended up giving a partial refund because I didn’t notice an issue with the clasp. A 15$ discount resolved the issue, however, and the buyer left good feedback. Found in Outremont.

26. Vintage Micronta alarm clock: On eBay for 30$. This had very big numbers!

Refunds:

1. Secret Dakini oracle tarot cards: -60$. These sold to someone in Germany but apparently they haven’t shown up. There’s no tracking number (tracking anything going overseas via Canada Post costs at least 40$) so there’s no way to say where it is. I can only hope that it shows up eventually, and that the buyer is honest enough to pay me again. Regardless, the occasionally refund is just a cost of doing business.

Total: 2015$, 27152$ in 2017. This bests my previous record by around 5000$. I credit an extremely successful yard sale season, as well as my consistently improving eBay skills for the great year. I hope to cross the 30k mark in 2018!

It’s worth noting here that my stated sales totals are the gross profit, and don’t take into account the eBay / PayPal / Etsy fees I pay for my online sales. So, my actual earnings are about 8-10% less on the things I sell on eBay and about 6% less on the things I sell on Etsy. I’d guess that I paid around 1800$ in fees in 2017 – I’ll figure out exactly how much when I do my taxes. No matter, I did pretty well for selling trash!

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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Odds & Ends

It’s been a brutally cold week or so here in Montreal, which in combination with the holidays has given me a good excuse to take a break from trash picking. Nonetheless, I did get lucky with a few finds. On my way back from cat sitting I happened upon a few intriguing trash bags next to a pile of old furniture. Inside was a collection of semi-old papers, few of which were particularly interesting. However, I soon noticed some postage stamp books, and after digging around for a bit I accumulated a nice collection.

Above is maybe 1/3 of what I saved, and the total value of the stamps is just over 100$. As a regular shipper this is basically like finding cash!

I covered a few streets in the Plateau on the Wednesday night before Christmas and noticed a few boxes out on the curb. Most of the stuff was junk, but one box contained some vintage costume jewelry. These two rhinestone brooches stood out from the rest. The one on the left was made by Sherman, whose work does quite well on eBay. I listed mine for 75$, and I expect it’ll sell for around that. The one on the right is marked “Made in Austria” and should also do well, especially since it’s reminiscent of the mid-century starburst design that’s really popular right now.

(Edit: I just looked at the history of the Sherman jewelry company and apparently they were based in Montreal! I had no idea. Click on the link above if you’re interested in the company’s history).

I found this old Betamax player in NDG the week before Christmas. I love vintage electronics, so this was a fun find. It seems to be worth around 100$ in working condition but shipping this beast would be a hassle – it weighs over 20kg and is very large. Maybe I’ll try to sell it locally first, though the local market for vintage Betamax players is probably about as hot as the current weather.

On one particularly cold garbage run I saved just some plastic fish. Maybe they’ll pay for the gas I used at a future yard sale.

I missed out on another two garbage runs, once because the car wouldn’t start and another because I couldn’t drag myself out of bed.

One of the spots I missed provided this change purse (with contents) the week prior. Here’s hoping they saved all the good stuff for later this week.

I’m thinking that the garbage will pick up again this week or next, once people are done with all the holiday stuff.

In the meantime, here’s a couple of orphaned finds that didn’t make it to a previous post. I thought these Avon receipt books were neat – I’d guess they’re from the 80s.

While sorting through some bags of clothes I found my friends and I came across this vintage sign, presumably from a washroom or changing room. It’s pretty cool, and probably dates from sometime between the 40s and 60s (I’d guess from the earlier part of that spectrum).

I found this odd thing with those old metal bits not long ago. I don’t know if many people saw it in the picture, so here’s a close-up. It seems to be made of bone and measures about 8cm long. On the back is a round sticker with a B written on it. Any ideas as to what it is?

Otherwise, I’ve been busy working on eBay. I listed a lot of new items recently, but I also purged a bunch of old listings that weren’t likely to at any price sell anytime soon. Some of the listings I cancelled were years old, and I’m happy to not have to look at them anymore. Though I lost money on that stuff in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a good learning experience to figure out what’s worth listing and what’s not (and I’ve come a long way since I started seriously selling a few years back).

Over the summer I filled a few drawers and boxes with potentially eBayable items. Upon further research, not all of those things are actually worth listing, and good number of them are now in my yard sale boxes. Regardless, I still have a lot to list, and I do feel like I’ve made a dent in my “death piles.”

In a few cases I decided to go the auction route. Sometimes I just want to get stuff out of the house, and it’s nice not having to research prices. I figured this collection of miniature figurines was a good candidate for an auction – individually they’re not worth a bunch, but together they’re probably worth eBaying. Here’s a link if you’re interested in bidding, or just want a closer look.

Here’s that picture of Winston Churchill I found in the summer. Hopefully it finds a good home – here’s a link to the listing.

Last but not least is this collection of bakelite beads and other jewelry bits that I haven’t done anything with since October 2013. For a while I thought about making my own necklaces from them, but at some point I decided it wasn’t worth the effort (plus, I think arranging necklaces nicely is harder than it looks). After that, I developed a bit of a mental block when it came to dealing with them at all, until recently when I decided to auction the lot off and move on. So far, the auction is doing quite well with two bids within the first day, so I don’t think I’ll regret the decision. Here’s the link if you want a better look!

That’s it for now, but hopefully I’ll find more soon. If not, there are lots of pictures of garbage on my computer that I have yet to share.

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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Servire Populo pt.3

Here’s another collection of fun junk from that house in St Michel. It hasn’t produced many finds of late, but it seems like a new crop of trash makes its way to the curb every three weeks or so. None of the recent junk has been as interesting as my previous finds, but I’ll keep an eye on the place nonetheless.

I staged these two shots using an old drawer I found on the curb in Rosemont. I think they look pretty good! I may use it more going forward.

That KFC thing is inflatable, any ideas as to what it could be?

I liked these old chalkware pieces. I’d guess they were bought at a tourist shop somewhere in the Carribean in the 50s or 60s. They sold at one of my last yard sales of the season.

That swan was a funny DIY project. I forget if it actually served a purpose, but I do remember that there was an actual brick in the bottom of it. These folks were crafty, that’s for sure. The swan ended up selling for a dollar.

Those house embroideries are always fun to find. That Roseline wall plaque (also chalkware) is cool, though I can’t find a reference to the ship itself.

These old puzzles and games should be a hit at my next yard sale, which unfortunately is still many months away.

This folding rocking chair was actually pretty decent. The crochet covering though was a bit worn out. Fortunately, it could be easily removed.

This midcentury-ish lamp is still around, and should fetch a decent price.

I also found these two unusual prints featuring mimes. They’re kinda neat (or creepy, depending who you ask) and should sell at next year’s yard sale.

Otherwise, it’s official – I have the bigger garage! I have a lot of organizing to do, but once that’s done I’ll have more space to work with than ever before. I should be able to save more garbage as a result, and I think the blog will improve as well.

A while back I talked about doing an IndieGogo campaign to buy my car. However, now I think it makes more sense to do one to fund the purchase of the equipment I’ll need to make the space great. Good shelving racks are a must, and I also want to create a medium-size photo studio so that the pictures I take there are top-notch. So much stuff doesn’t make the blog simply because I don’t have an easy way to take quality group shots of larger miscellaneous objects. Anyways, I’ll keep you posted on that front.

I found a bit of neat stuff today in Outremont, including a 1$ bill from 1967. It might be a while before those things make the blog though, as a fair number of them are the larger miscellaneous objects I previously mentioned. Either way, I’m still sitting on a lot of photos from the summer, so you’ll be seeing some of those soon!

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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