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Recent sales (August 15 – September 11)

I’ve been doing a good job lately listing or otherwise dealing with things from my “death pile” (ie: a collection of stuff that sits around doing nothing and makes flippers feel overwhelmed). That’s a good thing because more listings means more profit. A lot of these items (like an Apple TV remote) are of low value but it all adds up. My overall earnings for the period were just okay, but considering how slow my sales (particularly eBay sales) were at this time last year I’ll take it.


1. Vintage 1960s Cronel divers watch: On eBay for 55$. This was a nice looking piece. Found in the Plateau not long before my move in June. It didn’t make the blog, largely because I was so busy at the time.


2. Lot of 1930s Canadian National Steamships menus: On eBay for 25$. Found last year in NDG.


3. Vintage B-D Yale syringe: On eBay for 25$. It’s the one at bottom left. Found last year in Cote-des-Neiges.


4. Anime DVD sets: On eBay for 70$. One set called Tactics (5 discs) sold for 30$, while one called Nadia – the Secret of the Blue Water (11 discs) sold for 40$. I know nothing about anime, but the huge collection I found last year while walking with my sister in the Plateau sure has made me a lot of money – I’d guess around 750$ so far with more yet to sell. They were all in black garbage bags, which goes to show how profitable it can be to open those things up.


5. Pratt & Whitney enameled plaque: On eBay for 25$. From what I understand this plaque was taken from a WWII fighter jet engine. If the enamel was in better condition it would have sold for closer to 100$. Found in Villeray a few months ago thanks to a tip on a Facebook trading group I follow. Apparently a man had passed away and his apartment was quickly cleared out. The pile was largely picked through by the time I got there, and unfortunately some of the pickers left a hell of a mess. Still, I was able to find a few things of value.


6. Antique metronome: On eBay for 65$. Found earlier this summer in TMR.


7. WWI pennant – 40th Battalion: On eBay for 110$. One of many very cool old pennants I found in Montreal West earlier this year.


8. Vintage UFO-related publications, most of which were printed by Gray Barker / Saucerian publications: On eBay for 50$. There was indeed a market for this old UFO stuff. In fact, from the buyer is a university librarian and writer whose current project is a bibliography of Saucerian publications. It’s cool that these might contribute to something interesting! Found about a month ago in Rosemont. I also sold two pieces (the vintage National Enquirer and another piece) to a friend for 5$.

9. Apple TV remote: On eBay for 20$.


10. Casio G-Shock watch: On eBay for 50$. Found on one of my bike rides in the Mile End.


11. Silhouette Titan eyeglasses: On eBay for 55$. Found a while ago in TMR.


12. Original iPod Nano: On eBay for 75$. This is the model that was recalled and can be returned for a new iPod. I didn’t feel like going through that process again so I sold it as it was. The profit is pretty close to what I would have made from the replacement iPod anyways. Found in Rosemont early in the summer.


13. Vuarnet Pouilloux Skilynx sunglasses: On eBay for 70$. These were actually given to me by an old guy who was clearing out his apartment in the Plateau. He had lived there for about 40 years. They were part of a larger collection all of which he found in the park over many years. For a few weeks I made a habit of dropping by every trash day to see what was on the curb, and occasionally he’d hand me stuff like this as well. It was a pleasant experience all around. It happened around the time I moved, so unfortunately none of this was ever mentioned on the blog.


14. Vintage cast iron door back plates: On eBay for 100$. The same guy who gave me those sunglasses threw out these door plates. They ended up going for a nice profit.


15. Vintage Napier silver plate toothpick holders: On eBay for 65$. I was a bit overzealous when packaging these, which bumped me up a shipping weight class and cost me around 8$. Still, I don’t mind making the occasional mistake when the overall profit is good. Found earlier this summer in TMR.

Sterling silver spoon - 1909 50th Birthday, 30 years in confectionary business

16. W.H. Luden souvenir sterling silver spoon: On eBay for 22$. This find dates back to the beginning of the blog. It was by far my oldest listing, and now it’s finally gone. I overestimated its value at first, and it only sold after several price revisions. Still, the spoon sold for about twice as much as it would have earned for scrap metal. It was made in 1909 to celebrate W.H. Luden’s 50th birthday and 30th anniversary in the confectionery business. Apparently he was the guy who invented cough drops way back when. Found in the Plateau way back in October 2012.

17. Vintage Sharp Calculator: On eBay for 15$.


18. Canon Powershot S3 IS camera: On eBay for 55$. This is one of the nicer product photos I’ve ever taken. All it took was some natural outdoor light, a sheet of poster board, and a decent camera. Still, I bought a light box (I have yet to set it up) so that I can more consistently take photos like this. Outdoor light is pretty inconsistent, and that can be frustrating. Found a few months ago in TMR.

19. Lot of 6 (mostly) silver Navajo button covers: On eBay for 50$. I can’t find the pictures on my computer but you can check them out here. Found with lots of other great stuff this January in TMR.


20. Lot of 4 East Carribean Authority notes: On eBay for 25$. I sent these untracked to India. It’s somewhat risky, but they had gone unsold for a while and I was happy to see them go. So far I’ve had good luck sending low value items overseas untracked.


21. Sennheiser noise-cancelling headphones: On eBay for 40$. They look to have never been used. Found around a month ago in Glenmount.

22. Yard sale: 100$. It was a pretty slow day for foot traffic, likely because people were taking end of summer trips. Still, a few regular customers came and made the day worthwhile. I’ve had a bit of a dry spell lately, so it’ll be at least a couple more weeks until I do another sale. I really just don’t have much left to sell right now.


23. Perfumes: To a reader for 80$. The Guerlain at right was the more profitable, netting me 40$. I found that one in the Plateau. Otherwise, a bottle of Le Male by Jean-Paul Gaultier I found in Cote-des-Neiges went for 20$. A few others were part of the deal, but I can’t remember which ones.

24: iPod: To a friend for 25$. It’s the grey one in the picture above. Found in the Plateau.

25. Loose change: Exchanged at a machine for 20$. I used bring my coins to TD Bank because they offered a free coin counter service to customers. However, they have now retired the machines due largely to a lawsuit claiming that the machines were shortchanging their users. I couldn’t care less about the miscalculations to be honest – I would have been perfectly happy to take home 97% (which seems to be around what they were actually paying out) for the privilege of not having to count my own coins. Besides, the only competition seems to be those Coinstar machines which take over 10% of the total. That just feels like a bad deal. If anyone knows of any alternatives that don’t include rolling let me know!


26. Marantz 2225 Receiver / Tuner: To a friend for 200$. My roommate ended up buying this off me, which was convenient because I didn’t have to worry about shipping the thing. None of the lights work but it functions very well otherwise. This specific model is of interest to collectors – one refurbished 2225 tuner sold for 550$ on eBay. Found this July in Outremont.

Total: 1497$, 16548$ since the new year.

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Recent sales (July 18 – August 14)

It was pretty slow going for a while there. In fact, there was a period of two weeks (between July 23 and August 7) where I didn’t sell a thing. Thankfully sales picked up a bit and I ended up having a decent if unspectacular month.


1. Yard sales: 330$. I had a sale a couple weeks ago that I didn’t advertise whatsoever. I made around 100$, which is below average, but while everything was out on the curb I was able to weed out the clutter that wasn’t going to sell anytime soon, if ever. That set me up nicely for yesterday’s sale. I wasn’t able to put out as much as I usually do, but still had success because the things I brought were of better quality. I ended up making 230$, despite it being super cloudy and near rain for much of the day. I think I would have been cleared out if it had been sunny all day.

By the way, those framed images I mentioned in my last post didn’t last too long. The first to sell was the only non-religious one. The second was actually kitschy Jesus, who I figured would be the hardest to sell. The last supper sold last. I priced them all at 5$, which was maybe too low but I was happy to move them quickly. Looking back, this stuff might actually be in style, at least in the artsy / hipster Plateau.


2. IBM Selectric Typewriter: On Kijiji for 50$. The Selectric was very popular in the 1960s. It was very bulky and quite heavy. Found this May in Rosemont.

3. Perfumes: To a reader for 40$. I found a nice, nearly full bottle of Miss Dior near Snowdon metro last week that went for 30$. It was vintage, probably from the 70s. The other two were smaller, half full perfumes by Annick Goutal that I found in Outremont. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures.


4. Macbook Pro, for repair: On eBay for 250$. I bought a new battery for it, so my actual profit was around 200$. This is the one I found back in February. It seemed to work at first (at least after I took out the old battery which was bulging and impacting the trackpad), but after a while it became really slow and painful to use. It was a 2009 model, so chances are the original hard drive was cooked. It’s probably an easy fix for whoever bought it. Found in TMR.


5. Vintage Tiffany jewelry box: On eBay for 50$. I’d guess this box was made in the 20s or 30s. Anything Tiffany related is worth a bit of money. Found January 2016 in NDG.

6. Rodenstock Rocco eyeglass frames: On eBay for 44$. I listed these a long time ago. I have a faint recollection of finding in the Plateau a couple years back, but I can’t be certain.


7. 1964 Lindsay Place (Pointe-Claire) High School yearbook: On eBay for 40$. I’ve heard of people having success selling old yearbooks, but only recently did I try doing it myself. This yearbook, one of several I listed sold within a day. I was pretty happy about that. I’m sure the rest will be long tail items, but eBay’s fees for listing books are lower for just that reason. Found in TMR.


8. Rosen remote control: On eBay for 27$. I don’t think there’s anything less exciting than selling remote controls. I don’t even know what this remote was for. Still, selling them is pretty easy and they make me a bit of extra cash. I only recently realized that this was market I could capitalize on.


9. Vintage Alan Stuart designer toothbrush: On eBay for 30$. It was in its original box. Saved from a cheesy bag in June of 2015.


10. Silver turtle bracelet: On Etsy for 30$. My first Etsy sale since May.


11. Vintage Lancome Magie Noire perfumed dusting powder: On eBay for 80$. This stuff seems to be pretty collectible! Found last month in Outremont.


12. 1977 Grey Cup pennant: On eBay for 100$. I found this over two years ago. I kept it myself for awhile, using it as a decoration. I like collecting Montreal related stuff, and especially enjoyed the image of the Big O. However, I didn’t end up putting it up at my last place, and when I didn’t display it at my new place either I figured I might as well sell it. I got a very good price so I’m pretty happy. Found May 2014 in TMR.

Total: 1071$, 15051$ since the new year.

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Recent sales (June 20 – July 17)

All things considered this was a decent sales period. For a while it was looking like there was going to be a postal strike, so I put my stores on vacation to make sure there weren’t going to be any issues with delivery. Fortunately the parties involved seem to have worked things out, at least for now. I actually sold a few things while on vacation mode too, and because the lockout hadn’t actually begun I was able to ship them out normally.

Otherwise, I was also busy with the move, meaning I didn’t have much time to list new items. I’m starting to get back into the rhythm of things again though.


1. Antique Chinese silver ring: On eBay for 65$. Found this January in TMR.


2. Lot of 13 5.25″ floppies, some of which held old Apple software: On eBay for 40$. I was kind of surprised, but not really when I looked these up and found out they were worth selling. There’s a healthy market for vintage computer stuff. I can’t remember where I found them though.


3. “Message of Israel” 1950s radio transcripts: On eBay for 45$. I had a box full of these, and I’m glad they sold before I moved. Found in Westmount last summer.


4. Garmin Nuvi GPS: On eBay for 50$. Just the device was included – I had none of the chargers or accessories. Found in February in TMR.


5. Original iPad: On Kijiji for 80$. This is the second working iPad I’ve found in my trash picking career. Both have turned up in the last six months. Found on McGill move-out day.


6. Charles de Gaulle tobacco pipe: On eBay for 70$. Found November 2015 in TMR.


7. Lot of old broken cellphones, mostly Blackberries: On eBay for 25$. These phones were just barely worth selling on eBay. Anything older is best recycled at this point, though the really old stuff (especially the old brick phones) can have some serious collectors value.


8. Vintage Ray-Bans, 12k gold filled: On eBay for 130$. These took a while to sell but that was mostly my own doing. I wanted to feel out of the market, so I started with a very high price and eventually worked my way down until they finally sold. The market for anything Ray-Ban related, especially the vintage stuff is pretty good! Found last summer in Hampstead.


9. Martin Wells eyeglass frames: On eBay for 25$. These would have sold for more, but there was a small crack on one of the arms.


10. Vintage 1960s Silva compass (“Sun Watch”): On eBay for 30$. I listed this compass last week and it sold within a day. Found not far from my old place in the Plateau.


11. Programme Officiel de Parti Quebecois, 1980: On eBay for 20$. I found this on Thursday, listed it on Friday and sold it on Saturday. It included an introduction by René Lévesque, the founder of the Parti Quebecois and Premier of Quebec from 1976-1985. Found in Outremont.


12. Yard sale: 330$. It was my first one in over a month, and the first at my new place. It went pretty well all in all, though I’ll have to find some folding tables for future sales. Some better signage would also help.

13. Magazine lot: to a friend for 100$. These included some of the vintage Vogues I found a while back, as well as some old Playboys I found in the Plateau. She intends to use them for collages.

Total: 1010$, 13980$ since the new year. I’m on pace to make around 25k in 2016.

Just to clarify for any new readers, the stated prices factor in the cost of shipping but not eBay / PayPal fees, which come to around 10% of the total transaction.

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