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.


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.

Recent sales – June

I’m a bit behind on sales posts so here you go. June was adequate if unspectacular. I didn’t have any particular successful yard sales, but my eBay sales were relatively high value items – I averaged around 80$ per transaction. A lot of the items came from the Plateau and Mile End neighbourhoods, and that spot with the vintage electronics provided a good chunk of the value. I certainly don’t get rich off months like June (or any month to be honest) but my profits were good enough to pay the bills and mostly neutralize financial stress.

1. Vintage 1944-1945 Montreal Canadiens Schedule: On eBay for 150$. I found no record of any similar schedules on the internet, so there’s a possibility that I found the only one left in existence. Who knows? At the very least they seem to be pretty uncommon. Regardless, I’m happy with the price I got here. This schedule, which was a bit bigger than your average business card, was worth around its weight in gold. Found in Villeray.

2. Five packs of Vintage MacDonald’s cigarettes: On eBay for 137.50$. I also sold another two to someone else for 70$. I only have a few left now. Unfortunately, eBay has since deleted my listing citing that tobacco sales are strictly prohibited. However, according to this page it seems that they allow cigarette sales as long as you say that they are being sold as collectible packaging only. I’ll have to call eBay to clarify these positions. Found in Villeray.

3. Sony Microcassette Recorder: On eBay for 40$. Found on St-Viateur in the Mile End.

4. Ortofon STM-72 Stereo Transformer: On eBay for 75$. I sold this one “untested, as is.”

5. Ortofon STM-72 Stereo Transformer: On eBay for 200$. I sold this as used, but I got a premium because it looked NIB, or new in box. Both were found in the lower Plateau.

6. Voigtlander film camera: On eBay for 25$. Found in Outremont, took a while to sell.

7. Vintage 1940s Jewish marriage certificate: On eBay for 35$. A neat find from Cote St-Luc. Also a slow seller.

8. Lizon vintage eyeglasses: On eBay for 20$. I was starting to think these would never sell, but then they did. Found in NDG.

9. Jackie Robinson 8×10 photo: On eBay for 60$. Found a while back in NDG but only recently listed. One of my garbage picking dreams is to find some Jackie ephemera from when he played with the Montreal Royals in 1946. Maybe one day it will come true.

10. Production Variance Analysis in SAP Controlling by John Jordan: On eBay for 65$. I was wondering if I had wasted my time listing that collection of slightly old SAP (programming) textbooks I found a while back. It had been a few months and not one had sold. Fortunately, I’ve now sold two for a prices high enough to justify the effort. Hopefully the rest sell at some point, but if not at least I made my three figures. Found in the lower Plateau.

11. Practical Guide to Sales and Distribution in SAP ERP: On eBay for 65$.

12. Tascam Porta-05 Mini-Studio: On eBay for 70$. I didn’t have the power cord for this, and new power cords were kind of expensive (at least 30$). Because of that I decided to list it “untested, as is” for what I thought was a pretty reasonable price. However, the buyer asked for a return because of some problem with the play button. That was annoying, because I made it pretty clear that the buyer shouldn’t expect the unit to work. On the other hand, I also screwed up by listing the condition as “used” (I’m not sure how that happened, brainfart on my part I guess) instead of “for parts, repair”. That meant I couldn’t reject the return outright – eBay states that things listed as used should be functional.

Anyways, the guy later said that his friend might be able to fix it, and I haven’t heard from him for around a month now. Maybe it’ll all work out. Found in NDG.

13. Vintage Order of Ahepa secret ritual: On eBay for 50$. Found a few years ago in Ville St Laurent.

14. Welch Allyn diagnostic set: On eBay for 90$. I got more for this than I expected to. Another item sold as “untested” – the battery had long since died, and I wasn’t going to go out of my way to replace it. Found in VMR.

15. Vintage 1920s / 1930s Westclox Big Ben alarm clock: On eBay for 70$. This was a beautiful clock but it ticked very loudly. Some people are into that, but I warned in my listing that others might not be. Found in the Mile End.

16. Sony TR-610 Transistor Radio: On eBay for 130$. I love finding old radios. Found in the lower Plateau.

17. Cross fountain pen, 14k gold nib: On eBay for 40$. Found in the Mile End.

18. NIB Logitech webcam: On eBay for 75$. This had never been opened. Found in VMR.

19. Nikon Coolpix camera: On Kijiji for 50$. Worked totally fine. Even came with the charger. Found in Westmount.

20. Vintage art: On Kijiji for 50$. I had this cool painting for quite some time. It looked to be painted on cloth, and was probably made in art deco times. Perhaps I could have gotten more for it on eBay, but it would have been a hassle to ship. I’m just happy it finally found a new home. Saved in Outremont.

21. Silver ring: On Etsy for 20$.

22. Yard sales: 225$. I had one mediocre and a few mini yard sales in June. I forget how much I made to be honest, but I think that’s a solid guess.

23. Vintage postcards from London, England: To a reader for 40$. These were part of that nice old collection I found in VMR back in May. There were more than what’s pictured above, and I still have the royalty postcards if anyone is interested in those.

Total: 1857.50$, 12459.50$ so far in 2017. Current projections put me at around 25k for the year, which would be a record!

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.