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Recent sales: February

I sold a lot of things in February but didn’t make much money overall. Still, it was enough to pay the bills and I was glad to get some stuff out of the house.

1. Artur Rubinstein signature, framed: On eBay for 200$. Not bad eh?

2. Small box of Expo 67 slides: On eBay for 25$. I usually sell Expo 67 slides for between 1.25$ and 1.60$ each, depending on the quality.

3. Sheaffer Imperial I fountain pen: On eBay for 30$.

4. Givenchy Gentleman after-shave: On eBay for 45$. Only one left now. Found in the Plateau.

5. WWII-era Colgate’s kit bag: On eBay for 25$. Found in the Mile End.

6. Sherman brooch: On eBay for 70$. Sherman really did make some nice stuff. Found in the Plateau.

7. Cidopey slides: On eBay for 20$ (auction). I’m not sure why this old Richard Corben comic was in slide form, but it seems that someone on eBay appreciated it. The slides are now in England. Found in Outremont.

8. Vintage beer labels: On eBay for 61$ (auction). I’m pretty happy with how this auction turned out. These beer labels were pretty cool, dating back to the late 40s or 50s, and were lucky to survive their trip to the trash bag undamaged. Found in St-Michel.

9. Butterscotch bakelite beads: On eBay for 20.50$ (auction). It seems that the red bakelite beads are more valuable than the butterscotch. The more you know! Found years ago in Park Ex.

10. Vintage ring box: On eBay for 20$. Found in Cote-des-Neiges.

11. Skiing devil printer’s block: On eBay for 30$. Those printing blocks I found a while back were cool but not particularly valuable. Still, this one eventually sold for a decent price. Found in Montreal West.

12. Leslie Block dangle earrings: On eBay for 100$. These sold quickly for a lot more than I originally expected. Found in Snowdon.

13. Esterbrook flo-master: On eBay for 20$. Found in TMR.

14. Christian Dior Dune: On eBay for 40$. Part of that excellent perfume collection I found a while back in TMR.

15. Rachel Zoe bracelet: On eBay for 30$. One of last year’s McGill move-out day finds.

16. Silver clothes brush: On eBay for 30$.

17. Frontier Town cuff bracelet: On eBay for 20$. Found in St-Michel.

18. Tom & Jerry “Carmen get it” film reel: On eBay for 30$. Found in Outremont.

19. Walter Boss mouse figurine: On eBay for 40$. Found in Westmount.

20. Wabasso 10k gold 35 year service pin: On eBay for 50$. I sent this via lettermail and apparently it hasn’t arrived yet. If it doesn’t show up soon, I’ll have to issue a refund. Sometimes lettermail travels very slowly (I once had an envelope arrive around three months late), but it’s substantially cheaper than any other service offered by Canada Post. Found in Rosemont.

21. Unicef watch: On eBay for 12$.

22. WWII carbine rifle carrying case: On eBay for 25$. Found in Rosemont near Olympic Stadium.

23. 1950s Valle’s Steakhouse restaurant menu: On eBay for 25$. I love old restaurant menus. Found in Verdun.

24. Robert Larin cast pewter brutalist necklace, for repair: On eBay for 40$. As mentioned in a recent post.

25. Western Digital 1TB DVR Expander: On eBay for 80$. This is one of those things that’s impossible to test without the right equipment. It’s a bit of risky selling electronics without fully testing them, but I really wanted that 80$. The machine turned on, came from a general electronics purge (including iPods) in a wealthy neighbourhood (indicating that the devices were probably “obsolete” and not broken), and was in good cosmetic condition, so I deemed the risk to be low. So far, so good. Found in Westmount.

26. Single Georg Jensen cufflink: On eBay for 35$. Found in TMR.

27. McIntosh speaker product sheet: On eBay for 20$.

28. WWII needle sterilizer: On eBay for 30$. Found in Outremont.

29. Vintage Seiko automatic watch, for repair: On eBay for 25$. The automatic mechanism seemed to work fine, but it wouldn’t wind using the crown. Still, it was a neat old watch. Found in Rosemont.

30. Vintage 10cc BD syringe: On eBay for 40$. Found in Hampstead.

31. WWII soldier’s sewing kit: On eBay for 25$.

32. Mid Century Orrefors art glass vase: On eBay for 80$. Soon to appear in another post!

33. Prescription Ray-Bans: On eBay for 25$. Found in St-Michel.

34. Seiko chronograph watch, for repair: On eBay for 40$. I couldn’t get this thing to work but it still sold for a good price. It was in pretty good cosmetic condition. Found in Westmount.

35. Empty Montblanc pen box: On eBay for 30$.

36. Raquette Lake girls camp yearbook: On eBay for 35$. A fun nostalgia piece!

Total: 1461$, 4085.50$ so far in 2018.

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Weird work / garbology pt.4

I recently did an interview with the folks at Weird Work. I usually hate the sound of my own voice but I was pretty happy with how it turned out! I had a good time talking with interviewer Sam Balter, and I think the episode does a great job detailing my work in a succinct and light-hearted way. Listen to it here, or find it on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. It’s about 23 minutes long.

I hired a friend the other day using some of the money donated by you readers (thank you again!). She helped me take some of the photos for this post (including the glamour shot above) as well as the photos of the vintage dresses from another recent post. I’ll probably hire her again next week as my garage has officially become a complete disaster zone – there’s lots of pictures to be taken, and lots of stuff that needs to be organized.

I haven’t found anything at this spot over the past few weeks, but I’m optimistic that maybe it’ll produce more quality junk sometime soon. I can see some black garbage bags sitting just inside the front window, so someone just needs to bring them out to the curb.

Vintage lovers should love this post – it features all kinds of awesome old junk. Those cat salt and pepper shakers are made of the same type of thin plastic as the Aunt Jemima shaker from a few posts back. That plastic is pretty fragile, so the cats were lucky to survive their trip to the black garbage bag. The angry pickle shaker is destined for a friend of mine who matches it perfectly.

I always enjoy finding button collections. Here’s the contents of that bag in the first picture spread across three of those tin toy platters. Zoom in to see if there’s any you like! You’ll have to come to my yard sale to buy any though.

As usual there was a bit of miscellanea mixed in with the buttons. Here we have a cool pair of cufflinks, an amusement token of some kind, a squished 1938 penny, three WWII era buttons, and a Catholic charm.

I found some nice Fire King stuff including that sugar dish above (I also have the lid). Below you’ll see a couple of the matching cups. Those goggles at the bottom right are unusual, have you seen anything like them before?

A friend made a candle inside that Truro Nova Scotia cup, which was made in 1960 to celebrate the city’s bicentennial. Those old Corneli pizza mugs are great restaurant ware – on the bottom of each is marked “Maddock Ultra Vitrified, Made in England.” Corneli’s opened in 1960, so perhaps these mugs are from the early days of the restaurant. The restaurant is still around today – impressive longevity considering the industry.

There’s another old transistor radio battery on the right. It’ll end up on eBay at some point, after I accumulate a larger collection. At top left is a liquor permit issued in Amherst Nova Scotia in 1950.

Here we have a cute framed panda (which seems to be painted on foam), a collection of swizzle sticks, a deck of nudie cards, a Labatt 50 table lighter, more Red Rose figurines, and lots of other stuff. Zoom in for a closer look!

Here’s a few more Red Rose tea card albums, a postcard from Morrissey Rock NB, and an old beaded purse.

Lots of salt and peppers shakers here! There’s also a couple Queen Elizabeth trading cards, an Avon perfume bottle made to look like a Coleman lamp, a skeleton key, a pin from the Cuban Pavillion of Expo 67, a rosary, and a 1955 magazine titled “Annales de Notre-Dame de L’Assomption.”

Lots of fun junk in here! This person must have liked kickboxing, as the program at top right is the second I found at this spot. This one is from a fight in Paquetville NB, and also doubled as an hommage to hometown hero Jean Yves Theriault.

I don’t think anything in this post is particularly valuable, but I think a lot of it will sell for between 50 cents and 5$ at a yard sale. That can add up pretty fast!

I’ll write at least one more post in this series. Hopefully more, if those bags appear on the curb sometime in the near future and contain some goodies!

Otherwise, my luck has been only okay recently. NDG has been my most productive neighbourhood of late. I found myself in Ville St Laurent on Thursday – I saved a bag of buttons and other crafting stuff, a vintage “à louer” sign from the era of the 7 digit phone number, and a Last Supper print with a super kitsch 60s frame. I also saved some cool stuff in Ahunstic, and met some homeowners who were more than happy to give me some of their old junk. Maybe I’ll share that story in more detail on a future post.

Here’s hoping there’s a warm weekend coming up in March. I’d like to get a little yard sale in, even if it’s not the “big one” at my garage. I need the cash, and would love to unload some of my treasures. I’ll consider pulling the trigger if the weather is calling for full sun, no wind, and a high of at least 6 degrees.


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Odds & ends

I’ve been going to moving and estate sales fairly regularly of late. It’s always interesting to look through old stuff, and I’m often able to snag a good deal thanks to the time I’ve spent researching prices online.

I went to one particularly fun sale a few weeks ago. A couple of people (who also happened to be quite pleasant) were clearing out their aunt’s apartment, which was packed full of old trinkets, tools, kitchenwares, clothing, lamps, and furniture. It was the kind of sale where the sellers were cleaning and organizing as they went – they didn’t necessarily know what was in every corner. For example, I got a good deal on some Federal milk glass teacups and saucers that I found in a small closet that seemed to have been previously unexplored.

A lot of good stuff gets tossed leading up to estate clearouts. I often notice advertisements for sales at houses that produced quality trash in the weeks, or sometimes months beforehand. These folks were pretty good at redistributing the stuff they didn’t want – towards the end of the sale they had set aside a big pile of stuff to bring to a charity shop – but a few bags still made their way to the dumpster. To me that’s totally understandable, as dealing with an estate is often a really big and sometimes painful job. Since garbage is my business, I went back the next garbage day to see if there was anything good inside those bags.

I expected to find more to be honest, but I still saved a bit of decent stuff. I brought home some cassette tapes, which I gave to my archiving friend in case there was anything cool on them. One was marked “Olympic” and could be a radio recording from the 1976 Olympics, who knows. I also saved some nice vintage light switch covers, some rivets & nails, an old geometry instrument tin, a few wooden hangers, a big vintage container of floor wax…

… some drawer pulls & other metal doohickeys, a heavy duty label maker, a collection of instruction manuals for ColecoVision games, and a couple of old health insurance documents from Denmark. Those are pretty neat, and date back to the late 1940s.

I’ll keep my eye on the curb in case more stuff gets tossed in the coming weeks. From what I remember the apartment had to be emptied by the end of February.

A recently sold house has produced some interesting finds of late. I opened one bag and saw some junk drawer type stuff, so I threw it in the car and did the sorting when I got home. I’m sure some of your eyes gravitated towards those bills, which I found folded up in old plastic wallet sleeves. Whether the tosser didn’t see them or didn’t care, I have no idea. The bill on the left is a 5$ note from 1954, which is worth approximately 5$. The American dollar bill is worth around 1.25$, while the Italian Lira is now worthless outside of its value as a collectible (probably 50c-1$). The Netherland’s Halve Gulden note was made between 1949-1959 and is probably worth around a dollar.

Fans of brutalist jewelry might have first noticed the necklace, which was made by Montreal-based designer Robert Larin in the late 60s or early 70s. A couple of the links are broken, but it’s still a striking piece in part because of its size – it seems to be one of the collar necklaces described in this article (a good resource for info on Canadian brutalist designers). I’m not sure what it’ll go for, but I’ll see if anyone bites at 40$ on eBay.

Otherwise we have a vintage Jewish National Fund coin bank (probably worth 20-30$), an Ionic Mason coin, 11 bus tickets from 1986, a vintage battery, and a metal doohickey that might be a vintage credit card (bottom right).

I found some decent costume jewelry here, as well as some good crafting items. That bag at the top left is filled with vintage “Made in Czechoslovakia” clasps, for instance. There was no gold or silver unfortunately, but this stuff should make me a bit of money nonetheless. There’s an old TTC token at the bottom right which you probably can’t see due to the glare.

Otherwise, I found a vintage soap dish, a YM-YWCA book of some kind, a map of Israel c.1967, and two old ticket stubs, one of which is from an October 1 1978 Neil Young concert at Maple Leaf Gardens.

I found some more stuff here last week, but that’ll have to wait for another post. Here’s hoping this spot provides quality junk for the foreseeable future!

A spot in NDG has been producing some fun vintage stuff the past couple of weeks. Here we have some vintage Nestle Quik (which I’d guess is from the 80s or 90s), a brass turtle magnifying glass (which I might keep myself), a collection of unused Snoopy greeting cards, some fibreglass repair gunk from the 60s or 70s (I’m not sure if anyone will want it, but I thought the box was cool), and a Parker ballpoint pen.

That hammer at the bottom might be the most unusual piece. On it is written “Mission St Xavier, Caughnawaga.” It’s probably not that old, maybe from the 60s or 70s, but I’ve never seen anything like it before. If you have any insights please share them in the comments!

Here we have an old electric knife box, a copy of Windows 3.0, a patch from Camp Minogami, and a cheese grater. That old French vocabulary book is cool too – it has a lot of cute pictures inside, which should make it appealing at a future yard sale.

I’m guessing the watercolour markers in these tins aren’t much good anymore, but the tins themselves are kind of neat. Those intercoms should sell at a yard sale for a few bucks, and that metal gymnast is pretty fun. Those wooden necklaces look to have been made at Camp Minogami.

This house has provided a lot of fun kitchenwares, most of which you’ll have to wait until the next post to see! The most valuable piece here is that silver plated thing on the left. Most silver plated stuff isn’t worth a heck of a lot, but that’s an old cocktail shaker made by Birks under their “Primrose Plate” moniker. I found one on eBay that sold for around 60$ plus shipping, but I think that it could be worth a bit more than that.

Otherwise, these finds salvaged my Tuesday night run. I went out with a friend and we found very little, but at one stop we noticed a bag that had a nice jingle to it. Most of the contents were gross, but at the bottom was a small collection of junk drawer type items, of which the above were the cream of the crop. The pens are either incomplete or broken, but might still have modest value to a collector (the one on top features the logo of the Montreal Bar Association).

On the bottom, from left to right, is an old sterling silver class ring from 1962, a silver pendant, an Egyptian cartouche pendant that looks to be 12k gold, and a single cufflink designed by Georg Jensen. I found a similar cufflink that sold for 35$ on eBay, and I think the little Egyptian pendant could fetch around 70-80$. So, all in all that trash run was a modest success, despite the fact that my good finds could have easily been measured in grams.

That’s all for now, but there’s lots more finds to come!


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