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Parker VP

I told myself that Sunday would be a day of rest. My only plan was to watch football. However, I ended up spending much of the afternoon watching football, while also organizing and testing my large collection of vintage Christmas lights.

I’m sure some people find that kind of job meditative, but not me. Let’s just say I took no pleasure whatsoever in testing the many bulbs, trying to figure out if the bulb was the issue or the socket, all the while wondering if it was even worth the effort. I spent about four hours on this task, and by the end I developed a loathing for Christmas.

Fortunately, it’s only October, and I did end up getting this stuff organized and listed. The best of the bunch are the strings above which comes in beautiful decorative boxes. I listed them as an eBay auction starting at 30$ – here’s the link if you’re interested. I hope they’re worth that much, otherwise they won’t really be worth the time I spent organizing them, but you live you learn. Unfortunately the shipping will be expensive, but if you’re local you can skip out on the shipping fees by coming to pick them up.

I went out for a walk after finishing with these decorations and happened upon a very nice pile of rich people stuff. When I stopped there I had no bags, and when I left I had five (more, if you count the bags inside the bags). Anyways, that post will have to wait for another day. I also found some quality junk in St Michel.

Today though I’ll showcase a spot I’ve been visiting in Villeray. I’ve gone there every garbage day for the last month or so, and while that first day was the best so far, I still visit and find the occasional thing. I’m lucky to have even come across it – a friend and I found it while on a very late, and very casual garbage run.

People on Instagram noticed this cute little Christmas tree at the top of the pile. It seems to be in great shape! It looks a bit uneven in this photo but I think that’s because I put one of the branches in the wrong place.

I found a large 1976 Olympics coin bank there, which I sold at one of my recent yard sales. It was over a foot tall.

I love amateur art, so one of my favourite finds here was this deer painting by a guy named Pelletier. This now has a spot on the wall of the garage.

These cast iron pans were made by Findlay in Carleton Place Ontario. The company operated between 1862 and 1974. They were in pretty good condition, but were really gunky around the sides. From what I hear, the best way to clean that off is to throw them in a campfire. They sold at my most recent yard sale, so they’re someone else’s project now.

Those Glasbake mugs were nice, but had one chip in roughly the same place. A friend of mine is going to use them to put candles in.

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That 1950s Thermos sold for 10$ at my yard sale (a good deal, I think – I could have sold it for a lot more on eBay). The wooden spoon looks to be a memento from a 1966 sugar shack party.

Swizzle sticks are always fun. My favourite is the mermaid on the left, which came from Montreal’s Bellevue Casino. The Bellevue was a pretty popular spot back in the day, but shut down in the late 1950s.

There was a fair bit of candle-making stuff, as well as a collection of old beeswax candles.

My most profitable find there so far was this bag full of pens. Most were long dead and nothing special …

… but thankfully a few were noteworthy. The top three are Northrite pens, which aren’t super fancy but solid enough. The Expo 67 pen is kind of neat, I haven’t seen one previously. The best though is the Parker VP on the bottom, which was actually in very nice condition.

It has a 14k gold nib, and I expect it to sell for around 100$. This is why I always keep an eye out for old pens!

That’s all from this place for now, though if I’m lucky I’ll have more to show at some point down the line.

Here’s a few other miscellaneous finds. I found this stuff at a one hit wonder spot in St Michel. The horse clock was cool, but it had been repaired many times and the clock itself didn’t work. However, someone at my most recent yard sale liked it regardless and was pumped to get it for a dollar. I’m glad it found a good home! The cute heart clock also didn’t work, but someone bought it for a dollar nonetheless.

I happened upon a few watches in Rosemont. Most weren’t anything special, but the vintage automatic Seiko on the right is nice of neat and should be worth selling on eBay.

I saved some old wooden printing blocks in Outremont. They look to be from some old french Canadian history textbook. They’re pretty interesting, zoom in for a closer look!

Otherwise, this vintage pineapple lamp sure did make my Instagram followers jealous. Do you like it? The lamp was just sitting there on the curb in NDG, and I was lucky to come across it first. I could probably sell it for a nice price, but for now I plan on keeping it.

The weather is looking iffy for this weekend, so unless that clears up my (real) last yard sale will be later in October. I’ll keep you posted, however.

Relevant 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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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.

Returns

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.

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Blessings pt.2

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The yard sale was productive, and almost certainly my largest ever. I got rid of a lot of stuff, my friend sold a lot of clothes, and we did a pretty good purge afterwards. However, it was also a really long day, around 12 hours straight with no breaks and not enough food or water. Plus, our landlord’s wife got really mad at us for doing the sale. That was more or less worked out by the end, but it did add some unneeded stress right from the start.

That being said, I’m considering doing another sale if the weather keeps up. I’ve cleared out a lot of stuff, but as I get organized I keep digging up old finds from buried boxes, most of which haven’t made it to my previous sales. I’d like to give some of these items one more chance to sell before winter, because it’s unlikely I’ll want to hold onto them until spring. My plan is to purge all but the best trash at the end of the yard sale season; that way it’ll be easier to stay organized over the winter, and I can start fresh in the spring.

The sale definitely won’t be this weekend, but depending on the weather it could be the next weekend or the one after. I’ll keep you posted.

Today I’ll finish up with the spot where I found all those papal blessings. While taking the pictures of all those frames I forgot to include one of my favourites, which was this series of five pictures from a 1938 Cercle des Jeune Naturalistes exhibition in Rimouski. The exhibit features lots of neat nature-related stuff, including bird wings, a stuffed owl, many different types of leaves, and lots of artwork. Zoom in for a much better look. I’ve never seen any photos quite like this previously, and it’s always neat to find something a little different.

I found a few different posters, including this one from Bourbon Street in New Orleans. It’s definitely vintage and in good condition, so I’ll try to get a nice price for it on eBay.

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This poster was cool but ripped a bit in the middle. It was a throw-in at my most recent sale.

I also liked this old French wine map.

I went there one recycling day and saved a whole bunch of vintage cookbooks.

The best of the bunch was this Five Roses cookbook from 1915. The covers were off, but the pages were still in great shape. I sold it at one of my previous sales for 3$.

I saved a few books. None were super exciting, but this one was published in 1782. It’s in poor condition, but it’s not everyday I find something that old.

I saved a few photos, including one that looks to have been taken in an old schoolhouse.

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I also found a neat etched portrait from the 50s. I hadn’t seen anything quite like it previously.

There were boxes and boxes of old lamp parts out on one trash day. Most looked to be from junky mid-century lamps, but they could be useful for crafting or repair.

This lamp is made from a repurposed Cognac bottle. I think it sold for 5$.

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I found a Quebec flag that looks fairly vintage. Though it looks the same as the current flag, it could have a bit of value on eBay due to its age. I’ve had luck with old flags in the past.

There was also plenty of small junk, which I consider my specialty. This person seems to have collected sand, and you’ll see a few containers in the course of these photos. I remember selling that USSR sticker at one of my previous sales.

The elephant drawing and snakeskin compact are also goners.

The horseshoe sold at my last sale, and that little book on the right is actually a pack of cards.

I found a couple of vintage syringes here. Those cat-eye glasses should have a bit of value online. I was surprised to sell that bottle of Worcestershire sauce at my most recent sale. I like having a few funny things around mostly as conversation pieces, but occasionally they do actually sell. It was a pretty cool bottle, probably from the 60s or 70s. It also contained some sauce which smelled pretty good all things considered.

Here’s another bottle of sand, an Opinel knife, and a MacDonald’s cigarette tin.

Those little seals look to be made from real fur. The antler is neat, and I’m guessing that the thing on the right is an immature antler of some kind. If you know what it is for sure, let us know in the comments!

In this last collection of smalls we have some separatist buttons, another syringe, a Koffoids tin, and a few dolls.

One of the last things I found at this spot was a bag full of books which also contained this hand-sized crucifix. One interesting detail is the skull and bones symbol at the base of the cross, which is something I’d never seen before. From Wikipedia: “On some crucifixes a skull and crossbones are shown below the corpus, referring to Golgotha, the site at which Jesus was crucified, which the Gospels say means in Hebrew ‘the place of the skull.’ Medieval tradition held that it was the burial-place of Adam and Eve, and that the cross of Christ was raised directly over Adam’s skull, so many crucifixes manufactured in Catholic countries still show the skull and crossbones below the corpus.”

The more you know! I still hold out hope that I’ll save more things from this spot, but a resurgence is unlikely given that I haven’t seen anything there in the last month or so.

Relevant 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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