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Last week was relatively quiet. Fortunately, this familiar pile produced some worthwhile finds. My friend and I got here just in time, as the rain really started coming down not long after we left.

I first stopped there two weeks prior and found this little Philips digital voice recorder in one of the bags. It receives pretty good reviews as a dictation / transcription tool, and I was surprised to find that it sells for around 120$ on eBay. It looks kind of “vintage,” but I guess it still gets the job done. (Edit: It sold for 120$ as I was writing this post).


A week later I saved this portable typewriter. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but when I did some research the next day I discovered that it was fairly collectible. The Hermes 3000 is one of the most desirable typewriters of the 1960s and often sells for around 600$ in excellent condition. In this condition (pretty good, but not perfect) it’s worth around 2-300$. Mine is the older and “curvier” model, which is more collectible than the later boxy versions.

One of last week’s bags had some old metal things inside. Fortunately, I also found an old wooden carrier to put it all in. I saved a bunch of old keys, two vintage locks, something made of bone, and some other curiosities. Zoom in for a better look!

This old CNR railway lock was one of my favourite finds. I didn’t find the key to go with it, but fortunately one of my readers has one that might work. Let’s hope it does! These seem to go for around 25$ without a key, but 60$ with.

I also found an old piece of wood attached to a peg, a U-shaped piece of metal, and a set of horseshoe like objects that were apparently part of an antique bed (they were stored in a smaller bag labelled as such). Any help identifying the mystery objects would be greatly appreciated!

The bags contained an odd mixed of relatively new and fairly old items. In a different one I found the St Christopher medallion you might have noticed in a previous photo, as well as this nice Parker 51 fountain pen. It’s in good, but not perfect condition due to a small dent in the cap. Regardless, it’s worth around 60-80$.

I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this spot on the curb going forward.

The run wasn’t over though, and there were more pens to be found. This collection came from a recently sold house not far away. There’s a lot of good pens and pencils here, but the most valuable are probably the Parker Vacumatic fountain pen (third from right, from the 30s or 40s) and the Parker 75 on the far right.

The 75 has a ciselé or crosshatch design, which seems to be more collectible than simpler patterns. I think this pen will make me around 150-170$. Not bad! Hopefully they throw out some more pens next week.

Otherwise, this pile of junk provided some good stuff last Friday.

Inside one of the boxes was a set of silver plated cutlery. It’s not super valuable, but someone will definitely buy it at a yard sale! I’ve found nice silverware before, but never any in the original presentation box.


I found this cute mid-century lamp as well.


Pretty nice eh? I’ll have to figure out whether to sell it or keep it myself.

This vintage Zassenhaus coffee grinder was my best find, however. It seems that this model, the 532 is particularly valuable and I listed it for 250$ on eBay. I’ve already got messages about it, so I expect it’ll sell for that price. The grinder was made in Western Germany in the 60s, and is in excellent condition for its age.

That’s all for now, but I still have a backlog of things to share from earlier this year!


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Recent sales: October


1. Yard sales: 1850$. I tried to unload as much as possible before the cold arrived. It was a lot of work, but I was pretty successful! Both my storage areas were mostly emptied of junk, with only a few suitcases of recent or favourite finds, as well as some larger pieces surviving the purge.

That’s pretty much it for yard sales until April, unless I end up selling at a local market or something. Either way, I made significantly more money yard sailing this year than ever before. I did the math last night and found that I made around 5500$, which is about twice what I made in 2015 (I don’t think I did the math for 2016, but I’d guess that the number was roughly the same as in 2015).

I’d say the main reason for this increase is the fact that I raised my prices, which were sometimes ridiculously low before. Over time I’ve learned more about what people are actually willing to pay for my junk, instead of charging what I personally would want to pay (which is next to nothing, since I’m kind of cheap and get so much for free anyways). I also found the process a little less overwhelming than in years past, and as a result I was less motivated to get rid of things as soon as possible.

We’ll see how the 2017 season goes. Perhaps the new garage space will help increase profits further, or at least add to the variety of things I’m willing to take.


2. Gold and silver scrap: 1200$. Another nice haul. I did well with that silver dish from a little while back, which earned me about 450$ on its own, but I had a decent collection of junk gold to melt as well.

3. Simonds saw tool: On eBay for 35$. This neat antique tool took a long time to sell. So did several other items on this list.

4. Series of Notman & Sons photos: On eBay for 125$. I figured these would go for a nice price! They were found as part of a great collection of old photos early in the summer. The Notman museum has record of these photos, and apparently they were part of a Junior League performance of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.”

5. Parker VP fountain pen: On eBay for 90$. It was in great condition. Found in Villeray.

6. Parker Vacumatic desk pens: On eBay for 90$. The ends looked to have been chewed on, but the barrels and nibs were in good condition. These will be part of a future blog post!

7. iPod Classic: On eBay for 50$. Found in NDG.

8. Canadair lot: On eBay for 50$. This was all from a spot in Villeray. I would guess that it’s now part of it an aviation collection.

9. Michael Kors handbag: On eBay for 30$. The first of two Michael Kors handbags that took forever to sell. At least both customers were very happy, and left good feedback.

10. Supertest service pins: On eBay for 60$. These didn’t take long to sell. Unfortunately, after the initial pile of quality junk I saw nothing else at that spot.

11. Magellan handheld GPS: On eBay for 60$. From the “Very Rich People” series.

12. Michael Kors handbag #2: On eBay for 40$. It looked like it had barely been used, and even came with the receipt.

13. Herend Hungary dish: On eBay for 20$. Just a cute dish. Found in Outremont.

14. Lot of three vintage calculators: On eBay for 15$. None of these were particularly valuable on their own, so I listed them all together as a lot. Overall it was more hassle than it was worth, and next time this tier of vintage calculator will probably go into the yard sale bin.

15. Empty Grace cartridge box: On eBay for 30$.  It’s not just watch boxes that have value. This one was made to hold a vintage high-end record player cartridge, and sold quickly once listed. Unfortunately I can’t find the picture on my computer.

16. Royale Ambree EdC: On eBay for 18$. I’m pretty sure this was my oldest eBay listing, though that lot of bullfighting ephemera is pretty close. It was probably online for 3 or 4 years, and I’m glad to not have to look at it ever again.

17. Vintage Ski-doo toque: On eBay for 35$. I listed this when the weather cooled down and it didn’t take long to sell. Found in Rosemont.

18. Expo 67 passport: On eBay for 30$. I find Expo 67 passports generally go for around 30-40$, assuming they’re in good condition and have a solid collection of stamps. This one had an old ginkgo leaf stuck between the pages.

19. French far-right literature: On eBay for 150$. More racist ephemera from that spot in Rosemont. It seems that people are buying it for research purposes, which is good.

20. Postcard lot: On eBay for 10$. This was a collection of vintage holiday / dumb joke cards. It was the last of lots I listed last year – the ones I organized by geographical region were much more popular.

21. Dresser: On Kijiji for 50$. Unexceptional but solid. Found with my mom on a run in St Michel.

22. Mirrors: On Kijiji for 50$. It took me a while to realize that these kinds of things might do well on Kijiji. The mirrors were quite old, and likely part of some long since replaced medicine cabinets. I still have the windows, and have added a few more to the collection since then. Both the mirrors and windows are great for upcycling or interior design projects.

23. Roto-toms: On Kijiji for 100$. The drums were nice, but the stands were in too rough of shape to be worth much. I threw them in with the drums as part of the deal. The chimes sold at one of my yard sales, I think for 20$.

Total: 4188$, 23876.50$ so far in 2017. If only every month could be so profitable. Now it’s time for me to listed a bunch of stuff on eBay in anticipation for winter, which is usually a great time for sales.


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Servire Populo pt.2


Part one

Honestly a lot of the stuff in this post is closer to being actual junk than quality junk, and I should probably avoid taking similar items in the future. Still, it can be fun to look at!

I like finding vintage food. Unfortunately, the market for a lot of it is slim to nonexistent. Not many people are looking to buy lemon extract from the 80s, but I’ll often take it anyways. It usually smells pretty good at least.


I was able to sell that vintage jello for a modest profit, but the Shake ‘n Bake and ice cube bags ended up in a yard sale free box (and most likely went to the trash). I kinda knew that would happen, but I saved them anyways.

This little Christmas tree was made from a collection of plastic coat hangers. It was cute, but had no commercial value. Someone did take it from my free box though.

These people were pretty crafty it seems. I sold this cool macrame wall hanging for 5$ at my last yard sale, and recently found another smaller one.

I also found this god’s eye, which I still have in my yard sale stuff.


This stuff is really kitschy, but it’s definitely not the kind of kitsch that’s “in” right now. Maybe in 10 or 20 years things will be different, but I’m not going to hold my breath on that one.


That cap gun was cool, and a couple of those large pencils were from Expo 67. Most of this stuff ended up in a free box, however.


Sorry these pictures didn’t turn out too well, I took them at my garage with my phone and the lighting wasn’t the best.


Of this lot I sold the collection of wall plaques, including the one from Percé rock.


I should have resisted that doll baby head thing. I guess there was a 10% chance that someone might have bought at a yard sale, but those kind of odds don’t warrant the benefit of the doubt considering I don’t have much storage space to begin with. I can say that about a lot of the stuff in this post though. I think I was feeling charitable at the time, and sometimes when I like a particular spot I’m more likely to take their junk.

Probably my favourite item from this bunch is this Frontier Town cuff bracelet. Frontier Town was a popular western-themed amusement park in rural New York from the early 50s to around the 80s. After that, the crowds dwindled and it closed in the late 90s. A lot of people have memories of the place and as a result Frontier Town ephemera does well enough on eBay. This bracelet looks to be solid aluminum and is probably worth around 20$. Surprisingly, I can’t find any other like it online.

This blog post perhaps helps you see the see one of my main struggles in garbage picking: the selection process. It’s easy to allow myself to take too much, either out of nostalgia or some kind of sympathy for inanimate objects. After all, if I don’t take something it’s probably going to end up crushed and in the dump, and that’s a sad mental picture. Still, it’s important to try to be objective, since no one can’t be a saviour of all trashed items, and this kind of stuff can quickly become a burden. I spent many hours this year purging after yard sales, and most of those items were things I shouldn’t have brought home in the first place.

The next post will feature more exciting stuff, I promise!

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