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Servire Populo pt.3

Here’s another collection of fun junk from that house in St Michel. It hasn’t produced many finds of late, but it seems like a new crop of trash makes its way to the curb every three weeks or so. None of the recent junk has been as interesting as my previous finds, but I’ll keep an eye on the place nonetheless.

I staged these two shots using an old drawer I found on the curb in Rosemont. I think they look pretty good! I may use it more going forward.

That KFC thing is inflatable, any ideas as to what it could be?

I liked these old chalkware pieces. I’d guess they were bought at a tourist shop somewhere in the Carribean in the 50s or 60s. They sold at one of my last yard sales of the season.

That swan was a funny DIY project. I forget if it actually served a purpose, but I do remember that there was an actual brick in the bottom of it. These folks were crafty, that’s for sure. The swan ended up selling for a dollar.

Those house embroideries are always fun to find. That Roseline wall plaque (also chalkware) is cool, though I can’t find a reference to the ship itself.

These old puzzles and games should be a hit at my next yard sale, which unfortunately is still many months away.

This folding rocking chair was actually pretty decent. The crochet covering though was a bit worn out. Fortunately, it could be easily removed.

This midcentury-ish lamp is still around, and should fetch a decent price.

I also found these two unusual prints featuring mimes. They’re kinda neat (or creepy, depending who you ask) and should sell at next year’s yard sale.

Otherwise, it’s official – I have the bigger garage! I have a lot of organizing to do, but once that’s done I’ll have more space to work with than ever before. I should be able to save more garbage as a result, and I think the blog will improve as well.

A while back I talked about doing an IndieGogo campaign to buy my car. However, now I think it makes more sense to do one to fund the purchase of the equipment I’ll need to make the space great. Good shelving racks are a must, and I also want to create a medium-size photo studio so that the pictures I take there are top-notch. So much stuff doesn’t make the blog simply because I don’t have an easy way to take quality group shots of larger miscellaneous objects. Anyways, I’ll keep you posted on that front.

I found a bit of neat stuff today in Outremont, including a 1$ bill from 1967. It might be a while before those things make the blog though, as a fair number of them are the larger miscellaneous objects I previously mentioned. Either way, I’m still sitting on a lot of photos from the summer, so you’ll be seeing some of those soon!

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Sortilège

Here’s a smattering of finds from the summer. This spot produced some cool, often old trash over a couple of months. The house has since gone on the market (as evidenced by a “for sale” sign) so I guess the tossing was an attempt to make the place more attractive to potential buyers. I’ve seen nothing here but food waste for some time now, but perhaps they’ll throw more out at some point.

I found some cool perfumes in the first few weeks. This is a collection of 1/4oz Christian Dior scents, mostly vintage Diorissimo but also a few Dior Dior. The boxes have “not for sale” written on the back so perhaps they were part of a promotion back in the day. I expect these to be of interest to collectors – Dior scents are always desirable, and the boxes and bottles are very beautiful.

I found a few boxes full of O de Lancome samples. These aren’t as collectible as the Dior, but they’re still good for yard sales.

Fidji seems to be a pretty popular scent – I sold a bottle a while back for 75$. These samples should do well.

My favourites though were two packages filled with samples of Sortilège by Le Galion. Le Galion scents are sought-after, and by my estimation these samples are probably worth around 10-15$ each. However, it might make sense to save myself some time by selling them as a lot. Perhaps a store would have interest.

Those first few weeks also produced a bunch of old stamps. From my experience most stamps aren’t worth much, but I’ll be sure to do my research before selling them just in case. They’ve been sitting on a shelf doing nothing since I found them, but maybe I’ll make time to do that now that it’s cold out.

This old stamp book was very old but water damaged and mostly empty. I sold it to one of my regular yard sale buyers for a dollar.

This old Daignault & Rolland baseball glove was a fun find. It’s in great condition, and I’d guess that it was made sometime between the 30s and 50s. I think it’ll sell for around 50-70$.

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This Balinese face thingy originally cost 54$. One of the ears has broken off, but that would be easy enough to fix.

This olive branch “graphite object” (basically, fancy pencil) by sculptor Agelio Batle is kind of neat. I just got around to listing it recently; it’s worth about 30$.

This Hohner Melodica had a slightly busted mouthpiece, but I was still able to sell it for 10$ at a yard sale.

If you hate needles this find might not be for you. I feel like I’ve seen similar syringes in movies, particularly in scenes where children are scared by doctors or dentists. It’s in pristine condition, and might be worth around 40-60$.

Instagram went crazy for this vintage mid-century lemon side table. It was pretty cute, but overall it had too many dings to sell for a massive profit. In the end I gave it to a friend for a token sum.

There’s a lot more to share from this spot, but it’ll have to wait for another post!

I didn’t find much of anything last week, but I did save a cool vintage electronic piece last night. I’ll share that here sometime soon. The weather this week is going to be funny to say the least, with lots of rain as well as snow in the forecast, but if things aren’t too messy out there I’ll go on some runs regardless.

Christmas is coming up, so check out my various listings (links below) to see if there’s anything that might make a good gift! I can give better deals as well, particularly if you’re a local buyer who can pick up. Just email me first, at thingsifindinthegarbage@gmail.com or on Facebook. Unfortunately, with only four business days before Christmas (maybe a couple extra, if your mail service works weekends) it’s doubtful a package would arrive in time going to the States or out west (ie: anywhere past Toronto), but if you’re not far from Montreal a theoretical package should arrive by the end of the week.

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Zassenhaus

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).

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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.

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I found this cute mid-century lamp as well.

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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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