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Recent sales: October

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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.

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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.

Links

1. Facebook page
2. My eBay listings
3. Etsy store
4. Kijiji listings
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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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Yard sale, garbage fall fashion + more

My yard sale tomorrow will feature lots of clothes, many of which came from these two large bags I found in front of a house in St Michel. (I found a lot of other neat stuff there, but that’ll have to wait for another post).

Clothes aren’t at all my expertise, and I used to pass them by more often than not. However, in the last year or so I’ve been taking clothes more often, especially when a) the people who owned them were rich, b) I can be 100% sure there aren’t any bugs, and c) they seem clean and of decent quality at first glance.

I still don’t particularly like selling clothes – I have way too much junk to deal with already at my sales. However, I figured out a deal with my friend Sarah where she gets a sizable commission and I don’t have to deal with them. I like to think it’s a win/win situation, and she understands the clothing market better than I do anyways.

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Note that many of the next photos were taken with the aid of two mannequins I found downtown on St-Catherine. They weren’t really the right shape for the job (shoulders were too broad for one) but they were better than nothing. I mention this because the clothes will look better on real people than they do on the mannequins.

I found a lot of fall fashions in those bags, and thankfully the timing is right to sell them. This coat was one of my personal favourites. It’s vintage, 100% virgin wool, and I didn’t see a single stain on it.

These pieces were both made by a “Steve Man” company based in Montreal. The brand name was kind of unusual, so I looked it up and found the trademark claim, which was only active for a short period in the late 70s and early 80s.

Here’s a loud but cool blouse…

… a simple vintage t-shirt;

… a nice pink dress;

… another loud blouse;

… a nice old sweater (I actually found this one elsewhere);

… another sweater;

… and some other neat outfits.

That spot also provided several nice furs. Here, my friend Sarah models a fur collar…

… and a hat with another fur collar. These were all in very nice condition – I don’t often find furs in such good shape.

Here’s a little stop motion video we made featuring the clothes. Unfortunately it accidentally got saved at the lowest possible quality (garbage quality?), so it’s not as nice as it could have been. Still, it’s pretty fun!

As you can see there was a lot more that could have been showcased here, especially in the fall fashions category, but we both ran out of time and energy. You can see them if you come to the sale however, which will be tomorrow from around 11-5pm (maybe a bit earlier and later as well) on Mentana near the corner of St Gregoire. It’s right by Laurier park and metro station, so it’s fairly convenient to get there.

I’ve also been collecting lots of sewing and crafting material, so the sale will be of particular interest if you’re into fabrics, ribbon, lace, buttons, costume making, and so on. My friend is also helping me organize this section.

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We did a little prep work yesterday, and here’s just a (very small) sample of what we have in stock!

Otherwise, here’s some other stuff I saved last week. You may remember the roto-toms from a recent post – that same spot provided the roto-tom stand, and a bunch of other stands this time around. Maybe you can help me price this stuff… I think 10$ each for the stands is a good yard sale price (they’re in good but not perfect condition), but how much should I ask for that set of chimes and the roto-toms?

I also found a large collection of buttons, all of which seem to be from the early 80s to early 90s. There’s nothing particularly exciting here, but a few will definitely sell.

This stuff was in the bottom of their rolling trash bin. Unfortunately for me, the trash bin also contained a bag full of baby diapers, and I think these items spent a few days during the recent heat wave basking in their noxious odors. I don’t think any baby poop actually leaked out onto these, but they smell kinda gross even after being washed with soap and water. I’m hoping that exposure to fresh air fixes the issue, if not I’ll try baking soda or something. If you have any tips, let me know!

This might be a prime example of why a strong stomach is necessary if you want to get into extreme trash-picking; I wasn’t about to let a phantom smell keep me from taking that Land Camera. It’s not actually very often that I take items that are gross for whatever reason. However, it’s inevitable that you get your hands dirty somehow, either by opening a food waste bag, or encountering baby diapers / kitty litter.

Elsewhere, I found a nice mid-century chair on a nearby heavy garbage day. It’s labelled as being a Singer, though I found no record of Singer making these kind of chairs online. The wood is in good condition but could use some refinishing, while the vinyl is actually in pretty good condition. What do you think it’s worth?

I found an irrigator / douche can in NDG. It came with its original box. I had never seen the term “douche can” previously, and now I know what those other enamel hospital things I found were.

This box of dishes was also kind of gross, particularly the bag of stinky food waste that sat next to it. However, I took the vintage mugs home and cleaned them up. The short mugs with the blue trim are nice, and labeled American Airlines on the bottom.

I also found a nice late 50s / early 60s McGraw-Edison “Eskimo” table fan in Outremont. It also came in its original box. It’s a beautiful fan, but it’s not the type you want to have around small children or pets.

Anyways, I hope to see you at the sale tomorrow! My friend and I also have lots of furniture if you need any. Check my Kijiji ads below to see a partial list of what’s available, and keep in mind that if you come to the sale I’ll give you a better deal than what’s listed there.

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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Yard sale!

Making progress! It's taken us three hours to sort through this much stuff so far. #garbagegif

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Sunday’s weather is projected to be 15 and sunny. A little wind, but nothing too strong. Sounds like it’s finally time for a yard sale!

This sale is bound to be a bit chaotic. Basically, I have way too much stuff after a full winter of scavenging. It’s not quite as bad now after the organization session above (it’s a gif, and it should move if you click on it) but there’s still a lot to deal with. My first sale often tends to be an organization session in and of itself – I inevitably weed out a bunch of stuff that I should probably have left on the curb, or at least isn’t worth trying to sell.

Also, because my storage is more or less outside some of the things get a bit dusty thanks to the wind. I’ll have to wipe down some items with a cloth before I put them out. Fortunately I’ve enlisted a friend to help me with the setup which should make everything a little easier.

Anyways, the sale will be at 4096 Coloniale (near Duluth) starting at around noon. I’ll probably go until around 6pm, or when it gets too dark, cold, or quiet. If you have any questions post a comment or send me a Facebook message!

FYI, I have lots of stuff in the basement that won’t even make it to this sale. That means my next one will be pretty good as well, if not better. So if you can’t make this one, it’s not the end of the world.

Relevant links

1. Facebook page
2. My eBay listings
3. Etsy store
4. Kijiji listings
5. Contribute to garbagefinds.com

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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