Monday, January 12, 2015


The new year started a bit rough. I was really looking forward to large garbage pick up on the firsts of the month as I was hoping that people would be throwing out their "old" technical stuff after getting new upgrades for Christmas. Well if they did, I didn't find it. The weather didn't really co-operate this month at all and there seemed to be a snowstorm on each night in addition to a week of biting cold.

I did manage to get out a bit despite the weather, and am pretty happy with what I got. Let's take a look...

 The first garbage night of the year didn't net me much at all. The weather didn't co-operate, and since it was the day after New Year's Day, I don't think many people were up to hauling out all their stuff. I think many people were probably also away, because there were many empty curbs. I did manage to grab this wicker dresser though. We have one just like it in dark brown in our entry way. The bottom drawer on this one was falling apart, and the wicker was broken so there was no salvaging it. I slid it out, left it at the curb, and took the rest. I think it's still perfectly usable. It will go upstairs in my sons room for all his small toys and lego pieces. Without the bottom drawer, there will be room underneath for perhaps some storage bins. I also grabbed a baby bouncer seat and then headed home.

On another day I found the following...Since Christmas was over, I guess it was time to throw out all those decorations. Here is a wicker wreath, a small table top silver tinsel tree, an etched reindeer votive candle holder, working lights, 2 decorative tin signs, ribbon and a ribbon curler, 4 strands of beaded garlands and 8 gift bags

I found a pile that looked like someone took advantage of the Christmas holidays to clear out a relatives house. Here is a bag full of working Christmas lights, a vintage Veg-O-Matic food slicer from K-Tel, a small handheld sewing machine still all packaged up in the box, a box full of unused Christmas lights,  a cell phone car charger still in the package, the same ribbon roll as in the pic above (whoops, mixed up my stuff when I was taking the pics!) 5 pairs of unused real suede gloves, 3 glass butter dishes, 2 crystal vases, a vintage pencil sharpener, a 35 mm camera, an old army flask and a pair of leather cowboy boots.

Here is a close-up of the Veg-O-Matic. I can practically hear what the TV commercial would have sounded like in my head :)

There was also a pharmacy shopping bag with 2 packages of Depends undergarments and the receipt still inside.

This BBQ set looks like it may be missing a spatula and a scraper, but the rest is still in perfect shape. 

A nice ship replica. Unfortunately the little plaque is faded so I can't make out the name of the ship.

I liked the look of this mug. It has a sort of shimmery silver glaze to it. 

These vintage cameras were just awesome. I kept the Bell and Howell movie camera

A vintage rosary

Sterling silver

 I plucked this booklet out after seeing the title because I thought it would be a great laugh to read. Come to find out it's a collectors item because Arnold Schwarzenegger is in it, and it sells for about $20. can you see him on the cover? He's right in the middle.

 And here he is inside...

I packed up a bunch of stuff and made my first donation of the year to the second hand store. You can see some items I didn't manage to take pictures of here. On the left is the toy piano that I found a few weeks ago that my son finally got tired of playing with. the heart shaped thing behind it is a fold out plant hanger, then there is also a small baby stroller, another wreath and the baby bouncer that I mentioned above.

During the next garbage night I came across a pile with some clear bags. I love it when people use clear bags, it makes it so much easier :) In addition to a TV and a broken suitcase, they threw out this bag full of shoes. there was anoer bag with some knicknacks in it, but they had also decided to put a litterbox full of poop inside it so I decided that it definitely was not worth taking. Bleh!

Inside the shoe bag were 8 pairs of shoes, one pair with a matching clutch, 2 purses ( The black one at the bottom still had all the packing paper and silica pouch that you find inside when you buy it, so I'm thinking it was totally unused), 2 unused leather insoles, a plastic toy dagger and the reusable shopping bag everything was stuffed into. Inside the brown purse I also found a pair of ear phones, 40 cents in Canadian Tire bills, a dime and 3 pennies.

One pair of sandals still had the $19.90 price tag on it. The sandals next to these looked brand new and unworn as well.

From other piles I found Christmas decorations, another purse, 2 belts, one with price tag still attached, 2 maps, and 2 frying pans in pristine condition.


 This adorable baby toy to help babies sit up. There was also a baby exersaucer and jumparoo at this pile but I couldn't fit them into my car the the time. By the next morning, the garbage man had already come by. I'm hoping someone else managed to grab them, but I doubt it.

 I also grabbed this fun baby toy that makes kooky noises whenever it's moved, a heavy "pearl" necklace, and the little gift bag which was filled with a dime, 2 fuzzy heart key chains and the various unused baby items. It was probably extras for a baby shower that didn't get used.

 This vintage hand made snowman lay across the top of someone's garbage cans so I had to save him. I think he's just adorable.

It wasn't very "green" of someone to just throw this Greenbox on top of their garbage pile...

 Inside of it was this aquarium set. Everything still works and as you can see some items are still in their package.

 This electric fireplace was sitting at the curb with a Rock Band drum set (I also grabbed that but didn't take a picture) and a computer desk. Since the drum set was complete and the desk was also in perfect shape (no room for that unfortunately) I took a chance and grabbed the fireplace as well. The next morning I turned it on and it made a horrible squeaking noise. Well, I guess now I knew why they threw it out. However, all I had to do was open up the heating element on the bottom, spay some WD-40 on the ends of the revolving piece, and when I turned it back on again, it was silent.

Put back together and working perfectly. This will be going down in our chilly basement.

I picked this stereo system out of someones bin which works just fine.

This telescope works just fine as well

This was  the biggest thing I grabbed. No sooner did I get it in the front door when my kids yelled "Awesome!", grabbed a ping pong ball, and started playing. I didn't even get a chance to wipe it down. See the round yellow sticker on it in the bottom right? It says $40 on it. I guess it didn't sell at their garage sale, so they didn't bother trying again.

The next night was another large garbage night, but a tonne of snow came down again, and since the plows did such a lousy job with the snowfall from the night before, the roads were just horrible. Since I wanted to live to see another garbage day, I sadly decided to skip it. 

Hopefully the weather on the firsts of next month won't be as bad!


  1. New reader of your blog. Found you through Martin's blog which I'm a loyal reader of, though seldom comment. And I'm too lazy to keep a blog!

    My salvage 'habits' are very similar to yours and it's nice to see there are others out there like me - seeing your car loaded up with bags to go through at home :) I feel less weird doing it now! I've found a LOT of useful as well as sellable things over the year or so I've been at it, and it's been great for me. Looks like you've been successful at it too. Will look forward to reading your future postings.

  2. Thanks for your comment B :) If you ever do start a blog, please come back and post it, I'd love to check it out. I love seeing the treasures other people find, and other than Martin's blog, I really haven't found any other people online that share their garbage finds.