When he was three he was a pirate complete with a moustache. Very comical and still very shy. But,s till awesomely cute and he scored a pumpkin pail full of treats.
What is a monkeybox?
When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Just a few that made me happy. Two brand new Mary Engelbreit books - each priced $20.00 originally.
A very old copy of Fifty Bab Ballads. I've never heard of it, but the book is just wonderful -old graphics, great old cover. Don't you just love the heft of an old book?
I think this book was worth the price of all the rest. Vintage Animals - patterns for vintage quilts, tea towels, pillows and lots more. I hope to make some copies of the patterns and give them a whirl.
When we left, she girl told me they had a house full to bring out, so "Come back tomorrow!" So, I did. When I walked up, she said, "You came back!" I said, "You told me too!" She laughed. She said they brought out a ton of more stuff, but it was pretty much all gone. (I'm not an early yard saler on Saturday's.) I did notice the books were now $2.00 a box, so I looked around some more. The day before there was an older man there looking at the books and he was very territorial about the books. I was going down the line of boxes on the floor looking at the books when he came over, touched me on the shoulder and said, "Those are mine." "Oh, sorry. I had no idea. I went along looking at the next box, but he wouldn't move out of my way. So, I went to the other end of the garage and started digging in boxes. That's when I started finding big coffee table books about Greta Garbo, Bette Davis, the Grand Canyon, Canoeing and other things. Big $60.00 books. I started stacking them up and put The Bean on watchdog detail. I kept looking at books and then I noticed the man was zeroing in on my box of books. I said, "Those are mine" in the same sing songy voice he had used on me, but he didn't budge. He walked around behind the boxes and was going to try (I think) and sneak a couple of my books while The Bean had his back turned and I wasn't looking. I made a head bob towards him so The Bean would see what he was doing. Just when the man thought he had a minute to grab one - The Bean sat on the box. Ha-ha Mister. (Don't worry, I always repay The Bean for helping me and buy him goodies along the way - this weekend he got a Playstation game and a duct tape wallet out of the deal. Not to mention his beloved Grilled Cheese from Sonic!)
Anyway, back to Saturday. Since no one else was looking at the books, I was able to look at every single book on the tables and make yet another box, plus I discovered a box of every Agatha Christie book ever written for $2.00. In the end, I wound up with 169 books for $14.00 - 94 of which went to my Mom and she gave me back $7.00. So, I have 55 books for a total of $7.00. Some will be listed on Amazon (one ((not mine)) is selling at $55.00 right now), lots are for the homeschool library, cookbooks for cooking and selling and so on and so forth.
As I was paying for the books and a tiny sterling silver box with a Lapis stone inset for 10¢ (and a set of sweet China rice bowls with cats on them that never made it home - boo hoo)I asked about two vintage bowling bags complete with vintage balls and shoes, "$1.00 a bag?" he said. Sold. And that white shelf in the driveway? $1.00?" He said. One dollar, baby!
My treasures photographed better when the garage door was blue. Oh well, its just a white shelf, but it's chippy and shabby and cost a mere dollar bill, so I loves it! And! The best part. I have a place for it. Yea, me!
I did buy a few other things from them. It seemed as I was taking a box down of books down the driveway to the car, I would spot something else along the way. I saw this wool swing coat - it looked vintage and it looked like it could be something. I recently read a blip in Country Living about vintage coats and that stuck in my mind.
It seemed to be in pretty good condition, so I decided to take a chance and ask how much for the coat.
"Clothes are 10¢" was the answer. I gave her a quarter, because I am generous like that. Well, not really generous because when I gave her the quarter, I said, "I reserve the right to grab another piece of clothing on the way out!"
Can you make out the fabulous embroidered floral details on the silk lining? You would almost want a windy gust to blow your coat open!
I grabbed this vintage 1960's dress on my last trip to the car as part of my 25¢ coat plus one purchase. Hippy cool, eh?
A little research on the coat says it is "Mar-Del Modes" Alpaca wool with a real fur collar. There is a black coat nearly identical to it on ebay right now with a Buy It Now of $249.00. Mine has a few loose seams in the armpit areas of the silk lining and it is missing two buttons. But, both those things can be easily fixed.
I got these five little vintage juice glasses for $2.00 at a different sale on Friday. They are cuties. Too little to use, so I think I'll just look at them for awhile,then list them.
This big vintage photo was $1.00 - cool old art deco frame to boot. I think this lady would have made a mean coconut cream pie.
Lastly, a piece of fabric. I read blogs where people are all giddy about fabric, and I really don't get it. I'm not a sewing kind of gal, I don't like window treatments, clothes are not my favorite thing, yadda yada. But, I bought a piece of fabric that made me swoon. I want to marry this fabric. Are you ready?
Too damned cute for words.
Wouldn't this make an awesome blankie?
For me! Seriously! (And it was only a dime!)
I am putting myself on a time out this week. Lots of schoolwork, laundry, finding places for things (books, right now as you might imagine) and pie making for freezing. It is supposed to start freezing outside this week, with cooler days too. I am happy to stay home on cold days and be Miss Frumpy housewife. Wednesday we are taking our Annual Fall Foliage Ride over the mountain and on Saturday The Bean and I are off to see Jack Hanna and his jungle animal friends. Sounds like fun!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Children's Book of Knowledge from 1959 - I bought it for the great old illustrations and the pages about "Computer Brains of the Future" which describes (sort of) modern day computers and Internet. Sort of. The green glass dish isn't marked, but looks like it could or should be something. The little trick or treat pumpkin had the itty bity pumpkin candle inside it, so I grabbed them both. The funny Santa was cute for 10¢, but mostly made me giddy realizing that the Super Cheap Thrift was putting their Christmas stuff out NOW!
We picked about 50 lbs. of apples yesterday, so I am off to Google apple recipes. And check on the kitty girl. G'Nite.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Some Halloween junk mixed in with my regular junk. I normally pull the regular junk for holiday decorating so that it doesn't look, well, too junky. But, this year, it's all out there...junk, junk, junk.
The scarecrow head is a craft of yesteryear when I used to craft constantly to enter things in the County Fair.
The pink sign was my one and only after Halloween purchase last year. I showed restraint! I've have the big black rocking folk art cat a long time, but I never put him out because he's too big for inside the house. I had a brainstorm Sunday - I put him outside!
Another doofy craft for years ago. I still think he's funny, even though he isn't like the things I like to make and decorate with now.
A big fat pumpkin with a jaunty stem on his round head. I love a juanty pumpkin!
Official Fall Display. I will have to make him a regular scarecrow head after Halloween so he is more Fall'ish and not so Halloween'ish. Another fat pumpkin on one of my favorite side tables by the park bench. I found two of these side tables at a yard sale years and years ago. I asked if they were for sale because they had things on them for the sale. The old man said he had made them forty years ago (he said it like they were junk because he had made them so long ago, but I knew they were awesome!) and I could have them for $1.00 each. The other one has chippy white legs and a reddish colored top - it stays in the house to protect it from the elements.
Planters and a pumpkin on either side of the driveway. I keep expecting to find them smashed in the street one day, but so far the hoodlums have stayed away. *We have no hoodlums.*
Tomorrow we are going back to the freebie Apple Orchard. We've had time to taste the apples we brought home last week and found our favorite. So, it is back to shakin' the trees to get the good ones. And, my ugly pie? It was delicious! I think the trick was the KitchenAid mixer - no handling and overworking the dough. The dough hook did it to perfection.
Miss Heidi asked how I managed to score a KitchenAid mixer for $54.00. I spotted it on the markdown aisle at Wal-Mart, but it wasn't priced. It looked out of place and it was a different color - sort of a gunmetal gray. Not like any of the other KitchenAid mixers in the store. I hauled it to the scanner (not an easy feat-that thing is heavy) and it scanned at $54.00. Sold! I had a $100.00 gift card from our Anniversary that I had been rat holing since May. My procrastination paid off! I think the mixer might have been a very nice wedding gift to a very unappreciative young married couple - they didn't want it, returned it to Walmart for some random price that someone pulled out of their hat and then it had to be sold. A few days later, at the other Wal-Mart across town, I happened on a beautiful set of Farberware pots and pans marked down for $125.00 to $44.00, so I used the balance of the gift card to pay for that. After 17 years of marriage, we were due some shiny new pots and pans. So, my $100.00 gift netted me about $325.00 worth of merchandise. (Thanks Mumsie!)
Saturday, October 18, 2008
2. What colors/themes do you decorate for Christmas? I have a huge collection of Santa's, the ones I really love are Santa's made out of other things - Coke bottle (Thanks, Carol), an okra pod, an acorn, a walnut, a rock, a paintbrush, you get the idea. I also love my Christmas Annalee dolls which I think are cute, contrary to what some people think....
These are my only big Annalee's. The girl in pink and the reindeer were one of the first things I thrifted (when I really began thrifting after The Bean was born and I knew I needed to make money, so ebay seemed the right fit). I saw them in the back of the thrift and my memory is that I vaulted over a couch to get them, but I doubt that I ever vaulted over anything, let alone a couch. But, I knew I had to get them before anyone else spotted them. They were $1.00 each. The Santa was a lucky yard sale find for $1.00.
3. What Christmas item would you love to have? I would like to find a feather tree someday that I could afford. I'd also like to find more fancy Shiny Brites - figural ones and non-silvered ones. Shiny Brites! Who doesn't love Shiny Brites!
4. Favorite goodie & hot drink? I'm not much of a hot drinker drinker. I drink coffee in the morning, but only a cup and a half - straight coffee with creamer - no flavors or anything, so that is pretty boring. I had The Bean convinced for years that you could only have hot chocolate when it snows, so we rarely drink it either. As far as goodies go - whatcha' got? Anything but fruitcake is good to me. I love those peppermint nougats with the Christmas trees in them at Christmas time. Yum-O.
5. Are you a crafter? If so what crafts do you do? I dabble in a lot of everything - paper crafts, felting, felt crafting, etc. I do not sew. Or knit. Or crochet. Or weld. (!) I want to learn to solder and felt with roving.
6. What is your favorite pink item in your home? My favorite pink item is in the backyard. My pink glider and chair.
7. What do you collect? Now, now, now, we don't have enough space for that! I'll keep it to my perfect trifecta - vintage matte white pottery, vintage tablecloths and old packaging with great graphics.
8. Do you have special family traditions for the holidays? The usual - looking at lights, opening presents on Christmas Eve, stocking on Christmas day, we make lots of candy, baking, basically just enjoying the holiday.
Friday, October 17, 2008
I threw together a couple of PB&J's, some bottled water and off we went. We drove out into the next neighboring town. This is the home of the Super Cheap Thrift Store. And, I'm not sure if I have mentioned this before, but the SCTS is located directly across the street from a Civil War Battlefield. (Surely, I have mentioned that...) Anyway, I digress. It is where we go when we should be doing something educational, but really just want to be outside enjoying life.
We ate our picnic lunch and then went on the one mile loop Historical Tour. We learned about cannons, the battlefield, civilian life and so on. The walk is beautiful and peaceful. I love fall because not only are the trees turning colors,t but they have added surprises - hickory nuts, walnuts, hedgeballs, catalpa beans and other oddities. We love to look at each tree.
If there is one thing that I know it is this - as a Mother I have taught my son to appreciate his surroundings. He grabs the moment and enjoys it for whatever it is worth. He doesn't need Playstation (but he does like Playstation!) to have fun. He knows that there are things to do and see right here in our very own backyard and to enjoy it when you can.
As I was going through the photos on the camera last night, I nearly deleted this one as it looks very similar to the one above it. I zoomed in on it and am I ever glad I did - look at The Bean. He shook an apple down right on top of his, well, bean! Right after that he was rubbing his head telling me an apple fell on it. I had no idea I had captured it! Too funny.
Today we made apple pies. I've made apple pies before in various stages - frozen crusts with canned filling, frozen crusts with fresh apples and scratch pastry with canned filling, but never fresh apples (THAT I PICKED) and fresh scratch pastry. I must say, it isn't he most attractive pie, but it smells like heaven and I know it will taste good no matter how it tastes! I used my new Kitchen-Aid Mixer (that i scored on clearance for $54.00 a few weeks ago) to make the dough, made the filling and the crust, so I think it was just too many new things at once to make a purdy pie.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
These pieces of wax fruit were in the box, still in their plastic bags - each one individually priced 19¢. There was a time, early in my ebay days, that wax fruit was highly desirable. I don't know if it still is or not. I looked around ebay, but when I typed in WAX FRUIT and got about 10,000 candles. So, I need to refine that search a bit. To say the least. The ladies quote me a price of $2.00 and I threw a big fake fit telling them it was only $1.99 originally. Luckily, they laughed. Oh, no she di'nt........(I tried to leave it. I just couldn't.)
An original Viewmaster in it's original box for $2.50. No discs or wheels or whatever you call those things.. REELS! That's what they're called - Viewmaster reels. Anyway, no reels, but finding a almost new vintage Viewmaster is a pretty good find.
This is a set of two decks of playing cards for $1.00. They were in a Congress velvet flocked box, but the box had photos of Grecian Urns on it from a museum somewhere and these fun dog cards were in the box instead. I covet velvet flocked Congress Playing Cards, so I was sad to see the wrong cards in the box, but then I took another look at the cards and realized that they were actually much cuter than any Grecian Urns ever could have been considered. After I have looked in every section of the store, I always take a second run through. It seems that is when I generally find my best find. Today was no exception. I found this in a plastic shoebox under a bunch of crocheted potholders. Who would look in a box of crocheted potholders? (Me, watermelon lady, that's who). This is a child's apron, handmade with feedsack balloons and the cute little embroidered girl. LOVE IT. Especially for the princely sum of $1.00.
On a completely different subject. I have been spying. And I feel dirty. Let me explain, I didn't mean to spy. It just sort of happened and it went to far before I could get out.
I was on the local freebie website to see what was being offered and I spotted an odd last name by someone's listing. A name odd enough that I have only seen it and heard it one other time in my entire life. And I sorta dated a guy with that very same name twenty some years ago. So, I click on Profile just to see, so I can say, "My, what a small world" and then return to my surfing. But, suddenly I have links to blogs and My Space and Facebook and I have photos of his kids on my screen and I know his wife lost her job and photos of HIM siting on his couch watching TV. I have not spoken to this person in nearly twenty years. I should not know what his couch looks like! I should not know that he has the ugliest lamp ever on his side table. Then there's a photo of his dog lying on his BED. The guy's bed. Now I know what his bed looks like and what is on his nightstand and that there's a picture on his nightstand of his kids by the Christmas tree. And then there is a photo of their kitchen and I know how it is decorated and what his yard looks like and oh my god I am a dirty spying girl. I should NOT know what his house looks like, I should not have been able to recognize that I know where his house is or where he works or where she works or what grade the kids are in or what type of car he drives or, for goodness sake, what type of cereal they ate for breakfast that morning. Ick, ick, ick.
And I should have quit reading before I found out that they had some hard times with their kids and the law and mental disorders and money problems and needed help from a food pantry and I am all full of tears for this guy I haven't talked to in twenty years. And, now I am afraid that if and when I do see him ( I do see him around town occasionally, we just don't chat it up) I will run to him, give him a hug and a hundred dollar bill and he will look at me like I just fell off the turnip truck.
So, here's the moral of the story. Don't put all your eggs in one basket - don't connect all your online stuff because someone could be spying on you. They could have bad intentions and that is not good. Or, they could be like me and have accidentally spied on you and know they know that you have ugly wallpaper, three kids, an ATV and you drink Sprite in the can. Ick.