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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ring-a-Ding Ding!

I used to be a person that liked certain things just because I like them.  But, now thanks to blogs and to Pinterest, I find myself falling in love with things that other people own and I WANT them too!  I find myself being a follower and wanting these things.

 I started seeing these little tin toy telephones pop on blogs.
 Once it shows up on a blog, it starts popping up on Pinterest, of course.
Since I seem to be collecting tin toys now - I didn't even know that until tonight when I looked around the house and found two tin dollhouses,  a tin doll high chair, a tin sink fridge and stove, two tin typewriters, a tin globe, a tin toaster and a few other tin goodies - I decided that a tin phone was high on my WANT list.  But, I have never, ever seen one out thrifting.  I'm sure of that, or I would have already owned it.
 For curiosity, I went where I have no business going.....ebay.  Oh, I love selling on there, but I really don't need to be buying any treasures on there!
But, I did.  I went "window shopping".  And I found this sweet little red tin telephone.  At a ridiculous beginning price of 99¢.  So, I bid.  Why not?
 As you an see, despite a few other bidders, I won this adorable telephone for $1.50!  I could have never, ever thrifted it for THAT!  
Sure, I had to kick in a little for shipping, but the buyer wasn't too far, so it wasn't too bad.  

Still a sweet little deal in my book!

So, are you a follower too?

*The seller did wrap the entire package in that sticky white tape that athletes use to tape their feet or ankles.  It took me absolutely forever to unwrap.  Weird use of that sort of tape, I thought.  And sort of expensive too, right?


Edited to add photo of package:


It kind of looked like someone had mailed me a human foot!

11 comments:

  1. Love this phone. I think you got a heck of a deal...tape included, hmmm. I haven't seen this phone on any blogs or even pinterest, where have I been. But now that I see yours, I want one too. Thanks. :)
    Karen G

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  2. maybe they thrifted the tape.
    cute phone and I love the color.
    Cathy

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  3. I. WILL. BE. STRONG. I. DO. NOT. NEED. AN. ADORABLE. RED. PHONE. TO. GO. IN. MY. RED. 50'S. DECOR. KITCHEN. I. WILL. NOT. GIVE. INTO. THE. LATEST. CRAZE. I. AM. NOT. A. FOLLOWER. I. AM. NOT. A. FOLLOWER. I. AM. NOT...

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  4. Of all the things my Mom had my oldest daughter wanted one of her red tin phones. I brought both of them home - one stands up - and she took that one - so somewhere in the boxes of packed up stuff is a sweet little phone like yours! Glad you found one!

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  5. I am so a follower! It drives me crazy to see something on someone's blog and then want it and look for it and well...need it! Now this cute little phone was a bargain no matter how you look at it! Is there another one out there for me??? hugs, Linda

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  6. you scored on that phone. I have a couple and am always on the hunt for more, but they don't often cross my path. I have tried on Ebay a couple of times, but did not want to pay the bigger bucks. You had good timing with that bid!

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  7. Between Pinterest, Flickr and blogs, there is hardly a day goes by that I don't see something I think I "need"

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  8. Oh wow what a beautiful treasure!! Love it! And what a bargain too...way better looking than any modern cell phone. :) And I would have been flabbergasted to have gotten a package that looked like that in the mail...but for $1.50, who could complain? :)

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  9. Love the phone! I have been invited to joing pinterest a couple of times, but I always say no. I'm trying to declutter and I just know it would be my undoing.

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  10. I have a vintage tin phone like that and it was worth every penny of the $18 bucks I spent. LOVE!

    DeDe
    VintageandFlea.com

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