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.

Monday, October 03, 2005

We went to a motorcycle parade of 30,000 motorcycles on Saturday, so I wasn't expecting to go yard saling. But, we found a field of tables set up with all sorts of stuff. It was late in the day and they were packing up - so you know what that meant! Deals!

I saw a big cardboard box full of full sized magician items - pull the rabbit out of the hat, a wand, metal tubes to hide soda bottles, wooden rabbits, rope tricks, a chain, a velvet bag, lots of silk scaves, etc. These are old and dated in the 1940's to 1950's. They have great patina and the whole box weighs about 20 lbs. Everything is wooden and well made. Great folk art if nothing else. Anyway - the lady had $20.00 on it - crossed out to $10.00. I commented on them being interesting (she took a shine to my son and was giving him some keychains). She said, "that would be fun for this boy too - you can have the whole box for $2.00 just so I don't have to take them home again." SOLD!

I also got a miniature Russel Wright melamine cup and saucer, six Ken's Pizza Glasses, a Taco Tico Glass and a cool hard plastic 1950's Santa about 15" tall for a total of $2.70.

Hint of the Day: Go to sales late in the day. People don't want to keep it or take it home again. So, they sell it cheap!

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