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.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

A Little Girl Gets Her Dolly - 35 Years Later

When I was little my family would go to all the craft fairs. I would see these dolls that were called Topsy Turvy dolls - it was Lille Red Riding Hood on one "end". Then flip her skirt over her head and it is Grandma - turn her night cap over and it is the big, bad wolf. I always wanted one of these dolls. And, I don't know why I never got one - I don't think I ever asked for one, or I probably would have gotten one. I never asked for much and what I did ask for I usually got from Santa or for my birthday. Anyway, at my favorite cheap thrift last Saturday I found one of these dolls. She's handmade, which is the type I always wanted. And, the even better part, she was priced at the magic amount of 25¢.

Yesterday I went to Target and cruised the Halloween stuff looking to see if I wanted to go back for the 50%, 75% or 90% off sales. Verdict - yep. DS loves goofy t-shirts, PJ bottoms and boxers and I can normally stock up for pennies at the 90% off sale.

DH took me to one of my thrifts yesterday too. I say he "took me" because I have bum knee that goes out of whack occassionally and it is out of whack right now. He delivered me right to the door and picked me up when I was done. What service! I found this awesome old picnic basket for $4.00. It has 1960's mushroom motif contact paper on the inside, but that is long gone by now. The little handmade crows are so sweet. DS's Indian name is Crow Walker - so I am always on the prowl for crows. I picked up on priced $1.00 and was happy to pay $1.00 for each of them. But, when I checked out one was priced 50¢, so they only charged me $1.00 for both of them. Deal! The little piece of potery is for my collection of miniature handmade pottery. That was 25¢. The beautiful blueish purplish pottery bowl was from the Salvation Army the day before for only $2.00. It is very heavy and so beautiful. I'm going to fill it with my new love - Vanilla Tootsie Rolls. Mmmmmm.

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