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.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

My Thrifty Finds this Week

I found these happy little things this week at one of my favorite thrifts. The brightly woven baskets are seagrass, I think. I paid $1.00 for all four baskets. The heart cookie cutter I blogged earlier this week. It is a slice off the top of a coffee can and crimped into a heart shape. The bird cookie cutter is missing it's hadle, but still useable and sweet. They were 50¢ each. The litle row of Indian girls are made of terra cotta and painted in bright colors. They just brought a smile to my face. I paid $2.00 for them, but that is only 40¢ each. The little blue tray matches a tin that I bought at the very same thrift a week ago. It was 25¢.

I went to another thrift on Thursday and found the sweetest little pair of hand sewn white leather baby moccasins with pink beaded rosettes on the toes. They were $1.50 - the same price as the other baby shoes. Lucky price for me, not for them. I will give these to my Mom to display when they do Cherokee talks at school for the kids.

Friday I went to a ton of yard sales. I treid to be selective and didn't bring home that much. My three favorite finds are all for resell. #1 - A Royal Doulton Bunnykins child's set - cup, bowl and plate - $1.00. It was covered in black grease and dirt. I washed it and it is perfect. I love it and would like to keep it - but I will sell it. #2 - 35 old vintge felt pennants from a FREE box. There are several from Santa Claus Land, Indiana; St. Louis Cardinals from 1969; Cracker Jack 100th Anniversary and three from Disneyland. #3 - A huge old wooden rolling pin, It weighs 8 pounds and is 26" long. I have never seen a rolling pin that big! The lady owned a resturant and rolled pie dough with it. I assume it will sell. It was $1.00.

Today I was a good girl and stayed home and went through stuff making a DONATE pile and a GARAGE SALE pile. I have got to have a sale soon. I just need to price stuff - it's all gathered up. Thee is still a month or so of good saling around here.

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